I do like to read mysteries, but if you were to look at my reading list from the past few years you would see very few mysteries on there. Why is this? I have wondered because I read Nancy Drew obsessively as a child… and still do pull an adventure of Miss Drew’s from the shelf from time to time. Sherlock Holmes also entered my life around that time. I seen the TV movie called 1994 Baker Street: Sherlock Holmes Returns and loved it so much that I wanted more of this detective. (Wow, the actor who played Rathe in Young Sherlock Holmes played the detective in this one? That’s an interesting tidbit to discover.) I later found one of those children’s books of Holmes’s adventures and read it a lot over the next couple years until I acquired a collection of Doyle’s actual stories. And it was also during this time that I discovered Basil Rathbone, whom remains my favorite Holmes to this day. My father told me that I would probably like reading Nancy Drew so I was always checking out those books from the library for awhile too. For a long time I only ever had a few Drew books, but over the last few years I acquired many more. Mostly I’ve seen the classic yellow hardcovers on the bargain shelves at the bookstore and decided I needed them.
I joined the mystery newsletter that was available on my local library’s website. Yet most of the selections are just a turn-off for me. Why? Recently I gave it some thought since I went to see Heather Webber at a book signing. Then it hit me! I love cozy mysteries! Most of the mysteries I see advertised or on the bookshelf are not… well, cozy, I guess you would say. The plots kind of sound the same after awhile too, but I guess that happens with most genres when you browse enough. Although would you not agree that it is ironic how I don’t care to read mystery books detailing grisly scenes, but I have no problem watching horror movies? It doesn’t make sense to me either.
So I obviously like my mysteries in an historical setting. The Lord Meren series had me all ecstatic for Ancient Egypt. I found one of Laura Joh Rowland’s books set in feudal Japan for a dollar at a bookshop and ended up liking it even though I think it was the eighth book in the series. And of course I like the Nina Quinn and Lucy Valentine books by Heather Webber so I think it’s safe to say that I’ll read mysteries set in a contemporary time. But I’m not sure what other authors I should try out.
You know what? Go ahead! Recommend some mysteries to me!