Kelley Armstrong knows a thing or two about spinning a good yarn. The #1 New York Times bestseller of more than 60 novels is a fan favourite across multiple genres, including fantasy, crime, horror, and romance. With her recent release of CIty Of The Lost, Kelley has stepped outside the box once again to craft a thrilling new six-part eBook serial. Delivering us to Rockton, a secret little town in the far north of Canada where the hunted go to hide,City Of The Lost is a mystery in the vein of great whodunnits of yore. We caught up with the profilic author to discuss some of her favourite mystery novels of all-time.
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
For me, this is “the” classic isolation mystery, as the bodies fall and the number of suspects drops with it. This one definitely influenced City of the Lost, with the concept of a whodunit in an isolated setting.
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
This one is dead obvious for me. My Cainsville protagonist is a Conan Doyle scholar and the folklore of the “black hound” plays a significant role, both in homage to the author and this particular story.
The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
I’m very fond of antiheroes. I’ve never gone as far as Highsmith does is this brilliant novel, but I love to dissect it and work with the concept of characters who have their own moral code, like my hit woman protagonist in the Nadia Stafford series.
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
I love gothics, particularly gothic mysteries. This is often considered one of the first detective novels, and it is for me, one of the best examples of one of my favorite genres. It was another heavy influence on Cainsville, where I wanted to take everything I love about gothic mysteries and give it a contemporary twist.
L.A. Confidential by James Ellroy
I like my thrillers either spooky and mysterious or dark and gritty. This one is my favorite example of the latter—a masterful noir thriller. It has such a sense of place and of character, and it proves that “noir” doesn’t have to mean “pulp.” Though, to be honest, I never turn down a good pulpy noir either, and the influence of both can be seen in City of the Lost.