As a lot of you know, Alfred posed a question, and a lot of us responded. Who would you pick to read if you could have Three Cozy Mystery Authors, and No More?
As soon as I started making up the list (from your comments) I found myself thinking “This is my third author!” But I would then go on typing up your answers, and find yet another author who I thought would make a perfect third pick for me, and then another, and yet another. In short, I am still pondering over who might possibly be my third pick!
I went through all of our comments to post this list, putting your first three authors in bold. While I was doing this, I “encountered” authors who I haven’t thought of for a long while, who I am going to try to go back and revisit. I haven’t read a Robert Van Gulik in years, and had quite forgotten how much I enjoyed his Judge Dee. Mary Higgins Clark is another author I remember enjoying a lot, but haven’t read in years.
Thank you ALL for participating in this quest for three authors!
Ngaio Marsh: Inspector Roderick Alleyn Mystery Series
Joan Hess: Maggody Mystery Series AND Claire Malloy Mystery Series
Earlene Fowler: Benni Harper Mystery Series
Veronica Heley: Ellie Quick Mystery Series
M.C. Beaton: Agatha Raisin Mystery Series AND Hamish Macbeth Mystery Series
Ellis Peters: Brother Cadfael Mystery Series AND Felse Family Mystery Series AND Stand Alones
Elizabeth Peters: Amelia Peabody Mystery Series AND Vicky Bliss Mystery Series AND Stand Alones
Ngaio Marsh: Roderick Alleyn Mystery Series
Charlotte MacLeod (Alisa Craig), Carolyn Hart , OR Rhys Bowen
Jenn McKinlay: Cupcake Bakery Mystery Series AND Library Lover’s Mystery Series AND Good Buy Girls Mystery Series (writing as Josie Bell)
Leann Sweeney: Cats in Trouble Mystery Series
Sofie Kelly: Magical Cat Mystery Series
Kate Flora: Thea Kozak Mystery Series
Rhys Bowen: Evan Evans Mystery Series AND Molly Murphy Mystery Series AND Lady Georgiana Royal Spyness Mystery Series
M. C. Beaton/Marion Chesney with Agatha Raisin Mystery Series AND Hamish Macbeth Mystery Series AND Edwardian Murder Mystery Series (writing as Marion Chesney)
Jacqueline Winspear: Maisie Dobbs Mystery Series
Carolyn Hart, Laura Childs, Jeanne M. Dams, Simon Brett, Victoria Thompson, Anna Dean, Carola Dunn, & Lorna Barrett
Donna Andrews: Meg Langslow Mystery Series
Ellis Peters: Brother Cadfael Mystery Series AND Felse Family Mystery Series
Phoebe Atwood Taylor
Elizabeth Peters/Barbara Michaels, Phyllis A. Whitney, and Mary Higgins Clark
Joyce and Jim Lavene
Cleo Coyle: Coffee Shop Mystery Series AND Alice Kimberly: Haunted Bookshop Mystery Series
Chris Cavender aka Elizabeth Bright aka Melissa Glazer aka Casey Mayes aka Tim Myers
Alice Kimberly AND Casey Daniels: Pepper Martin series in third.
M. C. Beaton: Agatha Raisin Mystery Series AND Hamish Macbeth
Charlotte MacLeod: Sarah Kelling Mystery Series AND Peter Shandy Mystery Series
Ann Granger: Markby & Mitchell Village Whodunit Mystery Series
Mary Daheim: Emma Lord Mystery Series AND Bed and Breakfast Mystery Series
Carolyn Hart : Henrie-O Mystery Series
Sara Paretsky: V. I. Warshawshi Mystery Series
Janet Evanovich: Stephanie Plum Mystery Series
Faye Kellerman: Decker & Lazarus Mystery Series
Philip R. Craig: Martha’s Vineyard Mystery Series
Alexander McCall Smith: No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency Mystery Series
J. A. Jance
Of course, if you would enjoy seeing why each of us picked the authors we did, you can read the comments on the first part of Alfred’s question.