Who is Your Favorite Author? Scariest book? Funniest book?
Favorite Books and Authors
For mystery and suspense, I used to read Stephen King's novels; however, as my life got too scary, I stopped with King's scary books. But, The Traveler is still one I remember well.
Now, my mysteries and suspense novels are a lot tamer, with some bordering on comical as well. They are entertaining, yet, not too scary to keep you from sleeping. Here are just a few of my favorites:
"The Lake House", "Beach House", "Beach Road" and other similar novels by James Patterson. I have not read one of his books that I did not like. I have read dozens of his books over the past year and loved them all. Some were a little gory, but still difficult to put down.
I have read all of Janet Evanovich's novels since my daughter recommended one of them a few years ago. I have read all of her Stephanie Plum novels. They require no concentration, all are mindless, entertaining novels, some better than others, but all fun to read. I even purchased one audio to listen during a recent trip. There were a few on the edge of your seat situations, especially when she had a psychopath after her, but most were tame enough for bedtime reading.
Another relatively new author I came across, while searching for new books to read at Amazon, is June Shaw. This was in 2007 and I clicked on June's website link to read more about her and her book. I found out that "Relative Danger" was June's first published book, so I wrote her and asked if I could purchase an autographed copy. She wrote back, I mailed her a check to cover the cost of the book and shipping charges and eagerly awaited the arrival of her book. I read "Relative Danger" in just a few days and loved it! It reminded me of a twist between Agatha Christie (murder mystery), Janet Evanovich (humorous antics) and the character, Jessica Fletcher, played by Angela Lansbury in the popular TV show "Murder, She Wrote", investigating the crime and becoming a victim in doing so.
June has written and published two fun novels, Relative Danger and Killer Cousins, both of which I purchased, directly from June. I love getting to know the authors and having autographed copies of their first books, too. June Shaw, a retired school teacher, lives in Louisiana. She has shared favorite Cajun recipes in each book. Just one of the tie-ins in both books -- Cajun restaurants she loves to frequent for the great food, but also because the owner is in love with her! So, as you see, it has all of the necessary elements to be a successful novel. I highly recommend both books (haven't tried the recipes yet). Watch for June's future books, I think you'll enjoy them, too. Keep it up, June, you may be the next Agatha Christie, I hope so!
Another author, B J Swanson, is one I must mention here as well. I lucked up on hearing about her from her Mom. Her Mom joined our bridge group and happened to mention that her daughter had written a couple books and was working on her third one. She brought them in for me to read. The first one, "Misguided Loyalties" was a work of fiction, based on her real life experiences. The book was well written and held my interest knowing that most of the information was true, although the names, dates and places had been changed to protect the innocent and guilty alike.
However, when I started her second book, "Contingent Loyalties" I could not put it down. I assumed (wrongly) that it, too, was based on real life and I was absolutely on the edge of my chair while reading it, worrying that the lead character was based on my bridge friend's daughter.
I have now purchased both books, directly from the author who did autograph them for me, and I purchased her recently released third book titled "From This Day Forward". I cannot comment on it yet, other than based on her first two books, it has to be good. An update for you on her two books that should be out in the near future -- a sequel to Contingent Loyalties and a spellbinding biography. As soon as they are out I'll provide you with details.
Good luck, B J! Keep on writing those wonderful books!
Sue Grafton is another favorite author and I have read several of her "alphabet books". "A" is for Alibi, etc. Sue really immerses herself into murder investigations and has taken on the persona of her main character, Kinsey Millhone, as she writes her murder mysteries. A great novelist! And, she is almost through the alphabet with "U is for Undertow" coming out in December, 2009. Great job, Sue!
The classics are also fun to read for escape, such as Agatha Christie's Miss Marple series. Although she died over thirty years ago her books are still best sellers. Per her web site she has sold over 2 billion books! And, for one thousand pounds you can purchase a leather bound collection of her Miss Marple series, all bound in one huge 4,032 pages book! Wow! I'm afraid I cannot purchase it because I would not be able to lift it!
Another wonderful classical author is Jane Austin. I loved reading her books "Pride and Prejudice" and "Sense and Sensibility".
Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons were spell binding and ones I had trouble putting down. The same is true with Deception Point.
Patricia Cornwell is another great mystery writer with her Dr. Scarpetta character. She, too, has done her research in writing these great murder mysteries.
What are your favorite books and who are your favorite authors? Please share those here and let's start our own online book club. Thanks for reading about a few of mine.