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Have you read any of Jasper Fforde's his Nursery Crimes Mysteries are a hoot. They aren't for kids though. No cussing and no sex, although I think Jack Spratt does give his wife a kiss once in awhile. You get mayhem and funny all in one book. I have read both, The Big Over Easy (based on the crime of Humpty Dumpty's great fall or was he pushed? (the autopsy photo is hilarious) or something much more sinister. As well as, The Fourth Bear, what were the three bears hiding in those woods and will Goldie Locks live to tell about it? He is an English writer and very talented. I haven't read his Tuesday Next series, but will be starting very soon.
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Hrm. If you want older choices... despite a lot of murder, Ellery Queen is usually -- not always, but usually -- quite low on gore and with very little sex. Queen is both the detective and the pen name. Often some really bizarre settings and/or set-ups, btw.
It varies with Albert Campion [by Margery Allingham]. Varies in that, well, as Campion says about bodies, "I rarely get more than one a quarter" and he's mostly right.
Georgette Heyer did romantic mysteries. One of my favorites is the howdunnit, Envious Casca.
Josephine Tey, when she was on her game, was amazing: Brat Farrar, The Franchise Affair, and The Daughter of Time.
It occurs to me that "low on gore and sex" really describes a lot of my favorites from Golden Age mystery reading. :>
Best of luck with your choices.
MK Wren, Mindy Starns Clark, W.J. Burley - I like the Wycliffe books,...I'm trying to think of those I'm more than comfortable lending my neighbor -
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