Author: John Dickson Carr
Read-a-like Title(s): The Exploits of Sherlock Holmes; He Who Whispers
Corresponding Appeals: Compelling, intricately plotted, ominous, atmospheric
Writing Profile: Carr writes atmospheric and intricately plotted mysteries. Most often he writes “locked room mysteries” where the crime seems to be unexplainable. His investigators make keen observations and don’t let seemingly supernatural forces fool them. His writing is characterized by an ominous tone, slow-simmering suspense, and complex puzzles.
Author: Margery Allingham
Read-a-like Title(s): The Tiger in the Smoke
Corresponding Appeals: Cozy mystery, intricately plotted, ominous, atmospheric
Writing Profile: Allingham’s writing is witty and atmospheric with a vivacious flair. Her sleuths are unassuming and unobtrusive, but keenly observant. Her stories are engaging and full of tension, often with characters challenging society’s notions of propriety as they investigate each mystery.
Author: M.C. Beaton
Read-a-like Title(s): Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death; Death of a Gossip
Corresponding Appeals: Cozy mystery, intricately plotted, amusing, upbeat, fast-paced, strong sense of place
Writing Profile: Beaton writes eccentric characters, vividly detailed settings, and intricate plots with a strong measure of humor. Like Christie, Beaton makes use of fair play so that readers can try to solve the mystery along with the sleuths. Her well-constructed plots are creative and well-paced, but her quirky characters and strong sense of wit steal the show.