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Subject: Looking for a new mystery series
Date Posted: 1/2/2011 12:17 PM ET
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Hi, I just finished up reading Louise Penny's Inspector Gamach (sp?) series and really enjoyed it.  Could anyone suggest another series of books that I might enjoy as well?



Date Posted: 1/2/2011 2:29 PM ET
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Julia Spencer-Fleming's Reverand Clare Fergusson is good.  The series starts with In the Bleak Midwinter.

Date Posted: 1/2/2011 3:54 PM ET
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You could try the Lynley/Havers series by Elizabeth George.  That will keep you busy for awhile. (Check SYKM for the publication order). You might also try "The Beekeeper's Apprentice" by Laurie R King.  I've only read the first one but it was excellent and I'll definitely continue with the series.

I really enjoy the Van Alstyne/Fergusson series by Julia Spencer Fleming as well.  There is a bit of a romance in this series but it doesn't go where you think it's going.  Remember, he is marries and she IS a minister.  It's very well done and the mystery part of each book is good too.

Date Posted: 1/2/2011 7:50 PM ET
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I love Phil Rickman's Merrily Watkins series.  I wouldn't say it's like the Louise Penny series, but it's a little different than your ordinary mystery series.  Another one that has an interesting protagonist is by Sarah Stewart Taylor, the main character is an art historian specializing in cemetery statuary.


Date Posted: 1/2/2011 8:43 PM ET
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You might give Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire series a try. The have a country folksy feel to them in a contemporary setting, but I just adore the series. I would read them in order.

Date Posted: 1/2/2011 11:50 PM ET
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My first thought was Jacqueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs series.  So... I went to literature-map.com just out of curiosity and she is one of the suggested authors.

I love the Louise Penny books and fortunately have saved one for the challenge.

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Date Posted: 1/3/2011 9:00 PM ET
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What about the Inspector Gamache series did you like? I looked at the author's website because I am unfamiliar with the series. It has a foreign setting and the main character is a policeman/inspector. The author stated at the end the intro page that if there is one thing she wants you to take away from reading the series it is that goodness exists.

Based on this info gleaned from the author's website, I would recommend the Arkady Renko series by Martin Cruz Smith. The first book in the series is Gorky Park. Arkady is a Russian police investigator ? smart, stoic, cynical, and resourceful. Wary of the official lies of Soviet society, Arkady exposes corruption and dishonesty on the part of influential and well-protected members of the elite, regardless of the consequences. He loves the promise of Russia ? its poetry, music and people ? even though he is routinely battered and emotionally scarred. Despite this, and his own tough nature, he emerges as a man capable of displaying both compassion and a faith in the future. I love all the details about the Russian culture in the books as well as our down-trodden hero. The plots lines are deftly woven but in the end it is the detective himself that intrigues me the most.

I will also second the recs for Lynley/Havers and Walt Longmire. I have enjoyed both series immensely :-)

Date Posted: 1/4/2011 1:58 PM ET
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You might enjoy Catherine Coulter's FBI series.  There are quite a few in the series, the first book is called "The Cove."  This series is about a husband & wife team of agents.  Very good. 

Date Posted: 1/12/2011 7:38 PM ET
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I just finished Libby Fischer Hellman's 4 Ellie Foreman  mysteries and thoroughly enjoyed them. Each has a totally different mystery with recurring characters. So many series, so little time! Deb

Date Posted: 1/26/2011 9:05 PM ET
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I enjoyed all of Greg Iles books.  They aren't really a series, but the main characters are the same in most of the books.  They take place in Mississippi and the main guy is a laywer.  A little like John Grisham, but better, I think.