As a salute to the coming of Autumn and Halloween, I would like to share some of my favorite mystery novels and/or authors. In first place, I would have to place Agatha
Christie. I do, however, find it difficult to select just one of her novels because they are all fascinatingly good.
My second choice, even though this author falls more into the horror category, is Edgar Allan Poe. I always liked his stories, especially The Gold Bug and The Cask of Amontillado. The darkness and depravity of Poe’s writings always caused me to see the mystery of Poe’s mindset.
I am currently enjoying the books of Steven Saylor. I have always been interested in Roman and Greek history. His main character, Gordianus the Finder, is someone who looks beyond his clients’ suspicions and superstitions and solves the crimes through logic and common sense. Saylor also uses the mysteries in his books as a means of educating the reader about Roman history. This is no small feat considering that most of this history was written “by the victors”, as they say. I am in the third of his Sub Roma series and find that I can’t order the rest of the series fast enough.
Well, I hope that this has been enjoyable for you and helpful in any of your future readings of mystery novels.