Like many of you, Agatha Christie was my first introduction to British mysteries and I was about ten
When I took a 5 day workshop taught by Elizabeth George in the late '90s, she gave a quote I have never forgotten--and I am not sure who to attribute it to, but it went something like this: A good book puts you in the arms of a loving narrative. She went on to
say that if you feel that love from the beginning of the book, you can suspend your disbelief immediately. It doesn't matter what genre, it's just the truth about a good book. British writers do this so well.
The other thing I love is how well British authors weave scenery into the story. The landscape sets the tone for each scene and I try very hard to remember that when I am writing. Perhaps that's why I write about the South even though I am from the North. I truly felt as if I had moved to a foreign country when we left New York for Texas and this helped me realize just how important atmosphere as defined by locale is to the narrative.
There are many more beloved foreign writers in my slew of books now.
Tell me what authors put you in the arms of a loving narrator. I'd love to know.