Thrill Week is here! Mwahahahahahaaaa!!!
It’s finally here – Thrill Week – where myself and 6 other blogs will be celebrating all things crime fiction (one of my favourite genres). Pop on over to host Marce’s blog (Tea Time with Marce) to see her answers to the following questions and then have a peek at these lovely bloggers too – you’re bound to get some ideas and inspiration about which books you should be reading:
Cafe of Dreams Book Reviews
Mental Foodie – A Book and Food Lover
So to kick off the week, here are my answers to the questionnaire:
1) What is your favourite genre out of Thriller, Mystery, Suspense and Horror? Why?
I think I would have to say mystery. I love a good whodunnit and especially love trying to work out the perpetrator as early on as I can (what I especially love is, despite being a seasoned crime fic reader, the author can still fool me).
2) Who are your top 3 authors in those genres?
Tess Gerritsen, Val McDermid, Mary Higgins Clark.
Both Gerritesen and McDermid I love because of their ability to pull me in from page one with promises of high body counts, red herrings and clever psychological and forensic detail. I like intelligent crime fiction and these two are among the best for me. Mary Higgins Clark, on the other hand, is my Queen of Comfort in the crime genre. Her books are pretty formulaic but that’s what I love as I know what I’m going to get and she has never failed to deliver. I think MHC is a fantastic author who gets overlooked a lot but, for me, if I ever need a comfort read then she is at the top of my pile (and despite her books being formulaic, I hardly ever guess whodunnit until the end).
I am really excited to have have interviewed Mary Higgins Clark last year and I also have interviews with both Tess Gerritsen and Val McDermid coming up shortly so keep an eye out for those 🙂
3)Tell us who your favourite male and female authors are in the genre?
Female: Tess Gerritsen, Val McDermid, Mary Higgins Clark, Agatha Christie, Elly Griffiths, S J Bolton, Karen Rose, Tana French, Lisa Gardner
Male: Linwood Barclay, Harlan Coben, Jo Nesbo, Steig Larsson, Peter Robinson, James Patterson, Robert Goddard
Interestingly enough, I was able to immediately write down all the names of my favourite female authors, but with the exception of the first two males I had to go off and check what books I had read (which was accompanied by many “oh yeah”‘s) Wonder why that is?
4) What book do you remember loving but don’t remember the details?
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. I read this when I was in my early teens and again in my twenties but I don’t remember a thing about it other than there are 10 people who are called to an island and one by one they are killed off and the reader has to try to work out who is doing it. I could read it again today and still have no idea until the end. In fact, I really must read it again – it’s a fantastic book and I highly recommend it!
5) What has been your favourite book this year so far:
Thriller – The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen
Mystery – Sacrifice by S J Bolton
Suspense – Before I Go To Sleep by S J Watson
Horror – Carrie by Stephen King
6) What series or trilogy would you recommend ?
Rizzoli & Isles – Tess Gerritsen (Fantastic Detective / Forensic Pathologist duo who solve some really interesting and unusuak crimes between them. My favourites!)
Hill & Jordan – Val McDermid (Detective and Criminal Pyschologist who work together to solve serial killer cases and really get into the mind of the perpetrators. Brilliant series!)
Ruth & Nelson – Elly Griffiths (I love these two! Detective and Forensic Archaeologist who solve some old and new crimes when bones have been found. You gotta love Ruth & Nelson!)
The Millenium Trilogy – Stieg Larsson (Swedish Journalist, Blomkvist, gets involved in some high profile cases with the aid of his rather unique sidekick, Lisbeth Salander.)
Inspector Alan Banks – Peter Robinson (Set in the Yorkshire Dales where it’s supposed to be rural and sleepy except bodies keep turning up, leaving Inspector Alan Banks to investigate. Great series.)
Gretchen Lowell – Chelsea Cain (Not for the feint hearted. Gretchen Lowell is sick, sick, sick but you can’t help but read about her exploits).
7) Recommend 1 or 2 books that you think more around the blogosphere should read
If you want a proper crime, serial killer type book then you should definitely read Retribution
by Jilianne Hoffman. I loved this book – pacey, gripping, creepy. Just brilliant!
For something a little gentler then I would recommend Gentlemen and Players
by Joanne Harris. It’s a great book and I never saw the twist coming at the end!
8 What authors have you tried and look forward to reading more from them?
Linda Castello – I have read her first book in a series of crime books set in the Amish community, Sworn to Silence, and loved it so I am looking forward to reading the next two
Jane Casey – Has written 3 books and I have only read the second one, The Burning, which I loved.
Karen Rose – I have only read her latest book, You Belong to Me, and I really enjoyed it and am very excited to know that I have 10 more of hers waiting to be read!
Stephen Beckett – Againm, I have only read the first one (The Chemistry of Death) out of the 4 books he has written so far with the same lead character so I have more to look forward to.
Jilianne Hoffman – Despite loving Retribution (see above) I still haven’t read the other book by the author but I do have it at home so I am looking forward to diving in to that one.
9) What authors in the above genres are on your TBR list but you haven’t tried yet? Who should I read soon?
I am always on the look out for new crime ficiton authors so I am open to suggestions. Based on my likes, which authors or books do YOU think I should be reading?
Have you seen anything you like? Do you already any of the authors above or do you think you might give any of them a go? And don’t forget those recommendations 🙂
I will be doing another Thrill Week post on 6th September and I have the MOST AMAZING GIVEAWAY too! A total of FIFTEEN BOOKS to giveaway so make sure you drop by!