The thing is, I love murder mysteries! And I get into a series of books like the Kinsey Milhone books from Sue Grafton, or the Robert B. Parker Spenser novels, and I want to read them from the beginning of the first book, and read them in order.
A lot of research is required to read an author in order, unless you're getting each book hot off the presses, as happened with Sue Grafton. So discovering a new author and going back can be a challenge.
I like what Amazon has done with some authors... they'll put "detective xxx number 4" next to the title for some series. I've read some really good ones and a couple of so-so series that I didn't read too many of... some of the ladies at church recommended the Left Behind series. Really? I started reading the first one and could not even get through half of it. Sorry, I've read and studied Revelation, and I don't think I pictured it quite that way. If you enjoyed it, more power to you. Good thing I bought the book used or I'd be more disappointed.
So authors I like/really like:
- Sue Grafton
- Sarah Paretsky
- Robert B. Parker (sadly, deceased and no new books are forthcoming)
- James Lee Burke -- hard-boiled, but oh gosh his prose is more like poetry
- Dana Stabenow -- Alaskan adventures at their most exciting
- Ruth Rendell -- classic English mysteries
- Anne Perry -- Victorian novels in two series, I love them both
- Dick Francis -- Don't know if he's still writing but he is a former jockey, his books all involve horses and racing.
- John Sanford
- Michael Connelly
- Elizabeth George
- Robert Crais
- Lee Child
- James Patterson -- I like almost anything he writes and now he's writing for kids too
- Diane Mott Davidson -- her chef Goldie Schultz solves crimes
- Monica Ferris -- knitting and crime solving
- Maggie Sefton -- knitting and crime solving
- Jennifer Chiaverrini -- quilting stories, sometimes a mystery, sometimes historical
He also says the BBC is making the Inspector Gamache series into movies or TV shows and they'll probably be on PBS at some point. I'll let you know how I like this author!
Reading makes you beautiful! Or so I keep telling myself...