Plans for Readers & Writers in the New Year. What’s on your list?

Plans for Readers & Writers in the New Year

What’s on your list?

Preparing my plans for 2023 I’ve started by looking back at the past year and reviewing the most memorable books to influence and inspire my own writing. Some modern classics, some different styles and themes; all worth reading.

They include:

  • Rick Mofina’s domestic thriller, Her Last Goodbye and The Lying House
  • Lynwood Barclay’s twisting tales of terror, Elevator Pitch, Find You First, and A Noise Downstairs
  • THE MATCH by Harlan Coben
  • Going to Beautiful, by Anthony Bidulka
  • Louise Penny’s, The Madness of Crowds
  • Jo Nesbö’s epic novel, The Redbreast
  • Patricia Highsmith’s psychological thriller of 1950, Strangers on a Train, and 
  • Raymond Chandler’s classic of 1939 that set the standard for American detective novels, The Big Sleep.

I still have a bookshelf full of unread books to get started on and a long shopping list of required reading to add to the pile.

My writing plans are currently focused on completing novel #6 in the Dale Hunter Series, TRUST NOBODY (the title may change before it’s finished). I will continue to work on short stories and my business writing as well this year and try to be a productive as possible while getting better at the process and the product.

It’s also in my plans this year to make the jump from self-published author to being represented by an agent and getting published through traditional channels for wider distribution to more readers. It will required persistent dedicated effort for as long as it takes.

Recommended Writers:

For your own reading plans, I have some suggestions for you. Following a panel discussion at the Atwater Library last fall with my fellow Montreal crime writers and members of Crime Writers of Canada (, we circulated our personal lists of recommended writers.

Here is the summary list by genre for your consideration:

Cozy mysteries: Janet Evanovich, Karen Harper, Simon McCleave, Gail Bowen, Donald E. Westlake, Robert B. Parker.

Political suspense: Trevanian (Eiger Sanction, Shibumi, The Main); Tom Clancy (Hunt for Red October, Red Storm Rising, Jack Ryan series); Robert Ludlum (Bourne Identity, Icarus Agenda, Osterman Weekend, Sigma Protocol, Bancroft Strategy); Graham Greene (The Quiet American, The Third Man); Alistair MacLean (Ice Station Zebra, The Guns of Navarone); Richard Rohmer (Exxoneration); Chris Ryan (military thriller, Strike Back, etc.); Philip Kerr (Bernie Gunther series); Robert Harris (Fatherland);Stieg Larsson (Millenium, Mannen som hatar kvinnor).

Romantic mystery: Oedipus Rex by Sophocles (a 2500-year-old murder mystery); Henning Mankell, Kate Atkinson, P.D. James; Ruth Rendell, Louise Penny.

Crime Thrillers: Ian Hamilton, Kathy Reichs; Scottish writers – Ian Rankin, William McIlvanney; CWC Members – Linwood Barclay, Rick Mofina; Harlan Coben, Robert Crais, John Grisham, David Baldacci, and John Le Carré.

We’d love to hear of your recommended writers that we may have missed.


Build your 2023 reading list with this introduction to some new writers in crime fiction – mystery & suspense.

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Browse these two lists of or more than 30 titles to choose some new books to read. Learn more about my Dale Hunter novels included in the promos:  

Enjoy your reading and Happy New Year!


Del Chatterson

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