As Thanksgiving now marks the official (if, in reality, considerably belated) start of the Christmas-Chanukah-Kwanzaa-Solstice gift giving season, I thought this might be a good time to try something new and, I hope, helpful as you do your shopping for the dedicated readers on your list. I would hope that list includes people who enjoy classic mysteries, or who would enjoy classic mysteries if they only knew what to read.
So I propose, over the next twelve days (to match one of my favorite Christmas carols) to offer a suggestion each day of a single book by a single classic mystery author. Please note: I did not say (and do not believe) that these are the best books by the best authors. In fact, I would hope that anyone reading these posts would add their own comments suggesting other books by that author or even books by other authors. This is not a "Best 12 mysteries of all times" list nor a "The 12 mysteries to read before you die" plan. The idea is to give you a wide range of suggestions for enjoyable books by engaging authors that would make perfect gifts for those on your list who might enjoy traditional, plot-oriented mysteries.
And what to do? Well, the books I will list are all - according to Amazon - still in print (or at least in electronic editions). I would hope that if you want to buy one, you would:
- Buy from your favorite mystery bookseller. We can't afford to lose more mystery bookstores.
- If you don't have a mystery bookseller, patronize an independent bookstore. We can't afford to lose them either.
- If you don't have easy access to such a bookstore, I would hope you would use the links I'll be providing to Amazon's listing for each book. If you're reading e-books on an Amazon Kindle, please use my link. This site is an Amazon Associate retailer, which means that I get a small percentage of anything you buy when you go to Amazon through my link(s). It costs you nothing and it helps me pay for the hosting for my blog and podcast. I will also include links to audiobook versions, when they are available.
This will all start tomorrow, so rather than kill yourself slogging through Black Friday crowds, come back here and visit tomorrow when we see which will be the first book suggestion for the Twelve Days of Bookgiving.
In the meantime, Happy Thanksgiving to one and all.