I grew up lucky. My parents were involved without being what we might now call helicopter parents. They made sure I knew I’d never get in trouble about my grades as long as I did my best. But it went beyond that. They were readers and for as long as I can remember, they encouraged me to read. They didn’t limit what I read either. The one rule was to come ask I if I didn’t understand something in a book or if I had any sort of question about it.
Now, that doesn’t mean they weren’t well aware of what I read. We had an extensive library at home. They made sure there were age appropriate books for me but also books that would challenge me. They took me to the library and helped me choose books, sitting down with me after work and reading with me or, in some ways even better, setting the example by reading their own books.
As I got older, they encouraged me to find types of books I enjoyed reading. Yes, non-fiction was part of it. That’s when I formed my love of history, especially military history. But I also learned to love good mysteries. So I was more than a bit interested when I saw a link to a list of the “101 Best Mystery Books of All Time” referenced over at The Passive Voice.
I’ll admit, I was a bit skeptical when I followed the link. Let’s face it, we’ve all seen similar lists and there almost always seems to be a catch. The person or organization putting the list together has some sort of agenda. With that in mind, I started looking through the list, noting something the Passive Guy did as well. The OP made no attempt to rank these books from 1 to 101. It was simply a list based on input from a number of different sources.
Maybe there was hope for the list after all.
I’ll admit it. I was pleasantly surprised as I went through the list. First of all, of the 101 books listed, I’ve read more than 75% of them. Many of those are in my personal library in either print or digital–or both–formats.
Then there’s the fact I saw only a handful of titles that caused me to scratch my head over their inclusion. The list is a nice mix of classics and newer titles.
It also runs the gamut from hard-boiled detective and noir books to cozies to pretty much every sub-genre of “mysteries”.
Take a look at it and let me know what you think. What books aren’t on the list that you’d recommend?
Before I sign off, I’ve been playing with Midjourney AI some more, trying for some inspiration images for some of my upcoming projects. Here are a few of them.
(a scene from the next Eerie Side of the Tracks novel–sans magic and spell books)
(For the next Fire Striker novel)
(Follow-up to Honor & Duty)
(Untitled project–not going to tell you where it falls into the announced plans. Bwahahaha)
Now it’s time to get to work. Until later!