Not mine, though. I mean: Random Musings of a Bibliophile, who is doing a giveaway of all her favorite books so far this year.
I mention this because a) lots of good books being featured, naturally; and b) BLACK DOG is one of those books, so hey.
Also, here, a post on “Gateway Books” — the books that got her hooked on reading particular genres.
For me it was most likely Patricia McKillip for Fantasy, I have no idea who it could have been for SF. I bet it was Rex Stout for mysteries.
My tastes have broadened over the years, though. Let’s see, it was Laura Florand who made me willing to try contemporary romance, THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE made me much more willing to try contemporary YA, Sarah Prineas got me more interested in modern MG fantasy . . . hmm. Not sure what else.
I notice Brandy pins it down to GAUDY NIGHT as her intro to mysteries. Yeah, that would do it. Out of curiosity, can anyone think of ANY other mysteries where no one gets killed?