Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Top 10 Tuesday - Authors that have been on my TBR list for a long, long time and I still haven't tried their books...
Top Ten Tuesday is a fun weekly event that is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week's topic actually is 'Books that have been on my TBR the longest and I still haven't read'. Well, I decided to tweak that a bit and am sharing 'Authors that have been on my TBR list for a long, long time and I still haven't tried their books'. There are definitely a few of those and almost all have long-running mystery series.
So, here's a question - do you ever keep avoiding reading a series because, quite frankly, it's just gotten too long? And you might be a reader who prefers to start at the beginning and read in order. Sometimes, I look at the backlists of great mystery authors and sigh - too many books to catch up. Here are some of those authors and their older and newer books:
1. Charles Todd - mother/son writing team that I have seen in person more than once. There are about to be 20 books in their Ian Rutledge series and soon will be 10 books in their Bess Crawford series. The first books in each series are A Test of Wills and A Duty to the Dead.
2. Rhys Bowen - very prolific author that is multi-awarding winning and nominated. She writes several series - Molly Murphy has 17 books, Royal Spyness will have 12 this year, the Constable Evan Evans series had 10 books. This author has also branched out into standalones with In Farleigh Field coming out last year and The Tuscan Child being published two weeks from now.
3. Hank Phillippi Ryan - She's a current on-air investigative reporter from Boston and also a well-known author. Her Charlotte McNally series had 4 books and the Jane Ryland series is up to 5. There will also be a standalone novel published in August called Trust Me. Maybe I should start there.
4. Victoria Thompson - This lovely author will have 21 books in her Gaslight mystery series this year. And she also had a standalone or maybe series debut published in 2017, City of Lies. One of our mystery group members loves the Gaslight books and is always encouraging me to try them.
Catriona McPherson - This author is a native of Scotland transplanted to the US a number of years ago. And she is so funny in person - truly. Her series is the Dandy Gilver historical books - 13 this year. She also writes very interesting (though I've mentioned I haven't read them yet - bad Kay!) standalone novels with the best covers. Also, a new series will begin this year - the first book is Scot Free, coming out in April. Start there, right?
6. John Connolly - This author has been recommended to me many times by Cath at read_warbler. He writes the Charlie Parker series - 16 books this year - which is a bit of mystery and bit of something else. Connolly has also penned a few standalones and shorter series. The first Charlie Parker book is Every Dead Thing.
7. Donna Leon - This author lives in Venice, Italy, and it's where her mystery series is also set. She has been on my list for decades, literally. Her protagonist is Commissario Guido Brunetti - 27 books this year. The first is Death at La Fenice. I have several friends who love these books.
8. Cara Black - For some reason I am not a big fan of books set in France or Italy - not sure why. However, I've also wanted to read this author's Aimee Leduc series. There will be 18 books describing murder in Paris this year. Again, I have friends who love this author and her books. The first one is Murder in the Marais.
Yrsa Siguoardottir - This Icelandic author is newer to publishing than many of the others here, but I think I've had her on my list since her first book was translated into English. She wrote the Thora Gudmundsdottir books - 6 in all - and has started a new series, Children's House - first book - The Legacy - comes out next week. She also has at least 3 standalone books. I want to read several books set in Iceland this year.
10. Colin Cotterill - This author has been recommended to me more than once by Cathy at Kittling: Books. Cathy has an amazingly broad knowledge of mystery authors and books and reads all across the spectrum. Cotterill, who lives in Thailand, writes the Dr. Siri Paiboun books - 13 this year. The first in the series is The Coroners Lunch. The time period is the 1970's and Dr. Siri is a coroner in Laos. Interesting, right?
Have you read any of these authors' books? Do you like them? Suggestions on where to start? Tell me everything!! Ha!