If you are a mystery buff, you should definitely pick this up. It’s an anthology of essays (over 100) by today’s mystery writers on their favorite tales and favorite authors that influenced them. Edited by John Connolly and Declan Burke, Books to Die For: The World’s Greatest Mystery Writers on the World’s Greatest Mystery Novels is a veritable “Who’s Who” of authors in the genre.
As a lover of mysteries but not an aficionado of mystery literature, I discovered some authors and stories I hadn’t previously been aware of. That’ll keep me in reading material for some time! In addition, I was interested in getting the insider’s view on stories that were seminal in establishing and furthering the genre. To be sure, there were a few authors who took the opportunity to talk more about their own work than the work of authors who influenced them. Still, the large majority of the authors asked to participate make this book a very interesting read and a wonderful resource for anyone who enjoys a good mystery.
Because this is an assembled group of essays, you can easily pick it up for a few minutes, set it down, then pick it back up again as your schedule permits. Perfect for commute-time reading or a little dose just before lights out. If you want to find out more about this anthology, click on the graphic to the right.
BOOKS TO DIE FOR is a unique, must-have anthology for any fan of the mystery genre, featuring personal essays from 120 of the world’s most beloved and renowned crime writers on the mysteries and thrillers that they most admire, edited by two of their own—John Connolly and Declan Burke.
Tana French on The Secret History by Donna Tartt; Jo Nesbø on Jim Thompson’s Pop. 1280; Kathy Reichs on The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris; Michael Connelly on Raymond Chandler’s The Little Sister, and Charlaine Harris on Geoffrey Household’s Rogue Male: these are just a few of the 120 internationally bestselling mystery writers showcased in this collection—a book every reader of crime fiction should own.
In the most ambitious anthology of its kind ever compiled, each author pays a deeply personal tribute to one mystery that means the most to them, explaining why that book affects them and how it has influenced their own work. This collection presents a treasure trove of works in the mystery genre by the people who know it best, and is an essential guide for all readers and writers.