Saturday, May 12, 2007

Summer Mystery Reading Challenge

The Challenge:

To read six mysteries by authors whose works you haven’t read before between June 1st and August 31st.

I really shouldn't join another challenge but this one, hosted at Reviewed by Liz, is one I can't resist. I haven't actually read many mysteries, and I keep meaning to read more but I never seem to get around to it. Partly because I know that if I start a series and like it, then I'll HAVE to keep buying them and my bookshelves are already bowing (seriously!) under the weight of all my books. Summer, when it's too hot to move, seems like a good time to finally get to some of these though. So, here are some of the new-to-me authors that I already have here waiting to choose from:

Ian Rankin (Knots & Crosses, Hide & Seek - Inspector Rebus series) --FINISHED
Jacqueline Winspear (Maisie Dobbs) --FINISHED
Boris Akunin (The Winter Queen, Murder on the Leviathon)
Miyuki Miyabe (All She Was Worth) --FINISHED
Tess Gerritsen (The Surgeon, The Apprentice)
Kate Atkinson (Case Histories)
Giles Blunt (Forty Words For Sorrow) --FINISHED
Harlan Coben (Tell No One, Gone For Good, No Second Chance)
Henning Mankell (Faceless Killers)
Mo Hayder (Tokyo, The Treatment)
Susanna Gregory (A Plaque on Both Your Houses, etc. - Matthew Bartholomew Chronicles)
Michael Connelly (The Narrows)
Scott Turow (Reversible Errors)

UPDATE - Not from original list:
Alexander McCall Smith (The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency) --FINISHED
Suki Kim (The Interpreter) --FINISHED

*Last updated August 27, 2007


  1. Of your list of things to read, the only author I've read (so far) is Ian Rankin. I don't remember any more which book it was, and I'm too lazy at the moment to go find it, but it was quite good.

    I may have to join that RAL myself...

  2. Laura,
    I see you decided to join the Mystery Challenge too. Should be fun. I'm looking forward to finally reading some of these authors that I keep hearing about.

  3. There are so many authors I want to try in this category. Knowing which six to choose will be the real challenge, I think.

    I have read a few of the authors you are considering. Tess Gerritsen, Harlan Coben, Mo Hayder, and Kate Atkinson and Michael Connelly are all authors I've read and enjoyed immensely.

    I hope you enjoy the challenge!

  4. I'm a big Ian Rankin fan so that's a good one :) I also loved the Maisie Dobbs books. I'm so excited about this challenge! Hope you have fun discovering some great mysteries.

  5. I don't dare join this challenge! I need to catch-up on all my existing mystery series first before diving into any new authors' works. If you need one more name to choose from, I highly recommend Dennis Lehane's Kenzie/Gennaro series. Outstanding!

  6. Literary Feline,
    I agree, choosing the 6 will be the main challenge! I have an idea which ones I'm most eager to try, but I'll see how the mood strikes. Happy Mystery reading to you too.

    It's just the kick I need to finally try some of these. I pretty sure I'll read the first Rankin book as I've been meaning to for ages now. I've also heard so many good things about the Maisie Dobbs series so I'm also leaning towards that one. Should be fun though.

    I know, I'm a bit scared to start any series of books. At least the ones I listed are already in my stacks and I'm going to try to stick to them. But I'll definitely add Lehane to my wishlist. Thanks.

  7. I think this sounds like a fun challenge, but I am already behind in my other challenges! I really like Maisie Dobbs--I hope you enjoy it--it is sort of not a traditional mystery. The Boris Akunin series is quirky and good, too.

  8. Danielle,
    I'm not sure it's entirely realistic of me to join yet another challenge, but I'm hoping that being mysteries, they'll be rather quick reads.
    I've heard so many positive comments about Maisie Dobbs, I'm looking forward to it. And quirky's good! :P


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