Welcome to 'Not Your Usual Suspects' Blog

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me …a super cool, hip new blog to share with fans, family and friends!

Welcome to our new blog run by a group of seasoned and debut authors of romantic suspense and mystery. We’re an eclectic group with diverse interests and a thrilling range of stories including procedural, humorous, sexy, nail-biting, romantic and cozy. For the next twelve days leading up to Christmas, each one of us will blog on a topic near and dear to our hearts. After that, we’ll be blogging three days a week, offering you interviews, freebies, writing insights, thoughts on the different sub-genres within mystery and romantic suspense, and tidbits from our past and forthcoming novels. Take a minute and peruse our bios, current novels and forthcoming releases. Several of us also have audio books available for your listening enjoyment.

To start things off, I’m interested in finding out what romantic suspense or mystery books were your favorites in 2010. I’m always on the lookout for new authors to read and I love to give books as presents for Christmas. I’m hoping one of you will suggest something perfect I can buy as a last minute present. As a thank you, I will randomly choose one winner from the comments to win a copy of my latest novel, No One Lives Twice, a humorous cyber-sleuthing mystery caper released by Carina Press in August 2010. 

Here are a few of my favorite romantic suspense/mystery reads for 2010: Fantasy in Death and Indulgence in Death by J.D. Robb, The First Rule by Robert Crais, The Neighbor by Lisa Gardner, In Plain View by J. Wachowski (one of the bloggers on this site – woot!) and Ice Cold by Tess Gerritsen. What great mystery and romantic suspense book(s) did you read this year that you would wholeheartedly recommend?

Thanks for stopping by and we hope to see a lot of you in the next year. Happy Holidays to all!
Julie Moffett

Comments

Toni Anderson said…
My favorite Mystery and RS books this year are... Good question :)
I also loved Lisa Gardner's THE NEIGHBOR, I enjoyed Karen Rose's KILL FOR ME, and I just finished Laura Griffin's UNTRACEABLE which was really enjoyable. I'm waiting for Santa to bring me an ereader and hope to reader all my fellow Carina Press authors. Can't wait!
MaureenAMiller said…
I admit that I am a Nora Roberts-aholic, and just read and enjoyed THE SEARCH.

I'm looking forward to hearing the wit and wisdom of this diverse ensemble! I'm bound to become another author-aholic here :)
Rebecca said…
I loved Cynthia Eden's DEADLY FEAR this year and would highly recommend it.

Congrats on your new blog!
Shirley Wells said…
I thoroughly enjoyed fellow Carina Press author J. Wachowski's IN PLAIN VIEW too. Another great mystery from Carina Press is Elise Warner's SCENE STEALER.
I've just finished THE SEX CLUB by L. J. Sellers and can recommend that one. I couldn't put it down.
Hmm ... I hope Santa is selecting a few good mysteries for me to read over the holiday!
Caridad Pineiro said…
I have so little time to read, but treated myself over the summer to a bunch of J.D. Robb books on my TBR pile. Looking forward to this blog!
Elise Warner said…
For a bio with a good deal of mystery and romance and a queen that really didn't look like Elizabeth Taylor, read Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff. May be purchased as an eBook.
Josh Lanyon said…
I've been reading a lot of 40s noir lately -- Chandler, Hammett, Howard E. Browne. Great stuff and somehow it just seems perfect for the holiday season.
Tam said…
Congratulations on the new blog. Looking forward to seeing what you have to offer. :-)

Goodness. I can never pick a favourite book. I've read a few good m/m mysteries this past year I'm sure. I must have. LOL My brain zones out. I really liked In the Flesh by Ethan Stone. I also really liked Nicole Kimberling's Baby It's Cold Outside (note to self - get next book in series soon).
Cindy L said…
The only mystery that I've read this year is Heather Graham's Unhallowed Ground. It wasn't my favorite though. I'm currently reading Raeliksen by Renee Vincent. Halfway through and I love it so far. I love all of the suggestions so far. I just put them on my wish list!
Marcelle Dubé said…
I've only read one e-book so far on my spiffy new e-reader, and it was Toni Anderson's Sea of Suspicion. Excellent read and highly recommended.

As for my favourite, that would have to be Louise Penny's Bury Your Dead, the latest in her Inspector Gamache series. Wonderful writer, great story.
mammarella said…
My favourite mysteries this year:
Josh Lanyon's "The Dark Farewell"
L.B. Gregg's "Catch Me If You Can"
Clare London'e "72" .

