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Subject: Challenge to the Reader
Date Posted: 6/18/2008 11:27 AM ET
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Hi, anyone have any suggestions on some new mystery writers that write in the style of say Ellery Queen, Carter Dickson or some Agatha Christie novels.  When I say style, I am referring to how they would give  you all the clues and challenge you to figure out "Whodunnit".  I miss that style.  It seems like now you may get some clues but there is an important event or something that is not revealed until the end.  Anyone with any suggestions, I would appreciate it!




Date Posted: 6/18/2008 12:21 PM ET
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One of the ways I've found new authors to try is by reading short story compilations.  There is an Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine published monthly, and also an Alfred Hitchcock Mystery magazine.  I've discovered quite a few new and new to me authors that way.

I get mine in digital format (to read at work on the sly) from Fictionwise.

Subject: Golden Age mysteries
Date Posted: 6/19/2008 7:44 AM ET
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I love some of John Dickson Carr's books (some can be very tedious), and found the Clayton Rawson mysteries with The Great Merlini to be enjoyable. I've tagged some books with Golden Age Mystery and many of them might be what you are looking for. Best of the bunch in my opinion is Rim of the Pit by Hake Talbot.

Date Posted: 6/19/2008 9:13 AM ET
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Try Gnooks.   http://www.gnooks.com/


Type in the name of an author you like and a "map" will appear of like-kind authors. The closer the name appears to your author, the more alike they are.

Date Posted: 6/19/2008 5:18 PM ET
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Thanks everyone for the suggestions.  Gnooks is cool.




Date Posted: 6/22/2008 11:22 AM ET
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I finished Red Scream by Mary Willis Walker yesterday.   It had a bit of complexity, and really did keep me guessing.

Date Posted: 6/22/2008 1:01 PM ET
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I love Ellery Queen, too, and sometimes miss that old-style mystery.

Have you tried the Inspector Roderick Alleyn mysteries by Ngaio Marsh? The series started in the 1930s and has a lot of those classic Golden Age, whodunit elements. Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe series is another good one for that.

Subject: Another path: anthologies.
Date Posted: 5/21/2010 7:39 PM ET
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You can also do a search -- say in your library database -- for an author name. 

I got into Ellery Queen because I was seeking Anthony Boucher's mysteries.  They both edited anthologies. 

Be warned that Ellery Queen edited legions of anthologies; most of them are the annual best of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine.  It's probably easier to snag Wikipedia as a guide and do your search by title with those; that's the fruit of my labors, trying to get my library db to give me =just= Queen titles instead of the Queen anthologies.

Anthologies are a perfect way to find more Golden Age authors. 


I recommend Four -&-Twenty Bloodhounds, edited by Boucher.  That comes with detective biographies attached.  :>

If you have the patience, Ellery Queen's Challenge to the Reader has some high points.  EQ has disguised the detectives' names to see if you can figure 'em out.   I found that if you've read Agatha Christie's Tommy and Tuppence books, you'll already know some of the sleuths.  I was already a Campion fan, so I knew that one immediately.


Anyway, I desperately want people to chat with about Queen mysteries... =sigh=