Who else writes like? Choosing crime novels to read

It is often difficult to find a new author and one whose novels you think you might enjoy but libraries are a great place for dipping your toe in the water, or rather for letting your fingers do the choosing and there is also a handy little book that can help with that. I came across this when I was appearing at Chichester Library recently with fellow crime authors Peter Lovesey and Simon Brett and it's called Who Else Writes Like?

I opened the book (which was available on the counter for library visitors to check out) and found my entry right under J. K Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, who it has been revealed recently is also a crime author under the name Robert Galbraith. What a good place to appear!

Reviewers have compared the DI Horton novels to American writers, Ed McBain and Joseph Wambaugh and their British counterparts John Harvey and Peter Robinson both of the latter mentioned in the directory Who Else Writes Like?

My crime novels are also compared to those written by Colin Dexter, Ann Cleeves, Robert Barnard, Graham Hurley, Dorothy Simpson and Neil White.

There is also a good website called Fantastic Fictionwhere it is suggested that if you like Peter James and Stephen Booth, amongst other crime authors, you might like the DI Horton series.

So if you're not sure what my crime novels are like, or you're looking for authors who write similar crime novels to mine or your favorites, I hope this helps.

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Comment by Pauline Rowson on July 24, 2013 at 4:13am

Thanks, Dana. It was also very interesting for me to see who my novels were compared with by this third party. I was thrilled when I saw some of my favourite crime authors mentioned but then I like to think that I write the type of crime novel I like to read, I'm just flattered and honoured that others feel I have achieved this.

Comment by Dana King on July 24, 2013 at 3:31am

Excellent reference. Thank you.

I used to routinely ask authors in interviews to complete the following sentence: If you like _____________, you'll like [author being interviewed.] I stopped a while ago. It's an unfair quesiton, asking a writer to compare herself to others she may consider to be her role models. This reference removes the potentially awkward question while still providing the answer.

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