The Books to Die For anthology was a fun read for several reasons. One reason was to see which books current mystery writers chose to write about. Another was to see why the writers chose the particular books they did. A final reason was to see which writers were picked to write the essays. What made this a very nice read for me was that not only that I read about some favorites I have read and read essays by other favorites, but was also introduced to new authors - both as picks and as essayists. In the introduction to the anthology, John Connolly and Declan Burke (the editors) mentioned that if a reader likes a certain writer or book, the reader may like the writer writing about the book/author. I think that this may be the case and certainly has inspired me to put some books on a wish list for future reading.
Books to Die For is a wonderful anthology that features mystery writers on their favorite mystery books. The anthology offers a broad spectrum of books and authors for the reader - both as books/authors picked and essayists.
The world’s greatest mystery writers on the world’s greatest mystery novels:
With so many mystery novels to choose among, and so many new titles appearing each year, where should a reader start? What are the classics of the genre? Which are the hidden gems?
In the most ambitious anthology of its kind yet attempted, the world’s leading mystery writers have come together to champion the greatest mystery novels ever written. In a series of personal essays that often reveal as much about the authors and their own work as they do about the books that they love, 119 authors from 20 countries have created a guide that will be indispensable for generations of readers and writers. From Agatha Christie to Lee Child, from Edgar Allan Poe to P. D. James, from Sherlock Holmes to Hannibal Lecter and Philip Marlowe to Lord Peter Wimsey, Books to Die For brings together the cream of the mystery world for a feast of reading pleasure, a treasure trove for those new to the genre and for those who believe that there is nothing new left to discover. This is the one essential book for every reader who has ever finished a mystery novel and thought . . .