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Subject: What are these authors like?
Date Posted: 4/19/2009 1:32 PM ET
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I have picked up a lot of authors to try from reading this forum.   I have Outlander that I just received.   I have read the 1st in the series for Jeffrey Deaver and Faye Kellerman.  Hoping to start the Harry Bosch series (also recommended here) when I can get a darn credit - spend them as quickly as I receive them.  I even resorted to buying one for a WL Book that came up unexpectedly.   I am an addict.

I am seeing a lot of Alex Kava and Elizabeth George on bookshelfs.  What are these authors like? 

I love the pace of Patterson books.  Harlan Coben is a standby for me.  Evanovich, Grafton are my easy reads when I am ready for something familiar.

My TBR has about 20 books in it.  All ones that I will definitely read.  So, I really don't need more authors to seek out.  Especially, where credits are not collecting dust in my account.  But, I have to look, right?



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Date Posted: 4/19/2009 5:20 PM ET
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I have never read Alex Kava but I love Elizabeth George.  Her Lynley/Havers series of British procedural mysteries is excellent.  It really helps to read these books in order.

Date Posted: 4/20/2009 9:07 AM ET
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LeeAnne,

I put the first Lynley book on my reminder list.  Thanks for the good review.  I have to read a series in order so, that works for me.  I have found myself in a middle of a series not knowing it before and it really ruins it for me.

Thanks,

Susan

Date Posted: 4/20/2009 1:11 PM ET
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I enjoyed most of Alex Kava's ongoing series - it's been a while now but I think the 'heroine' is Maggie O'Dell who is FBI/profiler type. Excellent series. I read one of her stand-alones and didn't quite enjoy it. I haven't read her in a while because - of all things - my old (really old) computer wouldn't support a lot of websites, Kava's included, so I lost track of her latest releases. But I do recommend the O'Dells. I don't have the list of the Maggie O'Dells as I lost my reading database when my old computer crashed last summer, but I'm sure the author's website lists them.

I haven't read Elizabeth George yet.

 

Date Posted: 4/20/2009 1:34 PM ET
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I've found that for me, Alex Kava is a hit or miss if I like the book or not.  I do like Elizabeth George, but it takes me awhile to read her books.  These days I've been into quick easy reads.

Date Posted: 4/20/2009 1:58 PM ET
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Melani,

Who would you compare Elizabeth George too?  My quick reads are Grafton & Evanovich.  Familar and easy main character.   Although, I have to say the T for Trespass was more intense for Grafton and I loved it.  Recharged the series for me.

Pioneervalleygirl,

I didn't even know Alex was a girl.  



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Date Posted: 4/20/2009 2:13 PM ET
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Susan, Elizabeth George always reminds me of Ngaio Marsh and P.D. James.

Date Posted: 4/21/2009 8:45 PM ET
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I like Alex Kava's books a lot but they can be a little dark.

Date Posted: 4/22/2009 11:41 AM ET
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Brian Freeman is a new author to me.  I just finished his new release, In the Dark.  It was an enjoyable mystery to read and had a nice pace to it.  The main character is Jonathon Strider and I believe there are several books with this character.  I'm checking with my library!!

Date Posted: 4/22/2009 1:55 PM ET
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Melani, I haven't read Ngaio Marsh or P.D. James.  Lots of different authors for me to check out.

Crystal, I like a good dark one once and awhile.  So, I think I will put Alex on my Reminder List.

Margaret, I will check out Brian Freeman.  Thanks for the suggestion.  I love finding a new author.

Thanks everyone!



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Date Posted: 4/22/2009 7:45 PM ET
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You know who else does neat little mysteries but they may be OOP - haven't checked if there are any copies here: Connie Feddersen. She did the "Dead In the......" series some time back.

Date Posted: 4/28/2009 11:14 PM ET
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Susan, I love alex Kava. She can be a little dark but I enjoy that once in a while. You should try Cody McFayden. They are Shadowman, The Face of Death, and the Darker Side ( in that order). Enjoy
Date Posted: 4/29/2009 9:10 AM ET
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Julie,

Dark sounds good. :)  I put the first Alex Kava book on my reminder list.  I wrote down Cody McFayden as a potential.  Not sure where I got the name.  But, hearing it again, I will add that as well.

Thanks!

Date Posted: 4/29/2009 11:33 PM ET
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I read Cody McFadden's 1st and have the 2nd on my bookshelf TBR.  Be aware that there is very graphic violence, I am not normally squeamish but the 1st one really got me in several spots and I have read reviews tha the 2nd is the same way or even moreso.

I'm going to check out Brian Freeman too. 

Be sure and read the Licoln Rhyme series by Jeffrey Deaver, excellent!!