About the Authors
I don’t claim to know all there is to know about crime fiction. I created this blog because I love sharing great mysteries and thrillers with others. Some people have a hard time choosing what book to read, and this site aims to provide some guidance.
Mysteries have been my preferred genre since reading Sherlock Holmes, Encyclopedia Brown, and Alfred Hitchcock’s Three Investigators as a kid. As an adult, I’ve made an effort to learn about the genre’s history and read in depth. I hope my reviews and posts lead to truly satisfying reading experiences.
Like many fans of mysteries and thrillers, I have my biases. Although I read the occasional cozy, I prefer hard-boiled detectives (Dennis Lehane and Robert Crais), legal thrillers (Michael Connelly and David Ellis), historical thrillers (C.J. Sansom and Philip Kerr), and mysteries set in the great outdoors (C.J. Box, Steve Hamilton, and William Kent Krueger). I’m also a huge fan of action thrillers like Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series and Barry Eisler’s John Rain series. If you want to learn more about the genre’s different styles, read one of my first blog posts: Understanding the Lingo.
One section of my bookshelf at home is reserved for my absolute favorite books. While I mostly read paperbacks, once I read a five-star book that blows my mind, I’ll buy the first edition in hardback. So while I read some new releases in hardback (mostly ARCs), I usually I like to wait until the book comes out in paperback. Nevertheless, there are certain books that I can’t resist. Any books by Michael Connelly, Dennis Lehane, or Charlie Huston will be purchased on the day they are released.
I’ll give you my personal view on the books I read which are predominantly detective fiction. You won’t get a critique of writing style or a literary evaluation.
As a kid I read Hardy Boy mysteries before moving on to Alastair Maclean, Peter Van Greenaway and Stephen King but over the last 10 to 15 years my favourite authors have been John Connolly, Michael Connelly, Dennis Lehane, Lawrence Block and George Pelecanos.
I may not have read too many of the classics but I do dip into older novels from time to time as if I read something I like from a series, I like to go back and read in order if possible.
A compulsive hoarder of books I usually have hundreds waiting to be read which at my usual rate of reading could keep me going for 5 to 10 years as I keep coming across more and more that I want to read (and buy!!)
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