As I have been typing the lists of authors for this cozy mystery book website, I have found that I have some favorite authors who I have actually never “read” with my eyes, but with my ears. These are authors of books that I have solely listened to on audio cassettes or CDs..
I have a few women narrators who are particular favorites of mine to listen to…… Barbara Rosenblat, Davina Porter, Barbara Caruso, and Lisette Lecat.
I first discovered Barbara Rosenblat when I started listening to the Mrs. Pollifax series (by Dorothy Gilman.) What a treasure! Rosenblat is truly magnificent at her craft.
Davina Porter was first introduced to me by listening to some of Ruth Rendell’s mysteries. I already knew that I enjoyed Rendell’s mysteries……. since I had read several, and I instantly recognized Porter as someone I would enjoy listening to again, and again.
I recognized Barbara Caruso as soon as I heard her on my first (of many) Edna Buchanan mysteries. I was familiar with some of Caruso’s work that my children listened to when they were younger. Caruso brings all of her characters to life……. and she is exceptional.
I discovered Lisette Lecat very recently, when I listened to my first Alexander McCall Smith mystery…………. The Number One Ladies Detective Agency. Lisette brought the novel to life in a way that I am sure most narrators would not be able to do. She is a real treat to listen to.
There are other women narrators of mystery novels who are very talented, and I will add them to my blogs in the future. And, I also have a list of favorite men who narrate novels with equal talent to my favorite female narrators. I will write about them in the future, also.
If you would like more information on Alexander McCall Smith‘s four series.