The goal was to read 6 new-to-me Mystery Authors, and yesterday I finished my last one! Of those, 4 were from my original list of possibles and 2 just happened across my path. I basically read them all over the last month (Harry Potter had me occupied before that) so I'm pleased I managed to successfully complete the challenge.
(clicking on the title will take you to my review)
1. All She Was Worth - Miyuki Miyabe
2. Knots & Crosses - Ian Rankin
3. Forty Words for Sorrow - Giles Blunt
4. Maisie Dobbs - Jacqueline Winspear
5. The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency - Alexander McCall Smith
6. The Interpreter - Suki Kim
Best book I read for the challenge:
I guess I'd say Forty Words for Sorrow since it kept me turning the pages, and made me stay up too late to finish it. But I also quite enjoyed several of the others.
Book I could've done without:
I wasn't overly impressed with The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency but the most disappointing was All She Was Worth. I guess I'd expected something else from it.
Authors I'll read again:
The Interpreter and All She Was Worth are standalones, as far as I know, whereas the other 4 are the first books in a series. I won't go out of my way to read another book by Miyuki Miyabe, although if it's from the library I may give it a go. I'll gladly read Suki Kim's next book whenever it's published. Of the series books, I'd like to read more by Ian Rankin, Giles Blunt, and Jacqueline Winspear. I already have the 2nd book in the Inspector Rebus series by Ian Rankin so I hope to read it soon. I'll give Alexander McCall Smith's Botswana series another chance but I'm not holding my breath.
Best thing about the Challenge:
I keep putting off starting series books because I know it'll lead to reading and buying more books, but I'm so glad I finally got around to some of these that have been waiting impatiently for a while. I also found that mysteries are the perfect kind of read for me during the summer as the heat saps my energy and attention span. I haven't read a lot of mysteries in the past but I think I'll be reading more from now on. I may have to have a mystery month (or two) again next summer, or if Liz and Bob host another challenge next year, I'm sure I'll be up for it. Especially since I still have plenty more authors to try. Thanks for a great challenge!