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Subject: "Dead" series suggestions
Date Posted: 4/30/2009 8:23 AM ET
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Working on the 2009 Challenge and need suggestions for a "dead" series.  Agatha Christie's Poirot and Marple, Karry Kemelman's Rabbi, Elena Santangelo's Pat Montello, and Anne George's Southern Sisters are all out, since since I've already read those.

I know I can count on some great suggestions!

Pat 

Date Posted: 4/30/2009 9:10 AM ET
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Hmmmm...well, I did K.J. Erickson's "Mars Bahr" series--there's only 4 of those. I'm also finishing off Bruce Alexander's Sir John Fielding series probably next month. If you like cozies, Rhys Bowen's Evan Evans series set in Wales is currently "dead" as the author said she's working on her other series only for the time being...there's quite a few of those books, but they do read quickly. Another somewhat unusual dead series is k.j.a. Wishnia's Filomena Buscarsela series, which features an Ecuadoran native now living in the US. I've still got a couple of those left too. Karen E Olson has a short 4-book series featuring reporteer Annie Seymour--I'm planning to read the last of those next month, too. If you're REALLY ambitious, there's Ed McBain's 87th Precinct series...there must be over 30 of those! LOL

Of course there's also Ellis Peters' Brother Cadfael, which is probably my favorite series of all time. So far, Sharon Kay Penman's Justin de Quincy series seems dead at 4 books, too, if you like medieval mysteries. I do wish she'd write another! Sujata Massey's Rei Shimura is also a dead series now according to the author's website, Shimura Trouble, the latest is also the last.  Others that I'm not sure if they're totally dead, but there's been nothing new for several years: Marianne MacDonald's Dido Hoare antiquarian bookseller series, Liza Cody's Eva Wylie series, Manda Scott's Kellen Stewart series--those last two are fairly short, only 3 books each I think, and all those last three are set in the UK.

Well, there's lots more but it's a place to start. :)

Cheryl

Date Posted: 4/30/2009 9:26 AM ET
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Gillian Roberts' Amanda Pepper series ended in 2007. Amanda is a high school teacher in Philadelphia.   http://www.stopyourekillingme.com/R_Authors/Roberts_Gillian.html

Tim Cockey's Hitchcock Sewell series ended in 2004. Hitch is a mortician in Baltimore. Believe it or not, this series is hilarious! http://www.stopyourekillingme.com/C_Authors/Cockey_Tim.html

 

Date Posted: 4/30/2009 11:24 AM ET
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Charlotte MacLeod, who passed away in 2005, has two light, entertaining series. There are about 10 Peter Shandy books about a professor at a small agricultural college. There are abou a dozen in the Sarah Kelling / Max Bittersohn series.

Date Posted: 4/30/2009 12:05 PM ET
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P.B. Ryan's 'Guilded Age' series is good-if you can find them.  I ended up checking them out of the library.  The first one is Still Life With Murder.  There are 6 books in the series, and are quick reads.

I wrote to the author a few months ago and she told me they will be re-published in electronic form later this year.

 

Date Posted: 4/30/2009 12:41 PM ET
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Charlaine Harris has stopped writing any new books for her Shakespeare (Lily Bard) and her Aurora Teagarden series.  She's just writing the Sookie Stackhouse and Harper Connely books now.

Date Posted: 4/30/2009 5:44 PM ET
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One of my favorites was the "Munch" Mancini series by Barbara Seranella.  I also enjoyed the "Shadows" series by Lea Wait (except for the last book, which was so-so).

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Date Posted: 4/30/2009 6:09 PM ET
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Virginia Lanier's Bloodhound series.  There are six books in the series.  She passed away in 2003.

Date Posted: 4/30/2009 8:45 PM ET
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Thanks for the great suggestions.  My TBR list will now carry me through at least a couple of  years of challenges!

 

Pat

Date Posted: 5/1/2009 12:22 PM ET
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Kate Charles Book of Psalms series...five books, last one written in 1995.  I enjoyed them!

Date Posted: 5/17/2009 4:30 PM ET
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The Kathy Hogan Trocheck series of eight books ran from 1992 to 2000.

Ellie (EllieW) - ,
Date Posted: 5/17/2009 6:04 PM ET
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There's Kate Kingsbury's Manor House mysteries. I loved them and hate that it has ended.

Date Posted: 5/17/2009 6:25 PM ET
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Connie Feddersen's "Dead In The ......." books.  I think there were 6 books in the series - at least I only have 6 catalogued in my database.

Gail

 

Date Posted: 5/18/2009 3:13 PM ET
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Bruce Alexander   - Bruce Alexander

I really enjoyed these mysteries -

Unfortunately , the author passed away and his wife finished the last book

Date Posted: 5/19/2009 3:57 PM ET
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Laura Durham wrote 3 books about a wedding planner.  the last in 2007 so not sure if it is truly dead or not (but I'm treating it as such!)

that is what I'm reading for the challenge, although I'm nearly done with the Molly Masters series by Leslie O'Kane

Date Posted: 5/19/2009 6:29 PM ET
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And so grows my TBR pile.  <groan> I need to just stay away from these forums!

Date Posted: 5/20/2009 8:03 PM ET
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Hehehehe, we are here to please and enable. I'm just getting back into straight mysteries after a hiatus (though have been reading psychological and medical thrillers and the like) so I'm cutting & pasting like crazy. I'd better live to be 90 because Mt. TBR isn't going anywhere any time soon - it's about to avalanche any minute now.

Gail 

Date Posted: 5/22/2009 10:22 AM ET
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Margaret Maron's early series about Sigrid Harald, Manhattan police detective, is great.  There are still a couple of them on my WL. Maron is a

great storyteller and is currently writing the Judge Deborah Knott series set in North Carolina.

 

 

Date Posted: 5/23/2009 7:30 PM ET
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I figured out the other day that if I stopped acquiring books completely and read 4 books a week I could have my TBR finished in 3 yrs and 1month.  But that won't happen. 

Date Posted: 5/24/2009 10:39 AM ET
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I just did a quick calculation - it would take me about 41 years to get through my TBR if I read 10 books a month (which is roughly my average, more if they're category romances). It's probably a couple of years off as I took 5,000 as my TBR but there are more like 7,000.

I will not live that long, but if I do happen to live another 40 years I'll be 105 and probably be drooling all over the pages.....naw, I'm going there, gotta be positive. The key to conquest is to not buy any more books, new or used. No matter how many books one buys in a month, we can only read one at a time so it's a chronic 1 step forward/X steps back.

Gail - very ashamed to have this many books, this kind of addiction

Date Posted: 5/25/2009 9:29 AM ET
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I think it would take about 3 years to go through all the books I actually have and that doesn't include the books on my e-reader or that I have on my library wish list!