I promised Susan a list of my favorite authors, and so decided to do one or two Thursday Thirteen's and split them up by genre, and today is mysterys (I seem to be on another mystery kick). I also thought I would tell you all about my favorite website for info on mysteries: Stop You're Killing Me. They have the most complete information on mystery series I've come across. They create a page for each author and then separate the books by series and list them in order by pub date (very helpful for people who prefer to read series in order). So here is my list, enjoy.
1) Anne Perry- both the Monk series (first book- The Face of a Stranger) and the Pitt (first book- The Cater Street Hangman) series, as well as the Christmas novelas she's written where she takes secondary characters from the two series and makes them the main character. Both series are set in the 1800, the Monk series set just after the Crimean War, the Pitt series is set in late Victorian times.
2) Jaqueline Winspear- first book in her series Maisie Dobbs won the Agatha for first novel, the second (Birds of a Feather) won the Agatha. The first spans WWI, the others set after the war's end.
3) Charles Todd- the Rutledge series (first book- A Test of Wills), another book set after WWI, in this on the main character suffers from shell shock.
4) Victoria Thompson- the Gaslight Mysteries (first book- Murder on Astor Place) set in New York City in the late 1800s, and the main character is a widowed midwife. She's a new one coming out Murder on Bank Street- that I'm waiting for.
5) J.D. Robb- Eve Dallas/ Roarke (first one Naked in Death). Yes, I actually do own three copies of this book- unfortunately I can't remember who I lent them to. Sigh.
6)Elizabeth Peters- the Amelia Peabody mysteries (first book- Crocodile on the Sandbank- my favorite title- The Last Camel Died at Noon). There are quite a few books in this series now, so they span from late 1880s to post WWI, the last book even had the Emersons witnessing the discovery of King Tut's tomb.
7)Laurie R. King- the Mary Russell series (first book The Beekeeper's Apprentice) and the Kate Martinelli series (first book A Grave Talent). The Russell books are also set after WWI, in England where the main character runs into (literally) Sherlock Holmes. Her stand alone mysteries are equally wonderful.
8) Shirly Damsgaard- The Ophelia and Abby mysteries (first book Witch Way to Murder- Ophelia and her grandmother Abby are witches, set in a small town in Iowa. Ophelia is also a librarian (not that I notice these things).
9) Madelyn Alt- (first book The Trouble with Magic)set in an antique shop in a small town in Indiana, the main character is suddenly exposed to witchcraft and all sorts of magical, mystical goings on.
10) Kerry Greenwood- the Phryne Fisher series (first book- Cocaine Blues)- set after WWI, only this time the location is Melbourne Australia- Phryne is a wealthy young woman who flies planes, solves mysteries, and appreciates the finer things in life.
11)Deborah Crombie- Duncan Kinkaid-set in London (first book- A Share in Death)- contemporary setting- police procedural. She's one of those writers I can't start late at night if I have to work the next day.
12)Rita Mae Brown- the Mary Minor and Mrs. Murphy mysteries (Mrs. Murphy is the character's cat)- the first book is Wish You Were Here. There is another series set among the horsey hunting set (first book is Outfoxed).
13) Dan Brown- I actually ordered the DaVinci Code for the dayjob when it first came out, but never got around to reading it until this past fall (after seeing the movie), and only then read Angels & Demons.
There are more writers I could include, and more I could say about all of them. But it's late, and a work night, and my eyelids are twitching, so I'm going to bed. I'll be around tomorrow to see everyone's lists. Have a good night and a great day.
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