Who are your favorite mystery authors?

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  1. Gale Force profile image60
    Gale Forceposted 14 years ago

    Agatha Christie remains my number one favorite - she is the first mystery writer I ever read, when I was 14 years old or so. And her play The Mousetrap was the first play I ever saw, too.

    Other favorite authors are ... Elizabeth Peters, Charlotte Macleod and Simon Brett.

    1. tobey100 profile image59
      tobey100posted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Ellory Queen

  2. dahoglund profile image71
    dahoglundposted 14 years ago

    Although I haven't read him for awhile but I think Raymond Chandler and his followers are always good.I also think William X. Kienzle is very good.

  3. Jane Grey profile image82
    Jane Greyposted 14 years ago

    I love the sophisticated British mysteries by Dorothy Sayers, Wilkie Collins, and Agatha Christie best, because they are novels first, mysteries second.

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    cosetteposted 14 years ago

    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

  5. gold400 profile image60
    gold400posted 14 years ago

    I also like Agatha Christie. My gandmother had her full collection and I used to read them when I visited for the holidays.

    Right now my favorites are Dean Koontz and Jonathan Kellerman.
    Both are fantastic writers first and their mysteries grab you from the first page and keep you running with them right to the last page.

    1. TamCor profile image80
      TamCorposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I love these authors, too--Dean Koontz is my all time favorite, and has been for years and years. smile

      Nora Roberts writes great mysteries, too, and I love the realistic characters, and the interaction between men and women...honest, candid, with no games or "I am woman, hear me roar" type female characters.

      Iris Johansen is good, too--great plots, but all too often her female characters are the angry, chip on my shoulder type, and those get tiring sometimes, lol...but, I still read them once in awhile. lol

  6. dfunzy profile image59
    dfunzyposted 14 years ago

    Arthur Conan Doyle
    Dashiell Hammett
    Raymond Chandler
    Chester Himes
    Rex Stout
    Elmore Leonard
    John D MacDonald
    Ross Macdonald

  7. h.a.borcich profile image60
    h.a.borcichposted 14 years ago

    Phyliss Whitney was my favorite in high school. One mystery writer I loved reading Charlotte Armstrong - The Gift Shop.

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    amcohenposted 14 years ago

    Wow, that's a hard one. Of the classics, I love Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, and Ngaio Marsh,  Of the current writers, Ruth Rendell, Marcia Muller, and Sue Grafton are some of my very favorites.

    1. Rochelle Frank profile image91
      Rochelle Frankposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      I'm not a big mystery reader-- but I'm glad you mentioned Sue Grafton. Her settings around Southern California are the places I grew up in and I could picture them all so well.

  9. josie hermit profile image60
    josie hermitposted 14 years ago

    I'm reading a mystery, Moonstone by Willkie Collins, and so far it's proved to be good smile

  10. resspenser profile image70
    resspenserposted 14 years ago

    Robert B. Parker, Robert Crais and now Chelsea Cain.

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    Rosa Bergerposted 14 years ago

    Donis Casey. I love expecially her Alafair Tucker mystery series.

  12. Ivorwen profile image65
    Ivorwenposted 14 years ago

    I've never gotten into reading adult mysteries, but right now I am reading "The Three Investigators" series to my kids.  They are loving the books.

  13. Flightkeeper profile image66
    Flightkeeperposted 14 years ago

    The great Christie and Patricia Cromwell.

  14. kerryg profile image83
    kerrygposted 14 years ago

    Agatha Christie, Josephine Tey, Dorothy Sayers, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Elizabeth Peters, Kate Ross, Sharon Kay Penman (though I like her historical fiction better than her mysteries), Lindsey Davis, Ellis Peters...

    I feel like I'm forgetting some favorites, but that's a good start. smile

  15. timothyjward profile image89
    timothyjwardposted 14 years ago

    I gotta go with Agatha Christie as well...

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    Reader103posted 13 years ago

    My favorite mystery writer is Stuart Woods.  He brings back a lot of his characters in his stories.  I especially enjoy the Stone Barrington novels.  Stuart Woods always has surprise me at the end of the story.  Just when I think I have it figured out.  I have read all of his books to date.

  17. Jonathan Janco profile image60
    Jonathan Jancoposted 13 years ago

    All day long I will give the same answer: Dick Francis

  18. FloraBreenRobison profile image60
    FloraBreenRobisonposted 12 years ago

    I love classic mystery authors like Agatha Christie and her peers-Sayers, Marsh, Chesterton, etc.  I also love Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and R. Austin Freeman.  I try to read several sub-genres.  My favourite gothic writer is Mary Roberts Rinehart.  My favourite hard boiled writers are dashiel Hammett and Raymond Chandler.  Since I love cars I love to read lillian Jackson Brawn.  In general, I do not read current mystery writers who started writing after I was born-1976. There are exceptions, but as this is asking for my favourite...oh, and as you ask for one favourite overall-it has to be Agatha Christie.

