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Subject: Making a List of Authors for Someone...Would Love your Input!
Date Posted: 2/28/2013 6:24 PM ET
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Ok...My boss recently started reading again after a long time so we have been talking books and authors. He asked me to make a list of authors he could try. Love that!! I have a few in mind, but maybe somebody out there knows of a few I haven't read.

Here is what he would like:

Female Author

Mystery/Thriller/Suspense..Doesn't matter legal, medical, forensic, etc.

Not too predictable...Maybe something with a twist

I love to talk books and authors, but there are not too many people in my life that read. So when I found out he was reading, I was very excited. Only you guys can understand that!

So thanks in advance for your help!

Date Posted: 2/28/2013 11:40 PM ET
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First one that comes to my mind is Karin Slaughter...her Grant County series MC is a doctor.

Julia Keller is another.  Loved her first book published last year...A Killing in the Hills.  MC is a prosecutor in North Carolina. 

I know there are a bunch more, but I am drawing a blank right now!  Will check my BIR list and see if I can come up with any more. 

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Date Posted: 2/28/2013 11:41 PM ET
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I don't read a lot of women but I do know a couple. I mentioned it in another thread but In The Woods by Tana French was really good. The writer is female but her main character is male, he is a cop with a female partner who has almost equal time though. Very unpredictable.

Karin Fossum is really good, Black Seconds was excellent but don't bother with Broken, I thought it was boring as heck. Great premise but wasted.

Gillian Flynn - Gone Girl - Twistier than a Twizzler. It was my book of the year last year.

Before I Go To Sleep by S J Watson Good thriller about a woman who forgets everything every time she goes to sleep, and slowly starts to realize there is something seriously wrong going on.


Date Posted: 3/1/2013 12:50 AM ET
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Some ideas....

  • Dana Stabenow - Kate Shugak series
  • Barbara Cleverly - Joe Sandilands series
  • Margaret Coel - Father O'Malley/Vicky Holden series
  • Lindsey Davis - Falco series
  • Kate Ellis -Wesley Peterson series
  • J. A. Jance - J. P. Beaumont series
  • Donna Leon - Guido Brunetti series


Date Posted: 3/1/2013 3:39 PM ET
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Kathy Reichs- Temperance Brennan series

Tess Gerritsen- Rizzoli & Isles series

P..J Tracy- Monkeewrench series

Chelsea Cain- Archie and Gretchen


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Date Posted: 3/1/2013 4:12 PM ET
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I have them but haven't read them yet but I've heard a lot of recommendations for Chelsea Cain.

Date Posted: 3/2/2013 11:33 AM ET
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Thanks so much everybody! These are great...I had only a few of them so my list definitely grew. I really appreciate your help!  This is one of the reasons I love this sight!!

Date Posted: 3/2/2013 3:39 PM ET
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Mo Hayder is another one who write murder/crime thrillers, lots of action, many set in England.

And who is the author who writes the series about a female ranger, who goes to all different nat'l. parks and ends up solving crimes? I  like her a lot and I am blanking out---and there about 15 books in the series, really popular.....

Dana Stabenow is great, too, especially if he has any interest whatsoever in Alaska, where the series is set.

Margaret Maron writes a series of crime mysteries, with a female judge (judge Deborah Knott)  as main character, set in NC, very near the mountains....but they are almost cozies, a guy might not like them so much.

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Date Posted: 3/2/2013 5:27 PM ET
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Here are another couple of suggestions:

Catherine Coulter - FBI series

Laurie R. King - Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes


Date Posted: 3/5/2013 8:37 PM ET
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I second Karin Slaughter. She is my favorite author ever!

