Author Topic: Favorite Female Mystery/Thriller/Suspense Writers  (Read 21424 times)  

Offline passerby

  • Status: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • ****
  • Posts: 850
  • Gender: Female
    • View Profile
Favorite Female Mystery/Thriller/Suspense Writers
« on: October 20, 2015, 03:28:41 pm »
Some of my favorite contemporary mystery/thriller/suspense writers are Catherine Coulter, Tami Hoag, and Deborah Crombie.
Favorite classical mystery writers of the Golden Age:  Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, and Georgette Heyer (yes - she wrote mysteries too!)
Anybody else?
« Last Edit: October 20, 2015, 08:50:59 pm by vprelatte »

KBoards.com

  • Advertisement
  • ***

    Offline MariaESchneider

    • Status: A A Milne
    • ******
    • Posts: 4808
    • Gender: Female
    • Austin, Texas
    • Urban Fantasy, Fantasy, Humorous Mysteries
      • View Profile
      • Bear Mountain Books
    Re: Favorite Female Mystery/Thriller/Suspense Writers
    « Reply #1 on: October 21, 2015, 05:13:53 am »
    That's an interesting range of authors.

    For thriller, I'd say Carol O'Connell and Linda Fairstein.  Contemporary and humorous, I'd say Janet Evanovich although I haven't been reading her latest stuff.   

    Classical, definitely Elizabeth  Peters.  Always a favorite.

    Offline Mike D. aka jmiked

    • Status: Edgar Allan Poe
    • *******
    • Posts: 5087
    • Terra firma
      • View Profile
    Re: Favorite Female Mystery/Thriller/Suspense Writers
    « Reply #2 on: October 21, 2015, 09:30:05 am »
    I'd add:

    Contemporary: Marcia Muller, Sue Grafton, and Louise Penny.

    Classical: Agatha Christie, Margery Allingham, Craig Rice (Georgiana Ann Randolph Craig), and Dorothy Sayers.


    Mike
    « Last Edit: October 21, 2015, 10:11:26 am by jmiked »

    Offline crebel

    • Status: Emily Dickinson
    • *******
    • Posts: 9114
    • Gender: Female
    • Ottumwa, Iowa
    • Member #1600 since January 15, 2009
      • View Profile
    Re: Favorite Female Mystery/Thriller/Suspense Writers
    « Reply #3 on: October 21, 2015, 10:11:33 am »
    I'll second Peters, Muller, and Grafton, and add Ngaio Marsh as another favorite.


    Offline The Hooded Claw

    • Status: Emily Dickinson
    • *******
    • Posts: 9582
    • Card-carrying melodrama villain
      • View Profile
      • All about me....<hee hee>
    Re: Favorite Female Mystery/Thriller/Suspense Writers
    « Reply #4 on: October 21, 2015, 06:55:35 pm »
     Dated, but not really classic, is Dorothy Gilman and her Mrs. Polifax series.
    "Once you can accept the universe as matter expanding into nothing that is something, wearing stripes with plaid comes easy."  - Albert Einstein

    Offline MariaESchneider

    • Status: A A Milne
    • ******
    • Posts: 4808
    • Gender: Female
    • Austin, Texas
    • Urban Fantasy, Fantasy, Humorous Mysteries
      • View Profile
      • Bear Mountain Books
    Re: Favorite Female Mystery/Thriller/Suspense Writers
    « Reply #5 on: October 22, 2015, 01:02:33 pm »
    Dated, but not really classic, is Dorothy Gilman and her Mrs. Polifax series.

    Those are good.  Kind of an odd mesh of a cozy character, but the books aren't really cozy.

    Offline Gone 9/21/18

    • Status: Dostoevsky
    • ******
    • Posts: 3897
      • View Profile
    Re: Favorite Female Mystery/Thriller/Suspense Writers
    « Reply #6 on: October 22, 2015, 09:47:09 pm »
    Nevada Barr (Anna Pigeon series, although there's one I never even tried to read based on reviews); Dana Stabenow (Kate Shugak series, although her cliffhanger on the last one made me almost mad enough to quit - I'll get them from the library from now on); Deborah Crombie and Elizabeth George (although their last books make me feel like both are running out of steam); Susan Conant and Laurien Bersenson (cozy dog mysteries).

    I enjoyed the Mrs. Pollifax but wouldn't say she was a favorite. No, other than the ability to solve mysteries and her insight into human nature, she's not like Miss Marple; Mrs. P is older but still pretty athletic for her age and adventuresome. She starts the series as a depressed widow and marries along the way.

    Over the years and the alphabet, either I've changed or Grafton has. I'm reading her latest now and it's not holding my interest well, but she would always have been on my like list, not favorites list.

    For classics - Josephine Tey.

    I did not and will not consent to VerticalScope's TOS.

    Offline Chinese Writer

    • Status: Scheherazade
    • *****
    • Posts: 1119
      • View Profile
    Re: Favorite Female Mystery/Thriller/Suspense Writers
    « Reply #7 on: October 23, 2015, 09:02:28 am »
    Rhys Bowen. I read anything this lady writes. Maybe because she's from the other side of the pond, but her stories always transport me away from the daily grind.

