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Subject: Can anyone help with some titles?
Date Posted: 2/20/2008 11:57 AM ET
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OK, in the current (April 2008) issue of Writer's Digest there's this article on popular fiction -- romance, mystery, science fiction, etc. -- and in the romance section there's this comment attributed to Jayne Krentz, quoting: Krentz notes with some relief the wane of chick-lit and a greater freedom to cross-breed with other genres. A fine example is a series of detective romances that evoke the classic film noir style of the 40s.

Leaving aside the state of chick lit, what I want to know is: what's this series of detective romances with the film noir style? Because that is something I would love to check out. Is that something Krentz herself is writing these days? Anyone know? The closest I've come to finding anything like that was Star Struck Dead by Sheila York, although its emphasis was more on the mystery than the romance. (Highly recommended, though.)

Thanks in advance for any help (again).

Rebecca

 

 

Date Posted: 2/20/2008 1:06 PM ET
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No but I'm interested as well.  I'm not sure what makes something "noire" style though. 

Date Posted: 2/20/2008 1:14 PM ET
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I too want to know.  I was trying to do an Amazon search and google search but so far no luck.

Date Posted: 2/21/2008 10:14 AM ET
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I posted a question on the Amazon discussion board but so far no good responses.  But I'm not giving up!

Date Posted: 2/21/2008 5:40 PM ET
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Here are some suggestions from my thread from Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/tag/romance/forum/ref=cm_cd_et_up_redir?%5Fencoding=UTF8&cdForum=FxM42D5QN2YZ1D&cdPage=1&cdThread=TxYE7Y9S8FIYOO&newContentID=Mx1RQZ6F0AN4XTA#Mx39X0MKQGQQ8BA

Date Posted: 2/26/2008 4:53 PM ET
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Thanks for trying, Susan J.

That Jennifer Crusie one, What The Lady Wants, does sound like it would fit the bill, and I just snagged one here at PBS called Nobody But You by Julie Kenner that looks like it should be in the ballpark as well.

Not sure about Sandra Brown. I tried a few of her early books but couldn't really get into them, so would be a little wary of trying anything else by her without more info.

Re: The Ghost and Mrs. McClure, and the rest in that series (The Ghost and the Femme Fatale due out very soon -- yay!). That is a wonderful series and I adore it, and cannot recommend it enough. However, it's more a blend of cozy mystery + private eye noir. There is a romantic undercurrent between the Ghost and Mrs. McClure, but his being dead kind of throws a huge old monkey wrench in the works. Darn it. :)