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If you can't think of 5, than any number is fine :)
OK, These were the last 5 (or so) mysteries I read that rated at least 4* (I rate on the traditional 5* system).
death comes as epiphany-----------sharan newman
death by station wagon---------jon katz
died blonde---nancy j. cohen
murder on the iditarod trail--------sue henry
indigo slam---------robert crais
gosh, thre were 6 by the same author - 5 from one series and 1 from the newest series:
Victoria Laurie's psychic eye and ghost hunters. both series have a funny lead character and her writing is really c ute..you can really see the ch aracters saying/doing what she writes. these are sorta 'cozies'. In the ghost hunter one (what's a ghoul to do) she 's more 'equal' with a gay partner..not sure if htat will stay or not. In the psychic eye series she's by herself til her boyfriend and his partner become her friends but she still pretty much acts alone.
Fog of Doubt (Christianna Brand) -- A well-written classic "puzzle" mystery that had lots of atmosphere and kept me guessing.
Death of a Bore (M. C. Beaton) -- Engaging characters and a plot that really moved along.
The Silent Speaker (Rex Stout) -- It featured one of my favorite detectives, Nero Wolfe. What more can I say?
The Fashion in Shrouds (Margery Allingham) -- Another mystery classic, with interesting characterization and an appearance by detective Albert Campion's very fashionable and equally eccentric sister.
The Red House Mystery (A. A. Milne) -- The only mystery written by the Winnie the Pooh author and it made me wish for more. His detective was unusual and appealing within the setting of the classic 1920s/1930s British country house mystery.
These are the five that stick in my memory most. I did write reviews on each of them.
Remembering Sarah by Chris Mooney. This one is still haunting me. He is an author that was new to me but I'll read anything he writes now. I truly didn't see this ending coming. I loved it..
Folly by Laurie King. Different from what I expected and from her other books. Almost more novel than mystery although plenty of tension and drama. Incredible glimpse of severe depression and yet hopeful and healing, not dismal at all.
Indelible by Karin Slaughter. The most recent I've read of this series. Any of the previous ones could be on this list for me, too.
The Dream of the Broken Horses by William Bayer. This was a fascinating look at forensic art coupled with a good mystery.
What Came Before He Shot Her by Elizabeth George. I love George and have read all of her titles. This one was different than the others in that it fully developed the life of the boy who was the accused in the previous book. I felt totally immersed in his culture, personal history and inevitability of his reactions and responses.
I sort of wish I kept an ongoing log of some kind of what I've read, especially with a question like this. I had to browse through my shelves to remember. Great discusstion topic, by the way, Stephanie! I can't wait to see the rest of the responses. I'm sure I'll see some new ones that I'll want to read.
Let's see...most recently...and these I graded either A or A+:
Sacred Cows by Karen E. Olson (first in series about a newspaper crime beat reporter in New Haven CT...funny, raucous, NOT a cozy, though--lotsa cussin' and attitude. LOL)
The Leper's Bell by Peter Tremayne (thirteenth in the Sister Fidelma series, historical mysteries set in Ireland in 660's A.D.)
Bangkok Tattoo by John Burdett (police procedural set in Bangkok, Thailand...and another "not cozy," very gritty but excellent!)
The Nicholas Feast by Pat MacIntosh (second in historical series featuring Gil Cunningham, a lawyer set in 1492 Glasgow, Scotland)
Dressed For Death by Donna Leon (third in the Commisario Guido Brunetti Italian police procedural series)
the husband by dean koontz
the innocent by harlan coben
promise me by harlan coben
the quickie by james patterson
hush by anne frasier
CURRENTLY READING: LIFE EXPECTANCY by Dean Koontz
The Appentice - Tess Garritsen (currently reading and have trouble putting it down)
Harvest - Tess Garritsen (a medical mystery which always captures my interest)
The Empty Chair - Jeffrey Deaver ( an excellent read)
Immoral - Brian Freeman
Older ones: Ashes To Ashes & Dust to Dust - Tami Hoag ( more 'can't put down' books)