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Subject: Suggestions for good mysteries
Date Posted: 5/12/2009 12:07 PM ET
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I am wanting to read some good mysteries and since this is not my typical genre of choice I'm not sure what to read. Does anyone have any suggestions of some good titles or authors?  It doesn't necessarily need to be under the Christian label, but I try to keep what I read  to be a PG to PG - 13 rating.


Date Posted: 5/12/2009 12:47 PM ET
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Dorothy Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsy books (gentleman detective style) and G.K. Chesterton's Fr. Brown mysteries (priest as Sherlock Holmes type) are great. Both Sayers and Chesterton were devout Christians who also wrote excellent non-fiction Christian books as well as great mystery novels. P.D. James is a Christian and a great mystery author, too. (She also wrote Children of Men, but don't assume the movie's rating reflects the book.)

Date Posted: 5/12/2009 2:14 PM ET
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Patricia Rushford wrote some good mysteries. I especially liked the Angel Delaney series (Deadly Aim, Dying to Kill, As Good as Dead).

Date Posted: 5/12/2009 9:40 PM ET
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I was going to recommend Patricia Rushford as well!  She has adult and young adult mysteries.  Her Jennie McGrady young adult series I read in high school and really liked it, so must infact that I got more of them from PBS to finish the series except book 15 which no one has.  The above books from Virginia P are great.


Ted Dekker, Eric Wilson, Bill Myers and Frank Peretti are also great thriller type books.  I think Dee Henderson is also like that.

Date Posted: 5/12/2009 9:52 PM ET
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I loved the Jennie McGrady series by Patricia Rushford, and managed to get ahold of the elusive #15. Dee Henderson books seem to be more thriller than mystery, but they are great too. The O'Malley series and Before I Wake are excellent.

Date Posted: 5/13/2009 8:02 AM ET
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Mary Higgins Clark is a good clean mystery writer. One of my favorites in christian fiction mysteries is Terri Blackstock. (not the ones written with Beverly LaHaye. Those are good but they are not mysteries. The Rock Harbor Series by Colleen Coble is also good.  Dee Henderson and Patricia Rushford are also good.  I have collected all of Dee Henderson's since I would like to read them again.  Happy reading. 

Date Posted: 5/14/2009 10:20 AM ET
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Date Posted: 5/14/2009 11:49 AM ET
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Steven James has a couple of good books.  They do have a couple of descriptions of murdered bodies in them but they are very short, only a paragraph or two.

Tim Downs Bug Man series is good also.  The main character is a forencis entomologist so there are a few descriptions of dead bodies in his books also.

Mel Odom has a NCIS series which is pretty good.  I have read the first one and am getting ready to start the second.

Date Posted: 5/14/2009 2:34 PM ET
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Thank you for the suggestions. I will definately check some of these out. I have actually read the O'Malley series by Dee Henderson and enjoyed them very much.  I watched the move Three with my  daughter but I could read the book too (I tell my kids to do this all of the time!!)

I am looking forward to reading some of these suggestions. Thank you so much!

Date Posted: 5/15/2009 8:14 PM ET
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Most, but not all, of Linda Hall's books are mysteries, many set in Maine, the Northeast, and Canada. Some have really surprise endings!

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Date Posted: 5/20/2009 2:16 PM ET
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Try reading Earlene Fowler.  She isn't classified as christian but her books are pg and the latter books in her quilt mysteries are containing more references to faith.

Date Posted: 5/23/2009 7:08 PM ET
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Robert Whitlow is kind of a Christian Scott Turow.  I have enjoyed his books.   I just looked on Amazon and see he has several newer ones.  I can't vouch for them, but I really liked The Trial.

Date Posted: 5/28/2009 3:42 AM ET
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DEFINITELY try Deanna Raybourn's Lady Julia Grey series (starting with Silent in the Grave).  I would put about a hundred exclamations all over this post, but instead I'll just say that the 3 novels in the series are excellent.  There are no sex scenes and, overall, they are quite clean - though there is at least one good, heart-pounding kiss per book or so.  They re-did the covers for the books recently, featuring a half naked lady in her corsets with some guy draped all over her.  Yuck.  These books are NOT bodice rippers, even though it appears that the publishers are trying to push them into that category.  If possible, find the books with their original covers if the half-naked, bodice-ripper style covers bother you.

Second, you could try some of Georgette Heyer's mysteries.  I've never read her contemporary-style mysteries, but her Regency mysteries are pretty interesting - I liked The Reluctant Widow.  Heyer's one of those authors that is regaining notoriety as her books are being republished.  If you tire of mysteries, try out her other novels - they're fantastic.

Finally, Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters is hilarious.  The mystery is moderately obvious, but the plot is funny and intriguing - especially made so by the heroine, Amelia Peabody.  Crocodile on the Sandbank is the first in a huge series, but this first novel is very easily a stand-alone. 

None of these are Christian-oriented.  They're all clean mysteries (with romance).  I tried to think of a good Christian mystery, up to the standards of secular mysteries, and just couldn't think of any.  I guess that's sort of an empty field - except for maybe Ted Dekker.  But they're more along the lines of Action/Adventure.

Date Posted: 6/15/2009 7:49 PM ET
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I loved Brandilyn Collins' mysteries in her Kanner Lake Series but also has others as well that I have read yet but plan on reading.  These were very good and I didn't want to put them down!

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Date Posted: 6/17/2009 9:22 AM ET
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Try Katherine Hall Page and her Faith Fairchild books.  The Body in the Belfry is the first.  It is a series and I'm a read it in order person.  In this case I think it shows the development of Faith from a newlywed minister's wife to a strong member of the community.  

This is classified as a cozy mystery - check out the mystery and thriller forums.  Ask for suggestions on cozies and you won't have enough room in the house for the books.

Cizies are normally PG and PG 13.  They might mention that a body has been found, maybe a pool of blood around the body but in the majority they're good, clean reading material.      

Date Posted: 6/19/2009 7:08 PM ET
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I second Robert Whitlow!  I view him as a John Grisham of sorts. :)

Date Posted: 6/24/2009 3:15 PM ET
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Eric Wilson, Steven James, Tim Downs, Randy Singer, Ted Dekker, Robert Liparulo.

Eric Wilson's "Aramis Black" series is very good mystery series. So far there are only 2, but they are great! PG

Steven James' "Patrick Bowers" series is also top notch. PG-13

Tim Downs' books are also good mysteries. PG

Randy's books are sort of court-room-ish. I've only read one or two, and they were really good. PG

Dekker and Liparulo aren't necessarily mystery authors (more like thrillers) but they are excellent and I can never resist throwing their names out. :) PG-13

Hope you find something you like!