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Subject: Favorite "Fun" Mystery Series
Date Posted: 5/2/2008 1:41 PM ET
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For me, the Stephanie Plum Bounty Hunter series is still the best.   Is the "Flower Shop" series as good?  Or Agatha Raisin?  Which "fun" mystery series is your favorite?

Date Posted: 5/2/2008 4:14 PM ET
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I LOVE the Maddy Hunter travel series.. the old fogeys are a RIOT! :)

Date Posted: 5/2/2008 4:40 PM ET
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I really enjoy the Scumble River series by Denise Swanson and the Chocoholic mysteries by Joanna Carl. I only read fun mysteries personally :D

Patricia Sprinkle's Thouroughly southern mysteries are also good.

I keep going to cozy-mystery and stopyourekillingme websites and finding more and more I want to try. I have the maddy hunter ones coming (well the first 3 or so anyway) but haven't tried them yet.

 

 

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Date Posted: 5/2/2008 6:53 PM ET
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 Right now the Stephanie Plum series is my favorite. I'm reading To the Nines right now and at one point I was laughing so hard i was crying, and my 2 yr old DD was looking at me like I was a loon.   Very few books nowadays make me LOL, but this series does.

Date Posted: 5/2/2008 7:11 PM ET
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My favorite new find is the " Mobile Library " series by Ian Sansom. Laugh out loud funny, set in Ireland. So far there are only 2 books out, with a third due in August.

Date Posted: 5/2/2008 10:14 PM ET
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I really enjoy M. C. Beaton's Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth series!

Date Posted: 5/3/2008 12:30 AM ET
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I love the Crime of Fashion series by Ellen Byerrum.  They are very fun, modern mysteries with a lot of humor and wit.

Date Posted: 5/3/2008 8:15 AM ET
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the 2 funnest for me are Victoria Laurie's Psychic Eye and Ghost Hunters series.

I've read the 1st 2 in the flower shop mysteries (kate collins?) and t hey were nowhere funny like stephanie plum. I wasn't too crazy about them but didn't hate them either.

Date Posted: 5/3/2008 12:39 PM ET
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Forgot to add I enjoy Lee Goldberg's Monk series, too!

Date Posted: 5/3/2008 3:32 PM ET
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Rita Lakin writes a fun series about Gladdy Gold (a senior sleuth) and her gang of retirees in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

I'm a Monk fan too!

Date Posted: 5/3/2008 10:05 PM ET
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Anne George's southern sisters series can be quite funny.

Date Posted: 5/4/2008 11:35 AM ET
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I just finished Some Like It Hot-Buttered by Jeffrey Cohen.  I found it more amusing than most cozies, but not Stphanie-Plum-LOL-funny, but still, I enjoyed it immensely.  There's a second one due out in July that I have high hopes for.

Date Posted: 5/5/2008 7:39 AM ET
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I love the Flower Shop mysteries, more than the Stephanie Plum books actually (although I like them also).  But they are different series, the Flower Shop books are cozies.   The Stephanie Plum books aren't.   

I also love the Passport to Peril series by Maddy Hunter.

Date Posted: 5/5/2008 10:58 AM ET
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I like the Maggody books by Joan Hess.  They are just as good as the Stephanie Plum books, but in a different way.  There's very little overt sexual content,  it's very much small town instead of big city and the heroine is very capable and doesn't have to be rescued by the men in her life, in fact, it's not often that there is a man in her life.

I also like the Southern Sisters books by Anne George.  They feature older women, and that may be why I like them - I'm getting to be an older woman.

Date Posted: 5/5/2008 2:16 PM ET
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I also like the Heather Wells mysteries by Meg Cabot, starting with Size 12 is not Fat, then Size 14 is not Fat Either, and her latest Big Boned.

Date Posted: 5/5/2008 5:49 PM ET
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Do any of these books mentioned have younger heroines, like Stephanie Plum? Sorry, I'm just not into reading  the Jessica Fletcher /  Miss Marple, grandmother age heroes, but would like some fun mysteries to read.

Ugh! Edited for typos too small to read while typing.



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Date Posted: 5/5/2008 11:05 PM ET
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The 3 I know of that I have read that have heroines in the early to mid thirties (or there about) are Denise Swanson Scumble River mysteries, Joanna Carl Chocoholic mysteries and Joanne Fluke mysteries (Hannah Swensen)

 

 

Date Posted: 5/6/2008 4:56 AM ET
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I agree with the Meg Cabot ones! I loved those!

Date Posted: 5/6/2008 7:26 AM ET
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There is also The Gray Whale Inn Mysteries by Karen MacInerney. Dead & Berried and Murder on the Rocks. The heroine, Natalie Barnes,  is late 20s or early 30s (it's been a while since I read them so I don't remember her exact age).    

The 3rd in the series Murder Most Maine is scheduled for a Nov. 08 release.



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Date Posted: 5/6/2008 12:25 PM ET
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I forgot to mention Tori Carrington's Sofie Metropolis books ... Think Stephanie Plum meets My Big Fat Greek Wedding!!!  These ARE almost as funny as the Plum books, and in a very similar style, too ...

Date Posted: 5/6/2008 2:54 PM ET
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Ooooh! Chocoholic mysteries! You hit me where I live. LOL. Thanks for a list of the "younger" mysteries, everyone. :)