Each year my TBR (to-be-read) book list grows exponentially. In fact, it seems like I spend more time extending the list then actually reading these books. Add six, read two. Add 10, read two. Ugh! But I swear, there’s a method to my book madness.
A part of my method involves authors who are never placed on the TBR list. Why? Because they’re auto-reads (friends & fellow bibliophiles call them auto-buys). This means that when these authors release new books I don’t care what they’re about, or what reviewers write — I just read the books because I know I’m going to like them. I’ve never been disappointed.
Three of my favorite mystery/criminal procedures authors and their characters are: Michael Connelly‘s Harry Bosch, Karin Fossum‘s Inspector Sejer, and Robert B. Parker‘s Jesse Stone. I love all of the books in these series, but the three I love the most are:
The Indian Bride by Fossum. It’s about a mail-order bride who travels from India to Norway to meet her new husband. The next day she’s found dead — the victim of a crime of passion. Her Norwegian husband has an alibi, and she knew no one in the small town where he lives. My runner-up favorite in the series is When the Devil Holds the Candle. I just love David & Goliath plots with lots of irony.
Stone Cold by Parker. A serial killer stalks and kills residents in the small town of Paradise, MA. Sounds like a cliché doesn’t it? I guess I just like the Ivy League snark in this one.
The Jessee Stone series — not this book — was made into several good TV movies.
The Black Box by Connelly. Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch, or just Bosch, is a hardened Los Angeles crime detective who doesn’t let anyone get in his way when it comes to catching killers — even the politically sensitive “kiss-up” chief of police.
Connelly, a former Los Angeles crime journalist, uses skills from his prior profession to meticulously craft detailed police procedures with tight plots.
I thought about my runner-up title in this series, and just couldn’t narrow it down so I tossed a coin and picked The Drop.