how many of the names below do YOU recognize?

how many of the names below do YOU recognize?

Name Dropping

I’ve realized that in most of my reviews, I compare the work to others that I have read– which is pretty standard, really.  However, it isn’t quite fair just to name drop and then leave you hanging, is it?  So, if you’re interested, here’s an on-going list of the authors who I’ve already read & who are mentioned in my other posts but not yet reviewed.  I’ve tried to list the author’s official website, if available.

I’ll separate into categories, so you can pick by your interests.


Charles Dickens


P. G. Wodehouse

Dave Barry

Science-Fiction/ Comedy:

Douglas Adams

Cozy Mysteries:

Agatha Christie

Lillian Jackson Braun

Diane Mott Davidson

Michael Clynes

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Hard Mystery: 

P. D. James

Edna Buchanan

Patricia Cornwall

Caper/ Adventure:

Lawrence Block

Donald E. Westlake


James Joyce

T.S. Eliot


Dave Eggers



More to come… Happy reading!

7 responses »

    • I don’t particularly care for Dan Brown. I tried reading “The DaVinci Code” because it was so popular, and I got bored around chapter two because of his writing style. Mostly, though, it’s just not a genre I enjoy. If I do feel the need for one, I’ll usually pick up a Laurie R. King (Kate Martinelli series) or Jeffery Deaver’s Lincoln Rhyme’s novels.
      When I was a teenager, I loved Patricia Cornwell’s thriller/ mysteries, though I don’t care for her later books.

  1. If you like action/adventure/mystert, but dislike Dan Brown, you might try Steve Berry’s books, particularly his later ones featuring a hero named Cotton Malone. the books are very similar in theme to Dan Brown’s in that they each have a major historical/Indiana Jones sort of component, i.e. in one the Holy Grail is discovered, in another the Library of Alexandria, etc. However, the writing is much more fluid and developed, as opposed to the the staccato jerkiness and 2-dimensional character development of Brown. I’m just sayin’.

  2. Hi, Mary!
    Thanks for reading! I do enjoy the escapism of action/adventure, particularly with historical components– one reason I quite like Elizabeth Peters. Thanks for the recc’y. I’m headed to the library this afternoon & I’ll add Steve Berry to my list.

  3. I’m a big Agatha Christie fan, but not Conan Doyle. He cheats. Christie give you all the hints so you can play along and try to solve the mystery. Holmes disappears and comes back at the last minute, solves the mystery, and then tells what he found out while he was gone.

    Anyway, what is the difference between a “cozy mystery” and a “hard mystery”?

    • I agree that Doyle cheats. Much prefer Christie for fair play.
      I think of hard mysteries as being of the hard-boiled sub-genre– Chandler and the like– in a big, dark, cynical city full of gangsters, cops, and shoot-outs. Cozy ones are more like Christie, set in a village or seaside somewhere with an amateur detective and quirky characters.

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