First Novels – Do you know these?

I thought it would be fun to try a new challenge for a new month. The names should all be familiar – they are current or influential mystery writers. These authors also cross genres in some instances but I have tried to keep this to authors who write a lot or mostly mysteries. Do you know what their first novel was? Again, I don’t really have a score for this but there are 14 of them and I’ll be curious how many you know or can reason out. Please post your score if you’d like.

As I was working on this, I learned a bit about each author which was fun. Some I knew and others I had to research. Some I had read and other first novels were totally new to me. Those are now on my list of novels to read. Since I’ve read a lot of these authors, I think it might be interesting to read their first novel and see how their novels have changed over time. Good luck.

List of Books:

  1. Catering to Nobody
  2. The Mysterious Affair of Styles
  3. The Martian Chronicles
  4. The Black Echo
  5. Indemnity Only
  6. A Study in Scarlett
  7. Basil
  8. Rubyfruit Jungle
  9. A Drink Before War
  10. Harvest (first thriller) but first novel was Call After Midnight (romance)
  11. The Caves of Steel
  12. A Grave Talent
  13. The Blessing Way
  14. The Thomas Berryman Number


  1. Arthur Conan Doyle
  2. Michael Connelly
  3. Rita Mae Brown
  4. Diane Mott Davidson
  5. Sara Paretsky
  6. James Patterson
  7. Ray Bradbury
  8. Isaac Asimov
  9. Tess Gerritsen
  10. Agatha Christie
  11. Dennis Lehane
  12. Wilkie Collins
  13. Laurie R. King
  14. Tony Hillerman

How was this? Did you know as many as you thought you would? Do you like these types of challenges?

The Answers:

1 D
2 J
3 G
4 B
5 E
6 A
7 L
8 C
9 K
10 I
11 H
12 M
13 N
14 F

4 thoughts on “First Novels – Do you know these?

  1. Thanks for playing along. Was fun to work on. And interesting because you are right – authors do change their writing over time. Carolyn

  2. Glad you enjoyed it. We all need to read more, don’t we – I have a huge stack of things to read. Kinda daunting but I’m glad I have them.

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