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Subject: Ian Rankin's John Rebus mysteries
Date Posted: 1/15/2008 10:10 PM ET
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I have seen very mixed reviews of these books and was wondering what some of you all think. My husband and I have watched some of the BBC TV series and really liked them (I like John Hannah best) so I'm thinking I might enjoy the books but...I don't know. Tell me what you think.
Date Posted: 1/20/2008 7:46 PM ET
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I've just started reading these, for some reason I'd never tried one before even though I've always loved British mysteries.  I've read the first two in the series, and enjoyed both.  They're not small-town, cozy mysteries, more big-city, gritty.  I gave them both a rating of B in my booklist.

Date Posted: 1/21/2008 9:49 PM ET
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I LOVE Rebus books.  Actually I had been to Edinburgh and seen the John Hannah series and that's what got me into reading them.  Ian Rankin is an amazing author!

Date Posted: 1/27/2008 9:11 PM ET
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I love the Rebus books.  I got hooked on them after seeing the John Hannah series.  (Don't care for the other guy who played Rebus though.)  If I had a complaint, , it would be the fact that some of them are lenghty, page wise.  With having a 5 and 7 year old, my reading time is limited.  Therefore it takes me quite a while to finish a book.   I have read 14 of his books to date. 

Date Posted: 1/29/2008 1:10 PM ET
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I have to agree with my good friend Kara. I love the Rebus series but they are definitely not cozies. Rebus is no angel but the books are great. I am looking for the early Rebus books, if anyone has them and is interested in offering a deal.



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Subject: Rebus
Date Posted: 1/31/2008 9:33 PM ET
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I've read all of the Rankin's Rebus novels except a collection of short stories that I saving for a time when I need to get in and out of a book frequently. I think they are great - I like the character, the setting, the ingenious plots. If you like Rebus you'll like Connelly's Harry Bosch, Dexter Collin's Morse, George's Lynley and Havers  and Charles Todd's Ian Rutledge. 

Date Posted: 2/1/2008 9:56 AM ET
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I really like Inspector Morse too.  I was reading those prior to getting hooked on Rebus.  Once again, the TV program is what got me interested in the books.



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Date Posted: 2/2/2008 11:29 PM ET
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Ed - Agree on all of those. Along the same lines, would have to add Ruth Rendell's Inspector Wexford and Martha Grimes' Superintendent Richard Jury/Melrose Plant duo.

 

Date Posted: 2/3/2008 8:40 AM ET
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My Mom really love the Richard Jury mysteries.  I haven't read any of them yet though.

Date Posted: 2/3/2008 1:01 PM ET
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Well, I love Lynley/Havers, Morse, and Wexford and I'm about a third of the way through my very first Rutledge mystery (thanks for the rec, Les!) so I guess I'll give Rebus a try. Thanks for all the input!
Date Posted: 2/3/2008 1:18 PM ET
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I will have to check out the Rutledge series too...