May is Mystery Month

It doesn’t take too much sleuthing to find a mystery novel – at our Library it’s probably the most circulated literary genre. But finding the right one might take a bit more digging. Depending on whether you want hard-boiled or cozy, contemporary or historical, there are a number of choices to make before your narrow down a suspect. Since this is Mystery Month, here’s a quick list of a few authors you might want to investigate.

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HARDBOILED

(Professional detective or police investigator; usually a little grittier, with language, violence, and sex to match)

Lawrence Block                    James Lee Burke

Harlan Coben                    Michael Connelly

Robert Crais                         James Ellroy

Steig Larsson                      Walter Mosley

Sara Paretsky                   Robert B. Parker

Louise Penny                    Mickey Spillane

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COZY

(Amateur detective; warmhearted humor and romance are priorities; less violence and extreme language)

Susan Wittig Albert                          Donald Bain

M.C. Beaton                               Laura Childs

Joanne Fluke                             Dorothy Gilman

Jane Haddam                              Carolyn G. Hart

Leslie Meier                                  Nancy Pickard

Alexander McCall Smith                      Josephine Tey

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TRADITIONAL

(Not hardboiled and not cozy)

Nevada Barr                            Agatha Christie

Loren Estleman                            Elizabeth George

Dashiell Hammett                                P.D. James

Faye Kellerman                            Laura Lippman

Marcia Muller                            James Patterson

Dorothy L. Sayers                            Stephen White

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HISTORICAL

(Set before the author’s birth)

Tasha Alexander                            Alan Bradley

Barbara Cleverly                           Charles Finch

Ariana Franklin                                    C.S. Harris

Philip Kerr                                      Laurie R. King

   Elizabeth Peters                            Deanna Raybourn

    Charles Todd                                 Victoria Thompson

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