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Subject: Mystery books w/o death.
Date Posted: 10/17/2010 7:34 PM ET
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Does any one know of any good mystery books that do not have a lot of sex, drugs, or death in them?  My sister loves to read and I would love to get her some books but she is really religious and she can be hard to buy for.

Date Posted: 10/17/2010 9:36 PM ET
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This link http://www.cozy-mystery.com/blog/adding-to-a-previous-entry-possibilities-for-readers-who-dont-want-the-profanity.html has some ideas which might appeal to her...

Date Posted: 10/18/2010 10:39 AM ET
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I always go back to Agatha Christie when I just want a good mystery to solve.  And Sherlock Holmes :)  These two never go out of style.


Date Posted: 10/18/2010 8:05 PM ET
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How about The #1 Ladies Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall Smith?  There isn't a lot of violence, bad language or any murder.  The story lines deal with life issues handled gently and the books are very entertaining.

Date Posted: 10/18/2010 10:01 PM ET
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Louise Penny's Inspector Gamache novels are also much more cerebral than full of chases and gore. They're outstanding. Not quite a true mystery, the Miss Julia books sound like they might also be a hit, depending on your sister's age.

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Date Posted: 10/18/2010 11:52 PM ET
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 Thank you, I will have to take a look at that site and pass it on.  I will also pass on your suggestions as well.  I know that she has read a lot of the classic mysteries.  Right now I think she has been going to the library and checking out a lot of the old children's mysteries.  Some of it is nostalgia but a lot of it is that they are good mysteries.  She is 43 but children?s books or young adult books are fine.

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Date Posted: 10/19/2010 9:51 PM ET
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I loved the Smart Chick series by Mindy Starns Clark!  These are Christian fiction, so definitely appropriate.  And they're available right now!! 

The Trouble With Tulip (Smart Chick, Bk 1) (Paperback)

Blind Dates Can Be Murder (Smart Chick, Bk 2) (Paperback)

Elementary, My Dear Watkins (Paperback)

Date Posted: 10/23/2010 9:01 PM ET
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Hazel Holt's Mrs. Malory series.  There are deaths, but they aren't gory, and they are pretty innocent stories otherwise.  Mrs. Malory is a widow living in a small town in England with her dog and cat. 


Date Posted: 10/27/2010 4:32 PM ET
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I love to read Christian mysteries.  I don't think that you will be able to get them that don't mention death in them but they don't necessarily get gory with their descriptions.

Terri Blackstock - Cafe Refuge series.  Read the first one and enjoyed it okay.

Terri Blackstock - Restoration Series  ( I have read this whole series and really enjoyed it)

Terri also has several stand alones that are mysteries, Predator (very good), Double Minds, Intervention

Jane Peart has a series Edgecliff Manor set in turn of the century England.  Have not read it personally.

Gilbert Morris has a series, Lady Trent Mystery series that my mother read and really enjoyed.

Susan Page Davis writes The Ladies Shooting Club series which is set in the west.  I just finished reading Bk 2 and have really enjoyed them.  Not a lot of mystery in them but very enjoyable.  They are probably wish list though.

Dee Henderson is another author you might check out.

Date Posted: 11/21/2010 4:35 PM ET
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