Mystery Books/Novel


I want to read a mystery novel, which should'nt be too long. It would be my first novel, so it should be easy to understand, not very complex, and overlap with other genre like thriller,action,horror etc. Help to find a such novel. Please name a few.

Dear Virginia:

      I am thrilled to recommend a mystery writer to you which is suspenseful but not complex to be confusing.The author is Mary Higgins Clark, who has been writing since 1975 following her husband's death.She is a master plotter who is able to draw out suspense while teasing the reader that everybody is guilty.Her books contain no vulgar language or sexuality. Being a Christian, this is what I prefer.I am enclosing a list of her books for you to choose.

1975 Where Are The Children?
1977 A Stranger is Watching
1980 The Cradle Will Fall
1982 A Cry in the Night
1984 Stilwatch
1987 Weep No More, My Lady
1989 While My Pretty One Sleeps
1989 The Anastasia Syndrome and Other Stories
1990 Voices in the Coal Bin (short story, only available as an audio book with Carol Higgins Clark's That's the Ticket)
1991 Loves Music, Loves to Dance
1992 All Around the Town
1993 I'll Be Seeing You
1993 Death on the Cape and Other Stories
1993 Milk Run and Stowaway (Two stories. Like Voices in the Coal Bin, never officially published out of anthologies)
1994 Remember Me
1994 The Lottery Winner and Other Stories
1995 Let Me Call You Sweetheart
1995 Silent Night
1996 Moonlight Becomes You
1996 My Gal Sunday: Henry and Sunday Stories
1997 Pretend You Don't See Her
1998 You Belong to Me
1998 All Through The Night
1999 We'll Meet Again
2000 Before I Say Good-Bye
2000 Deck the Halls (with daughter Carol Higgins Clark)
2001 On The Street Where You Live
2001 He Sees You When You're Sleeping (with daughter Carol Higgins Clark)
2002 Daddy's Little Girl
2003 The Second Time Around
2004 Nighttime Is My Time
2004 The Christmas Thief (with daughter Carol Higgins Clark)
2005 No Place Like Home
2006 Two Little Girls in Blue
2006 Santa Cruise (with daughter Carol Higgins Clark)
2007 Ghost Ship: A Cape Cod Story
2007 I Heard That Song Before
2008 Where Are You Now?
2008 Dashing Through the Snow (with daughter Carol Higgins Clark)
2009 Just Take My Heart
2010 The Shadow of Your Smile
2011 I'll Walk Alone
2011 The Magical Christmas Horse (illustrated by Wendell Minor)
2012 The Lost Years
2013 Daddy's Gone A Hunting (9 April 2013

   Another author I can recommend without reservations is Earlene Fowler. Her principal detective, Benni Harper, is an independent rancher and curator of a quilt museum. Her books take place in San Celina (patterned after San Luis Obispo, CA)and each title is the name of a quilting pattern.Again, there is no bad language, sexuality or gratuitous violence in them.

  This is a list of her books as well.
   Fool's Puzzle (1994) ISBN 978-0-425-14545-6
   Irish Chain (1995) ISBN 978-0-425-15137-2
   Kansas Troubles (1996) ISBN 978-0-425-15696-4
   Goose in the Pond (1997) ISBN 978-0-425-16239-2
   Dove in the Window (1998) ISBN 978-0-425-16894-3
   Mariner's Compass (1999) ISBN 978-0-425-17408-1
   Seven Sisters (2000) ISBN 978-0-425-17917-8
   Arkansas Traveler (2001) ISBN 978-0-425-18428-8
   Steps to the Altar (2002) ISBN 978-0-425-18944-3
   Sunshine and Shadow (2003) ISBN 978-0-425-19528-4
   Broken Dishes (2004) ISBN 978-0-425-20197-8
   Delectable Mountains (2005) ISBN 978-0-425-20652-2
   Tumbling Blocks (2007) ISBN 978-0-425-22123-5
   State Fair (2010) ISBN 978-0-425-23422-8
   Spider Web (2011) ISBN 978-0-425-24098-4

  It has been my personal joy to help you. If you want other choices, I can always provide more authors for you. However, I felt these would be good for a start. I hope you enjoy them.

Take care and be blessed,

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I am able to answer most questions concerning the origin of the English mystery and police procedural. I also enjoy classic American detective stories(i.e. Ross Macdonald, Robert Parker, Sue Grafton). I also boast a sizable collection of techno-thrillers (i.e. Tom Clancy, Dale Brown) and global conspiracy novels( Robert Ludlum) as well


I was a Library Associate for close to thirty years for the Richmond Public Library with my expertise being Readers Advisory. I actually wrote a mystery story once which was not published but was an enjoyable undertaking

I was a freelance Book Critic for the Richmond Times Dispatch for 12 years ( submitting 122 reviews during that period. I also wrote book reviews for an independent local publication, Style Weekly, for three years and composed approximately 25 reviews.

I received a BA in English Litrature with a minor in Linguistics from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1976.

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