    Offline MariaESchneider

    • Status: A A Milne
    • ******
    • Posts: 4808
    • Gender: Female
    • Austin, Texas
    • Urban Fantasy, Fantasy, Humorous Mysteries
      • View Profile
      • Bear Mountain Books
    Re: Favorite Female Mystery/Thriller/Suspense Writers
    « Reply #8 on: October 23, 2015, 10:33:02 am »
    I've never read Dorothy Gilman's Mrs. Polifax series.  Is Mrs. Polifax like Agatha Christie's Miss Marple in any way?

    Not really. The character is cozy in some ways, but Mrs. Polifax is tough as nails and gets into some dangerous situations.  In cozy reader groups some cozy readers don't like them because the "thriller" and "danger" aspect can be a little more real (that is not to say these are realistic type books.  They are just more thriller material than a lot of cozies.)   They are good reads with well-drawn characters and Gilman has written other detective and psychic type stand alones.  All good stuff that I've read.

    Offline prairiesky

    • Status: Arthur Conan Doyle
    • ****
    • Posts: 683
    • Colorado
      • View Profile
    Re: Favorite Female Mystery/Thriller/Suspense Writers
    « Reply #9 on: October 24, 2015, 09:48:40 am »
    Favorites now are:  Tess Gerritsen, Faye Kellerman, and Maria, I like Carol O'Connell as well.

    Offline Not Here Anymore

    • Status: Arthur Conan Doyle
    • ****
    • Posts: 586
      • View Profile
    Re: Favorite Female Mystery/Thriller/Suspense Writers
    « Reply #10 on: October 24, 2015, 11:49:28 am »
    So many of my favorite authors on this thread.

    Contemporary Mystery/Suspense Favorites: Rhys Bowen, Chris Ewan, Lexi Revellian, James Anderson, Elizabeth Peters, and Mary Stewart.

    Golden Age Favorites: Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers. I just read my first Ngaio Marsh and look forward to more.

    Offline Not Here Anymore

    • Status: Arthur Conan Doyle
    • ****
    • Posts: 586
      • View Profile
    Re: Favorite Female Mystery/Thriller/Suspense Writers
    « Reply #11 on: October 25, 2015, 07:36:02 pm »
    To Sara:  I've never read anything by Rhys Bowen or Chris Ewan, but Mary Stewart is one of my all time favorites!  I particularly loved Airs Above the Ground and My Brother Michael.

    Oh, I loved those. The Moonspinners and This Rough Magic are my other favorites. :)

    Offline 67499

    • Status: Arthur Conan Doyle
    • ****
    • Posts: 688
      • View Profile
    Re: Favorite Female Mystery/Thriller/Suspense Writers
    « Reply #12 on: October 25, 2015, 08:13:45 pm »
    I've just discovered Fuminori Nakamura's The Thief in English translation - about a pickpocket dragged into a horror.  Clean, crisp writing and a noir feel.  This one book puts him among my favs.


    Offline KindleGirl

    • Status: Arthur C Clarke
    • *****
    • Posts: 2464
    • Gender: Female
      • View Profile
    Re: Favorite Female Mystery/Thriller/Suspense Writers
    « Reply #13 on: October 26, 2015, 12:46:54 pm »
    There are so many, but the ones that come to mind not already mentioned: Karen Rose & Allison Brennan. Love their books! I'll have to look thru my read books and see who else I'm reminded of.

    Offline Gone 9/21/18

    • Status: Dostoevsky
    • ******
    • Posts: 3897
      • View Profile
    Re: Favorite Female Mystery/Thriller/Suspense Writers
    « Reply #14 on: October 26, 2015, 04:26:32 pm »
    A big thank you to Ellenoc for reminding me about Josephine Tey.  I loved all of her Inspector Grant novels, especially The Daughter of Time.

    My favorite is Brat Farrar, but then I'm a horse person and find the setting very appealing. I reread it every few years and it's one of the few books I had in paper that I've now got for Kindle. The paperback was in such poor shape I had to keep it together with a rubber band around it.
    I did not and will not consent to VerticalScope's TOS.

    Offline Mike D. aka jmiked

    • Status: Edgar Allan Poe
    • *******
    • Posts: 5087
    • Terra firma
      • View Profile
    Re: Favorite Female Mystery/Thriller/Suspense Writers
    « Reply #15 on: October 26, 2015, 04:48:36 pm »
    My favorite is Brat Farrar,

    I liked that one a lot. I also have the TV version that was on Masterpiece Theater years ago. It's on VHS tape and getting a bit streaky from the re-watchings over the years..


    Mike

    Offline Gone 9/21/18

    • Status: Dostoevsky
    • ******
    • Posts: 3897
      • View Profile
    Re: Favorite Female Mystery/Thriller/Suspense Writers
    « Reply #16 on: October 28, 2015, 03:31:32 pm »
    I liked that one a lot. I also have the TV version that was on Masterpiece Theater years ago. It's on VHS tape and getting a bit streaky from the re-watchings over the years.

