I have been asked to write about some of the authors who I read. I think that I will begin by telling you about the mystery authors I follow – who have been around for many years, and whose works have withstood the test of time. I know that most of you are familiar with these authors, but if you aren’t, then do yourself a favor and check them out. (I’ll write another time about “more current” authors who I follow…)
Agatha Christie: I enjoy both her Miss Marple and her Poirot mystery series, although I am a bit more partial to Miss Marple. (since 1922)
Dorothy Gilman: I love sleuthing and traveling with Mrs. Pollifax. (since 1966)
Martha Grimes: I truly enjoy the Jury & Plant mystery series. (since 1981) (I know that 1981 doesn’t seem like “around for many years” but I went ahead and added her since I have MacLeod on the list, and she was only three years before Grimes…)
Cyril Hare: Hare’s style of writing seems effortless. I know I have mentioned (many times!) how much I enjoy his Christmas mystery called An English Murder. I also enjoy following his Inspector Mallet series, as well as his (very short) Francis Pettigrew series. (since 1937)
Reginald Hill: There’s nothing Cozy about Dalziel & Pascoe, but what a treat this mystery series is to read! (since 1970)
Ngaio Marsh: Inspector Roderick Alleyn is one of my very favorite inspectors. (since 1931)
Patricia Moyes: Here’s yet another inspector I enjoy. I also love Inspector Henry Tibbett! (since 1958)
Stuart Palmer: His Hildegard Withers Mystery series is another series I follow. (since 1931)
Ellis Peters: Her Brother Cadfael mystery series is one of the best historical mystery series that I know of. (since 1951)
Ruth Rendell: Inspector Wexford is yet another inspector I love to follow. (since 1964)
I know that I have talked about “pacing” myself before. Since most of these series are limited to a number of mysteries, I try not to read the books too often. For example, last year I read one Dorothy Gilman, two Cyril Hare, three Reginald Hill, two Ngaio Marsh, one Stuart Palmer, two Ellis Peters, and five Agatha Christie mysteries. I just don’t want to read through the series so fast that I finally run out of these authors’ books! That’s how good I think they are!
How about you? Do you have a “been-around-for-a-while” mystery author (or two, or three…) who you love to read?