    1. FloraBreenRobison profile image60
      FloraBreenRobisonposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      That is supposed  to read since I love CATS!
      oh dear.  I love typing with one hand.

    2. JayeWisdom profile image89
      JayeWisdomposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Reading a Mary Roberts Rineheart book is really like traveling back in time!  I recall reading Circular Staircase when I was a young woman and loving it. Mysteries have always been my favorite fiction genre. I'd simply forgotten Rineheart until I read your post.

  19. JayeWisdom profile image89
    JayeWisdomposted 12 years ago

    I love the opportunity to reply to this question, late though I am in finding it.

    My absolute favorite contemporary mystery writers are:  Micheal Connelly (especially his Lincoln Lawyer series), Ian Rankin, Louise Penny, Laurie King, Ruth Rendall, Minette Walters, P.D. James, Caroline Graham, John Grisham, Scott Turow, Sue Grafton and Dick Francis. Unfortunately, Dick Francis died not long ago, but his son (who did research for him for many years) co-authored his last couple of books, so he will probably continue the Francis tradition. Will have to wait and see.

    Favorite mystery writers from the genre's "golden age" include: Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, Ngaio Marsh and Josephine Tey.

    If there appears to be a preponderance of authors from the UK, that is not a coincidence.

  20. Kathleen Cochran profile image74
    Kathleen Cochranposted 12 years ago

    Of all the many, I love two of the dozen or so books by Susan Isaacs.  I keep pulling for her to write another one from the talent that produced Shining Through and Magic Hour.  I know she has it in her!

  21. Aficionada profile image79
    Aficionadaposted 12 years ago

    Rex Stout was always fun.

    Not sure he belongs here, but:  early Tom Clancy.

    John Grisham

    Ellis Peters

    Anne Perry

    Dick Francis

    Tony Hillerman!!!!

    and... the most stellar Ngaio Marsh. 

    I agree with the reviewers who say Christie should be compared to Marsh, not the other way around.  (But I do enjoy Dame Agatha too.)

  22. PiaC profile image61
    PiaCposted 12 years ago

    I too love Agatha Christie. I also love P.D. James, Anne Perry and more recently Kate Atkinson. I also loved Donna Tartt's The Secret History.

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    Valemanposted 12 years ago

    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.  I love all of the Sherlock Holmes stories, and rarely go a day without either reading one, or watching some of the large collection of Sherlock Holmes DVDs I have.  I find Agatha Christie too complicated.  I usually am none the wiser when the crime has been solved than at the beginning.

    1. JayeWisdom profile image89
      JayeWisdomposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Another Sherlockian!  I, too, have all of the Sherlock Holmes stories, plus all of the DVDs (from the BBC series starring Jeremy Brett, the definitive screen Sherlock, in my humble opinion). I also read SH pastiches, and some are pretty good, though some are awful, but I can't seem to help myself!  Can't get too much Sherlock Holmes....

      1. FloraBreenRobison profile image60
        FloraBreenRobisonposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        I love Jeremy Brett.  Before I discovered him I didn't read Holmes regularily.

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        Valemanposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        I agree.  Some actors played Sherlock Holmes, but Jeremy Brett was Sherlock Holmes.  It was a shame though, that his manic-depression made Holmes take over his life.  Apparently, he couldn't put the character aside, when filming had finished.  The only Holmes stories I don't like are the several films, which have Holmes solving the mystery of Jack the Ripper.  The mixing of a fictional character with a real one, I never think is a good idea.  Peter Cushing was very good, but nothing to compare with Brett.  I always end every day with at least a couple of Brett's Sherlock, and even though I have seen them hundreds of times, I never tire of them.

    2. SaMcNutt profile image62
      SaMcNuttposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I forgot about Sir Doyle. I do like the Victorian Era mystery novels.

  24. JSParker profile image78
    JSParkerposted 12 years ago

    I will mine this hub for future mystery reading!  Some great recommendations here.  My favorite mystery is usually the one I'm reading now, which at the moment is the first of the Wallander cases, "The Pyramid" by Swedish writer Henning Mankell.  I got into Swedish writers after being swept away with "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" trilogy by Stieg Larsson.  If only there were more Larsson books!  Sigh.  So I'm making do with Mankell.  Next month...on to something else, although there are eight or so Wallander books.  Happy reading!

    1. JayeWisdom profile image89
      JayeWisdomposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I haven't read the Wallander books, but recently watched DVDs of the first BBC season. I assume this is the same character? Really good stories, though I realize that TV treatments rarely match the books.

      1. JSParker profile image78
        JSParkerposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        I didn't know about the BBC series, but checked with a friend who's read ALL the Wallander books, and, yes, you're right, it's the same character.  I may check out the series if it's available through Netflix.  Thanks!

