Then came Nancy Drew, then The Dana Girls, then Agatha Christie then, you name it, I've probably read it. Long as it's a mystery of a certain type I'll be there to say: Please sir, may I have some more?
Although lately, reading all the names of past authors (on all the wonderful Vintage themed Mystery Blogs) who seem to have eluded me, I'm thinking I didn't read that many after all. My only feeble excuse is that I can't have been expected to read EVERYTHING. Although sometimes it feels as though I did.
Confession: There was a time that for about four or five years, all I read were romances. I thought then I'd outgrown my love of mysteries. Mysteries were passe. I was a grown up. I wanted to read about the romantic entanglements of other grown-ups. (But only with happy endings, of course.) A friend introduced me to the romance 'genre' - books I hadn't even known existed - I'd led a very sheltered life.
But eventually I came to my senses. (Though I still will read a romance or two or three, usually from my own stacks and stacks of books leftover from The Phase. There are certain romance authors I remain devoted to, no matter what. And a couple of new ones too, i.e. Lauren Willig.
As for 'thrillers' - I didn't discover them until late in life. I thought I just was not a 'thriller' type reader. Of course, I was wrong. Mysteries and Thrillers go hand in hand far as I'm concerned - it just took me a while to discover it - I must be a slow learner. I am now happily devoted to Lee Child and Robert Crais and several other writers of so-called 'thrillers' and continue to be so.
When I'm blue, when I'm feeling not-so-hot, when I'm sick or just verklempt, I love a good mystery. Even on occasions when I'm deliriously happy, there's just nothing like a good mystery. In fact, there are very few occasions when a mystery won't do. But the truth is, here's nothing like a whodunit to chase away the occasional gloom. And since I seem to be gloomier than most, there are lots of mysteries piled on bookshelves in every room in my house save the bathroom. (Moisture is the enemy of books!) Mysteries are my brain's comfort food. No doubt about it.
And even if I know whodunit, I reread my favorites over and over and over again and never tire of their power to seduce. One good thing to be said for Old Lady Memory - I tend to forget occasionally who the killer is. Ha!
So, what are my Favorite Mystery and/or Thrillers? Well, if you read this blog, you probably already know the answer. But just in case you don't, here are my Top Twenty-Five (10 would be impossible to select and even 25 is hard as heck and likely to change on any given day):
1)THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES by Arthur Conan Doyle
2) THE BEEKEEPER'S APPRENTICE by Laurie R. King
3) O JERUSALEM by Laurie R. King
4) THEY CAME TO BAGHDAD by Agatha Christie
5) THE MAN IN THE BROWN SUIT by Agatha Christie
6) CAT AMONG THE PIGEONS by Agatha Christie
7) MURDER BY THE BOOK by Rex Stout
8) PLOT IT YOURSELF by Rex Stout
9) THE DOORBELL RANG by Rex Stout
10) INDIGO SLAM by Robert Crais
11) L.A. REQUIEM by Robert Crais
12) WORTH DYING FOR by Lee Child
13) THE MOVING TOYSHOP by Edmund Crispin
14) THE CIRCULAR STAIRCASE by Mary Roberts Rinehart
15) LOOT by Aaron Elkins
16) DIED IN THE WOOL by Ngaio Marsh
17) SPINSTERS IN JEOPARDY by Ngaio Marsh
18) DEATH OF A PEER by Ngaio Marsh
19)DAUGHTER OF TIME by Josephine Tey
20) THE OLD SILENT by Martha Grimes
21) DIRTY LINEN by Nicholas Kilmer
22) LADY IN THE LAKE by Raymond Chandler
23) THE SECRET VANGUARD by Michael Innes 24)TO THE HILT by Dick Francis 25) CROCODILE ON THE SANDBANK by Elizabeth Peters
24)TO THE HILT by Dick Francis
25) CROCODILE ON THE SANDBANK by Elizabeth Peters