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Subject: British Mysterys
Date Posted: 10/1/2008 7:53 PM ET
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British mysterys are my favorite stlye of book. I have read Christe/Rendell/Marsh/Candice Robb/ and a host of others. The cozy is really not my type of mystery but I read an Agatha Raisan ocassionaly. I would appreciate any suggestions of new authors in that  style.

 

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Date Posted: 10/1/2008 8:32 PM ET
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My husband and I enjoy all of  the following authors.

Nicci French

http://yourehistory.wordpress.com/2008/06/29/its-a-mystery-losing-you-by-nicci-french/

Elizabeth George

http://yourehistory.wordpress.com/2008/05/30/mystery-careless-in-red-by-elizabeth-george/

Jill McGown

http://yourehistory.wordpress.com/2008/02/22/mystery-murder-at-the-old-vicarage-by-jill-mcgown/

Simon Beckett

http://yourehistory.wordpress.com/2008/01/30/mystery-the-chemistry-of-death-by-simon-beckett/

Peter Robinson

http://yourehistory.wordpress.com/2007/12/30/mystery-strange-affair-by-peter-robinson/

 

 

Date Posted: 10/1/2008 8:47 PM ET
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Have you tried Minette Walters?

Date Posted: 10/1/2008 8:50 PM ET
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I will second Elizabeth George (although she is American) and add P.D. James as two of my favorite writers of British mysteries. Also check out Val McDermid's Tony Hill series. These are pretty dark but they are excellent.
Date Posted: 10/2/2008 12:29 AM ET
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Another American writing Brit mysteries that I enjoy is Deborah Crombie. She is on par with Eliz. George IMO.

 

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Date Posted: 10/2/2008 12:47 AM ET
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YOU MUST TRY JOSEPHINE TEY . AND DOROTHY L. SAYERS IS CLASSIC BRITISH OF THE 20'S AND 30'S, VERY LITERATE. HAVE YOU EVER READ EDMUND CRISPIN'S  PROFESSOR GERVASE FEN?BESIDE BEING A GOOD MYSTERY IT'S ALSO VERY WRY AND WITTY. ANOTHER AMERICAN WHO WRITES GOOD BRITISH MYSTERIES IS MARTHA GRIMES WITH HER PROTAGONIST INSPECTOR RICHARD JURY. HAPPY READING!

Date Posted: 10/2/2008 3:48 AM ET
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An all-time favorite of mine is Patricia Moyes. She's Irish but her books feature a Scotland Yard detective. 

And then Colin Dexter - he features Inspector Morse.

Neither are what I would call "cozies" but they're not anything like Harlan Coben either.  A lot like Agatha Christie. 

There is also Jack Higgins and his Sean Dillon character - another all-time favorite.  Anne Perry writes some historical mysteries set in London. I haven't read any in awhile but the many I've read were good and not exactly a "cozy" I don't think.

Date Posted: 10/2/2008 7:44 AM ET
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Patricia Wentworth. Her "Miss Silver (A retired governess) closely resembles Miss Marple. I would have a hard time choosing between the two! A good one to start with is "Miss Silver Comes to Stay".

Date Posted: 10/2/2008 9:59 AM ET
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I enjoy British sleuths but our authors don't mesh much so I don't know if I'll be much help.  Have you tried Caroline Graham's Inspector Barnaby mysteries?  The Killings at Badger's Drift is the first one.  I like Colin Dexter too but I won't read to the end :)  I'm a wuss.

I'm remember reading Inspector Maigret so many years ago and wondering what the heck vegetable marrows were, lol.  I like my detectives to live forever , BTW (and their little dogs too).

Date Posted: 10/2/2008 5:22 PM ET
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I second Deborah Crombie. She is one of my very favorites and has become so in a short period of time. I've only got two left of her series to get to the point where I'll be waiting. I hate that! LOL

Colin Dexter has always been one of my favorites with Morse. I also really like Peter Robinson, Stephen Booth, Mark Billingham, Ian Rankin, and Martha Grimes' Richard Jury series is another old favorite of mine that I'm in the process of re-reading now.I'm glad to see someone else mention Jill McGown and the Lloyd and Hill series, which I've enjoyed. I was saddened to read that she died last year I think it was. :(

I've also recently started P.D. James Adam Dalgleish series and Caroline Graham's Inspector Barnaby, but I'm not very far into those yet.

Cheryl