I have a lot of reading to do!

Sometimes when other mystery writers are talking trade, I’m a little “at sea”.  Now I read a lot and watch a lot of movies, but apparently my informal education hasn’t been on the same track as others.

So I asked my friends (many are writers and editors) for a list of “must read” writers and books.

These are books recommended by my friends.

 1.Megan Abbott – Dare Me

2. Eric Ambler – A Coffin for Dimitrios

3. Lilian Jackson Braun

4. James Lee Burke

5. Raymond Chandler

6. Agatha Christie –  All of her books including:

   And Then There Were None

7. James Church – Inspector O Novels including:

        A Corpse in the Koryo

8.  Harlan Coben

9. Reed Farrell Coleman – Moe Prager mysteries including:

    The James Deans

10. Wilkie Collins – The Moonstone

11.  Michael Connelly – “Harry Bosch” mysteries

12. Robert Crais

11. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – All Sherlock Holmes mysteries

12. James Ellroy – L.A. Quartet

       L. A. Confidential

13. Federick Forsyth – Day of the Jackal

14. Dick Francis

15. Robert Goldsborough – Nero Wolfe books

16.Graham Greene – Third Man

    Our Man in Havana

17. Dashiel Hammett

18. Richard Harris – Silence of the Lambs

19. Carl Hiaasen

20. George V. Higgins – Friends of Eddie Coyle

21. Patricia Highsmith – Ripley mysteries

22. Reginald Hill – Diologues of the Dead

23. Tony Hillerman -Coyote Waits

24. P.D. James

25. Craig Johnson

26. Laurie King

27. Natsuo Kirino – Out

28. Robert Parker -Looking for Rachel Wallace

29.. Ridley Pearson

30. Margaret Maron

31. Ross MacDonald

32. John D. MacDonald

33. Mickey Spillane

34. Robert Parker

35. Donna Tartt – The Secret History

       The Goldfinch

36. Rex Stout

37. Dana Stabenow

 38. T. Jefferson Parker

 39. Charles McCarry

 40. Edgar Allan Poe – Dupin Mystery series

 41. Stieg Larsson – The Girl series

 42. Elmore Leonard – Rum Punch

      Out of Sight

43. John le Carre- Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

       The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

44. Pierre le Maitre – Alex

45. John Mortimer – Rumpole of the Bailey series

46. Richard Stark Parker (who is also Westlake)

47. Ian Rankin

48. Dorothy Sayers – All of her books including:

    Whose Body

49. Martin Cruz Smith – Gorky Park

        Polar Star

50. Tom Rob Smith – Child 44

51. Jim Thompson – Killer Inside Me

52. Mary Willis Walker – Under the Beetle’s Cellar

53. Minette Walters

54. Donald Westlake – God Save the Mark

       Hot Spot

55. Stuart Woods

Do you agree with their choices? Anything crucial we left off the list?


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