Monday, July 6, 2015

John Dufresne, Tana French, S. J. Rozan and Sandra Brown Choose Their Favorites.

John Dufresne

Dufresne, author of the neo-noir, No Regrets, Coyote, and whose all-time favorite books made up a previous list, has provided me with an exclusive list of his favorite mysteries.

Miami Blues by Charles Williford
Smilla’s Sense of Snow by
Peter Høeg
True Confessions by John Gregory Dunne
The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad
A Study in Scarlet by A. Conan Doyle

Tana French

French hit the ground running with her Edgar-Award winning In the Woods, one of the best recent mysteries. Books which have influenced her, from an interview at BookBrowse.

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey
Mystic River by Dennis Lehane

S.J. Rozan

Rozan writes traditional and lambent-prosed mysteries featuring the gumshoes, Lydia Chin and Bill Smith.

"S. J. Rozan Recommends" from an interview at Indiebound:

The Constant Gardener by John le Carré
Rose and Havana Bay by Martin Cruz Smith
"Anything" by P.D. James
King Suckerman by George Pelecanos
The Night Men by Keith Snyder
A Free Man of Color, Fever Season and Die Upon a Kiss by Barbara Hambly.

Sandra Brown

Brown has been a reporter, a TV weather forecaster, a model and, luckily for us, an author of mystery and romance novels. Her five favorite books from a GoodReads interview.

Mila 18 by Leon Uris
Testimony of Two Men by Taylor Caldwell
Jane Eyre by  Charlotte Brontë
The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss
Eye of the Needle by Ken Follett

 Previous posts of mystery writers choosing their favorite mysteries.

  The first post: P.D. James, Andrew Klavan, Thomas H. Cook, John Dickson Carr and Arthur Conan Doyle.
  The second post: Isaac Asimov, Robert Barnard, George Baxt, James Ellroy, Michael Gilbert, Sue Grafton, Reginald Hill, Tony Hillerman, HRF Keating, Peter Lovesey, Charlotte MacLeod, Sara Paretsky, Julian Symons, and Martin Hill Ortiz.
  The third post: Robert B. Parker, Elizabeth Peters, Peter Straub, Donald E. Westlake, and Phyllis A. Whitney.
  The fourth post: Aaron Elkins, John Gardner,  Michael Malone and Marcia Muller
  The fifth post: Robert Barnard (best recent), Jacques Barzun, Rex Stout and Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine 1950.

 The sixth post: Jeannette de Beauvoir, Mary Reed, and John Dufresne.
 The seventh post:  Angela Zeman, Carolyn Wheat, Ann Rule, John Lutz, Dick Lochte, Laurie R. King, Tony Hillerman, Jeremiah Healy, Linda Fairstein and Jan Burke.
 The eighth post: Agatha Christie (favorites among her own works), Julia Buckley, and 38 renowned authors choose their favorite forgotten books, including John Le Carré and Elmore Leonard.
 The ninth post: Dennis Lehane, Michael Connelly, Don Winslow, Polly Whitney and E.E. Kennedy.
 The tenth post: George Pelecanos, Mary Higgins Clark and Charlaine Harris.
 The eleventh post: Stephen King. (With links to his favorite short stories.)
 The twelfth post: James Lee Burke, Carl Hiaasen, and Scott Turow.

Martin Hill Ortiz, also writing under the name, Martin Hill, is the author of A Predatory Mind. His latest mystery, Never Kill A Friend, is available from Ransom Note Press. His epic poem, Two Mistakes, recently won second place in the Margaret Reid/Tom Howard Poetry Competition. He can be contacted at


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