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Subject: J.D. Robb - In Death Series
Date Posted: 10/21/2011 11:44 AM ET
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I am currently listening to the In Death Series by J.D. Robb and must admit that I really need a break from it. 

What do you do when you like everybody in the books but the main character.  I really don't like Eve Dallas, I just finished 'Ceremony in Death' and dislike her enough now to put the rest of audiobooks on hold for a while.  It is okay that she is portrayed as the tough cop, but she is totally rude, without any class and any personality.  I love the other characters of the book especially Peabody, her assistant, McNabb and Feenie and Roarke her husband, but Eve makes me cringe.

I am also listening to Jack Reacher and while he is also tough and kills off many bad guys, he is still at heart a nice person and very likeable.

Agent Pendergast from the Preston/Child series I absolutely love because he has so much style.

I guess I just had to vent, because even though I like the series Eve Dallas really turned me off in this book, more than usual.

Maybe I just have to get some P.D. James Thrillers to get some more sophisticated police detectives.

What british mystery series do you like?  Other than the classsics (Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie), which I already read.

I also like Henning Mankell Thrillers, some cool scandinavian cop (Kurt Wallender)at work.

Another private detective story was written by Bernhard Schlinck (author of The Reader) and is set in Heidelberg, The private eye is called Gerhard Selb and is an absolute low-key anti-hero that solves three very tricky cases.

So if you know about some cool and classy cops or detectives I am looking for your input.

Thank you




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Date Posted: 10/21/2011 2:36 PM ET
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My husband faithfully reads every J. D. Robb as they appear...I've never tried them!

Love British police procedurals, but they are really hard to find.  Specifically... Peter Robinson, Barry Maitland, Andrew Taylor, Judith Cutler (except the two "Food Detective" books), Cynthia Harrod-Eagles, Peter Lovesley (the Diamond series)...those are the main ones that come to mind.

Date Posted: 10/21/2011 5:41 PM ET
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Other Scotland Yard series worth considering:

  • Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James by Deborah Crombie
  • Inspector Lynley by Elizabeth George
  • Richard Jury by Martha Grimes
  • Inspector Rutledge by Charles Todd
  • Adam Dalgliesh by P.D. James
  • John Madden by Rennie Airth
  • Inspector Rebus by Ian Rankin (not Scotland Yard, but Edinburgh police)
Date Posted: 10/21/2011 5:45 PM ET
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I recommend Susan Hill's Simon Serrailler series. Currently, there are five books in the series.


Date Posted: 10/22/2011 11:02 AM ET
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Thank you for your recommendations.   

I noted down the names and titles and see if I can find the audiobooks.

I look forward to some british mystery, especially now in the foggy autumn season.

Date Posted: 10/22/2011 8:19 PM ET
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Not to mention Ruth Rendell'a Inspector Wexford series.

And you could try Michael Robotham's books = Suspect, Lost, Shatter.  I read them all on audio.

I have to say that I've read the entire Dallas series on audio books - I think she's gotten more 'human' as the series grows.  Just sayin.


Date Posted: 10/23/2011 10:23 AM ET
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I stopped listening to the Eve Dallas books for the same reason. I hate Eve!  I've listened to some of the lates ones too and still hated her. 

If I don't like the main character than I just stop reading or listening to them. 


Date Posted: 10/23/2011 12:12 PM ET
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I feel better now that I know that I am not the only one who finds the Eve Dallas character grating and irritating.  And yes, we know that she came from an awful childhood, but she has had enough time to brush up on her mannerism.  It is actually Peabody  who makes me hang in there.  I will listen to an in-death audiobook every once in a while, just to see how she is doing.


Date Posted: 11/1/2011 2:47 AM ET
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I have read all of the Eve Dallas books and she does get better in the later books and her interactions are getting much better.

Subject: UK police procedurals
Date Posted: 11/13/2011 2:59 PM ET
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Don't forget Val McDermid! She has written many books and is as good or better than P. Cornwell in my opinion. Be sure to check out her Tony Hill/Carol Jordan series. This series is so popular it was made into a TV show in the UK- "Wire in the Blood" - one of the best shows of its knd I have ever seen. FYI- Netflix has it on DVD.

Date Posted: 11/13/2011 3:45 PM ET
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I read the first In Death book and couldn't stand Eve.  The owner of my local UBS loves her so I purchased the 2nd and I'm going to give it another try. 

Date Posted: 11/15/2011 1:19 PM ET
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Actually I read a book by Val McDermid and really did like her.  I need to check out the others, once my TBR pile is less than 20 books.

I just finished another Eve Dallas book (Loyalty in Death) and she was more bearable in that one, every once in a while I will slip in another In-Death book, since I still have them all on queue with Simply Audiobooks. 

I learned a lot about police stories and authors in this forum.  More books to put on my list of audiobooks.

Thanks, you all.