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Subject: Recommdations for new mystery reader
Date Posted: 1/26/2009 9:48 PM ET
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I'm looking for recommendations to an introduction to mysery/detective novels. I'm not familiar with this genre. I have recently fallen in love with the late Dashiell Hammet. There are only two books of his that I have read and I'm already nervous for when the time comes that I've read all of his books!

I've tried looking through the thriller section at B&N but didn't know where to begin until I saw The Maltese Falcon (which I consider cheating as a starting point because I saw the movie frist) I've also tried reading Sherlock Holmes books but couldn't get past all the opium consumption; though I do enjoy the point and click mystery games! The same goes for Agatha Christie, but replace "a little less conversation and a little more action" with opium.

Any recommdations for mystery books similiar to the fast paced, gritty, wry humored Mr. Hammett would be greatly appreciated!



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Date Posted: 1/26/2009 9:57 PM ET
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That's an incredible list! I can't wait to explore it, thanks so much!

Date Posted: 1/27/2009 2:39 PM ET
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I have recently started reading "Cozy" mysteries~

Im not sure if this would be the kind of book that you are looking for...

but the author of several books that I have read is:  Monica Ferris

( Cozy mysteries are types of mysteries where there is not a lot of bloodshed or graphic details..)

usually set in stores, restaurants, etc..

Date Posted: 2/1/2009 8:42 PM ET
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 I enjoyed reading mystery series by these authors:

Susan Wittig Albert

Donna Andrews

Bruce Alexander

Nevada Barr

M.C. Beaton

Laura Childs

Beverly Connor

Patricia Cornwell

Diane Mott Davidson

Joanne Fluke

Earlene Fowler

Dick Francis

Sue Grafton

Katherine Hall Page

Louise Penny

Ann Purser

Kathy Reichs

Julia Spencer-Fleming

Jacqueline Winspear

There are many, many others I haven't got around to reading yet --





Date Posted: 2/1/2009 10:41 PM ET
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Dennis Lehane is a new gritty favorite of mine.

ETA: and James Ellroy is an old favorite, especially The Black Dahlia.

Last Edited on: 2/2/09 4:53 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 2/2/2009 1:13 PM ET
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More cozy authors~

Kate Collins

Cynthia Baxter

Leslie Meirs

Tim Myers

Elizabeth Brightwell