Discussion Forums - Mystery & Thrillers

Topic: Tony Hillerman

Club rule - Please, if you cannot be courteous and respectful, do not post in this forum.
  Unlock Forum posting with Annual Membership.
Subject: Tony Hillerman
Date Posted: 8/29/2012 9:12 PM ET
Member Since: 4/5/2012
Posts: 1
Back To Top

Does anyone have any suggestions for authors that write like Tony Hillerman?

Date Posted: 8/30/2012 2:45 AM ET
Member Since: 7/29/2008
Posts: 1,520
Back To Top

It's  been years since I read Hillerman, but you might check out Kirk Mitchell, Margaret Coel and Aimee/David Thurlo.

Date Posted: 9/2/2012 6:36 PM ET
Member Since: 8/11/2006
Posts: 6,597
Back To Top

Here are a few Hillerman read-alikes I found on the Internet. Will admit that I've never heard of some of these authors....

  • Nevada Barr
  • Clive Cussler
  • Jean Hager
  • J.A. Jance
  • Sharyn McCrumb
  • Aimee and David Thurlo
  • James Doss
  • Jean Hager
  • Daniel Hecht
  • Richard Hoyt
  • Mardi Oakley Medwar
  • Dana Stabenow
  • John Straley
  • Mark T. Sullivan


Date Posted: 9/3/2012 1:18 PM ET
Member Since: 1/10/2009
Posts: 332
Back To Top

Ricahrd Martin Stern wrote half a dozen mysteries set in the Santa Fe area, three published before the Hillerman books became popuar and three after. The first three are Murder in the Walls, Death in the Snow, and You Don't Need an Enemy (not necessarily in that oirder). They feature Johnney Ortiz, an Indian/Hispanic police officer. The second three are Tangled Murders, Missing Men, and Interloper.

Brian Garfield wrote two good Southwestern ones: The Threepersons Hunt and Relentless.

I'm wondering how Sharyn Mc Crumb, Clive Cussler, and Richard Hoyt got on the list in the previous post, as I don't believe any of them have writrten anything that's set in the Southwest or has native American characters.

Date Posted: 9/5/2012 4:25 PM ET
Member Since: 8/10/2005
Posts: 4,602
Back To Top

I never know how to answer these types of questions...are you looking for someone who writes about similar things, similar region to what Tony Hillerman did--ie, Native American issues in the Southwest? Or are you looking for someone with a similar writing *style* to Hillerman but maybe writes about different types of characters or regions?


Date Posted: 9/8/2012 10:13 AM ET
Member Since: 2/25/2007
Posts: 13,991
Back To Top

I am wondering the same as Cheryl.....do you want Native American? Southwest only? anywhere? same kind of writing/characters?

strong involvement of folklore/mystical elements? (that might be where the Sharyn McCrumb rec came in)

Last Edited on: 9/8/12 10:15 AM ET - Total times edited: 1