    2. Kate Spenser profile image72
      Kate Spenserposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I too got into Swedish mystery/crime fiction to help me through my mourning period at the end of the Dragon Tattoo trilogy. (Though I'm holding out hope that his longtime partner will finish and publish the 4th book...when I first read there were meant to be 12 books in the series I think I actually cried, knowing what could have been if Steig Larsson hadn't died!) Right now I'm reading Camilla Lackberg's The Ice Princess, which is the first of a trilogy. (I read the second one, The Preacher, before I realized it was part of a series!)  Have you tried any of Mankell's non-Wallander books? I've read a couple of the Wallander series but got sidetracked by more recent books of his, namely Kennedy's Brain and The Man From Beijing, both of which were FANTASTIC.  I'm not really sure why Sweden seems to produce some of the best crime fiction in the world given their comparatively low crime rate, but there you have it!

  25. Morgan F profile image60
    Morgan Fposted 12 years ago

    Agatha Christie for sure!

  26. stargazer 01 profile image60
    stargazer 01posted 12 years ago

    I would like to tell everyone about Merlin Fraser he is a writer and he has written three book 's please checkout his hub

  27. FloraBreenRobison profile image60
    FloraBreenRobisonposted 12 years ago

    Merlin was the first person to post a comment on a hub of mine.  His books combine mysteries with the supernatural.  Quite fascinating.

  28. Loveslove profile image60
    Lovesloveposted 12 years ago

    For those of you who like mystery writers ...and there seems to be quite a few, may I add to the list of Mystery Authors the name MERLIN FRASER ..he has a trilogy of books which  are a must to read for the lover of Mystery books...available on Amazon .

    Merlin isnt a well known author but very worthy of a read ...I have read all three of his mystery novels and altough not my usual bedtime reading I have to confess I found them good reading....
    If I tell you that Merlin is a well respected member of HUBS then maybe you will give his books a read...if you do tell him where you learnt about his work I may be up for commission!! lol

  29. Merlin Fraser profile image61
    Merlin Fraserposted 12 years ago

    BLUSH !!!

    1. stargazer 01 profile image60
      stargazer 01posted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Why are you blushing ? I am you under cover agent and I spread the word about your books !! so I am up for the commission Merlin x
      everyone please checkout two of Merlin sites www.lulu.com & www.amazon.com

      1. IzzyM profile image87
        IzzyMposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        Me too! I have now sold 4 of Merlin's books on Amazon.com and 3 on co.uk smile)

        Well worth a read folks! I have them listed in my top 10 best selling books hubs.

  30. maven101 profile image72
    maven101posted 12 years ago

    My top ten mystery writers and novels are :

    1. Eric Ambler ( Passage of Arms )
    2. John le Carre' ( The Spy who came in from the Cold )
    3. Ken Follett ( Flight over Water )
    4. Michael Connelly ( The entire Harry Bosch series )
    5. John Sanford ( The entire Davenport series )
    6. Robert B. Parker ( The entire Spenser series )
    7. Jeffery Deaver ( The entire Lincoln Rhyme series )
    8. Graham Greene ( The Human Factor )
    9. Len Deighton ( The Ipcress File )
    10. Joseph Wambaugh ( The Secrets of Harry Bright )

  31. SaMcNutt profile image62
    SaMcNuttposted 12 years ago

    I don't read mystery novels in general but, I do like Anne Perry. I have only read the Charlotte and Thomas Pit series.

    Someone said the other day that she helped her friend murder her father in Australia with a rock when she was a kid. Currently she lives in Scotland. I was wondering if anyone knew this to be true?

    1. JayeWisdom profile image89
      JayeWisdomposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Actually, it was the friend's mother who was murdered by the two girls. Because they were young teens, they each only served five years in prison for the crime. The story is quite ghastly. The first blow to the mother's head with a brick did not kill her, so she was hit repeatedly until she died. If it had happened today, they two girls might have been tried as adults, for the crime was premeditated. The reason for the murder is because the girl's mother was divorcing her father, and the girl (Perry's friend) did not want to move away.  Ironic that Perry began writing murder stories as an adult, isn't it?

      1. SaMcNutt profile image62
        SaMcNuttposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        Wow, I actually loved her books but, had no idea that this was at all true. First I heard of it was Thursday. It is very interesting the transition into murder mysteries. Probably why she moved away from Australia.

        1. JayeWisdom profile image89
          JayeWisdomposted 12 years agoin reply to this

          Yes, it is an amazing story, isn't it? If I recall correctly, part of the prison release deal for both girls was that they never have any contact again.

          1. Paradise7 profile image68
            Paradise7posted 12 years agoin reply to this

            I didn't know that about Anne Perry.  That really turns me off her, it gives me the willies.

  32. Paradise7 profile image68
    Paradise7posted 12 years ago

    I like Dorothy Sayers, from WAY back, also someone new to me, the lady who fixed my computer turned me on to this author:

    Margaret Frazer.

    She writes period mysteries.  They're set in the medieval period with a group of traveling actors as the repeating characters.  Very cool!

  33. Pollyannalana profile image60
    Pollyannalanaposted 12 years ago

    Sandra Brown and Mary Higgens Clark has to be the best today I think. They always have fresh material and interesting from page one to the end.


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