My son and husband are more restrained than I and they usually buy between 10 and 20 books apiece. My son looks at sci fi and fantasy and then tries a few other areas. My husband starts first at the area with photography books, then checks out some areas of history. This year it was World War II and American history. Then new fiction (which costs more). Then over to mysteries.
I am totally unrestrained, and buy tons of books. This year I looked at sci fi and fantasy some, but of course the mystery area is my focus. There are tables and tables of hard backs, trade paperbacks, and mass market paperbacks in the mystery area. The photo above shows three of the five tables of mass market paperback mysteries. The photo below shows tables of hardback and trade paperback mysteries. (All photos courtesy of my husband.)
They always have boxes of books by the popular authors, such as Lee Childs, Sue Grafton, Connelly, Cornwell, Evanovich, Patterson. Mostly I don't pay any attention to those; I either am not interested or already have enough books by those authors but if they have boxes of books by Agatha Christie and John Le Carre, I do go through those. Many of my copies of Christie novels came from a box they had a few years ago.
Some of the books in this stack I know nothing about, and may regret buying them. Beautiful Children by Charles Bock had an interesting cover but is not a mystery. I will read a few chapters and see what I think.
Same for Borderliners by Peter Hoeg, who is the author of Smilla's Sense of Snow. The book is about a group of children in an experimental school, and may be interesting, but is not a mystery.
The Facility by Simon Lelic is another unknown.
This is a stack of paperbacks by various authors, mostly ones I have read one or two books by.
Hugh Pentecost wrote several mystery series, but the ones I am most familiar with features Hotel Manager Pierre Chambrun. I read them years ago. I found one book in that series, and I will see if I still like them.
Another author I read years ago was Donald Westlake. The one book I found by him, Trust Me on This, is a comic novel.
I got another Walter Mosley book in the Easy Rawlins series, and also a hardback copy of Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned, the first in the
Socrates Fortlow series.
You can barely see Hopjoy Was Here by Colin Watson in this stack. He is an author I want to try.
The Talented Mr. Ripley is the first Ripley book by Patricia Highsmith and I have finally decided I want to try that series.
Stanley Ellin is another author I want to try. I have no idea if The Man from Nowhere is any good, but I will give it a try.
Also found several books by three authors I am interested in: Michael Gilbert, Michael Innes, and Nicholas Freeling. I have read a lot of books by Innes and know I enjoyed his books in the past. Gilbert and Freeling I am not sure about.
I don't remember all the books I bought, and I will have a post about more of them, but here are some that I got. If you have any comments on the author or the book, I would love to know what you think.
Alfieri, Annamaria City of Silver
Carter, Stephen L. Jericho’s Fall
Meredith, D. R. Murder by Masquerade
Nabb, Magdalen Death in Autumn
Paul, Barbara Liars and Tyrants and People Who Turn Blue (1980)Pentecost, Hugh Remember to Kill Me (1988)
Matt Beynon Rees The Collaborator of BethlehemTaylor, Andrew A Stain on the Silence
Santlofer, Jonathan The Death Artist
Santlofer, Jonathan The Death Artist
I go to the book sale knowing I won't find much on my list. It is a total crapshoot. This year my only real disappointment was not finding any books by Daniel Woodrell. Other than that, it was great and I could have bought another 30 or 40 books. Easily.