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Subject: Mystery Newbie
Date Posted: 5/28/2008 10:58 PM ET
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Looking through my bookshelf, I realized that its sorely lacking in mysteries and thrillers!  In fact, looking back, I think the last real mystery/thriller I read was an Agatha Christie one waaaay back in the day.


I'd like to fix that little problem soon - does anyone have any good suggestions for a mystery (or a series) that could get me hooked on the genre?


I appreciate it! 

Date Posted: 5/28/2008 11:19 PM ET
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I think the first question I have is what type of book do you think you would like to read. Some can be very mild (cozies - where all death usually happens "off screen" and there is no real violence/foul language), some are a bit more grittty with various levels of violence, gory descriptions, language.


Date Posted: 5/29/2008 12:34 AM ET
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Hm... good question.  To be honest, I'd probably prefer a more grisly story than mild one. 

Date Posted: 5/29/2008 8:43 AM ET
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Although he is more thriller than mystery, I would suggest Harlan Coben's standalone thrillers... each one that I have started I have finished in a day or two... couldn't put them down!  He can be a little grizzly, but not too grizzly.

Date Posted: 5/29/2008 9:17 AM ET
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Check out the NEW mystery author thread that should still be on the first page of this forum. You will get a lot of great authors and titles from that thread.
Date Posted: 5/29/2008 4:53 PM ET
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A great "kinda grizzly" author is John Connelly!  They are so good, I've got them all but I'm not ready to give them up yet!  I have a lot of Mystery/Thriller ( and popular fiction ) on my shelf, if you want to browse.  Like my signature line says "3 for 2"

Date Posted: 5/31/2008 6:33 PM ET
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I'd recommend "The DaVinci Code".

Date Posted: 6/1/2008 7:48 PM ET
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Terri ~ A good series to try is by J.A. Konrath.  The main character's name is Lt. Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels, and she works Violent Crimes in Chicago, Illinois.  The first book in the series is "Whiskey Sour".


Date Posted: 6/3/2008 8:22 PM ET
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J.A. Konrath is a good series but hard to find. I read the first two but the last three are on my wish list. I even tried used book stores and sales to no avail.