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Subject: NEW favorite mystery author
Date Posted: 4/28/2008 6:50 PM ET
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We all have our list of favorites and "go to" authors who never seem to disappoint. My list includes Elizabeth George, C.J.Box, Stephen White, and Jonathan Kellerman among others. I am happy to say that I have added two "new" favorite authors to my list! I am reading the Guido Brunetti series by Donna Leon and I am in love! With Brunetti as well as with Leon's writing. If you have not read these books, you owe it to yourself! I am also adding Charles Todd (Ian Rutledge) to my list. I love these books as well. I LOVE finding new favorite authors!
Date Posted: 4/29/2008 8:04 AM ET
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Some that are my favorites are:  Brad Meltzer (just discovered him),   Harlan Coben, Greg Iles, David Baldacci, Tess Gerritsen, and Richard North Patterson.

Date Posted: 4/29/2008 9:07 AM ET
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LeeAnne, I agree with you about Donna Leon's series--I love it and am slowly working my way through it. I have tried the first of Charles Todd's series but it was a DNF for me--can't remember why, it was a couple years ago now. I might give them another try as another friend who shares my reading tastes just loves them too. Maybe I was just not in the mood or something at the time I tried it.

My standing favorites are Deborah Crombie, Martha Grimes, Ellis Peters (Brother Cadfael rocks! LOL) Sujata Massey, Sharan Newman, Colin Dexter, etc. (too many to name, really)

Recent favorites added for me are Karen E. Olson's Annie Seymour series (currently there's just 3 of them with the fourth coming out in November) and Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire series--again, only 3 with the fourth to be released later this year. Really love those two--they're less well-known, but I often find those more obscure books to be better than the 'best-sellers.'

Cheryl

 



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Date Posted: 4/29/2008 4:21 PM ET
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I also enjoy P.J. Parrish, P.J. Tracy and David Rosenfelt.....

Date Posted: 4/29/2008 5:56 PM ET
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Cheryl, I forgot about Craig Johnson. I've read all three of his and I'm anxiously awaiting the third book which comes out in May. He will be signing books at my favorite indy bookstore (mysteries only!) at the end of May. Woohoo! :D
Date Posted: 4/29/2008 7:35 PM ET
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Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch series.

Date Posted: 4/29/2008 11:45 PM ET
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I've enjoyed the 2 mysteries by Margaret Dumas I've read..wish she'd do more in that series.

Date Posted: 5/12/2008 6:04 PM ET
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My favorites are Harlan Coben, Karin Slaughter, and PJ Tracy.  My new fave to add to the list is Tess Gerritsen.

Date Posted: 5/13/2008 2:18 PM ET
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I just "discovered" Michael Connelly! I love love love that man's writing. He's a genius. lol Okay, a little over the top but I'm honestly not sure how I could have missed him all these years being a mystery fan like I am. Harry Bosch is a great character.

I've yet to read his books that aren't with the Harry Bosch series but I have them all (still missing two Harry Bosch's though) so I'm anxious to start.

Date Posted: 5/14/2008 1:44 PM ET
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Some of my favorites are Patricia Cornwell (minus her last couple of books--they just weren't great), James Patterson, Harlan Coben, Kathy Reichs, John Grisham, Janet Evanovich, Alex Kava, etc, etc.

My new favorite is Tess Gerritsen (just finished reading her Rizzoli series).

I just finished a Laura Lippman--BALTIMORE BLUES.  I plan to read some more of that series.  I haven't decided it it will become a favorite.

I also just finished two by Karin Slaughter, but after the second one, I am trying to figure out if the subject matter is just a little too much for me.  The books were good, but I was having a hard time getting through Kisscut.

Date Posted: 5/14/2008 7:15 PM ET
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I just recently discovered Elena Santangelo and am sorry there are only three in the series.  She seems to be covering it all, mysterys, ghosts, romance, time swaps, southern culture, etc.

Date Posted: 5/24/2008 6:13 PM ET
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I love Robert Crais!  And Karin Slaughter (altho that last one..........grrrrrr!)  Stuart Woods, William Lashner, James Lee Burke, Lee Child, Robert Tanenbaum.....I could go on and on and on and

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Date Posted: 5/25/2008 11:30 AM ET
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This is a new one for me:  the Eve Diamond series by Densie Hamilton.  I heard about it on PBS somehow and just finished the first one!  Very good indeed!  Hamilton is a reporter by trade, apparantly, so her depictions of newspaper life have great authenticity.  The story line, in this first one at least, was also excellent and very different.  Very good writing!

Date Posted: 5/25/2008 12:35 PM ET
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Thanks, Sharon, for feeding my addiction! I just ordered the first Eve Diamond book. :D
Date Posted: 5/25/2008 12:58 PM ET
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I have recently started reading Phil Rickman's Merrily Watson series, and I'm enjoying the books. Merrily is an Anglican priest and single mother of a teenage girl. Merrily is an exorcist, or as they now call it, a deliverance consultant. The books are mostly old fashioned murder mystery with a little dash of paranormal. I like Merrily: she has a messy past, she isnt perfect, she makes mistakes, she is so sincere, she doubts, she loves her daugher fiercely. The writing is quite good.

The series starts with The Wine of Angels, and there are 8 or 9 so far in the series. Stop You're Kiling Me list: http://www.stopyourekillingme.com/R_Authors/Rickman_Phil.html

My wife is enjoying the series, too.

Date Posted: 5/25/2008 2:04 PM ET
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Date Posted: 5/25/2008 4:35 PM ET
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And my WL just keeps getting longer ...

Date Posted: 5/25/2008 5:47 PM ET
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Les, I read the first Merrily Watkins book and was only sort of lukewarm on it. The writing was fine but the story didn't really speak to me. Since you (and your wife) persevered and enjoyed them, I might have to revisit this series. :)
Date Posted: 5/25/2008 6:01 PM ET
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LeeAnne, we had to keep slogging for awhile. We were snowed in, which probably made a difference. We didn't have anything else to read. I don't care for Lol very much, he's so annoying. I do enjoy learning about British folklore and their earth-based religions.

Do you read Julia Spencer-Fleming's series? Another strong woman. We enjoy that series more than the Merrily Watson series. Buy vs. get from library.  

ETA: an e where one belonged, in LeeAnne's name. Sorry, honey.



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Date Posted: 5/25/2008 6:30 PM ET
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I've not heard of that series but I am off to Stop, You're Killing Me right now to check it out! Thanks!! (I, too, most enjoyed reading about the British folklore. I love that sort of thing.)
Date Posted: 5/25/2008 6:42 PM ET
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Okay, Les, you got me. I order the first Spencer-Fleming book as well. It's summer, right? I'll have lots of time for reading!
Date Posted: 5/25/2008 9:20 PM ET
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Oh, and Leslie Glass, Dennis Lehane, John Sanford, Brad Meltzer, David Baldacci.......see, I told you I could go on and on!

Date Posted: 5/25/2008 10:04 PM ET
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Ohhh for the WL changes that will allow more than 200 books!

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Date Posted: 5/26/2008 7:31 AM ET
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Well, my WL just got a few books longer ;)

Subject: my favs
Date Posted: 6/3/2008 4:43 PM ET
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Laura Lippman, Jan Burke, Sue Grafton, Ellen Hart, Sara Paretsky and about 300 more.

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