I love a good mystery, don’t you? A story that makes you think and entertains you all at the same time can be just the thing. And since it’s almost Halloween I’m particularly drawn to a bit of a scare. That’s why this week’s Ten on Tuesday topic is 10 Favorite Mystery Books. Here are mine:
- A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton. Kinsey Milhone is like an old, old friend.
- And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. It’s the first Christie I ever read – I was in 7th grade – and it’s remained a favorite ever since.
- Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier. Perhaps more gothic than mystery but nobody is more chilling than Mrs. Danvers.
- The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins. It’s considered to be the first mystery novel ever, how could it not be on my list? Plus, it’s a very good read.
- Promised Land by Robert Parker. Really, any of the Spenser mysteries are good, plus Parker is a Massachusetts guy.
- Hot Money by Dick Francis. I’ve read several of his but this one is my favorite.
- Dying for Chocolate by Diane Mott Davidson. Like Kinsey Milhone, Goldie Schultz feels like an old friend. I’ve read the entire series but this one, book 2 is perhaps the strongest of stories.
- The Body in the Belfry by Katherine Hall Page. This is the first book in a lengthy series featuring Faith Fairchild, a former New York City caterer, now living in Massachusetts and married to a minister. She gets into lots of trouble solving mysteries and it’s all quite entertaining.
- The Body Farm by Patricia Cornwell. This is perhaps the creepiest of Cornwell’s books and I think that’s why it’s my favorite.
- Mystic River by Dennis Lehane. I had a hard time choosing between this one and A Drink Before the War. Honestly, all of Lehane’s books are excellent.
Those are my favorite mysteries, what are yours? Make sure you link your blog post if you write one and click here if you want to sign up for the Ten on Tuesday email list.