Saturday, November 22, 2008

Mystery fan deluxe

I love mysteries, and I have since I discovered Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, and the Bobbsey Twins many, many eons ago.

Yes, even then I had enough brain cells to know what fiction was, but that didn't matter. Imagination still took me with the young sleuths, as they called themselves, to solve mysteries and to have adventure.

Tony Hillerman was one of my favorite mystery authors when I became an adult, and his leaving us saddened me. I'm just glad I was able to meet him in person. My farewell to Tony Hillerman is posted on Vivian's Mysteries.

Among my favorite living authors is William Bernhardt, whom I've met several times. He allowed me to interview him last year, and I updated the interview and posted it on Vivian's Mysteries.

Bill is from Oklahoma, as are several good writers. Carolyn Hart is one author I enjoy reading. So is Marcia Preston. Hmmm ... I need to make a list of the mystery writers from Oklahoma. That would make a great post for my mystery blog.

Please check Vivian's Mysteries for mystery information about books, authors, and writing tips and Vivian's Site for other information.



Morgan Mandel said...

Mary Higgins Clark, Sidney Sheldon, Dick Francis, those are some of my all-time favorites.

Morgan Mandel

Vivian Zabel said...

Ah, yes, Dick Francis. I wonder if he will write any more books. I enjoy his novels.

Jean Henry Mead said...

I also like Dick Francis's racehorse novels but haven't seen any lately. Is he still writing?

Vivian Zabel said...

This is from the Dick Francis web site:

His last two novels – Dead Heat and now Silks - have been written in collaboration with his younger son, Felix, a former teacher who, over the last forty years, has helped research many of the Dick Francis novels, not least Twice Shy, which drew on Felix’s experiences both as a Physics Teacher and as marksman, Shattered and Under Orders.

Father and son are already working together on a new novel for publication in 2009.

Helen Ginger said...

How can you top the Bobbsey Twins?

I'll read just about any mystery. And it's getting harder to differentiate mystery and suspense, isn't it?

Susan Wittig Albert, Diane Fanning, Sharon McCrumb, Nancy Bell, Dana Stabenow...I miss Barbara Burnett Smith.

Vivian Zabel said...

If I'm not mistaken, suspense and thriller are sub-genre under mystery.

However, horror is off on its own.