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Subject: Looking for that"Great mystery"
Date Posted: 10/24/2012 8:59 PM ET
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I am looking for a great mystery that just grabs me and is hard to put down. As many of you know I am a mystery reader and I love historical mysteries but also comtemporary ones. Ever since I read I Kill by Giorgio Faletti, I have been unable to find that great mystery. I'm not into cozies or the formulaic popular writers like Patterson or Cornwell, etc. I don't mind hard boiled mysteries at all. Just read my first by Stuart MacBride and that was pretty good but I'm just wondering if anyone has some other suggestions.......

Thank you for looking at this and for any suggestions you may have.

Date Posted: 10/25/2012 1:16 AM ET
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If you like MacBride, try John Harvey, Barry Maitland, Peter Robinson, Andrew Taylor (his Lydmuth series)...all Brit police prodedurals, but not quite as dark and edgy as MacBride.  Also John Gardner's series set in London during WWII.

On the American side, I have liked both series by Earl Emerson.  One deals with a fire chief in a small town, MacFontana; the other with a PI, Thomas Black.  The Black series has some humor and I like the characters.  Craig Johnson is another one I liked a lot.

Date Posted: 10/25/2012 8:53 AM ET
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Thanks Marla - I will give some of these a try! yes

Date Posted: 10/25/2012 9:46 AM ET
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Jeanne --- I do not know if many of those "great" mysteries exist any longer --- I am thinking even farther back to Daphne duMarier, etc.  We both read a lot of books, as does everyone in this "mysterious" group so it will be interesting to see what suggestions come up.  I cannot even remember when I have read a mystery of the caliber you seek.  Did you happen to read "The Forgotten Garden" by Kate Morton???  I thought that one was very well done.  It was marketed as historical fiction, but I felt it was a mystery as well.  You know  me, I am probably the biggest "chewing gum book" reader in the group --- but I will think back and look at my lists to see if I can come up with anything.

How about "The Virgin of Small Plains" by Nancy Pickard???



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Date Posted: 10/25/2012 9:59 AM ET
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Becky - I know what you are saying and I agree - those books probably don't exist anymore. Maybe I'm just going through a "slump" of sorts though since I've read some very good books but I'm still "craving" that highly charged page turner. wink I did order one of the books Marla recommended by Earl Emerson - maybe a switch to an author I haven't read yet will do it. I'll keep trying.....

Mary (mepom) -
Date Posted: 10/26/2012 9:47 PM ET
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Have you tried any of the Harry Hole mysteries by JoNesbo?
Date Posted: 10/26/2012 9:57 PM ET
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Well, there you are, Mary - jumping right in already! I'm sitting here with a BIG smile on my face and chuckling to myself that you are doing soooo well! heart I read one of those books and it's been some time ago (don't remember much now) so I guess I need to get back into them,huh? I will trust your judgement and do just that! wink

Date Posted: 10/26/2012 11:00 PM ET
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Oh Mary --- So good to see you back with us so soon!!!!  All those good thoughts and prayers have been working --- you take care and do not do too much too quickly.

Mary (mepom) -
Date Posted: 10/26/2012 11:27 PM ET
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THANKS AGAINTO ALL DR just came in & said he will not push me out of hospital too soon.What a relief. You never know these days with insurance issues..o
Date Posted: 10/27/2012 6:43 AM ET
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Good news and good doctor, Mary. Now you can relax a bit!

Date Posted: 10/27/2012 10:32 PM ET
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I love historical mysteries with intricate plots & rich historical detail!  Some of my favorites are:

- Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

- Instance of the Fingerpost by Iain Pears - 4 characters narrate their version of events behind a mysterious death, & you don't know until the end what really happened

- Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey - while laid up with a broken leg, a British inspector researches the murder of the Princes in the Tower

- Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

- A Conspiracy of Paper by David Liss - I've enjoyed all of Liss's mysteries, but this is my favorite.  It's set during the South Sea Bubble in the early 1700s. 

- Brother Cadfael series by Ellis Peters - the series is full of wonderful characters!

- Abel Jones series by Owen Parry - features a Welsh immigrant during the Civil War. 

- Master of Rain by Tom Bradby

- Ex-Libris by Ross King

- The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova - full of exotic locales, searching for clues in ancient manuscriptions & codes.  Kostova creates spooky settings with her descriptions.

- The Flanders Panel by Arturo Perez-Reverte - an art restorer researches a 500 year old murder after discovering a clue in a 15th century painting

- Tuesday Next series by Jasper Fforde - they're a combination of mystery, alternative history, fantasy. 

Have you read classics like the Sherlock Holmes mysteries by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle & Agatha Christie?  Hound of the Baskvilles is my favorite Holmes story.  I love Christie's Miss Marple & Hercule Poirot series.

Hope one of these sounds appealing!

 

 

 

 

Date Posted: 10/28/2012 8:36 AM ET
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Thanks Tess - I have read some of those and they are excellent!

Date Posted: 10/28/2012 12:45 PM ET
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Hi Jeanne:  Don't know if you are interested but I have turned to reading many oldies which I just keep collecting- authors like Erle Stanley Gardner, Rex Stout, and Agatha Christie.  I love the eras, the language and the mysteries themselves.

Date Posted: 10/28/2012 1:03 PM ET
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I read a lot of Agatha Christie and I do love those oldies too. I must just have a bug up my butt right now trying to find something different. Maybe I should write one myself, huh? - if only I had the talent. lol!!!!

Date Posted: 10/29/2012 5:25 PM ET
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Have you read David Liss (A Conspiracy of Paper) or Jason Goodwin (The Janissary Tree and The Bellini Card)?  Just finished two by Goodwin and my first by David Liss all of which I liked very much.  I find Louise Penny, Canadian author, writes good novels - depth and complex.  I'm on her third novel.   



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Date Posted: 10/29/2012 9:05 PM ET
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Thank you R.E.K.! I've read one book by Louise Penny and enjoyed it but I haven't read any of the other authors - will look into them!