The U.S. celebrates National Author’s Day on November 1, and we thought we would share our favorite authors on this day. It comes as no surprise that they are all crime writers… Who is your favorite author?
Favorite Author: Reginald Hill
Since the first novel by this British author was published over a decade ago he has entertained me with his witty humor and sharp intellect. There are almost as many crime solving duos in crime fiction as there are crime novels. With the intense competition it is not easy for an author to create memorable characters that get noticed. Reginald Hill has succeeded – the novels about Dalziel & Pascoe are my absolute favorites in crime fiction. When Hill passed away earlier this year he had published over 20 novels with the two detectives as main characters.
Favorite Author: Anders de la Motte
Anders de la Motte is a relatively new author that I believe will become very successful in many parts of the world. So far he has published a trilogy: [geim], [buzz], and [bubble]. Before this year is over the novels will have been sold to over thirty countries. (His novels will be translated to English.)
Why de la Motte? First, he has a unique way of telling a story, but he also has an incredible feeling for small details (his novels are filled with small taunts to other pop culture). He is definitely an author you should keep your eyes on!
Favorite Author: Agatha Christie
Agatha Christie is my all-time favorite crime writer. I loved the Nancy Drew growing up, and I read all the books I could get my hands on, but it was not until I discovered Agatha Christie that crime fiction was cemented as my favorite literary genre, and whodunits are still my favorite crime fiction category.
Christie is one of the best-selling novelists of all time, and her books have been translated to over 100 languages. I never get tired of her work and I can read her novels over and over again.
Favorite Authors: Karin Slaughter and Alexander McCall Smith
I have two, very different, favorite authors. The American author Karin Slaughter and the British author Alexander McCall Smith are opposites that attract…me.
Karin lives up to her last name, make no mistake about it! Her writing is seriously raw, naked and unfeminine. Her stories deal with very violent crimes whereas McCall Smith gives a soft, sensitive feeling to his lovely little everyday nuisance crimes.
I strongly recommend that you read Karin’s latest Will Trent novel “Criminal” if you have not already done so. It is the sixth in the Will Trent series. Or maybe if you have not experienced Slaughter before, you should start from the beginning, with “Triptych,” which was absolutely breathtaking! I bet you will soon be on to number 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6…
When it comes to McCall Smith, you will find there are four equally lovely series to choose from; The No 1 ladies detective agency, 44 Scotland Street, The Sunday Philosophy Club and Corduroy Mansions. I cannot decide which is my very favorite. Perhaps 44 Scotland Street; I just love little Bertie and his horrific mom and his pushover dad. Or Corduroy Mansions, with the adorable ex-vegetarian dog called Freddie de la Hay. Or… no! You already see where this is going, aren’t you? I just love all four series equally!
Favorite Author: Jussi Adler-Olsen
Jussi Adler-Olsen is currently my number one Scandinavian crime author. The Danish author writes about the Copenhagen based Q-team that works on cold cases. The leader Carl Mörck is a middle aged, confused and lazy man with two eccentric assistants. The team constantly makes me smile. The mix between psychological tension, humor and stories about abuse and injustices is what makes Jussi Adler-Olsen’s novels so great. The first book is called “Mercy” and is available in English.
Happy National Author’s Day!