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Subject: Looking for a certain type of mystery......
Date Posted: 5/12/2010 3:21 PM ET
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I'm interested in finding authors/series that don't have a lot of sex and bad language in them.  Any suggestions?

Date Posted: 5/12/2010 3:45 PM ET
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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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Date Posted: 5/12/2010 5:16 PM ET
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Try Louise Penny's Inspector Armand Gamache series.  They are really good (set in southern Quebec) and I don't recall cussing or sex.

Date Posted: 5/12/2010 5:58 PM ET
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You might like Susan Wittig Albert's series with Beatrix Potter.  I've been enjoying them and they are not racy at all.  The first in the series is The Tale of  Hill Top Farm.

Date Posted: 5/13/2010 3:37 PM ET
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Thank you :-)  I jotted them all down.  It's always fun to find new authors.

Date Posted: 5/13/2010 5:10 PM ET
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Terri Blackstock is a Christian author - her books are pretty good.

Date Posted: 5/13/2010 8:35 PM ET
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Monica Ferris, Joanne Fluke and Joanne Carl all have gentle cozies. 

Subject: Golden Age?
Date Posted: 5/21/2010 8:19 PM ET
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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.

Date Posted: 6/16/2010 6:13 AM ET
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Victoria Thompson's Gaslight Mysteries.

Date Posted: 6/16/2010 5:09 PM ET
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Michael McGarrity's Kevin Kearney series is good, no blatant sex.

Date Posted: 6/16/2010 6:36 PM ET
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Emily Brightwell does the Mrs. Jeffries series, these fit the bill definately.

Date Posted: 6/16/2010 8:16 PM ET
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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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Date Posted: 6/22/2010 8:04 AM ET
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MacLaren Yarborough series by Patricia Sprinkle