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message 1: by Gem , Moderator & Admin (last edited Mar 25, 2018 02:05PM) (new)

Gem  | 1262 comments Mod
Who is your favorite author? The one who you can count on never to disappoint you. Can you put your finger on why you like them so much?


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Mara Pemberton (marapem) | 1477 comments At the moment my two favorite British procedural authors Angela Marsons's and Robert Bryndza. I love both of their kick a** DCIS to the NTH degree. J.D. Robb, J.A. Jance, C.S. Harris, Deanna Rayborn-Lady Julia and Victoria Speedwell series., Frances Brody, Michael Connelly, and many, many others.


message 3: by Gem , Moderator & Admin (new)

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Mara wrote: "At the moment my two favorite British procedural authors Angela Marsons's and Robert Bryndza. I love both of their kick a** DCIS to the NTH degree. J.D. Robb, J.A. Jance, C.S. Harris, Deanna Raybor..."

I really like Robert Bryndza too. I read his first book and would like to read more of them. Great list!


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David Freas (quillracer) | 2219 comments Rhys Bowen
C. J, Box
James Lee Burke
Raymond Chandler
Lee Child
Tom Clancy
Michael Connelly
Earl Emerson
Chris Grabenstein
Sue Grafton
Jeremiah Healy
Carl Hiaasen
Craig Johnson
Jonathon King
John D. MacDonald
Archer Mayor
Ed McBain
Robert B. Parker
David Rosenfelt
John Sandford
Lisa Scottoline

All of them provide (or provided) consistently high-quality, engaging stories.


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Linda (beaulieulinda117gmailcom) | 1197 comments One if my favorite authors is Mary Higgins Clark, James Patterson, Robert B. Parker and Stephen King.


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Lisa Foxworthy Daugherty | 0 comments I too am a HUGE fan of both Angela Marsons and Robert Bryndza! All of their books are amazing! I also absolutely LOVE Robert Dugoni!


message 7: by JB (new)

JB Jo Bannister - never disappoints, a couple of series, some stand alones, all excellent. Yet hardly anyone has heard of her. Her Castlemere series first drew me in, they are pretty old so might be hard to find but worth the search. And if you love a dog in a mystery, and who doesn't, her Gabriel Ash series is great.


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MadProfessah (madprofesssah) | 42 comments Stuart MacBride has not disappointed through the first 8 books in his DS Logan McRae series. I wouldn’t call him my favorite author. He writes high-quality mystery thrillers set in Aberdeen with a hint of humor.

Karin Slaughter is another author who never disappoints.

She writes police procedurals set in Georgia with a dollop of romance. They tend to be quite gory and feature horrific things happening to female characters.


message 9: by Aditya (last edited May 24, 2018 06:54AM) (new)

Aditya | 1865 comments Raymond Chandler without a doubt. He was the best dialogue writer of all time (the only one that came close to him was Billy Wilder) plus hewais probably the first author to really uplift the profile of genre fiction. Every crime writer owes a debt to him and he created one of my favorite characters in fiction - Philip Marlowe.


message 10: by Kirsten (new)

Kirsten  (kmcripn) From the Booklist Reader:

10 Crime Writers I Hate (Because They’re Too Good)
by Colleen Coble

Dean Koontz

I know, I know: Most people think horror when they see the name Dean Koontz, but if you haven’t read his suspense, you’re missing out! Intensity is a nail-biting thriller with one of the creepiest serial killers you’ll ever come across—and one of the most gutsy heroines. The Silent Corner is another excellent thriller that could be all too real.

Stephen King

No one can write like King, and reading him provides a crash course in how to write. He was writing in the close third-person point-of-view when no one else even knew what that was, and he totally immerses readers in the story. Sure, he’s the king of horror (sorry), but consider The Stand: although it has supernatural elements, it’s not really horror. In fact, it’s a thriller in all meanings of the word, pitting an almost-invincible villain against ordinary people. I’ve read it well over 30 times. If you haven’t read it, get the edited version, not the bloated, “uncut” version released in 1990—you might have to buy it used. Even the king needs an editor!

Lisa Gardner

Sigh. I have a girl crush on Lisa because of her stellar writing. She can take the strands of what seem to be two different stories and wrap them up until your head is reeling and you don’t know what’s going on. The first Lisa Gardner novel I read was Touch and Go, which got me completely hooked, and I’ve been making my way systematically through all her books. I want to write like her when I grow up! Okay, she’s younger than me, which makes it so not fair.

Lisa Scottoline

Where has she been all my reading life? I’d heard her name many times—you’d have to live in a cave not to have heard of her. Somehow, I hand’t actually read her until last year, when I brought Keep Quiet on spring break with my granddaughter in Gulf Shores. In making my way through her backlist, I discovered characters who face truly hard decisions and writing that sings.

C. J. Box

Since his first novel, Open Season, I’ve loved the word-pictures Box conjures of Wyoming, a state I love (well, except in winter). My brother’s death in a freak lightning accident propelled me into writing, and Randy loved Wyoming, so I had to visit after he was killed. Standing on the parade ground at Fort Laramie, my first novel dropped into my head. So Wyoming is special to me, and Box has made it magical to millions of people.

Kathy Reichs

Oh my, the richness of her books! Through them, I’ve learned way more information about forensic anthropology than I could ever absorb. Every time I read one of Reichs’ novels, I wish I had some kind of grisly training myself. A reader can recognize an authentic voice, and she has it in spades.

Karin Slaughter

(view spoiler) I’ll never get over it. And this is why you’re a master—we readers care. But that doesn’t mean I’ve forgiven you yet.

Paul Doiron

I’m a sucker for novels set in remote places with interesting characters, so naturally, I love Paul Dorion. He writes with real authenticity just like C.J. Box, plus he’s been a guide to the Maine wilderness, and you can tell. He so immerses readers in the setting that I have to have a blanket on my lap whenever I read him. I found him while researching my own Maine series and nearly threw in the towel.

Louise Penny

The master! If you can believe it, I’d never heard of her until about two years ago, when my publisher handed me a copy of The Long Way Home. She raved about Louise, and since the protagonist was male (I tend to like females protagonists), I wasn’t sure I’d like it. Her wonderful writing immerses the reader immediately, but again, I wanted to quit writing after reading her. She’s too hard on my ego!

Dana Stabenow

There’s something mysterious and magical about Alaska. I was there on a cruise and fell in love with the majesty of the place. (That’s hardly worth mentioning, I know. Dana, don’t hurt me.) I could never live in Alaska, but I can experience it vicariously through Stabenow’s wonderful novels. I love it when an author can teach me something about a setting with which I’m unfamiliar.


message 11: by Gem , Moderator & Admin (new)

Gem  | 1262 comments Mod
I love all the comments here. Next time I'm in need of a book to read I'll be coming here for an author recommendation.


message 12: by Kirsten (new)

Kirsten  (kmcripn) ⊱✿Gem✿⊰ wrote: "I love all the comments here. Next time I'm in need of a book to read I'll be coming here for an author recommendation."

Absolutely.


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