Posted by: nancycurteman | December 23, 2012

Fifty Shades of Mystery

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shinyFifty shades of mystery is a perfect description of the multitude of mystery novel subgenres that are available to mystery readers today. Mystery novels make great reads for starting off the New Year. With the more than fifty shades of mystery novel subgenres, you are sure to find one that will please almost any palate. Here are some recommended authors to consider for each category:

Romantic Suspense-Pamela Clare, J.D. Robb, Nora Roberts

Cozy-M.C. Beaton, Rhys Bowen, Dorothy Gilman

Amateur Sleuth– Peter S. Fischer, Agatha Christie, Nancy Curteman

• Police Procedural-Michael Connelly, Jonathan Kellerman

• Private Detective– Sue Grafton, Sharon McCrone, Dashiell Hammett

• Paranormal Mysteries-Madelyn Alt, E.J. Copperman, Charlaine Harris

• Medical Mysteries-Michael Crichton, Robin Cook, Patricia Cornwell

• Noir/Hard-Boiled-Reed Farrel Coleman, Ken Bruen, Charlie Huston,

• Professional Sleuth– Dick Frances, Diane Mott Davidson, Susan Wittig Albert

• Suspense Thriller– Dean Koontz, John Saul, Michael Connelly

• Animal Mysteries– Susan Conant, Lillian Jackson Braun, Laurien Berenson

• Technical Thriller– Tom Clancy, Stephen Coonts, Dan Brown

• Legal Mysteries– John Grisham, Richard North Patterson, Michael Connelly

• Historical Mysteries– Anne Perry, Elizabeth Peters, Margaret Frazer

• Caper/Comic Crime-Janet Evanovich, J.A. Konrath, Stephanie Bond

• Manor Mysteries-Dorothy Sayers, Kate Kingsbury, Julie Hyzy

• Travel Mysteries-Maria Hudgins, Nancy Curteman, Chris Ewan

Now, complete the fifty shades of mystery by mixing these subgenres in as many different combinations as you please. You’ll find something perfect for any taste.

More tips:

9 Popular Mystery Sub-Genres to Explore

Five Must-Read European Mystery Writers

Good Mystery Novels That Make Great Vacation Reads

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