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C.T. Henry

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.

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John Sheridan

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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  1. Robert Fate Bealmear / Jun 2 2008 2:58 pm

    Dear Mr. Henry – May I please have a snail mail address where i may send copies of the Baby Shark series to your attention? Best regards, Robert Fate

  2. Cathy / Aug 15 2008 8:18 pm

    I’m so glad you came across my blog and left comments! Naturally I had to wander over to yours, and I see that we share many of the same preferences. Thanks also for including me in your links.

  3. patti abbott / Aug 25 2008 8:55 pm

    Hi -I run a little blog project on Fridays where writers and readers talk about books they think are forgotten or neglected. I wonder if you’d be willing to do one on September 12th or 19th. Doesn’t have to be long or fancy and you can see the previous four months worth at http://pattinase.blogspot.com If you have already received this invitation and are receiving it again, I apologize.
    If it’s not your thing or you’re too busy just now, I understand. Best, Patti Abbott

  4. MYSTERYLOVER / Sep 7 2008 8:26 am

    I REALLY LIKE YOUR BLOG, KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!!

    ~Mystery reader from South Africa~

  5. loubank / Dec 14 2008 1:35 am

    Hi, C.T.! Andrew Vachss’s next novel–the eighteenth and *last* Burke novel–is shipping the end of this month, and I’m trying to get word out to all those folks who were around for the beginning, and might want to see how it all ends. I see from your blog that you’ve read some of the Burke novels, so … maybe you’ll want to check out ANOTHER LIFE. And anyone who has a question for Andrew can get it answered live on camera during his three(1)-hour webcast on January 14. More information at vachss dot com.

  6. Hard Boiled / May 19 2009 4:10 pm

    Hi, This line you wrote about yourself could describe me. I also prefer hard-boiled P.I.s, historical thrillers, and mysteries set in the great outdoors. Legal thrillers not so much.
    You’ve given me a few names to look up, like Lehane and Koryta, so I’ll give you a couple of my own. Loren D. Estleman’s early Amos Walker novels are classic hard boiled, and Neveda Barr writes outdoors type mystery. Yes, she’s female but give her a try. There aren’t so may authors who fit this sub genre.

  7. Oline / Aug 6 2009 5:20 am

    Just discovered your blog. I’ll be a frequent visitor. I enjoyed seeing the list of books that made all our lists for last year. Last year was a tough year since there were so many good mysteries.
    http://www.sun-sentinel.com/offthepage

    http://www.mysteryscenemag.com/msblog

    Oline Cogdill

  8. Chris Knopf / Mar 25 2010 4:55 pm

    Mr. Henry:

    Like Bob Fate, I’d love to have a snail mail address to send you my current titles (Short Squeeze, Jan 2010) and Elysiana (May 2010).

    Baby Shark is a grreat character, by the way.

    Thanks.

    Chris

  9. malvikajaswal / Dec 29 2011 4:56 pm

    hello. Just came across your blog. This is fantastic. I know now what to buy for my hubby for new year. Its really helpful to have a blog dedicated only to mystery, it will definitely help in selection from the hoard of books that are released every second.

  10. TD Gilbert / Oct 12 2012 11:52 pm

    Fantastic site guys! My name is TD Gilbert and I just self-published a woman sleuth mystery called Blue Ice. Funny and fast story with a killer ending. I don’t know if you even look at self-published work but I won’t let you down. Tgilbert91@gmail.com is a way to get a PDF copy and, for now, it’s only on Amazon (free for Prime members)

    Jackie Blue is a private investigator more apt to be found hiding under bushes or on top of roofs taking pictures of folks suspected of insurance fraud. It’s not much but it’s a living. Based in Los Angeles, Jackie finds a spicier side to her life when she’s asked to look into a $1.9 million diamond theft claim and stumbles into a multinational jewel theft operation. Her friends, Rocky Valenzuela, a probation officer, and Hugh Barclay, a bounty hunter, join Jackie in her quest to solve this criminal puzzle. As they uncover pieces of the illegal jewelry operation, bullets start flying, homes get ransacked and the body count rises. The ending promises to surprise the savviest of readers.

    Blue Ice, a contemporary mystery, is the first installment to the Jackie Blue series.

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