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Subject: Any series out there like the Scarpetta series or Women's Murder Club?
Date Posted: 4/4/2009 2:18 AM ET
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Sorry if this has been asked before, but when I did a search I'm guessing I didn't put the right search words in.  I really liked the Patricia Cornwell Scarpetta series and the James Patterson Women's Murder Club series.  I don't know why, but they were books that I looked forward to reading to see what would happen next and it is hard for me to find something sometimes that I actually look forward to reading if that makes any sense :-).

I wasn't sure if any of you that have read the above would have any good advice or suggestions for me, I'm open and most grateful to any suggestions that anyone might have.  Sometimes there are just so many books out there, I just have a hard time even figuring out the right place to look for something that would be intriguing and interesting for me.

Thank you all!!!

Date Posted: 4/4/2009 8:54 AM ET
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I think that Elizabeth George's books are kind of a series. I believe I probably read many of them out of order, but there is a detective (male) & several characters that run throughout them.  I like her books a lot, though they are probably a little bit of a slower read than the ones you mentioned.  They're much longer.  The only one of hers I wouldn't recommend is What Came Before he Shot Her.  Common characters but extremely slow reading.  I finished it but I felt very bogged down.

Also Anne Perry does an Inspector Pitt character that I love.  I may have read hers in the more correct order as I got them from the library as they came in.  Pitt's wife is very involved in his investigations & they also give you a flavor of England during, don't hold me to it, Victorian England, I think???  She also has a man named Monk that is very interesting.  I believe that is a separate series.  Been a long time since I read any of these.  Her writing style is great, even if you don't read them in order or read all of them. 

As a fellow Cornwell lover, I hope I haven't steered you in the wrong direction.  I did manage to read hers in the absolute correct order.  She has slipped a little lately, but I am a loyal person.  :-)

Subject: Good Books
Date Posted: 4/4/2009 7:35 PM ET
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Have you ever read any of the books by Susan Wittig Albert?  These are some of my favorites.  There are two women who are friends living in a small Texas town.  They are polar opposites with one being a former lawyer who now owns an herb shop and her friend runs the New Age Shop next door.  There is humor and drama in this series.  But the humor is more sophisticated, not silly as so many series can be.  As the series progresses, they also deal with the kinds of serious issues and general daily life that we all have.  The character development in this series is truly excellent.  They are so well developed, it's hard to remember that they are not real people.

"Thyme of Death" was the first in the series and the characters continue to develop in subsequent books.

I think it's definitely worth a try.

Date Posted: 4/7/2009 7:14 PM ET
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You might want to give Brian Freeman a try  I really  enjoyed Immoral  its the first book in Jonathan Stride series. Looking forward  to reading the second book in the series.

If want something a little more graphic  try Shadow Man by Cody Mcfadyen  its the first book in  Smoky Barrett series.   Also if you like the women's murder Club by James Patterson try  his Alex Cross series the first book is Along came a Spider.

Happy reading

Tammy



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Date Posted: 4/7/2009 7:40 PM ET
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Try Kathy Reichs.  Main character Temperance Brennan is a forensic anthropologist, who splits her time between Charlotte, NC and Montreal.  And, yes, this series is the basis for the TV series "Bones" (actually, the only things that the books have in common with the series are the main character's name and profession - everything else is different).  Deja Dead is the first book in the series.

Date Posted: 4/8/2009 1:00 PM ET
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Margaret Maron's Judge Deborah Knott series is a favorite of mine.  Not quite as hardcore as Cornwell or Patterson.

Date Posted: 4/8/2009 1:13 PM ET
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Julia Spebcer Fleming - main characters are an ex-Army chopper pilot turned Episcopal priest (female) and the chief-of-police (male) in a small town in the northeast.  I have loved this whole series!  It is the only one, currently, where I simply can't wait for the next one.  Well written, she builds a lot of tension and the ending is always a cliff-hanger!

Date Posted: 4/10/2009 10:45 PM ET
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Omg, thank you all so much for the suggestions you've given me!  I haven't read anything from the authors mentioned so I am definitely looking into them all.  It's nice to know what to look for now so I can keep myself entertained for awhile now lol ;-).

 

Subject: Recommend Lisa Scottoline books
Date Posted: 4/11/2009 1:35 AM ET
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Highly recommend any of the books by Lisa Scottoline-great women legal team, crime series, great, believable characters, great plot development.

