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Subject: Mysteries by region
Date Posted: 1/7/2008 10:15 AM ET
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I love to read mysteries that make the location or region part of the story. C.J. Box and Craig Johnson do this for Wyoming, Tony Hillerman certainly does this for Arizona/New Mexico and Jonathan Kelleman has southern California/LA covered. Can anyone recommend mysteries (series or stand alone) that are set in Maine? (No Stephen King, please!) They don't have to be mysteries either. Any fiction would be good. I have read Richard Russo's Empire Falls and that is the sort of thing I am interested in for fiction. For mystery it could be hardboiled, thriller, cozy...anything really! Also, add your own list of regional mystery writers/books!

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Subject: Maine mysteries
Date Posted: 1/7/2008 2:14 PM ET
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Hi, LeAnne! If you go to http://www.stopyourekillingme.com , then in the far left column click on Location Index, then click on United States, then click on Maine, you can see all the mysteries set in that state. This site is wonderful for mystery lovers!!

Personally, I like Sarah Graves' Jacobia Triptree series. Jacobia, a onetime financial advisor to the Mob, now lives in Eastport, Maine. She is featured in the Home Repair Is Homicide mysteries.

Date Posted: 1/7/2008 4:24 PM ET
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Thanks, Anna! Duh! I go to that website everyday but I have NEVER looked at that column! I'm such a doughhead!
Date Posted: 1/10/2008 1:59 AM ET
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I agree! I like mysteries in which the local setting plays a strong part. That's one of the many reasons I prefer historical mysteries -- I get to 'live in' with the characters. The Medieval period is my favorite.

Date Posted: 1/13/2008 12:48 PM ET
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LeeAnne, I can't remember if we've talked about this one before or not.  Have checked out John Sanford's "Prey" series?  they're set in Minneapolis. 

Marcia Muller's detective series is set in southern California.

I LOVED LOVED LOVED Charles Kneif's books set in Hawaii.  I wish he'd write more.

Date Posted: 1/13/2008 1:27 PM ET
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Here's a whole page of fiction set in Maine, since you said it didn't have to be a mystery: http://www.waterborolibrary.org/maineaut/setinmaine.htm Looks like some good reading there, mystery and non-mystery.

Date Posted: 1/13/2008 1:48 PM ET
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Who knew when I moved to Maine that it was such a great setting for books!


I forgot a series - if you're up for a light romance, check out Janet Chapman's Highlander series.  they're quick fun reads.  The author lives in Maine and does a great job of incorporating the idiosyncracies of the state.

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Date Posted: 1/17/2008 1:46 PM ET
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Thanks so much for this great question and the answer listing StopYou're Killing Me as a source of regional mysteries. I never thought of checking there either. Since I live in Pa. I follow the Magdalena Yoder,Amanda Pepper and Bubbles Yablonsky series. Now after checking this site there are at least 4 more series I want to try. Oh boy,I can't wait!!!

Date Posted: 1/17/2008 9:49 PM ET
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LeeAnne, have you tried mysteries written by Mary Roberts Rinehart?   She wrote in the first part of the 20th C, and her mysteries often featured East Coast "summer colonies."  One I'm familiar with, The Yellow Room (written around WWII), takes place in Maine, (I just checked on Amazon!), and some of the others might, too.  Her books are very atmospheric and definitely snapshots of a different time.