Thursday, October 29, 2015

Where to Start: Mystery/Thrillers/Suspense

So, I've been debating and debating how to go about this list. Mystery in adult land is somewhat complicated because there are all these subgenres. There's cozy mystery, historical mystery, thrillers, and even a bunch of urban fantasy books out there could be considered mystery. I've decided to break it down into four categories: mystery, cozy mystery, and historical mystery.
Mystery for this list is going to be any book that has a mystery as the central part of its plot. I'm not including historical or fantasy settings. Just regular crime solving. I'm throwing in thrillers/suspense as well because honestly, the line between regular mystery and thrillers has always been a bit blurred so I'm just going to do them all at once.

Classics of the genre that are a good idea to read:
The Sherlock Holmes series by Arthur Conan Doyle
Poirot series/Miss Marple series/or And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
Lord Peter Whimsey series by Dorothy L. Sayers
Philip Marlowe series by Raymond Chandler

Some popular staples:
Millenium series by Stieg Larsson
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Dublin Murder Squad series by Tana French
The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall Smith
Women's Murder Club series by James Patterson

Some random personal recommendations:
Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling)
Temperance Brennan series by Kathy Reichs
Nikki Heat series by Richard Castle

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