Tag Archive: Mysteries

Linwood Barclay

Linwood Barclay

Linwood Barclay – Zack Walker Series – Stand Alone Thrillers

Back in 2007 I meet an interesting character Zack Walker, who was a detective who made some Bad Moves and got involved with some Bad Guys and had four great adventures. Then his creator Linwood Barclay wrote two books Too Close to Home and No Time for Goodbye which outsold  the Zack Walker books by a lot and put Linwood Barclay on the map as a major stand alone thriller writer!! And while I may one of the few who still miss Zack Walker Linwood’s thrillers are terrific.

From Wikipedia:

Linwood Barclay (born 1955) is an American-born Canadian author, noted as a novelist, humourist, and (former) columnist. His popular detective novels are bestsellers in Canada and internationally, beginning with No Time for Goodbye in 2007.

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Karin Slaughter

Karin Slaughter

Karin Slaughter – Grant County and Will Trent Series

The first time I met Sara Linton, Jeffrey Tolliver, and Lena
Adams characters in Karin Slaughter’s Grant County series was in the book Kisscut.  From Goodreads.

Saturday night dates at the skating rink have been a tradition in the small southern town of Heartsdale for as long as anyone can remember, but when a teenage quarrel explodes into a deadly shoot-out, Sara Linton–the town’s pediatrician and medical examiner–finds herself entangled in a terrible tragedy.

I enjoyed the book so much that I immediately found Blindsighted and started it as soon as I finished Kisscut and I have read everything she has written since then! Both the characters that she has created in Sara, Will Trent, Lena Adams and Jeffrey Tolliver have become a part of my life and a warning to all do not read Beyond Reach first!!

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James Lee Burke

James Lee Burke

In 1987, after having only one book published in fifteen years, James Lee Burke, at the suggestion of a friend, turned to writing crime fiction. In The Neon Rain, Burke introduced the world to a Cajun recovering alcoholic police detective named Dave Robicheaux and launched his career as a bestselling author. The first Robicheaux novel I read was the 1989 Edgar Award winning novel Black Cherry Blues. From that novel:

“. . . I had found the edge. The place where you unstrap all your fastenings to the earth, to what you are what you have been, where you flame out on the edge of the spheres, and the sun and moon become eclipsed and the world below is as dead and remote and without interest as if it were glazed with ice. ”
— James Lee Burke (Black Cherry Blues: A Dave Robicheaux Nove

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The Best Mystery Authors – Part One – The Ranker List – What Do You Think??

Agatha Christie
Ok so I have visited the Ranker site before, but today and yesterday I spent some time on the site looking at various list that would pertain to this blog. The following list is one of them. I am in total agreement that Agatha Christie is the greatest mystery writer of all time, but many of the writers that I have read over the years are not even on the list!! and if they are they are well below where they would be on my personal list of the best mystery writers of all time. So I will break this post down into two posts, this is the first, duh! and in it I am presenting the Ranker listing and would ask for your thoughts or comments! The second list will be the Me, Myself and Mysteries list. But you will have to wait until after my 6 and 1/2 hour break! So for now the question is What Do You Think??? No James Lee Burke??

Alex Kava

Alex Kava

Alex Kava – Maggie O’Dell Series

Alex Kava is the writer of psychological suspense novels featuring FBI profiler Maggie O’Dell. Her novels are always on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists as they should be because they are great! If you don’t believe me just go find the first Maggie O’Dell book I read ,A Perfect Evil and then you can come back and tell me what you thought, after you finish the current book in the series! Because after reading the first you won’t want to stop and when you do you will be eagerly awaiting the next book in the series! In addition to USA bestseller lists Maggie O’Dell books have hit the bestseller lists in Australia, Germany, Poland, Italy and the UK.and Kava’s books have been published in twenty-eight countries around the globe!!

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Alex Berenson – John Wells

Alex Berenson

I started this series with the Alex’s first book,The Faithful Spy, which won the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best First Novel.His latest book is the eighth in the series. I started book #7 The Night Ranger last year, got distracted and I didn’t get far in the book. It’s probably time to go back and read #7 and then 8!

Main Characters: John Wells

Setting:Washington D.C, Around the World

LINKS

Website
Bio from Website
Wikipedia
Amazon
Goodreads

Books I have read by Alex Berenson

The Shadow Patrol (John Wells, #6)
The Secret Soldier (John Wells, #5)
The Midnight House (John Wells, #4)
The Silent Man (John Wells, #3)
The Ghost War (John Wells, #2)

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Michael Robotham – Joe O’Laughlin

Michael Robotham

I started this series with Book 1 – The Suspect which was terrific. Hell they have all been terrific.Joe is a special character a psychologist who suffers from Parkinson’s Disease and since I saw both my father’s brother and my mother suffer from the disease I can feel for him! From Amazon

Michael’s first psychological thriller ‘SUSPECT’ sold more than a million copies around the world. His second novel ‘LOST’ won the Ned Kelly Award for Australia’s best crime novel in 2005 – an award he won again in 2008 with ‘SHATTER’. He has twice been short-listed for the UK Steel dagger in 2007 (‘THE NIGHT FERRY’) and 2008 (‘SHATTER’). His latest novel is called SAY YOU’RE SORRY – a book that Stephen King named among his three top reads of 2012, praising its ‘edge-of-your-seat suspense and beautiful writing.’

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