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2. Elizabeth Enright - As a child one of my very favorite books was The Four Story Mistake but somehow I never seemed to realized that it was actually part of a series. In pre-internet days this was much harder to discover. Luckily I discovered the rest of the books about the Melendy family and the 2 Gone Away Lake books and have basically inhaled them. The only negative is that I can just imagine how much I would've loved them as a child. Books to try: The Saturdays or Gone Away Lake
3. Tony Horwitz - His book Baghdad Without A Map is one of my favorite travel books of all time and I'm generally avoid books set in the Middle East. It was funny and fascinating with bits of poignancy all mixed together. Probably the book he is most known for is Confederates in the Attic which is by far my least favorite book by him. His book about Captain Cook had me waking up my husband in the middle of the night to ask him "did you know" questions. Yet, despite all the information it doesn't feel like an overload. Books to try: Baghdad Without A Map or Blue Latitudes
4. Laurie R. King - King's take on Sherlock Holmes is wonderfully done and not read nearly enough. She does a great job of going in a completely different direction than either of the current TV adaptations but still making Holmes distinctly Holmes. Book to try: The Beekeeper's Apprentice
5. Deborah Crombie - Brilliant British mysteries featuring detectives Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James. They're smart without being overdone, gritty without being too dark and always a great mystery. Books to try: A Share in Death is the first and a little lighter, And Justice There is None is further in the series and reflects the darker more serious tone the series took.
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7. Daphne du Maurier - For the longest time I kind of assumed Rebecca was the only book du Maurier had ever written until I discovered the wonderful creepiness of The Birds. It's now my mission to read everything she's ever written. Book to try: The Birds and Other Stories.
8. Santa Montefiore - I loved her book Secrets of the Lighthouse when I read it earlier this summer. The Irish setting was incredible and the characters were unique and very well drawn. I was stunned when I discovered she has quite the backlist that I'd never come across before. I'm planning on reading several of hers to my TBR very soon. Book to try: Secrets of the Lighthouse
9. Beverly Connor - If you like the TV show Bones you will love Connor's forensic thriller series featuring forensic anthropologist Diane Fallon. The Lindsey Chamberlain books are good too but I like the Fallon books best. There hasn't been a new one in awhile so I was thrilled when I saw on her site that she's working on a new one. Books to try: One Grave Too Many
10. Laura Lee Guhrke - as far as historical romance goes Guhrke is one of those authors whose books I always enjoy. Her female leads are always unique and strong willed without being annoying. Book to try: And Then He Kissed Her