Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Must-Buy Authors

The topic for Top Ten Tuesday this week — hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl blog — is Auto-Buy Authors.

Auto-buy authors are the ones that you absolutely must buy a copy whenever they publish a new book. It’s a given.

1. When author J. Todd Scott publishes a new book, not only am I willing to  buy it, but I’m willing to pay full price at a bookstore  so I can have it signed.

This Side of Night

2. I share Michael Connelly’s novels with my stepfather, so I always purchase a copy.

The Late Show*

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3. I have spent a pretty penny on Louise Penny’s novels over the years.

A Better Man (2019) – coming in August

4. I’m a sucker for Sujata Massey’s mysteries. Love the settings.

The Pearl Diver* by Sujata Massey

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5. J. T. Ellison’s twisty action-packed novels are a blast to read.

Tear Me Apart

No Longer Auto-Buy:

6. J.K. Rowling used to be an auto-buy author for me, but her last one written as Robert Galbraith (Lethal White, link to review) had some huge flaws, so I’ll wait for reviews before buying from now on.

Lethal White* by Robert Galbraith

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I wish some of these authors were still available:

7. The Mrs. Pollifax series by Dorthy Gilman is unbeatable.

The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax*by Dorothy Gilman

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8. Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe series stands out.

9. Agatha Christie was the grande dame of mysteries.

10.  P.D. James novels took you on a journey, sometimes fast, but usually leisurely.

This was another fun prompt.

Do you have any authors you enjoy so much that you auto-buy their books?


  1. Leelynn @ Sometimes Leelynn Reads

    Ahh I didn’t even realize JK wrote as Robert Galbraith. I’m sorry it wasn’t so good. Great list though. I like your choices.

    -leelynn @ sometimes leelynn reads

    • Roberta

      I like how you featured the author’s photographs.

  2. Poinsettia

    I haven’t read anything by J.K. Rowling other than the Harry Potter series. I might have to check out some of her other work. Here is my Top Ten Tuesday.

    • Roberta

      After checking your list I realized I totally forgot nonfiction authors like Ree Drummond and Bill Bryson. Show what happens when you throw something together late at night.

  3. Lydia

    The Pearl Diver does look like a good book.

    My TTT.

    • Roberta

      I saw on your post that you don’t usually buy, but use the library. I’m a big library user, too.

  4. Susan (Bloggin' 'bout Books)

    I LOVE Louise Penny. She’s one of my very favorite mystery authors. I’ve bought most of the Armand Gamache series, although I generally buy them from a local bookstore when I have coupons and/or trade-in credit. She’s absolutely an auto-buy author for me.

    Happy TTT!


  5. Elise @abookandacup

    oh no! I have Lethal White on my shelves ooops

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