The Thrill Ride Questionnaire: all responses relating to Genres: Mystery, Thrillers and Suspense
- Howdy! I am just your average gal from Texas that loves books! I turned the big 40 last December and I can tell this is going to be my decade My favorite genres to get lost in are: Romance (All Types), Mysteries/Thrillers, and the occasional Non-Fiction. In my non-reading time you can find me crocheting, drinking wine, watching movies (action is my favorite), watching TV ( I am an ID fan), being told what to do by my 110 pound Fur Child Tonks(Lab/Pyr mix below) and/or hanging with friends/family. Thanks for stopping by!
What has been your top 3 reads this year? Link your reviews
- (Cozy Mystery): Pies and Prejudice by Ellery Adams
- (Thriller): Criminal by Karin Slaughter
- (Thriller): Bloodline by James Rollins
What are you currently reading during Thrill Week?
- (Thriller) Last to Die by Tess Gerritsen
- (Suspense) The Last Victim by Karen Robards
- (Thriller) Close Your Eyes by Iris Johansen
- (Cozy Mystery) Little Shop of Homicide by Denise Swanson
Do you have an all time favorite cover in the genres above?
- I tend to LOVE Cozy Mystery covers! I would say that Heather Blake and Juliet Blackwell have the best!
What debut author(s) or new to you author(s) have you read within the last 12 months that have impressed you?
- Karin Slaughter! Can you believe I have never read her? She has another fan girl now! Seriously that woman can write! (I also realize that I am way behind the curve on realizing that)
Favourite trilogy or series you recommend to others to read in the genres above? I always like to ask what level of “gritty” or “death” they can handle.
- For light murder/suspense: I always start people off with the Stephanie Plum series. It is well enough known that they can talk to people about it. I want the books to be gateway books!
- For grittier murder/suspense: The first 4 books in any of the following series (depending on the person): Alex Cross series by James Patterson, Bones series by Kathy Reichs (warn that they are different from the tv series), and for those coming from a more paranormal background the President’s Vampire series by Christopher Farnsworth. Again the point is to get them introduced. I want to recommend books well enough known they can talk to other people about them :)
What popular author(s) have you NOT read but is on your Wishlist?
Other than blogs, share with us what other tools you use or subscribe to in order to keep up with the latest news on authors, new releases, book tours, etc?
- I use twitter–A LOT! I find out more from the publishers there than I do any other tool on the web. Cozy Mystery writers are also pretty twitter efficient (personable and not overly marketing types) which helps a ton. They seem to be very supportive of each other. I haven’t found a one source that I use for everything with grittier thrillers though. I will be watching people’s answers because I am curious to where they go for news on them.
What current book is hyped among the blogosphere that you want to read or are not interested in? Why or why not or link your review if you have read it.
- I read Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn because of the hype. I DO think everyone should read it but I didn’t rate it all that high. I am an “ender” (aka the end can totally blow a book for me) and that is one ending I did not like. However, the story is gripping and you want to know how it all turns out. So it is worth all the hype that it is getting.
What is most important in these genres to you? Plot, characters, location, dialogue, red herrings, narrator or what mix of them?
- I have different things I expect from different genres. For thrillers, it is all about the case! The characters are secondary to me. I need to be engaged in the case and the sleuthing (forensics, clues, beat-the street police work) involved in solving it. In Cozy Mysteries, it is all about the characters! The case is secondary. I need to care about the characters involved and how they will be affected by the outcome of the case. I actually prefer thrillers in Audiobook form! The narrator is very important because they can make/break the story. Cozy mysteries I prefer to read in book form unless they have an EXCELLENT narrator.
Recommend a book made into movie you thought both were good?
- I am the wrong person to ask this! I am not really a fan of books to movie adaptations. I understand they happen but I always hope that they are a case that isn’t in the books. The best that I have seen in this scenario are the Bourne movies. They were different enough that the expectations of book to movie were gone.
Recommend a book you would like to discuss with others and possibly the author?
- Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn screams talk about me! Criminal by Karin Slaughter is another good choice!
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