Date Posted: 4/11/2009 3:20 PM ET
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Add the Eve Duncan series by Iris Johansen to the list to check out.

Date Posted: 4/11/2009 9:44 PM ET
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I'd also recommend Lisa Scottoline and Kathy Reichs. I would also recommend John Sandford's Lucas Davenport series-there's a lot of those and his newer series starring Virgil Flowers.

Date Posted: 4/12/2009 10:28 PM ET
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No one has ment;ioned Sue Grafton.  I love her books.

Subject: Harlan Coben's Myron Bolitar Series
Date Posted: 4/12/2009 10:38 PM ET
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I know this is a guy series, but I found it hilarious.  I think he is up to number 9.  It's been awhile since I read them.

Date Posted: 4/13/2009 1:07 PM ET
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 As mentioned, the John Sandford's PREY  murder/mystery series with Lucas Davenport are always bestsellers;  Others to consider might include:    Robert B Parker writes the SPENSER novels (over 30 of them), and recently has added two other series-  JESSE STONE novels, and SUNNY RANDALL novels - all murder/mystery;  another  series I recently discovered and enjoy alot is James Grippando ( with a recommendation by James Patterson) - the JACK SWYTECK series set in Miami;  and David Baldacci (also newly discovered for me but an international bestsellar)  writes two series - one with political intrigue known as the Camel Club/Oliver Stone, and the other with  his male/female detectives  King and Maxwell!!!   ALL GREAT!!

Date Posted: 4/13/2009 11:20 PM ET
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Well, There's a reason I looked at this post - DITTO on all of them.  I do believe I have read some of every one listed!  Hello, ladies and gents nice to meet you all. 

Just so I don't HiJack the post - Jenni, MY absolute faves are the "In Death Series" by J. D. Robb and All of Kathy Reichs books.  Harlan Coben is a really good one, too.  If you want to get a bit more serious Richard North Patterson has some FANTASTIC books.  I loved Protect and Defend.  Less forensics more politics. 

 

 

Date Posted: 4/13/2009 11:35 PM ET
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[Well, There's a reason I looked at this post - DITTO on all of them.  I do believe I have read some of every one listed!  Hello, ladies and gents nice to meet you all. 

Just so I don't HiJack the post - Jenni, MY absolute faves are the "In Death Series" by J. D. Robb and All of Kathy Reichs books.  Harlan Coben is a really good one, too.  If you want to get a bit more serious Richard North Patterson has some FANTASTIC books.  I loved Protect and Defend.  Less forensics more politics. ]  Sorry, not sure how to quote on here if there is a way.

Kim - don't worry, lol - hack away all you want ;-).  I love all the suggestions and have this bookmarked so I can look at all the suggestions everyone has posted. 

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 4/14/2009 3:11 PM ET
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You might try P J Tracy's Monkeewrech series.  Also Edna Buchanan's Cold Case Squad.

If you want new authors check out the Mystery & Thriller forum.

Date Posted: 4/16/2009 11:14 PM ET
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There have been a lot of good ones mentioned.  I have read some and I am taking notes on the ones I haven't so I can check them out. 

A couple of authors that I like that haven't been mentioned yet are J A Jance and Lee Child.

Happy Reading!

Date Posted: 4/17/2009 6:10 PM ET
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The Body Farm Series by Jefferson Bass

Subject: J A Konrath!
Date Posted: 4/21/2009 11:46 PM ET
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I just read (actually listened, I do CDs at work) to J A Konrath's Fuzzy Navel.  Great!!!!  Action, comedy, characters, it's all there.  I laughed out loud several times.  I can't wait to go back and read the 1st four in the series, Rusty Nail, Bloody Mary, Whiskey Sour, Dirty Martini, then Fuzzy Navel, and Cherry bomb comes out in June.  This author is going places!

Date Posted: 5/11/2009 12:24 AM ET
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Try Tess Gerretsin's books.

Date Posted: 5/13/2009 3:26 PM ET
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You might try the Elvis Cole series by Robert Crais; they're set in L.A., funny and tough, but don't seem to me as dark as some other popular series. I don't like his stand-alone ones as well. 'The Monkey's Raincoat' is first in the series.
Date Posted: 5/14/2009 7:04 AM ET
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I just want to second the Baldacci and Coben books.  I'd also add Stephen White.  His main character is a psychiatrist who's married to a DA and friends with a police detective.  The first one is Private Practices.