When I was 11 or 12, I had trouble finding something to read. I had outgrown the Nancy Drew/Dana Girls books but wasn’t ready for anything very advanced. This was the early seventies. No Harry Potter or Artimus Fowl.
My mother tried to find me something that I could read. She gave me a copy of a regency mystery. She thought it was “soft” enough to work. I can’t remember the name of the book, but I couldn’t finish it. It scared me. I wish now I knew the name. I’m sure it’s not frightening at all.
By the time I reached high school, I was reading a lot of mysteries and thrillers. Robert Ludlum, Ken Follett, John Le Carre. My love for mysteries has continued all through my life. I go through phases. There will be months when I only read romance or fantasy, but mysteries are always part of my library.
Do you know the great mystery books and who wrote them? There are too many and it’s subjective, but I created a little trivia quiz about five of them. Check it out.