Autumn Mystery Reading

What are you reading now? What were you reading then??

Looking back through my reading lists, journals and diaries is always great fun. I now give book journals to many friends so they can remember some of their favourite authors and books. Make your own reading list! I love mysteries and these are often the theme for October or November reading (especially with spooky thrillers around Halloween). Many are made into movies or television series (some even BBC productions!) I discovered Walt Longmire, the Wyoming lawman in fiction, and hope to see the television series soon. I highly recommend the dvds of both Rebus (Ian Rankin) and Inspector Dagliesh (PD James) (don’t forget Kate Atkinson with Jackson Brodie!) I fell in love with Sherlock Holmes all over again through the eyes of Mary Russell in the Laurie King series (and it doesn’t hurt to think of Benedict Cumberbatch in the new Sherlock BBC series!) I started a series of book lists – what was I reading for non fiction, romance, science fiction, Scottish, etc. Look for them in future posts!

These are the years that I discovered or read them, not necessarily their published year (which I try to indicate).

2013 John Connolly – Charlie Parker (antihero, PI in Maine, Wrath of AngelsJan) series

2013 Ruth Downie, Book V Caveat Emptor with Gaius Petreius Ruso medic and amateur sleuth first introduced in Medicus, of the 20th Roman Legion stationed in hostile Britain

2012 Craig Johnson – Walt Longmire series

1 year ago Laurie R King – The Beekeeper’s Apprenticeseries!

2 years ago Susan Hill – Simon Serrailler crime novels

3 years ago (2009) Alan Bradley – Flavia de luce – not to be missed young adult series

4 years ago (2008) Stephanie Barron The White Sands, but also her books on Jane Austen

5 years ago (2007) Will Thomas  – 1880s Victorian mysteries featuring Cyrus Barker (Scottish private enquiry agent) and his Welsh assistant Thomas Llewelyn

10 years ago (2002) Kate Atkinson – Case Histories, featuring Edinburgh PI Jackson Brodie with several stories and now British television

15 years ago (1997) Thomas Perry – Jane Whitefield (native american) series

20 years ago Charles Todd -Mother and son team writing two series WWI: Inspector Ian Rutledge suffers from shell shock and hears the voice of Hamish MacLeod (a scot he was forced to execute) and the Bess Crawford series (nurse serving in France WWI)

25 years ago PD James policeman and poet Adam Dalgliesh of New Scotland Yard

30 years ago (1982) Helen McInnes – I simply read everything she wrote.

35 years ago (1975) Paul Gallico The Zoo Gang (1971, wonderful television series) (you might remember him for The Snow Goose (1941) or the Poseidon Adventure (1969)

40 years ago (1970) Dick Francis – Blood Sport (1967 and every novel before and after!)

45 years ago Carolyn Keene – Nancy Drew (how fun to think of these again)

50 years ago Joy De Weese Wehen – Stairway to a Secret YA romantic suspense (trying to remember the first mystery I ever read!)


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