OK, who is your least favorite author?

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OK, who is your least favorite author?

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apr 8, 2008, 10:23pm

OK, personally I find the cat mysteries by Lillian Jackson Braun boring, and the Melanie Travis mysteries by Laurien Berenson repetitious and redundant. Who are your least faves?

apr 9, 2008, 8:54am

I am incredibly over the Sue Grafton series.


apr 9, 2008, 9:11am

I can hear the boo's and hisses already... but I can hardly get through Agatha Christie.

*runs for cover*

apr 9, 2008, 9:36am

I'm with you on that, VPL.

apr 9, 2008, 10:14am

I loved Agatha Christie in my teens and read most of her books (in French no less!), but I find them dated now. I'm not keen on the Kay Scarpetta mysteries either; they are too graphic for my taste.

apr 9, 2008, 6:26pm

Carolyn G. Hart

apr 10, 2008, 9:54am

The latest Martha Grimes books are terrible! Which is a shame, because I loved her earlier books.

apr 13, 2008, 12:47pm

I can barely stomach the last few Patricia Cornwell books. I loved the Kay Scarpetta series at the beginning, but they have gone downhill ever since, IMHO. The one put out last year, Book of the Dead, made it to my clunker list for the year.

apr 15, 2008, 10:54am

I'd have to agree with alcottacre , loved Cornwell but couldn't read the last one.

maj 3, 2008, 1:29pm

I've only read two John Sherwood books but won't be reading any more. Creeping Jenny was so bad I've been put off forever.

maj 4, 2008, 1:18pm

Oops! Sorry, my last message doesn't belong in this discussion even though the sleuth is a woman.

maj 23, 2008, 4:36am

Even though I live in North Carolina, I don't like Margaret Maron. Haven't read the last 4 or 5 Patricia Cornwell or Sue Grafton books because they started boring me. So did Elizabeth Peters's Amelia Peabody series.

And although I love Christie, her Tuppence and Tommy series, fortunately, a short series that she didn't spend too much time on, bore me.

Why oh why aren't my touchstones working?

maj 23, 2008, 9:35am

I agree about Cornwell who has really gone downhill, and I too never really liked the Braun books.

I also tried and hated one of the Rita Mae Brown cat books. I also didn't care for the one Nancy Atherton Aunt Dimity book I read.

maj 23, 2008, 10:22am

I can't believe how many people don't like Tommy and Tuppence! I have been seeing that on various threads lately, and I love them. I think that is one of Christie's strengths, though--that she can write such different things.

>13 nancyewhite: I don't even try any books that have cats as main characters. Is it Lillian Jackson Braun that does this too? Hmm, the touchstones just seem to pull up people with no books, so maybe I am spelling it wrong. Anyway, I have absolutely zero interest in that particular sub-genre (although I do like cats, honest!). Brown's Southern Discomfort is a good book, though.

maj 23, 2008, 11:40am

>14 sussabmax: That's why I even tried it. I can at least tolerate all of Brown's non-cat work and some I really love...

maj 23, 2008, 1:11pm

I love Rita Mae Brown's books about Juts and Wheezie - Six of One, Bingo, and Loose Lips. No cats. I also liked Sudden Death and Southern Discomfort. I didn't particularly like Rubyfruit Jungle, her first book, and although I have 2 of her cat books, have not read either. Even though the newest one was signed by both Rita Mae AND Sneaky Pie.

I'm letting my 14 year old daughter read Six of One right now - she's loving it.

maj 23, 2008, 2:45pm

Elizabeth Peters. I never enjoyed the Vicky Bliss books and by about 5 books into it I was heartily sick of Amelia Peabody. The stories are good & I like the other characters, but if I were her family, I'd pushed Amelia off a cliff or shut her in a disused tomb long ago.

maj 23, 2008, 3:33pm

#17 Stacey42 - my thoughts exactly! I just read my one and only Vicky Bliss (blech) and gave up on Amelia Peabody after about 4 or 5.

Redigerat: jun 22, 2008, 8:04pm

She's certainly not my least favorite author, but I'm not a fan of the Janet Evanovich books. I feel almost guilty admitting it since she's almost universally loved by my other bookish friends.

Once I would have listed SueGrafton as a least favorite, but I've found that I love listening to her audiobooks. Weird as that may sound, she's one of two authors that I only enjoy as audiobooks.

jun 24, 2008, 11:50am

I've never liked Janet Evanovich. I'll have to try Sue Grafton as audiobooks - I'm into an audiobook binge lately and need new material. Good idea.

jul 10, 2008, 4:37pm

I have to publicly recant my message above (message #5)! I just read Agatha Christie's first Miss Marple novel (The Murder at the Vicarage) and found it totally fun. I take it all back, she's not one of my least favourite authors! In fact I want to read more of her books now...

jul 13, 2008, 3:54pm

I read one absolutely ghastly mystery by Valerie Frankel called A Body to Die For. Thankfully that was the last in her series and I will never read the earlier ones.

