As the title of this entry says: Thank you for your monthly mystery book recommendations!
I (finally!) started the monthly recommendation entries fourteen entries ago. I had received several letters from Cozy Mystery readers who told me that while they could see who I liked to read, they were interested in what you all read. They wanted to get different Cozy Mystery readers’ opinions on who the really good authors are. At first I didn’t think these entries would fly. I wondered if people other than the letter-writers would really be interested enough about “getting the word out” regarding their favorite authors. Boy, am I glad I listened to the letter-writers’ ideas!
I have found several authors through your recommendations, two of whom were actually on my “*****YUCK” list! Yes, that’s right – two of the authors who you all have repeatedly told us about were on that list! (I have to admit that it is a rather long list, in fact it is so long that each letter has its own folder on my desktop.)
One of these authors has been recommended five times out of the fourteen entries. That’s a really high percentage – I think that’s something like 5/14, which is more than a third. (Algebra was not a strength of mine!)
Every month, when I compile the list of Cozy Mystery Book Recommendations, I take notice of why you are recommending the authors. Those comments of yours are the reason I have given some of my not so favorite authors a second chance.
I remember reading one of my new favorite authors (Joanne Fluke) many years ago, when I was still in my Cozy Mystery online reading groups. Cora (one of the two very dear friends I made in those groups) and I shared a very similar taste in our favorite authors. Cora loved Joanne Fluke, so I knew I would too. But for some reason, don’t ask me why, I didn’t like the book. After seeing her name over and over on the monthly recommendation lists, I tried her again. Man alive! What was I thinking all of those years ago? Joanne Fluke is on my favorite authors list now, thanks to those of you who recommended her. (I am always excited when I find a new-to-me author who has several books already written, so I don’t have to “wait” for their next Cozy Mystery.)
I can’t imagine why I made the decision to not continue with Joanne Fluke all those years ago. Perhaps I was in an over-all bad mood when I decided I wouldn’t continue with her. This brings me to the following question:
Have you ever decided you didn’t like an author – only to later find you actually do?