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Subject: Southwestern Mysteries
Date Posted: 8/18/2008 2:11 AM ET
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Hi all.  Having recently moved to New Mexico, I dutifully started reading Tony Hillerman...  which led me to James Doss and Susan Slater, which in turn took me to the Thurlos...  Are there more? Who have I missed?

Date Posted: 8/18/2008 9:09 AM ET
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The website, Stop You're Killing Me, features a location index. Just click on the states in which you are interested, and corresponding authors and their books will appear.

http://www.stopyourekillingme.com/LocationCats/USA/index.html

 

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Date Posted: 8/18/2008 9:21 AM ET
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 D.R. Meredith has a series set in the southwest, Arizona or New Mexico, I believe. I've read her 4th book, Tome of Death, and it was very good. It was actually like 2 mysteries in one, one being in the present, the other in the past involving Native Americans. I really enjoyed it, and her descriptions of the area were great.  

Date Posted: 8/18/2008 9:51 AM ET
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Oooh! Michael McGarrity! I've only just discovered his books but I'm hooked. I'm just about to start the fourth book in his Kevin Kerney book. I'll admit that I was a little ambivalent about the first book...it was pretty uneven, but the folks here convinced me to continue as the books get better. I'm glad I took the advice because they do get better! I live one state north of you but I have friends in Santa Fe so we manage a visit to New Mexico at least once a year. I love New Mexico!
Date Posted: 8/18/2008 9:53 AM ET
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Oh. For a classic (not really a mystery) you owe it to yourself to read Willa Cather's "Death Comes for the Archbishop". Then you can go to the Cathedral in Santa Fe for a tour before heading out to the Bishop's Lodge for lunch! :)
Date Posted: 8/18/2008 10:46 AM ET
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Aw, come on, LeeAnne...will you please just stop mentioning new authors? I read all of Craig Johnson's novels because of you, and now I have a sudden urge to try the McGarrity series.

Let's see. The local library opens in 20 minutes. There's a copy of Tularosa on the shelf.

Um, pardon me.

(Throwing on clothes.)

(Grabbing the car keys.)

(Slamming back door.)

Date Posted: 8/18/2008 12:28 PM ET
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OK, Leeanne, now I'm jealous. Littleton? Could you pop over to Idaho Springs and have some Beaujo's for me?

Sharon C. (Mamu) - ,
Date Posted: 8/18/2008 5:31 PM ET
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Oh, my, well where shall we start?  I LOVE Southwest based mysteries!!

The ones I love besides the ones you named (Southwest in general, not necessarily N.M.):  J.A. Jance, Sarah Lovett,  Carolyn Hart's Henrie O drifts to the southwest once, I'm pretty sure,  OH---Judith VanGieson (great one!),  CJ Box and Margaret Coel are both actually Wyoming but both wonderful.  As someone else mentioned, other people love Craig Johnson but I haven't read his yet.--I'm afraid to start!!   I'm thinking there is at least one more than I can't retrieve from the back of my cluttered memory but there's a few for you!

Oops!  I forgot Nevada Barr's Anna Pigeon.  She's a ranger and has at least a couple of southwest based ones.  I think the one that takes place in Grand Canyon is worthy of five-stars!



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Subject: Arizona Writers
Date Posted: 8/18/2008 7:24 PM ET
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You might also try J. Carson Black and James C. Mitchell.  It's been a couple years since both published a new book, but what they have out is pretty good.  J. Carson Black's titles are "Dark Side of the Moon" and "Darkness On the Edge of Town"; locale is Bisbee, Arizona.  And James C. Mitchell wrote "Lovers Crossing" and "Choke Point"; locale Tucson.  There's a terrific bookstore in Scottsdale called The Poisoned Pen that feartures writers from all over and are great with featuring Southwest writers.  Their link is www.poisonedpen.com

Donna

Date Posted: 8/18/2008 7:41 PM ET
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Allana Martin's Texana Jones series is based in the Big Bend area of Texas. Texana is a trading post owner.

Date Posted: 8/18/2008 9:37 PM ET
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Heehee!! Anna, "Tularosa" gets a little ridiculous at the end but stick with it to get the the next books. They are much better and you will come to really like Kerney! *****Rhi! I LOVE Beaujos! Unfortunately, with the price of gas as high as it is, I usually forego the ambiance of the mountain town and just head to the Beaujos in U Hills in Denver. MUCH closer and nearly as good! :)
Date Posted: 8/19/2008 9:39 AM ET
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Just stumbled upon a mention of books by Connie Shelton. Charlie (Charlotte) Parker is a Certified Public Accountant in Albuquerque, New Mexico. There are 10 books in the series.

http://www.stopyourekillingme.com/S_Authors/Shelton_Connie.html

 

Date Posted: 8/23/2008 3:51 PM ET
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Try the Joanna Brady series by J A Jance.  Set in Arizona

Date Posted: 8/25/2008 9:03 PM ET
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I really enjoyed the Judith Van Geisen books.  I find them a little more "thinky" than a lot of others.  The JA Jance Joanna Brady books are pretty good also.