While you wait for the next What Doesn’t Kill You novel, here’s a few of my favorite 4-star+ Texas mystery reads for you, blogged in response to a question from reader Heather. Thanks, Heather!
<You’re welcome.> 😉
Rick Riordan (San Antonio)
Yeah, you know him for his Middle Grade fantasy books, the Percy Jackson series. But did you know he wrote mysteries before them? Yep. And I love them. At least all of them but the last one in the series. Seriously, stop before you get to Rebel Island. Despite that, one of my favorite reviews ever compared me to him. (I’ll take it!)
Stephanie Jaye Evans (Houston)
You’ll love her authentic characters and be begging for a next installment in her Sugarland mysteries, featuring a minister whose wife steals the show, as they struggle with the congregation, teenage girls, and murder.
Ben Rehder (Austin)
Apparently I’m late to the party. Ben’s a multi-big-award nominee for his Blanco County mystery series featuring a game warden (how freakin’ cool is that???). A reader tipped me on his new Roy Ballard series, which is where I started, and now I’ll work my way backwards. Embarrassing admission: once I heard his name spoken aloud I knew who he was. REHDER = RAIDER. Ohhhhhh…anyway, still hadn’t read him, but, gah, Pamela. Sometimes (SMH).
The same reader also sent me a Hell to Pay fox:
Double thanks, Delbra 😉
R.L. Nolen (Houston) and Marcy McKay (Amarillo)
Pick up this box set which includes novels from two Texas mystery/thriller/suspense novelists, R.L. Nolen for the suspenseful Deadly Thyme and Marcy McKay for her luminous debut, Pennies From Burger Heaven . Bonus: Ken Oder’s non-Texas novel The Closing (and some books by, um, me).
Aimee Gilchrist (New Mexico, but writing in Texas)
A little snarky-er than I love at times, but eventually her protagonist’s incredibly neurotic inner self won me over. Good mystery, involving oldsters still living in their past.
Don’t forget one of mine you may not have read yet:
(Photo sent in by reader Kessika. Thank you!)
The foxes have been received and are loved.
Here’s where I’ll be for the next three weeks because, gulp, What Doesn’t Kill You #8 is due to my developmental editor June 15th.
At least the view’s good.
Have a great week, and look for more reading recommendations coming soon <3