Monday, September 21, 2009

Best Mystery Books

Some of the best mystery books I have read are those I read when I was a kid. My first exposure to the genre came by way of the set of Nancy Drew mystery books that Mom got for me through a school-driven book-buying club. I couldn’t get enough of the series—Message in a Haunted Mansion, Secret of the Scarlet Hand, Danger on Deception Island…. I would stay up all night, of course, not so much afraid to turn the light out but concerned the details of the stories would change while I was asleep or that I would miss something I should read before daybreak.

As a teen, I moved from the basic mystery books (although said books are no less involved and just as developed as mature, adult mystery books) and started in the mystery/horror tales, including the fictional and true-crime-based works: these books did keep me awake out of fear—or terror—and did also keep me reading until I finished…to get the closure one needs with such enthralling, gut-griping, spine-curdling stories as those in The Mephisto Waltz, The Amityville Horror, and even The Exorcist.

More devoted mystery books readers will swear by the Agatha Christie Series or will recommend the more modern Sue Grafton novels. Similarly, others will speak highly of Mary Higgins Clark’s books or books by Jonathan Kellerman. I, too, would add that detective series and true-crime books are as exciting and incite as much fingernail-chewing as the best mystery books, especially, for example, those by John Sanderford, those by the brilliant Stephen King, and even a few of the master of “junk” novels, Sydney Sheldon.

And mystery book sellers and aficionados will add the hottest new authors to the list, contemporary mystery writers such as Martin O’Brian, Craig Johnson, and Melissa Swaim, Janet Evanovich, and Martha Grimes (as well as many others), who are revered at such sites as, an independent bookseller who appreciates good literature.

The mystery books genre is wide-ranging, so true bibliophiles (as opposed to genre purists) will allow for suspense, thriller, and other evocative works to be put on the mystery books list. It all depends, of course, on how much you read, what you prefer, and how much Mwoohahhah you can tolerate. Add to Technorati Favorites Bookmark and Share


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