I am very glad you started this blog. It's always great to learn more about your favourite authors and even more so to discover new ones :)
Thanks for putting it together!
Pauline Barclay said…
Love the Blog, and my first e-book I ever read and loved was Presumed Dead by Shirley Wells. A Carina Press author.A wonderful mystery tale!

Of course I could recommend a couple more lovely books, but I think you will tell me off....there mine. I write too!

Looking forward to more of your Blogs....lots of luck!
Wynter Daniels said…
Wow - the blog looks great! My favorite romantic suspense books I read this year were Cynthia Eden's Deadly Fear and Karen Rose's Die for Me. Looking forward to checking out some Carina Press authors in the coming year.
grumpybybirth said…
Besides your book (which was awesome!!!)the only other one I read that stands out in my mind is Tara Taylor Quinn The fourth victim.
All of the Carina Press authors books look fantastic - can't wait to dig into them! My first taste of romantic suspense books were written by Phyllis Whitney, Mary Stewart, and Georgette Hyer. Of course, after that, I was hooked but big time.
Julie Moffett said…
Great comments and suggestions, everyone!! My TBR pile is now teetering!! My new dilemma, what to purchase for gifts and what to keep for myself!! LOL!!!
jilljames said…
Great new blog! I enjoyed Unforgivable and Untraceable by Laura Griffin. The Neighbor by Lisa Gardner. Ice Cold by Tess Gerritsen.
Tom Foolery said…
Great looking blog - love the strong images (and the words of course). Ms Well's books rock :) TFx
Kathy Ivan said…
What a terrific blog post! I'm loving all the romantic suspense/mysteries Carina has published this year. They are wonderful reads and I can't recommend them highly enough. Mine included :-)

I've been catching up with all the J.D. Robb's books over the last couple of weeks, and I'm also reading the Firefighters of Station Five series by Jo Davis. So many terrific books, only 24 hours in a day--Need more time to read.
Nicole North said…
The blog looks awesome!! Well done! I don't have any recommendations for books at the moment. However, I'm looking forward to reading several of the Carina Press RS books!
J K Maze said…
I love this blog and I intend to be a frequent visitor. As far as favorites are concerned, Lina Howard's Heat is one I read recently and loved, as I do all of hers. Another is Cry No More, which is from a few years ago. I reread that one quite often - it's now dog-eared.

I also found an author new to me that I love a great deal. It's Alice Kimberly (Cleo Coyle) and she is writing a haunted bookshop mystery series in which the protagonist solves crimes with the ghost of a P.I. mudered in the 1940's. As the series goes on, she seems to be falling in love with him. Other than that, I couldn't begin to name all the mystery and RS authors I absolutely crave. Now that I've read this blog, I intend to read yours.

Joan Maze
Jenny Schwartz said…
Oh, great suggestions. I (belatedly) discovered Jayne Ann Krentz this year and am happily working my way through her backlist. Dana Stabenow's "A Night Too Dark" is sitting top of my TBR pile, waiting for Christmas and a chance to kick back and enjoy some Alaskan snow and ice as I swelter through a hot Aussie summer.
Shirley Wells said…
Wow, what great suggestions from everyone.

Thanks to Josh for reminding me of Chandler and Hammett. Rereading those over the holiday would be a real treat.

Thanks too to Pauline and Tom Foolery for their kind words about my books. (The cheques are in the post! ;))
Julie Moffett said…
AND THE WINNER OF THE FREE COPY OF NO ONE LIVES TWICE IS ... Okay, I wrote all the names down of everyone who commented and put them in a baseball hat. My three-year old is choosing one now ... no, don't pick a fistful, just one ... no, don't put it in your mouth ... please, give it to mommy ... okay, it's a little wrinkled and soggy but I can read it ... and the winner is ... drum roll ... CINDY L!!! Congrats, Cindy! Please visit my website at www.juliemoffett.com and click on my e-mail to send me your information so I can get you a copy of No One Lives Twice! Happy Holidays!! :)
Toni Anderson said…
Congrats, Cindy!
Great suggestions. I love Nora, Linda Howard and I have Dana Stabenow's book upstairs beside my bed. Good reading ahead!
Oh no. Another blog I must follow. And more wonderful book selections. When am I supposed to write?
Georgie said…
I'm reading Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin -- a delicious medieval mystery!

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