I also tried a book by Dicey Deere and it was so dippy I'll never try her again.

I agree with the comments about the series by Elizabeth Peters and Martha Grimes. I loved the early Amelia Peabody and Richard Jury mysteries, but not the later ones.

jul 16, 2008, 2:30am

Whoops, forgot Plague Tales by Ann Benson. I disliked it so much I could'nt finish reading it.

okt 21, 2008, 9:05pm

Mary Higgins Clark. I usually suck at finding out the ending, but her thrillers are so transparent, I can figure it out halfway through - and where's the motivation to go on from there?

dec 31, 2009, 6:07pm

KarenMarie- oh my gosh the Stephanie Plum series is always good for a couple of laughs as far as one liners and new slang are concerned; but after the first few they are VERY formulaic and predictable. I want to tell Evanovich - you bake a cake using the same ingredients over and over, and all the cakes are going to taste pretty much the same. Which is GOOD if you like having the same cake over and over, but if you're looking for something different, you're going to have to change things up, and probably more than just a little.

dec 31, 2009, 7:53pm

I started out enthusiastic about their books, but for some time now, I've been totally off the books by Patricia Cornwell, Sue Grafton and Elizabeth George and Sara Paretsky.

I love Agatha Christie EXCEPT for Tommy and Tuppance.

Redigerat: jan 1, 2010, 9:07am

I should probably apologize to all the writers in my post above, because I did in fact read a lot of their books before losing interest. However, last night, I tried to read The Raven and the Nightingale by Joanne Dobson, and quit after about twenty pages.

jan 2, 2010, 7:55am

I don't like:
Janet Evanovich
Elizabeth George
Patricia Cornwell - but I use to
Mary Higgins Clark
Elizabeth Peters
Rita Mae Brown - I use to but are now too much alike
Lillian Jackson Braun - silly cats
Carolyn G. Hart
Martha Grimes - too dense

I have gone off most cozies as they all seem the same. I have to be in the right mood for them, wanting some real lightness after Henning Mankell or similar authors.

jan 4, 2010, 2:54pm

#28 Precisely the same list for me. Not surprising really, as your name appears first on "Members with your books" on my profile. Obviously we share the same dislikes.

feb 9, 2011, 8:31pm

Let's start up the postings again!!

I love cozies............. hope they last forever.

Also, I love Margaret Maron books.

Redigerat: feb 14, 2011, 8:34am

Another public recant - I've been re-reading Sue Grafton lately. Started in December and have read, in order except for I is for Innnocent which I read after N is for Noose, A-P. I'm reading, I think for the first time because none of it sounds familiar, Q is for Quarry and have the rest to read, R-S-T-U.

I'm loving them all this time around.

feb 13, 2011, 3:17am

I like Grafton but put Marcia Muller above her. In the fall I re-read all of her books in order and loved them again. I am in the process of moving but when settled plan to do the same with Grafton. I also like Sara Paretsky and Laurie R. King's Mary Russell series.

nov 14, 2011, 11:40am

Many of my "can't read any more" started as favorites: Evanovich, Elizabeth Peters, Cornwell, Grafton, Margaret Maron. I guess there is something as too much of a good thing.

nov 15, 2011, 12:50am

I loved Patricia Cornwell at the start, but, yeah, stopped reading them after a while and never had any inclination to return.

I'm still enjoying Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody books, though! I've read about seven now. And Sue Grafton, but I only read one every couple of years, which might help. I could see myself getting fed up with them if I binged.

I gave up on Karin Slaughter 30 pages into Blindsighted, it was just too gross.

And I'm not overly fond of Donna Andrews. Murder with Peacocks was delightful, but the next two were dull and I haven't continued.

nov 15, 2011, 6:01pm

My least favourite has to be Caroline Graham. Although the Midsomer Murder TV series was not bad (not my favourite either) I couldn't even finish one of her books.

nov 17, 2011, 7:48pm

I am SO OVER James Patterson. How much money does one person need!! He needs to stop!

nov 19, 2011, 8:53pm

Still love cozys, just started Curiosity Thrilled the Cat by Sofie Kelly. Hope this proves to be a good series.

mar 17, 2012, 3:24pm

I agree about Martha Grimes' latest books. What happened? I used to automatically buy every new one, but now I hesitate and will only read a library copy.

mar 17, 2012, 5:43pm

I disliked Innocent Blood so much that I've never tried another P. D. James book.

I liked the first two of Nancy Atherton's Aunt Dimity books, but I can't get through any more of them, because Lori irritates me too much. She has a wonderful husband and family, but she can't stop sighing over every handsome man she meets.

mar 17, 2012, 8:38pm

I know how you feel about P. D. James. I recently read The Private Patient that I believe will be my last. It just seemed to be filled with unpleasant characters.

jul 8, 2012, 2:06pm

Patricia Cornwell is off my list. I read AT Risk and it was one of the worst books I've ever read.