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Subject: help with some authors!!!!
Date Posted: 10/22/2009 7:35 PM ET
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Hi everyone,

I just joined pbs a couple of weeks ago and I never realized how many mystery authors are out there.  I've been reading a long time and I've read everything from so called 'serious' lit. to raunchy romance novels.  My problem is right now I'm hooked on mysteries and I have quite a few favorites.  Some examples are.....

Diane Mott Davidson

Ariana Franklen

Laura Childs

Lisa Jackson

Laurie King

Nevada Barr

But to make this short and get to the point, because it sounds like alot of you know your mystery authors, I wanted to throw out a few names I'm not familiar with and see if anyone has some opinions on these authors....

Juliet Blackwell (Witch craft mys.)

Randy Wayne White (Doc Ford)

Mary Daheim (A bed and breakfast)

Madelyn Alt (Bewitching)

Tim Myers

Michael Slade

I'll just start with these few and later maybe add more.  Or if any of you have some favorites that aren't really main stream that you'd like to share.

and just to give you an example of my tastes let's just say I prefer Diane Mott Davdison to Joanne Fluke, but I'll still read J. Fluke, if ya know what I mean.....

Thanks , I'd love to hear from everyone!!!


Date Posted: 10/22/2009 8:26 PM ET
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Hi & Welcome! Hang around the forums and it will only get worse, the list of books you want will grow, and grow and grow!

I've read all of Randy Wayne White's Doc Ford series, and I really like him and the Doc Ford character. His books are much "heavier" than Davidson, etc., though (oddly, I'm re-reading Chopping Spree right now), more along the lines of the old John D. MacDonald books. The character is a marine biologist in FL, and former secret op, and the plots are varying, and you really dislike the "bad guy(s)" in the books.    

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Subject: Doc Ford
Date Posted: 10/22/2009 9:17 PM ET
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Thanks for the welcome Jodi, I get what you mean about the forums, I just bought a new tablet to collect authors and books before I WL them or put them in the TBR file.

So glad you mentioned Randy Wayne White's DF series, it's actually in audiobooks on net library.  I've already listened to so many mysteries on there i'm running out of audio books to listen to.  I'll definitely download the DF series, the problem with net library is they only ever have a few in a series and it's hard for me to listen to some books and then try to read the rest.  It's a totally different feel.

Anyway with the price of audiobooks (and i only like the unabridged) I'm going back to the kind i have to read.....;)

love this forum!

Thanks again,




Date Posted: 10/22/2009 10:36 PM ET
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Of the ones you listed, I've only read Mary Daheim. I adore her books! I need to get back to them. I've been distracted by the hundreds of other authors! LOL I, too, have Juliet Blackwell on my TBR mountain, so I'll be eager to see what others say. :)

Oh, and I've read Davidson and Fluke. Both were okay but they aren't series I must read. Although I think I'm more tired of Davidson. LOL

Date Posted: 10/23/2009 12:57 AM ET
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I enjoy Daheim's books, but can only take one every so often.

The Madelyn Alt books are ok.  They're fun, but I get frustrated a bit with the character sometimes.

Date Posted: 10/23/2009 5:35 AM ET
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I'm familiar with most of the authors you mention, but have only read a few of them:

Michael Slade - love his books but you have to enjoy gruesome or gory at times!

Laura Childs - like her

Lisa Jackson - have read a number of her romances (o.k. to very good) but haven't tried her single title rom/susp books yet

Ariana Franklin - awesome Medieval mystery author, highly recommend her

I'm currently reading through the Joanne Fluke books - about 3/4 finished Fudge Cupcake Murder and as usual it's fair. With mystery-type books with multiple heroes/keeps you guessing I recommend Stephanie Bond's "Body Movers" - she has 3 men in heer life and two of the three are very nice guys.

I haven't read Davidson yet but have a few of her books given to me by a mystery fan.


Date Posted: 10/23/2009 7:39 AM ET
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The names on your lists are familiar to me, but I've only read a few. Of the ones you were wondering about, I've only read a couple....I read some of Madelyn Alt's "Bewitching" series, which I liked for a couple of books but then gave up on...I am not real big on most "cozier" mysteries and tend to tire of them quickly. I know lots of folks do continue to enjoy those.  Tim Myers I gave up on early--he has several series under different pseudonyms but all of the ones I tried were just...well, I thought they must have taken him 2 days to write, let's put it that way. No substance, silly. Juliet Blackwell so far only has one book out, Secondhand Spirits, which I do have on my TBR stacks.

I've read the first couple of Ariana Franklin's series and loved those.

I do hear ya about going back and forth from audio to print within a series. I do most of my audio from library downloads also, though I do occasionally supplement with books on CD. One mystery series I would HIGHLY encourage you to listen to is Margaret Maron's "Judge Deborah Knott" series. Go to http://www.stopyourekillingme.com to get the correct reading order, and see if your lib. has them. I have been able to listen to almost all of those in download from netlibrary, but what your library and mine have available is probably vastly different. The reader for those is just EXCELLENT!!


Date Posted: 10/23/2009 12:23 PM ET
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Welcome, Melinda!

I have read Tim Myers books.  I liked them all, but in my opinion he runs into a bit of trouble when he makes the main character a female.  To me it seems like the female comes across as too flighty, too intense.  But that is my opinion. My favorite is the Lighthouse series.  With this author you will want to go to the link Cheryl gave above to Stop Killing Me.  He has several series written under other names that you might miss.

A couple other suggestions for you - Susan Wittig Albert & Robin Paige.

Happy reading!

Date Posted: 10/23/2009 1:10 PM ET
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Stop! you guys are killing me! lol

I love it, I'm now so overwhelmed with books I hope I live long enough to read them all.....

I just went to the stop your killing me link Cheryl  suggested (thanks) and in the first few minutes I was there I found 2 new books I have to find.  they're both historical mysteries, which are my favorite.

the first is....

The Redemption of Alexander Seaton by Shona Maclean and Out of the Dawn Light by Alys Claire.

I'll let ya know if I can find them...

Thanks Joy for mentioning Susan Wittig Albert, I have read a couple of her books....

I know a couple of people mentioned Arianna Franklins Medieval series, I listened to all 3 on audio and fell in love with them, the next one comes out in 2010 and I can't wait.

Oh cheryl I have read and listened to all of M. Maron's D. Knott's, they're all pretty good.

Thanks again everyone for all your suggestions,

talk again soon,


Subject: Mysteries
Date Posted: 10/26/2009 1:44 PM ET
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I'm reading the Sarah Graves  "Home Repair is Homicide"  series now and just love it.  I'm on book six and  each book has been so different and truly enjoyable.  There are only a handful of main characters, so they are easy to keep track of.  

Tim Myers "Lighthouse" series was his best.  (He has several aka's) 

Kate Collins "Flower Shop" series is good and Linda O. Johnston "Pet Sitters" series is good.

There are sooooo many from which to choose.  Lucky us!