Unlike many of you, I did not "cut my reading teeth" on mysteries, although
I did enjoy an occasional Nancy Drew or Encyclopedia Brown novel as a child.
In my late 20's however, some good friends introduced me to author Amanda
Cross and her academic sleuth, Kate Fansler. After I read that entire
series to date, I started in on Nancy Pickard. These days, I read a
combination of mysteries, romance novels, and "women's fiction."
I prefer mysteries that feature female sleuths and a strong focus on
relationships, in addition to the central "whodunit." My favorite authors,
in addition to Cross and Pickard, are Marcia Muller, Joan Hess, Faye
Kellerman, Carolyn Hart, Diane Mott Davidson and Wendy Hornsby. I am first
in line at the library whenever Elizabeth Peters releases a new Amelia
Peabody novel. Gillian Roberts' "Amanda Pepper" mysteries are also highly
anticipated because of their setting in my former hometown, Philadelphia.
In my real life, I just started a new job as the administrator of a social
service agency located in St. Louis, Missouri. I'm married and the mom of 2
children, the elder of whom, at 7, is absolutely infatuated with Nancy Drew,
Encyclopedia Brown, and a host of new juvenile detectives who weren't around
when I was a kid 35 years ago!