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I have always loved reading, and counted the Nancy Drew books among my favorites when I was young. However, my real addiction to mystery writers in general, and female mystery writers in particular began the moment a colleague placed a shopping bag full of the novels of Dorothy L. Sayers on my desk. I went into a trance of round-the-clock binge-reading that was barely punctuated by basic needs and occasionally having to look alive at work (all the while sneaking paragraphs from my right desk drawer and in the ladies' bathroom). I have never been the same since. However, over the years, despite occasional all-night lapses, I have managed to moderate my mystery reading appetite to a more acceptable level.
I have a wide range of favorite authors, but have not yet analyzed why these so appeal to me (I read them over and over again), whereas others of the apparently same gender and genre don't. Here is the beginning of my list: Amanda Cross, Earlene Fowler, Elizabeth George, Sue Grafton, Martha Grimes, Tony Hillerman*, P.D. James, Laurie R. King, Margaret Maron, Lia Matera, Marsha Muller, Sharan Newman, Sara Paretsky, Anne Perry, Elizabeth Peters, Ellis Peters, Candace Robb, Dorothy L. Sayers, Julie Smith.
Countries that I have visited include: Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, China, Costa Rica, Croatia, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Tahiti, United Kingdom, Vietnam.
States and provinces I have visited include: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin; Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec.