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Subject: Would like suggestions from mystery readers
Date Posted: 2/21/2010 10:37 PM ET
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I know a lot of you read other genres.  I would like to find some more mysteries like the P.J. Tracy (Monkeewrench) series I just finished, or the Julia Spencer-Fleming (Clare Fergusson / Russ Van Alstyne) series, or the J.D. Robb In Death books.  Those are really the only ones I've found that I count the days till the next book comes out and that I keep to reread.  I also loved the Harper Connolly and the Lily Bard mysteries by Charlaine Harris but those series are finished and they seem to be unique.  At least as far as I can discover.

I guess the common threads in these series are:

1. Police procedurals primarily

2.Little to no time spent in the head of the killer (except for the In Death books, which push it for me sometimes, but I'm hooked anyway.)  I don't mind reading about serious, even ugly,  things, I just don't want to be in a psycho's head to do it.

3. Humor

4. A good dose of hot romance with Spencer-Fleming and Robb, some mild but very enjoyable romance with Tracy. 

Does anyone have any ideas?

Oh, and edited to say, nothing where the author suddenly decides to kill off a main character that I have gotten all attached to.



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Date Posted: 2/21/2010 10:52 PM ET
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I'm sorry I don't have any suggestions for you but I do hope other people chime in here because I'd love to find more like the In Death series. I love that series. I listened to all of them in a row on audio and did not once get bored or irritated, a first for me. I also loved Harper Connolly. Sorry that series is over, but I do like it when a series reaches a conclusion. I like trilogies for that reason.

I will have to try the other authors you mentioned. 

 

 

Date Posted: 2/21/2010 11:30 PM ET
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You might like the April Woo books by Leslie Glass.  April is a detective and there is an ongoing romance throughout the series with a fellow detective.  It's probably going to fall short of sex for you, so you may not like that, but it's an engaging series for fans of female detectives.

Kay Hooper has a series featuring an FBI team, that I would characterize as romantic suspense with a paranormal twist.  I think Catherine Coulter has something similar.

Date Posted: 2/21/2010 11:31 PM ET
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Oops!  double post!



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Date Posted: 2/22/2010 12:25 AM ET
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Linda Lael Miller's Mojo Sheepshanks character. She only has Deadly Gamble and Deadly Deceptions out, but they are very good. Wendy Robert's Ghost Duster Mysteries. She only had three out so far, but they are fun reads, with a little murder and mayhem thrown in. Both theses series deal with women who can see and talk to dead people. They both have hotties that they are trying to be in relationships with. Karen Rose's are pretty graphic and have high body count, so you might not like that. Have you considered Jeff Deaver and his Lincoln Rhyme series, him and Amanda Sachs have kinda of a hot thing going as well as solving some good crime along the way. Start with the Bone Collector to get a feel for their relationship. Although they too are graphic. You also might try J. A. Konrath, his Jack Daniels books are pretty hilarous. She is a Chicago cop with a badge, a bad attitude and some really nice pumps, so you had better not make her run in them. Konrath's humor doesn't appeal to everybody, but I can't get enough of it. The books are Rusty Nail, Bloody Mary, Whiskey Sour, Dirty Martini, Fuzzy Navel and Cherry Bomb.



Last Edited on: 2/22/10 12:26 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 2/22/2010 8:34 AM ET
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Well I read romance and mystery and here's some mystery series that I love:

The Jack Reacher books by Lee Child

John Sandford's Lucan Davenport and Virgil Flowers books. Virgil is hilarious. Lucas isn't all that likeable from a woman's perspective at first but he grows on you.

The Gabriel Allon books by Daniel Silva

For a strong comedic aspect: MC Beatons Hamish Macbeth and Agatha Raisin series.

The Tess Monaghan books by Laura Lippman

The Walt Langmire books by Ridley Pearson

I also like the FBI series by Catherine Coulter. 

Date Posted: 2/22/2010 11:46 AM ET
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I really liked Tami Hoag's Kovac/Liska books - Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust, and Prior Bad Acts.

Date Posted: 2/22/2010 11:54 AM ET
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I like Julie Garwood's Buchanan-Renard books.  Also mentioned above.. Lee Child (Jack Reacher series); John Sandford (Lucas Davenport and Virgil Flowers series).  Lisa Jackson's New Orlean's series is good, but may not be to your taste.  It's been a few years since I read her series.

Date Posted: 2/22/2010 2:51 PM ET
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Thanks for the suggestions, everyone. I made a list.  I like to read synopses and reviews to get a feel for a series and then try some.  What I call fun!

Date Posted: 2/22/2010 5:36 PM ET
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Have you read Sue Grafton's series that starts with A  is for Alibi? not a lot of romance but I read a lot of these til I sorta burned out.

Date Posted: 2/23/2010 2:11 PM ET
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Karen Rose's are pretty graphic and have high body count, so you might not like that.

Unless you are into gratuitous violence, don't read Karen Rose.  After reading a second book by her, I gave up.  She has a nasty habit of getting you to like a character and then she kills them off in a rather violent manner.

Date Posted: 2/23/2010 6:10 PM ET
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One of my favorite mysteries/romances is an Agatha Christie novel called The Moving Finger.  No love making in it, but there are 2 relatively off beat characters that fall in love during the course of 2 murders in a small town.  The story is told from the hero's point of view.  There's a secondary romance as well and the murderees? are unlikable characters.  Miss Marple cameos towards the end.  Most of Agatha Christie is pure "cozy" mystery, but I've listened/read this one again and again.  Apparently it was also one of Christie's favorites as well.

Date Posted: 2/23/2010 6:37 PM ET
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I love the old Agatha Christie mysteries. 

Date Posted: 3/7/2010 12:51 AM ET
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Is there a romantic interest in the monkeewrench series? I'm finally getting the characters straight and I'm over halfway though.too many cops!

Date Posted: 3/7/2010 1:28 AM ET
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There is, but it doesn't really become part of the storyline until the second book.  She's one of the suspects in book one and the detective behaves professionally. The sex is only implied and the romance is mild (though the detective's feelings are not) and not the main focus of the story.

edited to make clear that the sex and everything else takes place after book one.  After book one I had a feeling that something would come of their meeting each other, and that is verified as book two opens.



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Date Posted: 3/7/2010 1:59 AM ET
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How about Hank Phillippi Ryan?   Her recent one is up for an Agatha Award.

Prime Time

Date Posted: 3/7/2010 2:05 AM ET
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I have all the Ryan books on my TBR.  I guess I need to dig them out.

Date Posted: 3/7/2010 2:14 AM ET
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They are not police procedurals.  But smart women who are not cozy.

Date Posted: 3/7/2010 3:09 AM ET
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Sounds promising!

Date Posted: 3/7/2010 3:26 AM ET
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I have 2 by Ryan both were harlequin next titles..only read the first but it was good..not sure why I didnt go ahead with the 2nd but guess I got sidetracked with something else.

just finished Monkeewrench and whoo whee what a friggin' roller coaster ride the last 50 pages or so! and what's weird is it's who I suspected early in the book..will probably read the next eventually but dont' know if I'll check it out right away. it's not more graphic is it? with everyone fighting for their lives at the end?!

Date Posted: 3/7/2010 2:21 PM ET
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Amy, that's my favorite Christie too. Did you know that there's more than one version? The version published in the US is considerably shorter - she edited it for a magazine, IIRC. I was lucky enough to get to read the UK version -- my library had it -- and it was fascinating to see the differences. Have been wanting to get a copy for years (the damn library discarded it) but I don't know how to make sure I get the right thing, since they have the same title. One of these days I will go to England and buy one there. :-)

Back to the topic - I just started Dana Stabenow's series with Fire and Ice. I think it would fit most of the criteria, though not so much with the procedural. I enjoyed it and got the next book.