I breezed through the likes of Raymond Chandler, Graham Greene, Dashiell Hammett, and Ross Macdonald before moving on to more contemporary authors like Michael Connelly, Robert Crais, Tony Hillerman, Linda Barnes, J. A. Jance, Ed McBain (Evan Hunter), Robert B Parker, Sara Paretsky and Lawrence Block.
Some readers might quibble with some the authors I label as “old” and those that are “new,” nevertheless I still look for new work from likes of Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini as if I just heard of them yesterday.
There are others I read and I am sure that I have missed many favorite authors that many readers of this blog enjoy. Clearly,my favorite sub classification in the larger suspense/mystery genre is the private sleuth or the detective novel.
I know that others favor the closed room or the isolated cabin version of the suspense novel and other seek out the inhertors of Agatha Christie or Arthur Conan Doyle, more power to them. There are plenty of authors and books to match everyone interests.
What about Suspense and Mystery Within Young Adult Literature?
We don't want to discount all of the dystopian, fantasy, and science fiction novels that have a problem or a mystery to consider. Yet, the realistic suspense/mystery novel set in worlds we instantly recognize is a unique breed. Perhaps this novels don't get enough attention in our YA literature courses, our classrooms, or, frankly, on our award lists.
Right now, Karen M. McManus has hit the publishing world by storm since 2017. Since I first read One of Us is Lying, I anxiously await news about her next book. I have never been disappointed. Karen's books are fantastic and will remind people of some of the best novelist writing suspense and mystery books for any age bracket. Just think of somebody you love to read and then if you haven't read it a book by Karen yet, pick one of her books and give it a try. In a short period of time, you understand what a talented writer she is and why her books are selling not just in the United State, but all over the world in a myriad languages.
No wonder Peacock has turned One of Us is Lying into an original drama. I highly recommend that you check it out.