As I have been compiling the lists of cozy mystery book authors, I have included several authors who I have not yet read. It’s not because I don’t want to read them, it’s simply that I haven’t had the time or opportunity to read every one of these authors.
Among all of the authors I have listed, the majority of them are authors who I have tried. My problem is that once I find that I like an author, I tend to want to continue reading all of the books the author has written until I catch up to the current published book of the author. When you look at the lists of series, you can see that this can be very time consuming.
I remember when I discovered the Hamish Macbeth series by M. C. Beaton. I started the series at the beginning (as I like to do) and it took me a while to get myself "all caught up." Unfortunately, I had to put a lot of my other favorite authors "on hold."
Of course, once I "catch up" with the author, then I am disappointed that I have to wait for the publication of the next book of the series. It seems like I am happiest when I have the luxury of simply starting the next book of the series, and not when I have to wait for the author to finish up a book.
I also have included many authors who my friends strongly recommend. Since I have friends who love to read mysteries as much as I do, I anticipate reading some of their favorite authors, knowing that I will soon have more wonderful books to add to my "catch up" pile.
I am at the "end of the line" with several of my favorite authors, and sure do wish that they would hurry up and publish their next books!