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Subject: Mystery Suggestion
Date Posted: 5/25/2011 9:34 AM ET
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My bookclub needs a mystery to read next year.  Last year they loved one of the suggestions mentioned here, so I figured I would ask again.  Any good mystery suggestions (no cozies)

Date Posted: 5/25/2011 2:56 PM ET
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I don't feel like I read that many mysteries but recently I have read, and enjoyed:

The Thirteenth Tale

Whistling In the Dark

Mistress of the Art of Death (Mistress of the Art of Death, Bk 1)

And Then There Were None

Good luck, and let us know what you pick.

 

Date Posted: 5/25/2011 10:35 PM ET
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I would also suggest the ones that Margaret suggested.  I'm reading "Mistress of the Art of Death" now and am having a little trouble with it, but absolutely loved the first two Margaret mentioned.

Date Posted: 5/26/2011 9:53 AM ET
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A Carrion Death by Michael Stanley (set in Botswana)

The Fig Eater by Jody Shields (historical)

Deadly Love by Brenda Joyce (1st of a historical mystery series)

Murder on Astor Place by Victoria Thompson

Rules of Prey by John Sandford

Dark of the Moon by John Sandford

Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Neffenegger (spell?)



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Subject: Mysteries for book club
Date Posted: 5/26/2011 10:35 AM ET
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These are some suggestions: Medicus by Ruth Downie The Mischief of the Mistletoe by Lauren Willig The Musketeer's Apprentice by Sarah D'Almeida Each of these books are in a series of mysteries written by these authors with many of the characters returning in each book.
Subject: Mysteries for book club
Date Posted: 5/26/2011 4:48 PM ET
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These are some suggestions: Medicus by Ruth Downie The Mischief of the Mistletoe by Lauren Willig The Musketeer's Apprentice by Sarah D'Almeida Each of these books are in a series of mysteries written by these authors with many of the characters returning in each book.
Date Posted: 5/27/2011 11:46 AM ET
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I would start the Lauren Willig series with The Secret History of the Pink Carnation.  They would be much better read in order. Probably easier to get multiple copies of as well.

Date Posted: 5/27/2011 9:07 PM ET
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The Scent of Rain and Lightning by Nancy Pickard.  The trade paperback also happens to have book club discussion questions.

Date Posted: 5/28/2011 3:16 AM ET
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I loved Rough Cider by Peter Lovesey or for a book with a real twist, try The Reaper also by Lovesey. These are not cozies, IMO.

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Date Posted: 5/28/2011 2:12 PM ET
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Medicus by Ruth Downie    I second this one.  I laughed out loud.   Not intellectually challenging at all.  just a fun read.  My Mother's book club read it and everyone gave it 4 out of 5 stars for just being a good easy read.

Date Posted: 5/28/2011 7:57 PM ET
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What about opting for one of the classic mystery novels written by Agatha Christie, A Conan Doyle, Ngaio Marsh, Dorothy Sayers, etc.  Just a thought.

Date Posted: 5/28/2011 9:10 PM ET
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Another Nancy Pickard: The Virgin of Small Plains. 

Date Posted: 5/28/2011 9:37 PM ET
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Thanks for all the suggestions.  I'm sure I'll find one suitable.

Date Posted: 6/6/2011 2:01 PM ET
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I am currently reading the fourth mystery in a series by Barbara Cleverly.  These are set in India in the 1920's while the Raj was still in control.  They are really excellent---good characters, excellent research on a period and place that I knew little about (I have researched some of the stuff in the books on the internet and all of the background is indeed accurate.)  The first one of the series is "The Last Kashmiri Rose" but my son has borrowed the first 3 of these books so don't yet order them from  me---maybe in a week or two, though.

A fascinating book set in the British Empire during the time when the sun never set on it---literally true during its heyday.

Date Posted: 6/6/2011 7:15 PM ET
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I liked The Scent of Rain and Lightning by Nancy Pickard.