Order of James Twining Books

James Twining
James Twining is a British author of thriller novels. He writes the Tom Kirk series. James was born in London but spent much of his childhood in Paris. After graduating from Christ Church, Oxford with a first-class degree in French Literature, he began working for investment bank UBS in their corporate finance division. He would end up leaving to start his own company. Then, in 2001, he was named as one of the “Best of Young British” entrepreneurs in The New Statesman. James lives in London with his wife, Victoria. (more…)

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Order of Judge Dee Mysteries Books

Judge Dee Mysteries by Robert Van Gulik
Judge Dee Mysteries is a series of historical mystery novels and short story collections by Dutch novelist Robert Van Gulik. The series began simply as a translation that Van Gulik did for a Chinese novel entitled Dee Goong An, but the translation got Van Gulik’s interest in continuing the Chinese detective fiction genre. He decided that it would be easy to take old Chinese cases and write them for the modern reader. The character of Judge Dee was based on a real-life statesman/detective named Di Renjie from the 7th century. (more…)

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Order of Robert Van Gulik Books

Robert Van Gulik
Robert Van Gulik (1910-1967) was a Dutch author of historical mystery novels and short stories. He wrote the Judge Dee Mysteries series. Van Gulik was born in the Netherlands, but spent his early years in (what is now) Jakarta, Indonesia and learned multiple languages. He earned his PhD from Leiden University back home in 1935. Van Gulik would then end up working as a linguist for the Dutch Foreign Service. He was in Tokyo at the time World War II broke out, so he was evacuated and ended up in China where he got married. The rest of Van Gulik’s life was spent moving all over the world, but he ended up dying in The Hague, The Netherlands. At the time of his death, he was the Dutch ambassador to Japan. (more…)

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Order of Trash ‘N’ Treasures Mysteries Books

Trash N Treasures Mysteries by Barbara Allan
The Trash ‘n’ Treasures Mysteries series is a series of cozy mystery novels by Barbara Allan (Max Allan Collins & Barbara Allan). Brandy Borne has moved back in with her mother in Serenity, Mississippi in order to live the easy small-town life, but ends up coming face-to-face with a murder case, thereby becoming an amateur sleuth. (more…)

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Order of Barbara Allan Books

Barbara Allan
Barbara Allan is the collective pen name of Barbara Collins and Max Allan Collins, which the husband-and-wife team uses to write cozy mystery novels. In particular, they write the Trash ‘n’ Treasures Mysteries series. Barbara and Max live in Iowa in a house full of trash and treasures. (more…)

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Order of Alison Gaylin Books

Alison Gaylin
Alison Gaylin is an American author of crime fiction, mystery and suspense novels. She is a USA Today and international bestselling author. Prior to beginning her career in writing fiction, Alison worked as a journalist, covering arts and entertainment for over 15 years. As a novelist, she has the distinction of launching NAL’s Obsidian imprint with her novel Trashed. Alison lives in upstate New York with her husband, young daughter and old dog. (more…)

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Order of Katherine Neville Books

Katherine Neville
Katherine Neville is an American author of adventure novels. She was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and moved to New York City after college to work in the computer industry. During the ’70s, Neville worked as an international consultant to the Algerian government and then worked at the Department of Energy’s nuclear research site in Idaho. She had also painted portraits and modelled, leading to her starting up a photography business that she ran for several years. Neville would later move to San Francisco, California and became a V.P. at Bank of America. She would also live in Europe, but moved to Washington D.C. and married neuroscientist Karl H. Pribram. (more…)

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Order of Lesley Pearse Books

Lesley Pearse
Lesley Pearse is a British author of women’s fiction novels. Lesley was only three when her mother died under tragic circumstances while her father was serving overseas with the Royal Marines. It was only because Lesley and her brother were playing outside without coats on that arouse suspicion. While her father was serving in the military, Lesley and her brother had to spend three years in orphanages until they were brought home by their father and stepmother. Because of this, characters who grew up emotionally damaged is a theme in her books. (more…)

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Order of Wally Lamb Books

Wally Lamb
Wally Lamb is an American novelist. He grew up in Norwich, Connecticut, which (along with surrounding towns) is where he bases the fictional settings of his novels on. When Lamb was young, he would make his own comic books. He learned how to write female characters due to the fact that he grew up around girls. Lamb earned his B.A. and M.A. in Education from the University of Connecticut and his M.F.A. in Writing from Vermont College. He lives in Connecticut with his wife and three sons. (more…)

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Order of Mick Herron Books

Mick Herron
Mick Herron is an English author of crime thriller novels. He writes the Zoe Boehm and Slough House series. Herron was born in Newcastle, England. He earned his English degree from Balliol College, Oxford. Mick’s short stories have regularly appeared in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine. He lives in Oxford, but works in London. (more…)

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