Chat Between Chapters: Genre: Mystery

August 2, 2015 Chat Between Chapters, Featured Posts 24

chatbetweenchapters2 Let’s talk about the mystery genre. Are you a fan? Care to recommend some mystery books to others?

Julie Review Avatar Julie:

I used to read mystery quite a bit, but I got burned out on the genre and haven’t gone back yet. I used to love James Patterson’s books, especially the Women’s Murder Club series.  I should give the genre another go soon though, any recs? Especially if the book has a great audio version?



I started out early reading mysteries. I even wanted to be a nuclear physicist after reading Agatha Christie. The appeal for me is really in the plot. I am not one of those people who try to guess who done it, but I find that the mystery drives the plot forward to where I WANT to keep reading and finish the book. Sone of ny favorite myster authors are listed below:

Janet Evanovich – especially the O’Hare/Fox series  

Dan Brown

Elizabeth Peters

Deborah Coonts



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24 Responses to “Chat Between Chapters: Genre: Mystery”

  1. Jen Schaper

    I read more thrillers and romantic suspense than mysteries. Most of the mysteries I read are cozies. But, I am reading X by Sue Grafton right now, which is pretty good. I also like Janet Evanovich, Sara Paretsky, Deborah Crombie, and Patricia Cornwell (off the top of my head).
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  2. Elizabeth the Evil Overlord

    I’ve always loved mysteries, back to the days of the Bobbsey Twins. It’s only recently that I’ve realized there are so many sub-genres within this umbrella and have narrowed down which I enjoy most. Legal thrillers, police procedurals, cozy, psychological, etc.

  3. Wendy

    Brace yourselves; I have a lot of favorite mystery writers.

    Reginald Hill (this series got much better about four books in, so if you don’t mind missing the backstory, start later)
    Elizabeth George
    Tana French

    Laura Lippman (her stand-alones are better than her series, but her series is a step above Sue Grafton)
    Sophie Hannah
    Jane Casey

    All of these authors write complex, psychological novels where character and theme are right up there with plot in terms of what’s driving the story. They are gritty, but not horror.
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    • Julie

      Well, I haven’t read any of those authors I don’t think. What a list! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  4. Cynthia @ Bingeing On Books

    Hmm, sometimes I like mysteries and sometimes I don’t. But I do LOVE every Gillian Flynn book: Gone Girl, Dark Places and Sharp Objects. They are all so awesome and have crazy, twisted endings. I also just read another one, Black Eyed Susans, which was really good.
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    • Julie

      I haven’t read the other Flynn books, just Gone Girl, and it was a bit much for me. I have heard that the others are good so I should probably give them a try.

  5. Rose Milligan

    Julie, I would recommend The Inspector Gamache Series by Louise Penny and The Mary Russell Series by Laurie R. King. I love reading mysteries, but honestly I read whatever…I’m not to picky as long as it’s a good book.

    • Lynn

      Yes, Ramona, I think that is very possible. I don’t read nearly as many mysteries as I did when I was younger. I think it’s a cycle of preference.

    • Lynn

      Very true, Terri. It’s difficult to find a good mystery. There are loads of bad ones out there, like any genre.

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