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Subject: What are the BEST Mysteries of All Time?
Date Posted: 9/30/2010 9:57 PM ET
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I've started a list of "Must Read Mysteries," novels that epitomize how wonderful the genre can be from all eras.

I'd love help adding to this great list.

You can find it here....

http://www.paperbackswap.com/Read-Mysteries/list/2405/

Subject: Does Stieg Larsson belong on the list?
Date Posted: 10/1/2010 2:55 PM ET
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I put 'The Girl who Played with Fire" on there, but will it stand the test of time?

What other contemporary writers will be considered among the best?  Please feel free to suggest here or on the List I've started.

Here's the link:  http://www.paperbackswap.com/Read-Mysteries/list/2405/

Thanks,

MP

Date Posted: 10/3/2010 10:05 PM ET
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I went to add my all-time favorite mystery, and it was the first on your list!!   "And Then There Were None" by Agatha Christie will never be outdone!!  Great taste in books!

Subject: Agreed!
Date Posted: 10/5/2010 1:15 PM ET
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I think Agatha Christie is often overlooked but some of hers are near perfection.

What other Agatha Christies should we add?  I've only got two on there....

I need to find the title for one with a mysterious Mr. Brown, a really scary Christie....

Date Posted: 10/6/2010 11:05 AM ET
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"And Then There Were None" was the first Christie book I read.  That was 20 years ago (gasp).  It still remains my absolute favorite.

CR

Subject: Time Flies...
Date Posted: 10/7/2010 10:15 PM ET
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Carolyn, I am too familiar with that gasp when I realize that I can refer to something as happening decades ago! Ay-yi-yi.

If we remember a book decades after reading it, it's truly a classic!

Have you all ever read "The List of Adrien Messenger" ?  A classic in a similar vein, and a great movie starring George C. Scott.

Date Posted: 10/8/2010 1:29 PM ET
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I haven't read "The List of Adrien Messenger", but I'll add it to my TBR list cheeky

CR

Subject: Terrific COZY Mysteries???
Date Posted: 10/10/2010 5:13 PM ET
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What contemporary Cozies stand out from the crowd and should be added to the list of BEST Mysteries?

I love cozies but am having trouble picking the BEST.

You can add suggestions in this thread or right onto the slowly expanding list at this link:

http://www.paperbackswap.com/Read-Mysteries/list/2405/

Thanks,

MP

Date Posted: 10/10/2010 8:19 PM ET
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Tey's DAUGHTER OF TIME.

Subject: Daughter of Time
Date Posted: 10/11/2010 2:46 PM ET
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One of my all time favorites!!

Thanks valleygirl.

MP

Date Posted: 10/11/2010 9:31 PM ET
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For cozies I would nominate Dorothy Cannell's The Thin Woman. One of the best!

Subject: The Thin Woman
Date Posted: 10/14/2010 6:00 PM ET
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Though I've never read "The Thin Woman," I've heard it's terrific.

I'm adding it to my TBR list and the Best Mysteries list.

Thanks for the great suggestion. enlightened

MPcool

Subject: Patricia Cornwell
Date Posted: 10/20/2010 2:16 AM ET
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Just added Cornwell's great book on Jack the Ripper [Portrait of a Killer-Case Solved] to the list.

What else of Cornwell's should go on it?

I admit that i tired of her books after a few, but seems she should be represented, don't you think?

Date Posted: 10/22/2010 5:44 PM ET
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I would add The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins.  Just my two cents.

Subject: Good Author If You Haven't read
Date Posted: 10/23/2010 7:07 AM ET
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D.H.Dublin-Body Trace-Blood Poison- Freezer Burn -all 3 very good books.



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Subject: Great suggestion
Date Posted: 10/23/2010 3:00 PM ET
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Cele - great suggestion. I thought Woman in White was already on the list, but I'd missed it. Cindy- I've never read anything by Dublin. Thanks for introducing me to a new author and expanding the list of BEST mysteries. Plz feel free to suggest more! Or add them directly to the list here: http://www.paperbackswap.com/Read-Mysteries/list/2405/ Thanks. Philomene
Subject: New Great Books on the List
Date Posted: 10/26/2010 7:42 PM ET
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So much fun to check in on my list and find a bunch of new additions from another member.

I'm finding it a great way to build my list of next books to read!

You're welcome to visit the list of BEST mysteries (link below) and add your suggestions or just vote on the books listed so far.

Philomene

Date Posted: 11/5/2010 6:03 PM ET
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We're up to 104 novels listed at the BEST.

Any additions?  I know I'm still missing some obvious writers....

Date Posted: 11/21/2010 4:43 PM ET
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Subject: Great suggestions
Date Posted: 12/6/2010 10:36 AM ET
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Hi Tess,

Your list includes some of my favorites, like Iain Pears and Ellis Peters, and several authors I have never read.  

thanks for the suggestions - I'll add them in.

Date Posted: 12/10/2010 11:46 PM ET
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MP,   I love your Must-Read Mysteries list!  Good work in putting it together, Thanks!  smiley

Date Posted: 12/11/2010 2:04 PM ET
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Great list and since many of the books I've read or are the type I like, I added a few more. Forgot to put Colin Cotterill on there though.

Date Posted: 12/20/2010 9:12 PM ET
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Great additions to the list 

(and to my TBR list, too!)

I'll get Cotterill on the list too, unless you get there and add him first;-)

Date Posted: 2/2/2011 4:07 PM ET
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Did anyone mention The Bat by Mary Roberts Rinehart? An oldie but great!

Subject: Rinehart
Date Posted: 2/4/2011 6:33 PM ET
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I'm not only adding The Bat to the list - I'm going to find it to read also.

I really like Rinehart.

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