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Subject: Similar to Agatha Raisin or Hamish Macbeth
Date Posted: 7/15/2013 3:14 PM ET
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Can anyone suggest a mystery series that issimilar to Hamish Macbeth or Agatha Raisin? I prefer them to be not too graphic and with a bit of humor.

Date Posted: 7/16/2013 11:09 PM ET
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Here's are several lists that might help. Can't personally vouch for the humor in any of these series except for the ones by Anne George. (Hilarious!)

http://www.goodreads.com/author/similar/1657638.M_C_Beaton

Also:

Rhys Bowen
Heron Carvic
Ann Cleeves
Jean Dams
Carola Dunn
Caroline Graham
Ann Granger
Jean Hager
Hazel Holt
Susan Kenney
Sarah J. Mason
Joyce Porter
Ann Ripley
Betty Rowlands
Veronica Stallwood

Date Posted: 7/18/2013 12:44 AM ET
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I'll add Ann Purser to the list.  MC runs a cleaning company in a small English village.  Also, Simon Brett...these were written awhile ago, but, as I remember, they had a bit of humor.

Date Posted: 7/18/2013 6:39 PM ET
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I found Ann Purser dull as dishwater.  We read Murder On Monday for the cozy mystery discussion, and I don't think anyone liked it.

Tamar Myers has a Penn Dutch series that is really funny.  Too Many Crooks Spoil the Broth is the first in the series.  I have a bunch of these I haven't posted and would love to do a deal on them.  Anyone interested, pm me.

Date Posted: 7/28/2013 1:11 AM ET
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I found Ann Purser dull as dishwater.  We read Murder On Monday for the cozy mystery discussion, and I don't think anyone liked it.

Dang. I thought I was the only one. I'm half way through the first one and it's very boring. I have all the books too. Sigh. This is one of the last series I did this with - got them all before I started. I've stopped doing that just for this reason --- read one, don't like it, give away 10 (or whatever number).

I'll have to figure out what to do -- I have gotten into the habit of reading multiple books and I don't think I've picked this one up in a good 10 days.

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Date Posted: 7/28/2013 12:25 PM ET
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I found Ann Purser dull as dishwater.  We read Murder On Monday for the cozy mystery discussion, and I don't think anyone liked it.

Dang. I thought I was the only one.

 

Me too, hated it.

Date Posted: 7/28/2013 6:24 PM ET
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Date Posted: 7/28/2013 7:53 PM ET
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Don't give up on Ann Purser yet, Susan.  Read a couple more of them before you ditch them.  I really like them, have read all the Lois Meade books up to present.

I'll add Elizabeth Peters to the suggestion list.   



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Date Posted: 7/28/2013 11:48 PM ET
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I'll keep plugging Joy, at least through the first one. I did notice the rains got better as the series progressed.
Date Posted: 7/30/2013 6:24 PM ET
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Susan, I did the same thing, have all of the days of the week, plus the next two in the numbers (Warning at One, Terror at Two).  I cannot get motivated to read the Tuesday book. 

But, Joy, if you say it gets better, I'll try one more when I get inspired.

Date Posted: 7/30/2013 8:21 PM ET
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I'll try one more when I get inspired.

I tried. It didn't work .... They all went to the bookstore today for trade in credit. frown

Date Posted: 7/31/2013 2:58 PM ET
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Thanks for all the suggestions. Through reading the discussion threads I figured out I like COZY mysteries. With your suggestions and some research I have a looooong list of authors to look for. So far I have read Janet Evanovich, Jenn McKinlay, and Laura Childs. I've liked them all, but none have stood out as outstanding. They will definitely be on the TO READ list, though.

 

The only thing is,  I now feel overwhelmed because I have so much to choose from.

Date Posted: 7/31/2013 5:20 PM ET
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It is easy to get overwhelmed with all the choices in cozies.  My favorite is still Diane Mott Davidson.  Close runner ups are Cleo Coyle, Julie Hyzy, JoAnna Carl and Monica Ferris.

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Date Posted: 8/5/2013 6:12 PM ET
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I read A Beautiful Blue Death by Charles Finch last month and loved it, it is set in Victorian London. It's the first in the series and the MC is just finding his detective legs so the mystery was a little thin but the series has great potential.

Date Posted: 8/15/2013 10:44 AM ET
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Brother Cadfael series-Ellis Peters

-RD

Subject: Similar to Agatha Raisin or Hamish Macbeth
Date Posted: 12/12/2013 7:26 AM ET
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Christine Bennett Mystery series by Lee Harris and Aurora Teagarden Mystery series  by Charlaine Harris are both great.