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Subject: Female Sleuths? Recommendations please?
Date Posted: 4/4/2008 7:49 PM ET
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Pls recommend some female sleuth books!!  I need a new series to read!  LOL 

Date Posted: 4/4/2008 8:11 PM ET
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Have you read Linda Lael Miller's The Mojo Sheepshanks Series? The first one is Deadly Gamble and the second one is Deadly Deceptions.  They are both captivating, humorous, and have some romance included.  Mojo has help from some dead folks in solving murders.  She is also seriously involved with an ex cop whose skills come in mighty handy.  I liked the second one even better than the first one.

Date Posted: 4/4/2008 8:12 PM ET
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ps. I just posted both of those novels onto my bookshelf.

Date Posted: 4/5/2008 12:12 AM ET
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I like the Maisie Dobbs books by Jacqueline Winspear.

Date Posted: 4/5/2008 1:59 AM ET
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I haven't tried either of those... I'll check them out..  Thanks for the suggestions!


Date Posted: 4/5/2008 7:51 AM ET
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Dana Stabenow's Kate Shugak series set in Alaska.

Linda Fairstein's Alex Cooper series set in NYC.

Deborah Crombie's Gemma James and Duncan Kincaid series set in England.  (Sorry, there's a man in there too, but I adore this series.  Which reminds me, I need to check to see when the next one is coming out.)


Date Posted: 4/5/2008 9:53 AM ET
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Margaret Maron's Deborah Knott,

Suzann Ledbetter's Hannah Garvey (funny),

Marcia Muller's Sharon McCone,

Linda Lael Miller's Claire Westbrook,

Edna Buchanan's Britt Montero,

Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum and Alex Barnaby,

Victoria Blake's Samantha Falconer,

Zoe Sharp's Charlie Fox. 

I could go on, but....

Date Posted: 4/5/2008 11:48 AM ET
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There is a British writer, Liz Evans, who writes a series about a woman named Grace Smith. Grace Smith is the British Stephanie Plum. If you like Janet Evonovich then you will love Liz Evans' series.

Subject: female sleuths
Date Posted: 4/5/2008 12:18 PM ET
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Patricia Cromwell's Dr. Kay Scarpetta JJ Jance's Johanna Brady JD Robb's Eve Dallas James Patterson's Lindsay Boxer (Womans Murder Club) Linda Fairstein's Alexandra Cooper
Subject: Female Sleuths
Date Posted: 4/5/2008 5:32 PM ET
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On a lighter note:

Selma Eichler writes about Desiree Shapiro, an overweight PI in Manhattan.

G.A. McKevitt writes about Savannah Reid, an overweight PI in California.

Both series have intelligent characters with good plots (as opposed to everyday citizens who find different dead bodies every week).

On the more serious side:

Sara Paretsky's books are excellent and also Laura Lippman's series about Tess Monaghan.

I also like Linda Fairstein's Alexandra Cooper.

Susan Gold

Date Posted: 4/5/2008 6:25 PM ET
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You should look up the old series that Sheri Tepper wrote under the name B.J. Oliphant. Shirley McClintock is a rancher and an "excess finder of dead bodies". Wonderful books. Starts with "Dead in the Scrub". Out of print now, but shouldn't take you too long to get hold of them.

Date Posted: 4/5/2008 7:42 PM ET
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J.D. Robb's In Death series-has Eve Dallas as a police detective.  You should read them in order-starts with Naked in Death.

Date Posted: 4/5/2008 11:33 PM ET
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oooh goodie!!  Lots of great suggestions!!  I prefer the humerous but like the serious books too.

Date Posted: 4/5/2008 11:42 PM ET
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Hailey Lind's Annie Kinkaid.  I just read Shooting Gallery and really enjoyed it and put the other's on my RL. I think they're all WL. The mysteries are around the art world. Heroine is a signal, early 30's grand dauther of a notorious art forgerer.  She's trying really hard to fight her larcenous urges and lead an honest life. But she ends up involved in an art theft/murder anyway and usually solves the mystery with dumb luck.

Nancy Bush's Jane Kelly series. The 1st is Candy Apple Red.  She's a PI in training.

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Date Posted: 4/6/2008 11:03 AM ET
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I love the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich.

Date Posted: 4/6/2008 11:21 AM ET
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If you like the outdoors, dont' forget Nevada Barr's Anna Pigeon. Also check out the post I just posted this morning.

Date Posted: 4/6/2008 3:00 PM ET
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In the Cozy vein, Ann Purser's series, Murder on Monday, Terror on Tuesday, etc. featuring Lois Meade. Light and fun.

Date Posted: 4/8/2008 5:24 PM ET
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i cant speak to any of the suggestions made above---ive not heard of any of them! smiles....but i do know ive thoroughly enjoyed the first two books in a series by laurie king that features the character mary russell partnering up with a retired sherlock holmes.

i also read agatha christie hercule poirot books, and have enjoyed them---so maybe i could offer up miss marple?


Date Posted: 4/8/2008 5:55 PM ET
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Agatha Raisin

Aunt Dimity

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Date Posted: 4/8/2008 6:17 PM ET
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My wife enjoys 2 series by Elaine Viets. One is a mystery shopper series, first one is Dying in Style. Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0451216792/ref=pd_cp_b_3?pf_rd_p=317711001&pf_rd_s=center-41&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=045122258X&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=18FZ3BSF34J52M39N8F9

and the other one is the dead end job mysteries - I even enjoyed a couple of them - and the first one is Shop Til You Drop, again the Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Shop-Till-Drop-Elaine-Viets/dp/0451208552/ref=rcx_ser_title?ie=UTF8&s=books

Subject: Female characters
Date Posted: 4/9/2008 12:04 PM ET
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I have read the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich.  Laugh out loud funny!  I also like Sue Grafton's sereies and Patricia Cromwell's series. 

Date Posted: 4/9/2008 12:37 PM ET
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Linda Lael Miller's Clare Westbrook trilogy

Kate Collins's Abby Knight (Flower Shop books)

Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone (alphabet books)

Sammi Carter's Abby Shaw I think is her name, its the Candy Shop series

I know a lot of people enjoy Janet Evanovich's books, although I haven't read any of them yet.  I've never heard anything bad about them!

Date Posted: 4/9/2008 6:28 PM ET
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anything by Susan Wittig Albert aka Robin Paige - China Bayles series, Beatrix Potter Cottage Mysteries, and the Victorian mysteries.

Also the Jane Austen mysteries by Stephanie Barron

and the Louisa May Alcott mysteries by Anna Maclean

all of these would be considered cozies

Date Posted: 4/10/2008 4:23 AM ET
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M.C. Beaton has the Agatha Raisin series.  Agatha Raisin is a middle aged, crabby, retired public relations rep. who has just moved away from London to a quiet village and is trying to fit in with the homely women there.  I think she's hilarious.

Date Posted: 4/10/2008 7:07 PM ET
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Victoria Laurie's Psychic Eye series

Lee Harris's Christine Bennett series

J A Jance's Allison Reynolds series

Linda O. Johnston's pet sitter series

Linda Palmer's Daytime Mysteries

Elaine Flinn's Molly Doyle books

Kathy Hogan Trocheck's Callahan Garrity mysteries