Captains and Kings by Taylor Caldwell
Catherine by Anya Seton
The Source by James Michener
All older books but my very favorite 3 books of all time. Odd thing is I've never liked another book by any of these 3 authors!!!! But I've read and re-read these books many times thru the years.
I liked Robert Ludlum until Road to Omaha. I actually wrote the publisher and told them that they and Ludlum owed me the price of the book AND for my time wasted reading the first 4 chapters!
More current I like Robin Cook's books, Clive Cussler, Tom Clancy, John Grisham, the two James Pattersons, the Kellermans, Patricia Cornwall.
For some light humerous mysteries there was an old series of books with the title always starting w/a day of the week and then The Rabbi - I can't remember an exact title but they would be something like Monday The Rabbi Saw Red or Tuesday The Rabbi Dined Out, etc. I'm thinking the author was a Harry Kemelman.
HA! I just checked at amazon and a lot of the Rabbi series is available on Kindle!!!! I just got a Kindle for Christmas and haven't had time to figure it out yet. Hot dog!!!! I'll figure it out now!