    Oh, I didn't know there was such a thing. I can't decide whether to go looking to see if it can be acquired or whether I'd rather stick with my own mental images.
    I did not and will not consent to VerticalScope's TOS.

    Offline DooneyKat

    • Status: Dr. Seuss
    • *
    • Posts: 28
    • Amid Mountains of Books
      • View Profile
    Re: Favorite Female Mystery/Thriller/Suspense Writers
    « Reply #17 on: November 03, 2015, 02:40:16 pm »
    Jacqueline Winspear and Elizabeth George are among my favorite authors.

    Offline passerby

    • Status: Arthur Conan Doyle
    • ****
    • Posts: 850
    • Gender: Female
      • View Profile
    Re: Favorite Female Mystery/Thriller/Suspense Writers
    « Reply #18 on: November 03, 2015, 03:00:40 pm »
    I've never read anything by Jacqueline Winspear, but I love Elizabeth George's Inspector Lynley series.  Do you have a favorite book by either author to recommend?
    « Last Edit: September 22, 2018, 08:30:23 am by passerby »

    Offline passerby

    • Status: Arthur Conan Doyle
    • ****
    • Posts: 850
    • Gender: Female
      • View Profile
    Re: Favorite Female Mystery/Thriller/Suspense Writers
    « Reply #19 on: November 03, 2015, 04:01:27 pm »
    Rats.  I was right about the murderer.   :(

    Offline passerby

    • Status: Arthur Conan Doyle
    • ****
    • Posts: 850
    • Gender: Female
      • View Profile
    Re: Favorite Female Mystery/Thriller/Suspense Writers
    « Reply #20 on: November 07, 2015, 04:47:34 am »
    Sometimes I enjoy being able to guess who the murderer is, but I also enjoy being thoroughly stumped.  Agatha Christie has stumped me on more than one occasion.  For example, when I read The Murder at the Vicarage, I was absolutely sure that I had the whole thing figured out - and I was totally wrong.  I wasn't just way out in left field; I was completely out of the ball park!
     Great writer, great mystery. 

    Vanessa

    Offline The Hooded Claw

    • Status: Emily Dickinson
    • *******
    • Posts: 9582
    • Card-carrying melodrama villain
      • View Profile
      • All about me....<hee hee>
    Re: Favorite Female Mystery/Thriller/Suspense Writers
    « Reply #21 on: November 07, 2015, 05:17:05 am »
     I love a "fair" mystery where enough information is given to the reader that we can sometimes figure things out before they are revealed in the text.  But I don't want this to happen too often in a book!  And sometimes it's good to be completely baffled or caught flatfooted by surprise.
    « Last Edit: November 07, 2015, 07:57:57 am by The Hooded Claw »
    "Once you can accept the universe as matter expanding into nothing that is something, wearing stripes with plaid comes easy."  - Albert Einstein

    Offline Mindy54

    • Status: Madeleine L'Engle
    • **
    • Posts: 78
    • Gender: Female
    • United States
    • Proud to be a NEWKIE (newbie rookie??)
      • View Profile
      • Mindy M. Shelton
    Re: Favorite Female Mystery/Thriller/Suspense Writers
    « Reply #22 on: November 07, 2015, 07:50:48 am »
    Surprised no one has mentioned Lisa Gardner or Lisa Jackson! But, maybe I missed it. Either way, they're awesome. I grab their books as quickly as they're published, right along with other already mentioned authors Tami Hoag, Tess Gerritsen, and Janet Evanovich.

    Oh, and Sandra Brown's thrillers...did we mention Sandra? Love her.

    Gillian Flynn, too. Can you tell this genre is my happy place? :D


    Mindy54 | Blog | Facebook

    Offline Mike D. aka jmiked

    • Status: Edgar Allan Poe
    • *******
    • Posts: 5087
    • Terra firma
      • View Profile
    Re: Favorite Female Mystery/Thriller/Suspense Writers
    « Reply #23 on: November 07, 2015, 08:41:40 am »
    I love a "fair" mystery where enough information is given to the reader that we can sometimes figure things out before they are revealed in the text.

    Me, too. That accounts for books from the "Golden Age of Detection" being my favorites.

    Mike

    Offline passerby

    • Status: Arthur Conan Doyle
    • ****
    • Posts: 850
    • Gender: Female
      • View Profile
    Re: Favorite Female Mystery/Thriller/Suspense Writers
    « Reply #24 on: November 08, 2015, 04:37:43 am »
    I love a "fair" mystery where enough information is given to the reader that we can sometimes figure things out before they are revealed in the text.  But I don't want this to happen too often in a book!  And sometimes it's good to be completely baffled or caught flatfooted by surprise.

    I agree.  Other Agatha Christie books that had me totally stumped were And Then There Were None and The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (but some people question how "fair" the latter book mentioned is).  Now Sad Cypress was different.  I figured out the "who" and the "why", but darned if I could figure out the "how"!
    « Last Edit: September 22, 2018, 08:31:06 am by passerby »

    KBoards.com

    • Advertisement
    • ***