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Subject: who's good in the mystery/romance dept.?
Date Posted: 5/18/2008 8:02 PM ET
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I like mystery/romance novels like Tami Hoag or Linda Howard?  Any other authors out there I need to be aware of?  I'm new to this site, but I think it is GREAT!  Look forward to any and all author suggestions.

Subject: Mystery/romance
Date Posted: 5/18/2008 9:41 PM ET
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I am new to this site also. Nora Roberts and Jayne Ann Krentz also write romantic suspense. Sandra Brown's later books also qualify as romantic suspense.  I just read Angel's Fall by Nora Roberts and Light in Shadow by Jayne Ann Krentz. I enjoyed them.


If you like historical romances, Lisa Kleypas, Mary Jo Putney, Mary Balogh, and Jo Beverley are terrific authors etc.

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Date Posted: 5/18/2008 10:24 PM ET
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I am also a great fan of Linda Howard (mostly her older stuff) so you might like Marilyn Pappano.  Also check out Anne Stuart's "Ice" Series.  I've also really enjoyed Suzanne Enoch's contemporary series involving Samantha and Rick (A Touch of Minx, Billionaires Prefer Blondes, etc).  She apparently also writes a lot of historical romances, but I've not read those.

I'm not into historical romances but I too love Lisa Kleypas!   Excellent!



Subject: Romance/ Mystery
Date Posted: 5/19/2008 8:55 AM ET
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Lisa Kleypas has 2 comtemorary novels. Sugar Daddy and Blue Eyed Devil. 


I have never read anything by Linda Howard. Any particular books I should start with? 

Date Posted: 5/19/2008 4:30 PM ET
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Have you ever read Barbara Michaels' books? A little older, but still good. My favorite of hers is House of Many Shadows.

Date Posted: 5/20/2008 9:50 AM ET
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With this Ring andDon't Look Back by Amanda Quick are romance/suspense that get good ratings.

Murder At Blue Falls by Maggie Bishop is Mystery/romantic suspense

In the Arms of the Enemy by Patricia A. Guthrie

This one looks cute Murder, Mayhem, and a Fine Man by Amanda Bell Brown

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Date Posted: 5/20/2008 4:14 PM ET
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I always enjoyed Barbara Michaels a great deal.  She is also Elizabeth Peters.  I think her real name is something else.  Good to have a few spares, I guess.

Now the Barbara Michaels books could get a little formulaic so I wouldn't read them strung together, but the best were very good.

Date Posted: 5/20/2008 6:08 PM ET
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2 of my favorite Barbara Michaels are Vanish with the Rose and The Dancing Floor.

Nora Roberts is excellent.  She also writes a futuristic police procedural/romance series.  It starts with Naked in Death.

Date Posted: 5/21/2008 3:09 PM ET
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Some other authors you might want to look at are:

  1. Kay Hooper
  2. Sharon Sala
  3. Mary Lynn Baxter
  4. Catherine Coulter
  5. Karen Harper
Date Posted: 5/21/2008 7:45 PM ET
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Grace, LInda Howard has several good books. for more 'romance' her Mackenzie series is really good - originally silhouette IM - mackenzie's mountain, mackenzie's mission, mackenzie's pleasure, mackenzie's magic, and game of c hance but some are harder to find.

Her books, All the Queen's Men, Mr. Perfect, and Kill & Tell were really good - the guy in all the queen's men is introduced in kill & tell and there's a book that comes after all the queen's men where the same guy is supposedly mentioned again but haven't read that yet.

amanda quick's ''don't look back' I *think* is the 2nd in a series - I just read the 1st and of course can't think of the title and 'late for the wedding' I think is the 3rd. I still 'need' to get the 2nd and 3rd books but the 1st one I just read yesterday and liked it a lot. ETA: slightly shady is the 1st book!

Merline Lovelace writes well also and has a Cleo North trilogy that I enjoyed - the first mistake, the middle sin, and the last bullet.

Tara Janzen has a nice series as well though the 5th and 6th stories I didn't enjoy as well as the first 4 - crazy hot, crazy cool, crazy wild, crazy kisses, crazy love, crazy sweet then 2 'loose' books came after that tie in some characters. these aren't as 'suspenseful' as Hoag, etc.

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Date Posted: 5/22/2008 2:09 PM ET
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If you like romance and mysteries together, then you should definitely read some of Karen Rose's books. I've two have another on my TBR. She's great! Surprise twists keep you interested and they're romantic at the same time. She's an excellent author (IMHO).

Date Posted: 5/26/2008 2:05 PM ET
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Definitely agree with an above poster! Jayne Ann Krentz and many of Nora Roberts books all have the romance/mystery theme.

I particularly loved Jayne Ann Krentz's Eclipse Bay trilogy and Nora Robert's Keys Trilogy.

Date Posted: 5/26/2008 3:20 PM ET
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An unheralded mystery writer is Edna Buchanon. She started as a crime beat newsreporter in Florida and then switched to mystery writting. Disclaimer: I have not read her mysteries, but I did read her first 2 books which were about her career as a crime beat reporter. I enjoyed those, so I figure here mysteries should be good too. Why haven't I read them? I prefer to read nonfiction. i would rather read about things that happened.

Another mystery writter popular among women is Alexander McCall Smith. He writes about a ladies detective agency. 

Date Posted: 5/26/2008 5:03 PM ET
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I liked Penny McCall's All Jacked Up! and Tag, You're It.   Her newest one will be Ace is Wild.

Date Posted: 5/26/2008 5:26 PM ET
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Penny McCall, Joanne Ross, Cherry Adair, Lisa Jackson, Gennita Low. Heather Graham and Catherine Coulter's Contemporaries. 

Shannon McKenna & Lora Leigh-but be warned they write very graphic sex scenes. So if you don't like that, skip them.

Date Posted: 5/26/2008 6:24 PM ET
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WOW!  Thanks for all the suggestions.  I will definitely be looking for some of these authors when I order new books.

Date Posted: 5/30/2008 7:42 PM ET
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These are billed as historical mysteries but they have an on-going romance: the Sebastian St. Cyr series by CS Harris.  He's a reluctant Viscount, only surviving son and heir to an Earldom he doesn't want.  He's hopelessly in love with an actress/courtesan who loves him as well but won't marry him because of their class differences.  He investigates murders in Regency era England.