The Suitcase Lady


March 10, 2009, 10:10 pm

At the age of seven I got my first library card, and life turned mysterious.  I discovered mystery books in the children’s stacks at my storefront, neighborhood library. My addiction to the genre was instant.

Fast forward fifty-eight years. Finding a mystery by a favorite author on the library’s new book shelf can still make my day.

Matching wits with authors to detect the perpetrators or puzzles is not my style. I prefer to be surprised, entertained and, in many cases, amused.

If I were marooned on a desert island, I would want books by these ten authors to wash ashore.

  • Robert B. Parker – Spenser is forever macho, Susan sexy and Hawk invincible.
  • Laurence Shames – Key West, mayhem and a Chihuahua star.
  • Alexander McCall Smith – Three cheers for Madame Ramotswe and all traditionally built women.
  • Janet Evanovich – Skip the between the numbers series. Diesel pales next to Morelli and Ranger. Note to Stephanie… pick Morelli, and you’ll get Bob in the deal.
  • Donna Leon – Her series is a luscious mix of Venice, civility and paradox.
  • James Lee Burke – Wonderful stuff considering the number of adjectives he injects per square inch.
  • Randy Wayne White – Intrigue, tropical sunsets and marine biology play out in an idyllic marina.
  • Carl Hiaasen – More over the top than the real Florida – not an easy feat to pull off.
  • Tim Dorsey – OK, I’ll admit it, I love that history-loving psychopath, Serge Storms. I can’t wait to get my hands on the latest book, Nuclear Jellyfish.
  • Tony Hillerman – Joe Leaphorn’s creator died on October 26, 2008. The Navajo Nation, New Mexico and mystery readers everywhere are mourning.

Kindly share your favorite mysteries if you’re inclined. Happy sleuthing.

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2 Comments for this entry

  • Roxane

    I love Serge, too! I promise ‘Nuclear Jellyfish’ will not disappoint!

  • Linda Haack

    I’m not much of a mystery reader, but I absolutely love the MC Beaton Agatha Raisin series. I so enjoy a crusty, 50-something who calls a fool a fool, no apologies but occasionally has the grace to be embarrassed, not that it bothers her for long.