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Subject: New Book Series Help
Date Posted: 9/9/2009 8:43 PM ET
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Hi, I could use your help picking a new series of books.

I have read all the Sue Grafton alphabet series, The Cat Who..., both Laurie R. King series, and Rita Mae Brown.

I would love your help picking a new series of mystery books... Please help!


Date Posted: 9/9/2009 8:46 PM ET
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I like James Patterson's Women's Murder Club.  I have not read his Alex Cross series but I hear it is fantastic too. 

Date Posted: 9/9/2009 8:55 PM ET
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Try literature-map.com, they can give  you a really good idea of similar books you might enjoy.  Robert Crais,  James Swain, William Lashner, David Baldacci, David Rosenfelt, Jack Kerley, Lee Child, Michael Connelly, John Connolly......I can go on and on and on and on...

Date Posted: 9/9/2009 9:16 PM ET
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Based on the series you listed, I would suggest

Judge Deborah Knott series by Margaret Maron

Sarah Booth Delaney series by Carolyn Haines

Tucker Sinclair series by Patricia Smiley

Date Posted: 9/9/2009 10:10 PM ET
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If you like Sue Grafton, I HIGHLY recommend Marcia Muller.  These are best read in order.

I love Harlan Coben's Myron Bolitar series.

Date Posted: 9/10/2009 12:14 PM ET
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I've read most of Michael Connelly's books and loved all of them.

Date Posted: 9/10/2009 2:29 PM ET
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 I just love James Patterson's Alex Cross  series they really should be read in order.    I  also like  Lee Child's Jack Reacher  series.

Date Posted: 9/10/2009 4:48 PM ET
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I'm a huge fan of Susan Wittig Albert and her China Bayles series.  She also has written a series with Beatrix Potter as the main character - for adults not children.  Susan and her husband Bill have written a series under the sudonym Robin Paige.  All excellent!

Date Posted: 9/11/2009 10:59 AM ET
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You've gotten good recommendations so far.

For PI sleuth series, I recommend Laura Lippman's Tess Monaghan series as well as Sara Paretsky's V.I. Warshawski series.  Nevada Barr's Anna Pidgeon series features Anna as a national park ranger, and each book is set in a different national park, so it is a change from the usual city-based sleuth series.  Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch series is a very good cop series set in LA.  I also quite liked Harlan Coban's Myron Bolitar series (Myron is a sports agent who often gets caught up in mysteries).

I think the China Bales series by Susan Albert Wittig is great.   

I'll be curious to hear what you pick and how you like it!


Date Posted: 9/11/2009 11:10 AM ET
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Like Ana, I'll be curious to see what you picked and if you like the books you chose.

Mary (mepom) -
Subject: new series
Date Posted: 9/12/2009 7:04 PM ET
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I hear Ridley Pearson's name mentioned as a good series mystery author. Please, some mystery reader give me a comparison of Pearson to another writer.

I like Lee Childs, Michael Connelly, Stuart Woods, Sue Grafton, Dan Brown, John Grisham, Nevada Barr and many others.



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Date Posted: 9/13/2009 6:40 AM ET
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If you like the animal mysteries you could try Susan Connents Dog Lovers Mysteries.

Date Posted: 9/13/2009 11:07 AM ET
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You may want to check out Stephen Booth. His mysteries take place in the Peak District of England - excellent. I have so far been unable to figure out the endings in any of his books. Recommend you start with Black Dog and after that, it doesn't matter. I second Jack Kerley's Carson Ryder series. These are also great mysteries and great writing.

Date Posted: 9/17/2009 4:39 PM ET
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So, Mike, what have you chosen? Do you stay with a series until you have them all read, or do you mix it up? I tend to get at least 3 of the series and read them one after the other, in fact I read the whole Sookie Stackhouse series that way.  A bit of overload!

Subject: Mystery series
Date Posted: 9/18/2009 9:00 PM ET
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Have you read C.J. Box and his Joe Pickett (Wyoming game warden) series or  Dana Stabenow's Kate Shugak series (set in Alaska)?  I've enjoyed both of those authors.

Subject: Sue Henery
Date Posted: 9/21/2009 12:57 PM ET
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I love Sue Henery She has two good series out one with a Alska state trooper and one with a lady in a RV.  I like both

Date Posted: 9/21/2009 7:39 PM ET
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Another vote for CJ Box's Jo Picket series.

Ditto: Myron Bolitar series by Harlan Coben.


Didn't see John Sandford mentioned.  He has a couple of series out.  His biggest one is the Prey series starring Lucan Davenport.  There's probably 25 of them now. Very good. He just started a spin-off of that staring Virgil Flowers.  The 1st one of those is Dark of the Moon and the 2nd is Heat Lightening.  The 3rd is called Rough Country but it's not out yet.  Virgil is kind of a lone wolf special investigator.  He does his thinking while fishing and maybe some womanizing (but in a nice way) and he prefers tshirts and jeans over suits and ties.

Date Posted: 9/23/2009 12:14 PM ET
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Some less prominent, but good -

Gail Bowen's Joanne Kilbourn series

M.K. Wren's Conan Flagg series

Parnell Hall's Stanley Hastings series

Randy Wayne White's Doc Ford series

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Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 9/23/2009 5:39 PM ET
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Mercy me I was all set to add to this and every series I thought you'd like has been mentioned already. Let us know what you decided to read.
Date Posted: 9/23/2009 6:09 PM ET
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Yes, Mike, do let us know what you decide to try next! I'm not sure Mike even tunes back in, he hasn't answered any of these pleas!