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Discover Mystery Authors, add new writer names to your list

Updated on July 30, 2016

Many fine writers have earned a wide audience. For each writer that has name recognition, there are many more terrific mystery writers whose names are not on the NY Time's list, but deserve to be on a mystery reader's list. Here is a small sampling of authors I have enjoyed over the years. If any of these teasers interest you, click the link to read a HubPage with more detail on the author and books. Who are your favorite mystery authors who deserve wider recognition? I'd like to hear your comments below.

Robert B. Parker, RIP

Robert B. Parker has long been a favorite of mine. He was a prolific author, with over 60 books published. The best things about Parker's books were the characterizations and the dialogue. Boy,  could he write dialogue! Robert B. Parker died in January 18th, 2010 in Massachusetts. His last book was Split Image, a Jesse Stone and Sunny Randal novel.

Discover Andrea Camilleri, and enter mysterious Sicily

Take an idiosyncratic police Inspector, surround him with quirky good guys and bad guys, place them in a funny yet sad Sicily, add Camilleri's way with words and out come an engaging Montalbano mystery. That would be Salvo Montalbano, the Sicilian Inspector created by Andrea Camilleri in Italian, sprinkled with Sicilian dialect.

Discover Andrea Camilleri here...

Discover Harold Adams, the mystery writer who stirred the dust

Harold Adams is one of those writers who are able to create a sense of time and place with a few words. His stories are placed in South Dakota in the 1930's. His protagonist is a drifter just trying to survive but who makes an impact at the end of the day. Adams' spare books let the story and characters blow the dust over you; make you weary with the day's effort; and somehow lets the hopefulness of the human spirit leak through.

Discover Harold Adams here...

Discover Laurence Shames, the mystery writer with the smiling simile

In his Key West series, Shames typically takes a person displaced from "up North", has him drift into Key West to find a new life. That new life may involve a dead body or two, some unusual characters and results in a lot of reader smiling. The stories are fun to read, but what really appeals to me is Shames' writing style. Shames uses the simile liberally and artfully to bring Key West and his characters to the reader. His words carom through the paragraphs like clever balls in a pinball machine; scoring jackpots of vivid description and bonus smiles of recognition.

Discover Laurence Shames here...

Discover Donna Leon, the mystery writer who takes us to Venice

The Commissario Brunetti series is sometimes a police procedural, sometimes a whodunit, sometimes a comic opera, and occasionally plays like "Father does not know best". Guido Brunetti has a good life in Venice. While being a police official there makes him cynical, his soul won't allow him to quit. Donna Leon writes the life of a man that you would like to know and spend time with. He is a perfect series character, and this is a great series. If you can't travel to Venice, this series is a very good trip for the mind.

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Discover Lee Child, the mystery writer who makes the pages turn

The mark of a good suspense writer is not only the ability to write a great yarn, but the ability to keep the pace and focus on what's happening now. That makes a page-turner. Lee Child writes page-turners with the best of them. Lee Child writes about Jack Reacher, a larger than life hero. When you go up against the bad guys, you want Reacher on your side.

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Discover Jon A Jackson, the mystery writer and his Fang

Jon Jackson's detective series is known as the Detective Sergeant Fang Mulheisen series. I see at as three interwoven series: some feature Mulheisen, some feature Grootka, and some feature Service. Jon Jackson is an interesting guy: a writer; a teacher of writing; an ax fan (that's a sax max); a cigar aficionado; an angler; a Detroit guy, gone Montanan.

Discover Jon A. Jackson...

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    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile image

      Susan Hazelton 

      10 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I love a good mystery. You have peaked my interest in these authors. I will be looking them and their books up.

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      10 years ago

      Well my favorite mystery writers are John Sandford, Robert Crais, and Lawrence Block. And of course John Connolly and Michael Connelly

    • jstankevicz profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago from Cave Creek

      jayjay40, Thanks for stopping and commenting. Some of these books will be out of print and harder to find. Try libraries and used book stores. On hard to find books I've had good luck with this book club.

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      11 years ago from Bristol England

      Thanks for writing this, i love a mystery and will be looking for some of these authors at the book store

    • jstankevicz profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago from Cave Creek

      scheng1, it's great to have a new author to checkout, and old books to find!

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      11 years ago from Cave Creek

      typep, thanks for the nice comment. Yes, it's a great pleasure to add a new "favorite".

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      11 years ago

      I haven't heard of them before, except for Lee Child. I have to hunt for these books from the library.

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      11 years ago

      love to find good writers! Great hub!

    • jstankevicz profile imageAUTHOR


      13 years ago from Cave Creek

      Thanks for the kind words, bookwise. Speaking of quirky, here is a blog that I started a while ago, and have neglected -

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      13 years ago from Marinette

      A hub of hubs! I share your taste in mystery writers who are firmly grounded in one particular geographic location or ethnic community. After all, the murder is just an excuse to assemble interesting characters and bounce them off each other in an atmospheric locale. I'm not a plot person... I go for the quirky people, the exotic places and the beautiful writing that brings it all together. I will print out your list and bring it to the library! Thanks so much!


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