I was interested to read the top 30 favourite authors of Southampton library borrowers. I am currently reading Karin Slaughter, a first. The librarian, a fan of crime fiction, offered to reserve Slaughter’s new book for me, hence my knowledge of ‘fastbacks’. The majority of favourite fiction is murder and mayhem.


Top 30 Authors

• Kate Atkinson- Literary thriller, Harlan Coben likes her
• Linwood Barclay – Hitchcockinan thrillers
Mark Billingham – Crime, Tom Thorne, detective
Maeve Binchy – Storyteller
Dan Brown – Thriller fiction
one-shot2Lee Child – Thriller – Jack Reacher
Harlan Coben – Thriller mystery, Mickey, Myron Bolitar
• Martina Cole – Crime
Michael Connolly – Crime, Hieronymus Bosch & Mikey Haller
• Ken Follett – Thrillers and historical novels
• Tess Gerritsen – Romantic suspense, medical thrillers
• Philippa Gregory – Historical novels
John Grisham – Legal thrillers
P D James – Crime, detectives Cordelia Gray, Adam Dalgliesh200px-Deathinholyorders
• Peter James – Murder, mystery
Stephen King – Horror, fantasy
• Sophie Kinsella – Chick lit
• Rosamund Lupton – Crime, women sleuths
Ian McEwan – Literary novelist
Jo Nesbo – Crime, Inspector Harry Hole
James Patterson – Crime thriller, psychologist, Alex Cross
• Lesley Pearse – Contemporary fiction
• Jodi Picoult – Fiction, wide-ranging
Ian Rankin – Crime, Inspector Rebus
Kathy Reichs – Crime, Forensic anthropologist
Ruth Rendell – Psychological thriller, murder mystery, Inspector Wexford
Peter Robinson – Crime, Inspector Alan Banks
Karin Slaughter – Crime
Wilbur Smith – Historical novels
51XYpK+ffdL__SL160_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-dp,TopRight,12,-18_SH30_OU02_AA160_• S J Watson – Thriller

Fairly current books – bold – have read – italicised