Date Posted: 3/9/2013 6:08 PM ET
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First 10 or so books in the Alex Cross series by James Patterson

I second the Temperence Brennan series by Kathy Reichs

Date Posted: 3/11/2013 11:59 PM ET
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Ruth Downie - Medicus series  first is oddly enough titled:  Medicus

Donna Leon - second this suggestion!


this author is a mother an son writing team - its a great series imho - Charles Todd - Ian Rutledge series

Jacqueline Winspear - Maisie Dobbs series






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Date Posted: 3/12/2013 12:03 AM ET
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some vintage:

Dorothy Sayers

Josephine Tey

Ngaio Marsh

and...Agatha Christie

Date Posted: 3/12/2013 10:56 AM ET
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Donna - a nice source is:


It can  be fun to look  for a main character with a specific occupation living in a specific geographic locale during a specific historic (or modern) time from their index menu.

Date Posted: 3/19/2013 10:39 PM ET
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And who is the author who writes the series about a female ranger, who goes to all different nat'l. parks and ends up solving crimes?

This is Nevada Barr and her heroine is Anna Pigeon.  Great series and definitely worth a mention to your boss.


Date Posted: 4/15/2013 9:55 AM ET
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That's it! Nevada Barr......I love her hero, Anna, altho I know some people find her a bit prickly.

Date Posted: 5/28/2013 11:50 PM ET
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Sara Paretsky's V.I. Warshawski series. Grew up on the mean streets of Chicago. Former police officer turned PI because she doesn't like to follow the rules. Investigations often lead to Chicago political corruption.

Val McDermid's Tony Hill/Carol Jordan series. He's a profiler, she's a British cop. Together they investigate seriously vicious, twisted serial killers.

Love Faye Kellerman's Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus books. My 2 favorites are Justice and Gun Games. Good writing, excellent character development.

I've read a couple of Lisa Gardner's - Alone and Hide - and will be ordering more in the future.

Date Posted: 5/29/2013 9:16 AM ET
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Elizabeth George - especially the early ones - those were better whodunnits IMHO. 

Subject: Making a List of Authors for Someone...Would Love your Input!
Date Posted: 6/10/2013 3:22 PM ET
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Have your boss try Anne Frasier. I just read her book "Hush" and it was very good. She is a new author for me.     Judy

Date Posted: 6/30/2013 5:55 PM ET
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I don't wander by this forum often, but I saw this and had to comment.  HUGE thumbs up for both Tana French and Mo Hayder.  I have everything by both of these authors and have yet to be disappointed by anything either has written.  Mo Hayder has some books that fall into a series, the Jack Caffery novels, and others that are stand alone.  With the Cafferys it's better if you can read them in order as you really get to know Jack and the other characters better if you see how their individual histories evolved.

Date Posted: 8/18/2013 8:11 PM ET
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Patricia Cornwell, Janet Evonovich, Elizabeth George, P. D. James, James Patterson, Iris Johansen, Ed McBain just to name a few. 

Date Posted: 10/15/2013 9:28 PM ET
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I like Jan Burke and Deborah Crombie as well as the others posted already.

Date Posted: 10/16/2013 11:02 PM ET
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I too would recommend TANA FRENCH, a great story teller and diffidently unpredictable.

AMANDA EYRE WARD, has written 6 distinct, stand alone novels, all short, yet compelling page turners.  I find that her mysteries,"linger" with you after you are finished with them. I recommend them because my DH has read them and enjoyed them...he doesn't read very much for pleasure because he reads a lot for work...he would rather watch a film.   But, because her novels are relatively short.....he zips right through them without investing a lot of time. We both love her work!

Date Posted: 10/17/2013 8:47 AM ET
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Vince Flynn-"Mitch Rapp Series"

Tom Clancy-"Jack Ryan Series"

Douglas Preston/Lincoln Child-"Pendergast Series"

Steve Berry-"Cotton Malone Series"


Bruce -
Date Posted: 10/17/2013 11:27 AM ET
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Is he only looking for female authors? From a male perspective I can recommend Chelsea Cain, Tana French, and Sandra Brown. I think any male will find these authors enjoyable. French is a bit more cerebral than the other two.