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Subject: If you liked Stephanie Plum - you will love this series too.
Date Posted: 8/19/2009 12:03 PM ET
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I just read these books by Nancy Bush.  They are Candy Apple Red, Electric Blue and Ultra Violet.  They are all Jane Kelly mysteries.  Maybe I am slow and behind the times, but I think they are very similar to the Stephanie Plum books.  As soon as I finished that series I looked everywhere for something similar because I enjoyed them so much.  So I thought I would share with you all.  These are well written with the same kind of heroine.  I think the mystery part is better.  In the later Plum books - they are more silly than serious mystery.  But these books are great.  I really enjoyed them and hope you do too.

Date Posted: 8/19/2009 1:18 PM ET
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Adrianne, I read this series and enjoyed it, too. Am wondering if and when a fourth book will be released. Nancy Bush is the sister of author Lisa Jackson.

Date Posted: 8/19/2009 1:31 PM ET
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I didn't know they were sisters.  I have been searching sites to see if there is a 4th book on the horizon.  I really like this series. I have read all the Plum books.  All the Sarah Booth Delaney books.  Everything ever written by Charlaine Harris. The Lisa Lutz books (loved them). Also, Kinsey Milhoune.  I am always looking for a good series to read.  I would welcome any suggestions.

Date Posted: 8/19/2009 1:33 PM ET
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Adrianne,

You will probably like the High Heels series by Gemma Halliday.  The series consists of five books only and the storyline was wrapped up in the fifth book.  Halliday is taking one of the characters from the book and "spinning off" a new series. 

They were very enjoyable and I hated to see the series end.

Date Posted: 8/19/2009 3:36 PM ET
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Thank you.  I will order the first one now. 

Date Posted: 8/19/2009 7:00 PM ET
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I have Candy Apple Red on my TBR and was thinking of reading it next.

Date Posted: 8/19/2009 8:29 PM ET
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You might also like Elaine Viets.  I've read all the Dead-End Job series and have her Mystery Shopper series on my TBR list. 

Date Posted: 8/19/2009 9:00 PM ET
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I have Elaine Viets 1st  two books.  They are on my TBR list. Might have to jump ahead and try those.  Twill - I have noticed that you and I have similar taste in books just by reading some of your other posts.  I will have to watch your bookshelf.



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Date Posted: 8/19/2009 9:20 PM ET
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I didn't think these were as good as the Stephanie Plum books...but that is just me.  Now Elaine Viets, LOVE her books, especially the dead end job series.

Date Posted: 8/19/2009 9:38 PM ET
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Adrianne,

You might try Bobbie Faye's Very Bad Day by Toni McGee Causey.  It is first in a series of three.  I liked it OK.  The book was funny but she used a word that I don't like quite a lot in her writing.  Don't get me wrong, swear words don't really bother me, but some I dislike more that others.  The books are now being re-released under new names.  I think the first one was renamed Charmed and Dangerous.  I believe both versions are wishlisted.

ETA:  Looking at my wishlist would make a person wonder.  =-)  I have books wishlisted for my mom, my son, and myself.  So it is pretty diverse.



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Date Posted: 8/20/2009 12:15 PM ET
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Just ordered the Toni Mcgee Causey series from my library.  Thanks all.

Date Posted: 8/20/2009 9:16 PM ET
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I read the Jane Kelly books, too, and LOVED them. I'm trying to not keep many books and since I read these through the library I thought I was lucky I couldn't keep them.....now I'm haunting the UBS and library sales hoping to them them used.  Sure hope she continues the series at some point. One of the reasons I liked the books is the setting - really love books set in the PNW.

I read Nancy Martin's Blackbird Sisters books earlier this year (via library) and ended up ordering them all new - if the Bush books are still available I may break down and buy them.

Gail

Date Posted: 8/20/2009 9:56 PM ET
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I believe that Adrianne has the Jane Kelly books on her shelf.

I just started Candy Apple Red today.

Date Posted: 8/20/2009 10:30 PM ET
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I LOVED the Sofie Metropolis series by Tori Carrington.  So far there are 4 in the series and I am trying to find out if there is going to be a 5th one - anyone know?  I found these to be very much like Stephanie Plum except Sofie is a private eye and she is Greek.  But there is the funny family and all.  Check those out!!!  

Date Posted: 8/20/2009 11:00 PM ET
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I have Sofie Metropolis on my TBR.  Maybe I will get to it one day.........

Date Posted: 8/23/2009 11:06 AM ET
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It's an older series, but the Bubbles series by Sarah Strohmeyer is similar to Stephanie Plum.  They were fun reads.

I've added an unnecessary number of books to my TBR list and wishlist because of this thread....lol  I will NEVER finish my TBR list before I die and I'm YOUNG!!!!

Date Posted: 9/15/2009 2:00 AM ET
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Date Posted: 9/15/2009 5:23 PM ET
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Thanks for the great suggestions.  I've read 3 of the Bubbles books already and am loving that series.  I have the next 3 that I got from here at the swap.  I also have the first two Gemma Hallidays.  You guys rock.  I hate getting in a book rut and waiting for another series that has my warped humor. 

Date Posted: 9/15/2009 6:58 PM ET
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Did anyone mention Lori Avocato?  Very similar.

Date Posted: 9/15/2009 10:56 PM ET
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Date Posted: 9/19/2009 9:49 PM ET
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I am not sure if it was mentioned but Stephanie Bond - Body Movers series is also good. 

If you don't mind non -series - Jennifer Cruise/Bob Mayer - Agnes and the Hitman and Don't Look Down.   They were in the General Fiction section and lately I have seen them moved to the Romance section in with Jennifer Cruise books.   I didn't look if they also stashed them with in the Sci Fi section with Bob Mayer.  Agnes and the Hitman was my favorite. 

Date Posted: 9/20/2009 12:12 AM ET
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I just order the first Body Movers book.  I am on book 3 of Sarah Strohmeyers Bubbles series. Still have 3 to go on that one. I have the first two Gemma Halliday and the first two Elaine Viets, I also ordered the Jack Daniels mystery series too.  I have so many bookds that I am looking forward to now.  Ya'll are giving me too many ideas.  LOL

Date Posted: 9/20/2009 3:55 PM ET
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Hey Adrianne, I'm curious as to what your tbr number is up to in your short time here with us?  Stay tuned in and get many, many more ideas!  It's crazy, ain't it?!

Date Posted: 9/26/2009 10:37 AM ET
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That is funny.  I was telling a friend the other day that I have like 60 books waiting to be read.  The bad thing is I am still trading for more and buying books too.  I wonder when I will finally have enough.  Do you ever have enough books?

BTW - I finished my first Sophie Metropolis book last night.  I love Sophie!  I can't wait for the next one to come in the mail.



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Date Posted: 10/9/2009 7:17 PM ET
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I found Lori Avocato to be too much of a Stephanie Plum Copycat ... right down to her name.   Her "Ranger" even dressed the same way. 

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