I am thinking of getting her an MP3 player so we could listen to audiobook mysteries together and have another thing in common to talk about.
I somehow grew up without reading the classic mystery novels that define the genre. In contrast, the bookshelves at my wife's mother home are lined with such books.
Curious, I made a list of the authors for which my mother-in-law owns the most books and then searched for how many audiobooks for each author are part of the Eugene Public Library collection. The results are:
- Agatha Christie: 53
- Lilian Jackson Brown: 21
- Dorothy Gilman: 13
- Dorothy Sayers: 4
- Josephine Tey: 1
- Dell Shannon, Susan Dunlap, Amanda Cross: 0
I repeated the experiment with a few other major mystery novelists who were male.
- Ross Macdonald: 9
- Dashiell Hammett: 4
- Gilbert Keith Chesterton: 1
- Raymond Chandler: 0
For the fans of mystery novels out there, what audiobooks should I first request the library acquire?