Friday’s Favorite Five: Mystery & Suspense Authors

Hello, my dear readers!

I am so sorry I have been super busy between track, school, and work, and I didn’t get a chance to post last week, but I’m back this week with the last post in the series of Favorite Authors and this week’s genre is Mystery & Suspense!

Enjoy!

Sherlock

#5 Umberto Eco
I had to read Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose for school, and while I wasn’t too thrilled about reading a mystery novel that wasn’t about Sherlock Holmes, I really enjoyed Eco’s writing style. I really began to appreciate Brother William’s deductive skills, though they still were not as impressive as my dear Sherlock’s.

#4 Agatha Christie
I first read Christie’s Death on the Nile in middle school, I believe. Again I wasn’t too blown away by Hercule Poirot, and I felt as though he was modeled more than anything after Sherlock. Nonetheless, I still enjoyed how the story unfolded, despite the perhaps less than authentic detective.

#3 Dorothy L. Sayers
Sayers’ The Nine Taylors is by far one of my favorite mystery novels. It was really complicated, however, which is why I made it #3 on this list. When I first read it, I was extremely bumfuzzled, because I didn’t understand the art of ringing bells, but upon reading this novel a second time I realized and appreciated the genius that went into the story. I also enjoyed the character of Lord Peter Wimsey – almost as much as much as my beloved Sherlock (but, of course, not quite as much).

#2 Joan Aiken
Perhaps a less known mystery novelist, Aiken is one of my favorites because of her awesome book The Wolves of Willoughby Chase. I first read this book with my mom in middle school, and we both fell in love with Bonnie and Sylvia and their wonderfully suspenseful story. When we began, we had no idea what to expect. We were reading it through a curriculum at the time, but soon we found ourselves reading more every day than the daily schedule because we simply couldn’t put it down and the suspense was killing us both.

#1 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Finally, my first love. Well, that is, after Christ. And I mean Sherlock Holmes, not Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I’m going to be honest here. I first fell in love with Sherlock Holmes when I watched the movie with Robert Downy, Jr., who (in my expert opinion) absolutely mastered the role and blew everyone else out of the water – no one can even come close to the wonderful job he did presenting Sherlock (for you Benedict Cumberbatch fans…I’m so sorry for you…that’s all I’m gonna say…). So, when I fell in the love with him on screen, I decided to read The Complete Sherlock Holmes. And boy, was that an adventure! AND I discovered that he was everything he was cracked up to be on screen – and much, much more. Friends, if you haven’t read the book, but only seen the movie (or, worse yet, the show…) you are missing out on the true beauty and depth of the entire story. That’s all I’m saying……………and shame on you…………..

…no really, all joking aside, go read this amazing book!!!!!

That’s all for this week folks! Thank you so much for joining me on this adventure of a series. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

Books

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