Wednesday, June 12, 2024


Father's Day: A day to celebrate Dad. 
My father was the ultimate reader. His idea of a great vacation was sitting in a chair reading a good mystery. It didn't mattered that he was home, the book took him miles away -- and he was comfortable!

Even now after he's been gone these many years, I find myself finishing a book and saying to myself, "I have to send this to Dad. He'll love it." It always makes me sad to remember I can't. My father engendered my love of mysteries through his collection of mystery novels and Ellery Queen Mystery Magazines. I like to think he's up there somewhere in a comfortable chair surrounded by books, reading a good mystery.

This year I've included True Crime, as well as fiction, on my Father's Day list. I've also included more Short Stories and a Graphic Novel. And, of course, I've updated the fiction list. Let me know any titles that you think I might have missed that should be included.


Father’s Day by John Calvin Batchelor
Father’s Day by Rudolph Engelman
Father's Day: A Detective Joe Guerry Story by Tippie Rosemarie Fulton
Father’s Day Keith Gilman 
Dear Old Dead by Jane Haddam
The Father’s Day Murder by Lee Harris
Day of Reckoning by Kathy Herman
Dead Water by Victoria Houston
Father’s Day Murder by Leslie Meier
On Father's Day by Megan Norris
Father’s Day by Alan Trustman

Murder for Father, edited by Martin Greenberg (short stories)
"Father's Day" by Patti Abbott --short story at Spinetingler
Collateral Damage: A Do Some Damage Collection  e-book of Father's Day themed short stories.
"Where's Your Daddy?" by Sue Ann Jaffarian

Let me know if I missed any titles.

And a list of Crime Fiction that focuses on Fathers and Sons and Fathers and Daughters. Have a favorite Father / Son Father/Daughter Mystery? Post below in comments or send me a note.


Carriage Trade by Stephen Birmingham
His Father's Son by Tony Black
Her Father's Secret by Sara Blaedel
The Guest Room by Chris Bohjalian
The Lonely Witness by William Boyle
The Controller by Matt Brolly
All Things Cease to Appear by Elizabeth Brundage
Secret Father by James Carroll
The Emperor of Ocean Park by Stephen L. Carter
The President's Daughter by Bill Clinton & James Patterson
The Hasidic Rebbe's Son by Joan Lipinsky Cochran
Hot Plastic by Peter Craig
The Marsh King's Daughter by Karen Dionne 
The Poacher's Son by Paul Doiron
Killings by Andre Dubus
The Perfect Father by Charlotte Duckworth
Lars and Little Olduvai by Keith Spencer Felton
The Dead Daughter by Thomas Fincham
Unsub by Meg Gardner   
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
The Dead Fathers Club by Matt Haig
Gnosis by Rick Hall
Atticus by Ron Hansen
King of Lies by John Hart
Damage by Josephine Hart
The Good Father by Noah Hawley
1922; The Shining by Stephen King
Revival Season by Bharti Kirchner    
Cold in July by Joe R. Lansdale
A Perfect Spy by John LeCarre 
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Charlie Chan Returns by Dennis Lynds
I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh
Darksight by D.C. Mallery
Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh
Blood Grove by Walter Mosley 
The Son by Jo Nesbo
Beijing Payback by Daniel Nieh
Ali Cross: Like Father, Like Son by James Patterson
The President's Daughter by James Patterson & Bill Clinton
Sherlock Holmes Dark Son, Dark Father by John Pirillo
The Godfather by Mario Puzo
The Roman Hat Mystery; other novels by Ellery Queen (Manfred B. Lee and Frederic Dannay)
My Son, the Murderer by Patrick Quentin
Paperback Original by Will Rhode
The Senior Sleuths: Dead in Bed by Marcia Rosen
Baby's First Felony by John Straley
The Father by Anton Swenson
City on the Edge by David Swinson
To Die in California by Newton Thornburg
The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti
Father's Day by Simon Van Booy
The Second Son by Jordan Wells
The Ones Who Do by Daniel Woodrell 

True Crime: So very, very dark! Disturbing...but a new category on the list!

Incident at Big Sky by Johnny France and Malcolm Mcconnell
Fatal Vision by Joe McGinniss
Murder in Little Egypt by Darcy O'Brien
If I Can't Have Them by Gregg Olsen
The Poison Tree by Alan Prendergast
Above Suspicion; Death Sentence by Joe Sharkey
Fred & Rose by Howard Sounes

Short Stories: 

"Father's Day" by Michael Connelly in Blue Murder
A Holiday Sampler by Christine Collier
Where's Your Daddy? (Holidays from Hell Short Story Series) by Sue Ann Jaffarian
Murder for Father, Edited by Martin Greenberg, stories by Ruth Rendell, Ed Gorman, Max Allan Collins, Bill Crider and more

Graphic Novels:

Father's Day by Mike Richardson, Illustrated by Gabriel Guzman


Anonymous said...

The Bootlegger’s Daughter — and several other Margaret Marion classics.

HonoluLou said...

A wonderful list Janet! Here's one for the "Father and Son" category: Charlie Chan Returns, 1974, Dennis Lynds (Bantam Books.) Charlie Chan is in New York and on a case with son Jimmy (now Son No. 3 for this mystery and also a New York police detective!) Happy Father's Day to all.