Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Digging through my Mystery piles

Well, in an effort to succeed in my challenges this year, I took to my book shelves. I really want to clean up what I own and give those darn books a chance before I send them on their merry way.

So I compiled all of my mystery/thrillers and decided to pull from this stack first but I will also pull from the library. I can't resist that. If I complete these, however, they will then fall under 2 challenges! My A-Z Mystery Author Challenge and the Read from Your Shelves Project. It's a win win, right?

Here's what I have found so far and yes, some of them are incredibly old.

Murder is Binding by Lorna Barrett
Emperor's Tomb by Steve Berry
Christine Falls by Benjamin Black
Sweetheart by Chelsea Cain
Damaged by Pamela Callow
The Alienist by Caleb Carr (Stop right there Cheryl, I know!)*
The Reversal by Michael Connelly
Every Dead Thing by John Connolly
The Unquiet by John Connolly
The Reapers by John Connolly (i'm horribly behind on my John Connolly reading)
The Anniversary Man by R.J Ellory
The Cold Six Thousand by James Ellroy
The Cold Room by J.T. Ellison
Ice Cold by Tess Gerritsen
Strong Justice and Strong Enough to Die by Jon Land
The Given Day by Dennis Lehane
The Straw Men by Michael Marshall
City of Dreams by William Martin
Panic Zone by Rick Mofina
The Mist by Carla Neggers
The Eight by Katherine Neville
Vanishing Act by Thomas Perry (shaking my head and avoiding Cheryl's eyes)*
A Dark Dividing by Sarah Rayne
Beyond Reach by Karin Slaughter
Refuge by Gillian White
Hush by Kate White

* My good friend Cheryl, now guest reviewer, has been telling me to read these for almost ten years now.

Has anyone read any of these? If so, recommend any I start with?

Wish me luck!
Atleast I have Mr. Smily Face Beach Ball Man to cheer me on!

Happy Reading and as always, thanks for stopping by!

red headed book child


Anonymous said...

I read ICE COLD last year and really enjoyed it. It's part of the Rizzoli/Isles series.

BEYOND REACH is by one of my favorite authors and is the next book in the Grant County series that is on my list to read. I've read the previous 5. Karin Slaughter writes a gritty mystery, but I love them.

Michelle Stockard Miller said...

Definitely, The Alienist. I loved that book! And I read Hush last year and it was pretty great too. Good luck with your project!

Misha said...

So many great books!
I would recommend The Given Day - I loved it!

flanpnhfpnanfnFN said...

start with chocolate chip cookie murder, just caus' it's the only one on that list i've read :P

Laura K. Curtis said...

I've read quite a few of those. Most, in fact, now that I really look.

If it were me, I'd read John Connolly's Every Dead Thing. I'm sort of jealous that you haven't read that because you will have the experience of reading it for the first time. The Parker novels are really best read in order, and that is the first one.

It's VERY brutal, however, so if you're not in the mood for brutal, you might want to go with something gentle like Joanne Fluke or the Lorna Barrett.

Mystica said...

Steve Berry - a lot of history with a general murder mystery thrown in which adds to the interest.

Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

Thanks everyone for the tips! I'm trying to do better responding in the comment link here on my posts. I always try to email you all back when you comment if I have your email contact!!

Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

Thanks for the tip! I do like a little cozy thrown in there from time to time.

Tales of Whimsy said...

I love exploring my own shelves. It like a little delicious surprise when I remember I have something I had forgotten about ;)

Gina said...

Alas, I'm shocked to say I haven't read even one of them! (Bad reader, I know...) Can't wait to see which one you choose to get started.... happy reading and keep Mr. Smiley Ball close by. ^_^

Birdie said...

I don't think I've read any of these but the Alienist, and as you've already had reccs on that one, I'll just make a request.
Pretty please read and review Every Dead Thing by John Connolly.
The title comes from John Donne's "A Nocturnal Upon St. Lucy's Day Being the Shortest Day" and I'd love to know if the rest of the book has any relevance to the poet.

Marce said...

Of course 6 of those are on my Wishlist.

I will definitely be reading Sweetheart this year, since I read Heartsick last year. I also want to try JT Ellison for your challenge.

Of course whatever you read and recommend I will add to my Wishlist also.

Have fun, at least those are good books to choose from Michelle.

TheBookGirl said...

I read John Connolly for the first time last year -- The Lovers -- I found it very disturbing, but yet unputdownable!

Christine said...

I don't think you could possibly go wrong with a book that's titled Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder. ^_^