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Amyt  (Level: 142.8 - Posts: 240)
Thu, 9th Apr '09 9:31 PM


There are so many great mysteries available--everything from private dective series to cozies. I would like some reading suggestions. Any ideas??

Fudypatootie  (Level: 207.0 - Posts: 1302)
Wed, 15th Apr '09 10:49 PM

Obviously, for the best cozies/English mysteries (however you wish to classify her) Agatha Christie.
For light fare with easy to solve mysteries but great recipes, try Joanne Fluke.
For a good character-based series with the mysteries moderate level, I'd go Sue Grafton.
For a grittier crime drama with great leading ladies, Tess Gerritsen.
For psychological dramas, Jonathan Kellerman, or maybe James Patterson if you don't mind a bit of sloppiness in the story-telling.
For harder-edged mysteries, go with Zoe Sharp or Lee Child. Lots of blood and butt-kicking.
For a real change of writer, check out the Black Widowers stories by Isaac Asimov.
And if you like a good old-fashioned gumshoe who wears a hat, smokes, drinks and leaves the ladies wanting more, Ross Macdonald's Lew Archer mysteries.


Amyt  (Level: 142.8 - Posts: 240)
Sat, 18th Apr '09 9:33 PM

Wow! It's obvious you're very well read. Thanks for all the suggestions. Do you have a favorite movie based on a mystery?

Fudypatootie  (Level: 207.0 - Posts: 1302)
Sun, 19th Apr '09 4:07 PM

Not really.

I do like Kiss the Girls starring Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, and Cary Elwes, which is based on James Patterson's book of the same name, but I haven't actually read the book, so I don't know how it compares in that sense. I actually liked the movie Along Came a Spider (also Patterson's - same character) better than the book, which doesn't happen often.

I recently discovered the Midsomer Murder series. We have them at our library and I just LOVE them. Thinking about putting one in right now....

Aristotle  (Level: 72.7 - Posts: 191)
Thu, 30th Apr '09 6:08 AM

I've just started reading a Val McDermid book (The Mermaids Singing) and so far, she seems like a pretty good writer. Her 'detective' is a profiler, working with a fairly resistant police force, so there's plenty of room for conflict.

Lynnm  (Level: 237.8 - Posts: 2048)
Sun, 10th May '09 9:01 PM

i'm reading a Martha Grimes mystery now, Called "Rainbow's End". It's a modern take on the cozy English mystery style of Christie and the books are humorous and character driven. She's written a whole bunch of them, almost all of them named for pubs which figure intothe story line in some way.

Amyt  (Level: 142.8 - Posts: 240)
Tue, 12th May '09 9:02 PM

Val McDermid's books are great. You might also like Thomas Cook--try Breakheart Hill. The characterization is excellent.

Aristotle  (Level: 72.7 - Posts: 191)
Mon, 25th May '09 2:14 AM

Hi Amyt. Thanks for the advice! I'll try to get a copy of Breakheart Hill and let you know what I think.

Circles24  (Level: 44.4 - Posts: 36)
Thu, 28th May '09 9:32 AM

Try Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, if that is you've never read his stories. I am trying to read the whole collection.

Amyt  (Level: 142.8 - Posts: 240)
Sat, 6th Jun '09 6:01 PM

I will definitely try Sherlock Holmes. What an admirable goal--to read the whole collection. I attempted that once with Agatha Christie--it's still a goal of mine.

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