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Subject: Looking for.... my MIL!
Date Posted: 2/9/2010 12:19 AM ET
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Looking for "clean" mysteries... She doesn't like bedroom scenes or "bathroom language." She's read most or all of the Love Inspired Suspense and the Heartsong Presents Mysteries....  She knows she likes Mary Higgens Clark... Can I get some recomendations for good authors for her?

Also, if anyone has any deals on these sorts of books could you let me know? I've gotten her onto PBS, which is a miracle as she's scared to death of the comp and continualy needs help with it... It would be super amazing if someone could point me to "her" type of books, so I don't have to try to figure them out as I don't read ANYTHING that she does and vice versa!

Thanks in advance! I just love how helpful people are on here!

(Will also post to the mystery forum to catch help over there...)

Date Posted: 2/9/2010 1:11 AM ET
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Hi Krisit!!  I think what your MIL is looking for would be the cozy mysteries.  They generally don't have sex and strong
language in them.   Here's a site to help you identify them:


Date Posted: 2/9/2010 10:52 AM ET
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Margaret Truman's books are a good "clean" mystery series.  They mostly deal with Washington, DC... Murder at the FBI, Murder at the National Gallery, etc. There are a lot of them in the system, I have Murder on K Street on my shelf right now. Diane Mott Davidson's series about Goldie Bear the caterer are pretty good, there might be a little bit a "language" in some but not bad. Her's are Catering to Nobody, Dying for Chocolate, etc. Also Sharyn McCrumb's series are good. Those are just a few suggestions.

Check my shelf. I always have a 3 for 1 or 5 for 2 deal going on paperbacks.

Date Posted: 2/9/2010 11:29 AM ET
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PMing you.

Date Posted: 2/9/2010 7:22 PM ET
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Pming you!

Date Posted: 2/9/2010 7:43 PM ET
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Has she read any of the Joanne Fluke books (Hannah Swenson is the character)? what about Colleen Coble? her Rock Harbor series is good. There's also tamar Myers series about the Amish (I think???) Bed and Breakfast (can't remember the titles though -- they all have food in them somehow...LOL)

Unfortunately, all the ones I've read i've checked out of the library, so don't have any to share. :(

happy reading to your MIL!


Date Posted: 2/9/2010 9:49 PM ET
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Hi Kristi,

If you sort my bookshelf by genre and choose mystery, you will get 250 books. They are always 3 books for 2 credits, or 5 books for 3 credits, and I add about 50 books once or twice a month. I have several of the authors mentioned in the posts above, and a lot of slightly older books without sex and bad language.

Take a peek and see what you think. If you add me as a Buddy, I will send you a note when I add more books.



Date Posted: 2/9/2010 10:42 PM ET
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She might enjoy Fern Michaels or Debbie Maccomber.


Date Posted: 2/9/2010 11:14 PM ET
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Thanks so much for all the great suggestions and offers! I will start her looking through shelves to see what she likes... Here's her link...

Joyce R. (rejoycemay)
If you see any messages from her, I'm probably helping her! ;)
Sheila, I just got a Fern Michaels book in a swap so I'll take it in to see if she likes it!

Last Edited on: 2/9/10 11:15 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Subject: Look for Cozies
Date Posted: 2/9/2010 11:20 PM ET
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Definitely your choice is to get cozies. Here is a list of some authors to check out, includingoldies:

John Sherwood- one of my favs

Betty Rowlands- herMelissa CraigSeries, one of my very favs

Emily Brightwell

Lillian Jackson Braun

Heron Carvic/ Hamilton Crane---- Miss Seeton series

Joyce Christmas

Lydia Adamson

Tim Myers

Donna Andrews

Joanna Carl

Nero Blanc

Laura Childs- one of my favs

Jill Churchill- older ones better

Jeanne Dams- not her Hilda series

Carola Dunn

Kathy Lynn Emerson- Lady Appleton series, historical

Sharon Fiffer

Monica Ferris- my very favorite!

Joanne Fluke

Sara Hoskinson Frommer

Sally Gunning

Jean Hager

Joan Hess

Hazel Holt- one of my favs

Sherry Lewis

Denise Swanson- kind of funny series

Leslie Meier- older ones better

Katherine Hall Page- older ones better

Sister Carol Anne O'Marie- written by Catholic Nun

Ann Ripley

Hope this helps. I can name more but this should give whoever an idea of what they are like, cozies, that is. Of course, Agatha Christie is a wonderful writer of cozies, too, especially her Miss Marple series.

Priscilla MSCOZY