The wallflowers of the libraries are those books that languish on the shelves unread and ignored. Well-reviewed, (or they wouldn't be in the library), they are not sought out by readers, but may be stumbled upon by happenstance, a possible delightful discovery for someone. What makes someone take a chance on an unknown mystery? Is it an attractive cover, intriguing jacket copy, or a rave review from a favorite mystery author? Do people stick to certain sub-genres, i.e. police procedurals, British cozies, dog mysteries? Or, do they read omnivorously, picking anything that appeals at that moment? What sort of reader are you? Do you read strictly off the best seller list, reserving all your choices in advance? Do you depend on serendipity, enjoying the thrill of finding a really great book all by yourself?
Below are some of these wallflower mystery authors, some suggested by members of the Investigating Mysteries book discussion group. Take one out and have yourself a good time.