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Subject: Need a new series....
Date Posted: 6/25/2009 12:25 PM ET
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I really really like Tess Gerritsen's Jane Rizzoli/Maura Isles series, and I'm looking for another one like that. I ordered the first Kay Scarpetta book, but are there any other women detectives/medical examiner books you could recommend? Thanks in advance!
Date Posted: 6/25/2009 12:37 PM ET
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The Temperance Brennan series by Kathy Reichs features Brennan as a forensic anthropologist.

Lots of books in the series too.

Date Posted: 6/26/2009 12:37 PM ET
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Sarah, If you like the women detectives, you may want to look into J.A. Konrath's Jack Daniel series. Jacqueline Daniels is a detective with the Chicago police force and I have to say, that these books are not for the faint-hearted. They make me laugh at times and cringe at others. The titles, for example, are: Bloody Mary, Rusty Nail, Dirty Martini. I will give a heads up to any of his fans who may read this post - the most recent one, "Fuzzy Navel" almost certainly requires reading the next "Cherry Bomb". Fuzzy Navel leaves you hanging at the end and Cherry Bomb doesn't get released until July 7th, I believe. All of the previous books are stand alone mysteries.

Date Posted: 6/27/2009 2:03 PM ET
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Sarah, try Stop You're Killing Me and search by job.  Here you go SYKM.  This should give you some ideas.

You can also check out Literature Map.  But truthfully, I never find this to be all that accurate.  However, I think SYKM is a fantastic site!

And I second the Temperance Brennan books.  I like the ones that take place in SC more than the ones that take place in Canada.  Don't know why, I think I just get tired of trying to pronounce all those French names.  :)  And P Cornwell's early books are fantastic.  The last few, not so much.  I haven't read Scarpetta yet, but it has better reviews than some from the last few years.  I hope she is getting back to the great stories from the early books.

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Date Posted: 6/27/2009 7:54 PM ET
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Jeanne - thanks for the heads-up on the Konrath books. Checked it out and they sound great - I'm always on the prowl for new-to-me authors.


Date Posted: 6/27/2009 8:51 PM ET
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Oh Gail, I'm pretty hooked on them. I got started with them because a friend of mind was browsing the bookshelves at B&N and saw a title "Dirty Martini". Since that is my favorite drink, she got it for me. What a monster she created. Konrath also has a great web site that you may want to check out.


Date Posted: 6/27/2009 9:13 PM ET
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The Konrath books are all WLed right?

I ordered the first Scarpetta book and the first Temperance book. I'm about to check out Stop You're Killing Me. Thanks everyone!!

Date Posted: 6/27/2009 9:39 PM ET
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Hi Sarah, I noticed that Konrath's book Whiskey Sour in HB is available. I thought that I still had some, but no, they are all gone. Amazon has some used copies pretty cheap in case you are interested in going that way. They really are stand alone novels, so you don't have to start at the very beginning of the series.

Date Posted: 6/28/2009 11:27 PM ET
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Hi Sarah,

These some of my favorite series:

Perri O'Shaughnessy's Nina Reilly (single mother/attorney) series set in Lake Tahoe. Lots of interesting characters.

Linda Fairstein's Alexandra Cooper series.  The author and the main character are head of the sex crimes unit in the Manhattan Police Dept. An interesting overview of how things have changed over the years in the human side of this area for both the police and the victims.

Karin Slaughter's Sara Linton series.  The main character is a pediatrician/medical examiner in a rural Georgia area.

Cara Black's Aimee LeDuc series set in Paris.  Aimee is a young private detective who works mainly in the area of computer crime, but gets involved in many things. Each book is set in a different area of Paris.  Lots of insights into the both the history and modern culture of Paris. 

Margaret Maron writes good stories about a woman judge in North Carolina.

I did not like the J.A. Konrath books very much. They were one of the few series I never finished.  They seemed to have a lot of contrived gore and the same "bad guys" kept returning.  Jack Daniels never seems to learn or grow.


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Date Posted: 6/29/2009 8:47 AM ET
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Hi and welcome, Sarah!  Looks like everyone has already given you a great start!  I 2nd: Perri O'Shaughnessy, Karin Slaughter, Margaret Maron and also using Literature Map.  Let us know what you get going with!  (you know, just in case we are missing any!)  (not likely!)  (but, maybe)

Date Posted: 6/29/2009 12:34 PM ET
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Beverly Connor has a great series about a forensic investigator named Diane Fallon.   Probably WLed :-(

Date Posted: 6/30/2009 4:11 AM ET
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Kathy Reichs - Temperance Brennan

Very CSIish, much like Patricia Cornwell


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Date Posted: 7/1/2009 4:51 PM ET
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I second Karin Slaughter, Konrath & Linda Fairstein for sure.

Alex Kava's Maggie O'Dell series even though she needs to write more.

Date Posted: 7/6/2009 3:28 PM ET
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I just finished Karin Slaughter's first Sara Linton book, and I loved it. I was wrong on the killer until nearly the end. Love it when that happens. The rest of her books are on my RL.

I also have the first Kathy Reichs book and the first Scarpetta book. Planning on getting some more first books soon.

Thanks for all your help.

Date Posted: 7/6/2009 5:42 PM ET
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Have any of you checked out Eileen Dreyer? She is a nurse and her books are about medical people - not necessarily in hospitals (maybe EMT's with the police depts). Her mysteries are GREAT - I strongly recommend Head Games. She is another author  who should write more. I am always looking to see if she has a new novel out!