Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Top Ten Mystery "Classics" I Haven't Read....And Might Want To
I've decided to try the weekly event hosted by The Broke and The Bookish where bloggers share their "top ten" of a certain topic. Looking at the list of upcoming topics, I predict this will not be a weekly event for me - maybe a couple of times a month. In any case, this week is "top ten books you can't believe you haven't read or want to read from a (blank) genre". That should be easy enough. And I pick mysteries. Shocking, I know.
I took a look at a couple of "Top 100" lists for "Classic" or "Most Popular" mysteries and selected 10 books that may be considered classics or may be very popular. Some of these are from yesteryear and some are pretty recent. All are well known. And I haven't read them, have thought about it, and might...only might...read them in the future. Some are also series and not individual books.
Cover Her Face. I know that this author died this last year. Have heard good things about the series, but never got around to it.
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins - Have I shared that I have a little bit of an attitude about classics? Actually, that relates more to High School Honors English, a nasty little old man teacher, and William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying. Pushed me way in the direction of my calculus class.
The Secret History by Donna Tartt - I enjoy books in academic settings and I'd probably like this one. I'm going to try to read this in 2015.
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco - I saw the movie adaptation with Sean Connery and remember liking that very much. I don't have a lot of luck with reading books after I've seen the movie. Often, I find I like the movie better. Anyway, this is a maybe.
The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey - Did I know this one was part of a series? I knew it was about Richard III and the Little Princes in the Tower. One of Elizabeth Peters' Jacqueline Kirby books (have you read any of those - great books) is about this mystery - the little princes, I mean.
The Circular Staircase by Mary Roberts Rinehart - Indeed, any book by this author. One of my favorite Carolyn Hart books, A Little Class On Murder, has Rinehart as a big part. Loved that book.
Mystic River by Dennis Lehane - Or any other book by Lehane. Saw the movie. It was depressing. Never read the book or any of his series or Shutter Island. Why? Why?
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote - Seriously, Capote's voice. Creepy deluxe. Did you ever see the movie Murder By Death. He played Lionel Twain. Maybe this one might work as a book group selection.
The Harry Hole series by Jo Nesbo - First book is The Bat. I know lots have read these and loved them. Another series I plan to at least start in 2015.
Strangers On A Train by Patricia Highsmith - I think I've seen the movie, maybe. I do know the storyline. And I think I've read her first Ripley book. Don't like Ripley.
So, what do you think? Have you read any of these? Any I should absolutely not miss? Tell, tell and thanks for reading this very long post. Told you this won't likely be a weekly event.