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Subject: need new authors
Date Posted: 1/31/2008 12:20 PM ET
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I like funny mystrey authors, Like lawrence block, harlan coben....I need more read them all by these guys...any help?

Date Posted: 1/31/2008 6:50 PM ET
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I'm not familiar with the ones you  mentioned but I've really enjoyed victoria laurie's 2 series''psychic eye and ghosthunters..think the 2nd ghosthunters one is due out soon..hope so anyways! they're cutesy I guess but I laughed a lot reading those and so did 2 coworkers who also read them.(we're all female so not sure how a guy would react LOL!) I'm gonna look into those authors you  mentioned and see how they sound!

Date Posted: 1/31/2008 7:43 PM ET
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Date Posted: 1/31/2008 10:22 PM ET
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Be sure to read the "buglar who..." series by Lawrence Block

 

Date Posted: 2/1/2008 6:54 AM ET
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Go to http://www.stopyourekillingme.com/. A great mystery lovers site. On the left hand side, click on Read-Alikes.

Date Posted: 2/1/2008 9:04 AM ET
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I looked through some of his books and that one about the guy who can't sleep sounded like an interesting subject! have you read those? is that the same series? a lot of books came up when i typed his  name but I was in a hurry so I'll have to check them out later on!

Date Posted: 2/1/2008 12:34 PM ET
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Brian Wiprud writes pretty funny mysteries.  They're set in NYC, and the main protagonist is a taxidermied animal broker - rents to movie sets, etc.   His small-time con-artist brother is the protagonist in one of the others.

Donald Westlake's are a bit older, but some of the funniest mysteries I've ever read.  Protagonist is an unlucky but smart burglar.

Date Posted: 2/1/2008 4:42 PM ET
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My DH LOVES the Janet Evanovich Stephanie Plum books. He usually reads sci-fi/fantasy, but he heard me laughing so much he demanded to try one. Now he's read more of the series than I have! "One for the Money" is the first.

Date Posted: 2/2/2008 11:47 AM ET
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Try C.J. Box and Craig Johnson. Box has a series featuring Joe Pickett (a new book is coming out in May) and he just published his first "stand alone" last month.
Date Posted: 2/2/2008 11:48 AM ET
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Okay, I missed the "funny" part. Craig Johnson has quite a bit more humor than C.J.Box.
Date Posted: 2/3/2008 1:20 PM ET
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You may want to try out Carl Hiaasen, if you like tongue-in-cheek mysteries!

Date Posted: 2/4/2008 1:02 PM ET
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You must try the books about Hitchcock Sewell, the handsome dashing undertaker who also gets involved in mysteries.  Funny writing style and a really likeable protagonist.

 

Author is Tim Cockey and they have titles like Hearse of a Different Color, Murder in the Hearse Degree, etc.



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Date Posted: 2/4/2008 9:42 PM ET
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I just read Nelson Demille and Wildfire w/ John Corey  and laughed so hard.  The whole series is good,m but this one was funny. The Gold Coast by DeMille is good also.  The Plum series is great also!

Subject: Funny Authors
Date Posted: 2/5/2008 4:20 PM ET
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Have you read any of the Linwood Barclay novels,  they are pretty funny.  Also the Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz.

Date Posted: 2/28/2008 10:25 AM ET
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I absolutely LOVE both of Lawrence Block's "Burglar" and "Thief" series!!

I would definitely point you toward Donald Westlake, and maybe try G.M. Ford (with a name like that, he's GOT to be funny!)

Date Posted: 3/6/2008 12:27 AM ET
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if you want something funny that is a little different than your normal read try Jim Butcher's Dresden files; they are a real kick to read; i read both of your reads & tried this person as recommended; it is a story of the only professional wizard who has a "helper" who is a spirit named Bob who lives in a skull & loves to read erotica; very different but very fun!

Date Posted: 3/8/2008 3:23 PM ET
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I may be the only one, but I've just started reading Stuart Woods'  Stone Barrington series.  I got in on the middle of the series and am looking for the earlier ones.  Love his writing style, not slap-your-knee funny, but funny nevertheless.

 

By the way, I'm looking for the whole series if anyone has them.  Will make a deal or trade.

Date Posted: 3/9/2008 10:48 AM ET
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If you want to try a new author, I have an author/friend with his first mystery out. His name is Mike Manno and the title is Murder Most Holy.  He has clever characters. Buffy is the secondary character that everyone loves.  At this point he only has the first book out but he has written the 2nd and 3rd so far.  In one of them he has a scene with college students in a small college town playing naked volleyball.  Of course, Buffy is on one of the teams and friend of the two sleuths.  I know we promote borrowing books on this site but if you can buy a new one to help with his sales numbers it would be great.  I personally have helped critique his unpublished books and would love to see them in print.

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