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Subject: Women Slueths
Date Posted: 9/13/2010 12:19 PM ET
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Any reccommendations on good books, I absolutely LOVE Evanovich, but am all read up to 16....looking for another good author...

Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 9/13/2010 12:34 PM ET
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Depends what you like about Evanovich. If you don't need the over-the-top characters, try these authors: Margaret Maron, Nevada Barr, Dana Stabenow, Marcia Muller.

Subject: women slueths
Date Posted: 9/13/2010 6:25 PM ET
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like the over the top characters, but not necessary. I do however like the mix of humor, and suspense.  Thanks!!

Date Posted: 9/13/2010 6:41 PM ET
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Well, since I quit reading Evanovich halfway through book 8, perhaps I'm not the best person to recommend...LOL But I would second the suggestion of Margaret Maron (her Judge Deborah Knott series is excellent!) and also add Laura Lippmann with her Tess Monaghan series and Linda Barnes with Carlotta Carlyle series. They all have some humor in them, and are modern, independent women, great secondary characters and all have a very easy to read style, too. I'll probably think of more later, but that's off the top of my head.


Date Posted: 9/13/2010 7:43 PM ET
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I third the Deborah Knott series, one of my favorites.  You may also like the Kinsey Milhone series by Sue Grafton.  The Christina McMullen series by Lois Greiman has a little more humor.  The first book is Unzipped.

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Date Posted: 9/13/2010 8:14 PM ET
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JA Konrath's Jack Daniels series is good, there just aren't enough of them. I also found a new author with a female lead that I really like, Shane Gericke. First book is Blown Away.

Date Posted: 9/13/2010 9:38 PM ET
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Nancy Bush's Jane Kelly series is Plum-like, as is the Sofie Metropolis series by Tori Carrington. I recently read Wanna Get Lucky? by Deborah Coonts (wife of Stephen Coonts). It is as close to Evanovich as I've ever encountered. Lucky Stiff will be released next, followed by Damn Lucky.

Date Posted: 9/14/2010 7:45 AM ET
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Sarah Strohmeyers' Bubbles Yablonsky series is very Evanovich-esque. I think you would really enjoy that series. Donna Andrews' Meg Langslow series is not as action-packed or wacky as the Stephanie Plum books, but Meg has a crazy (and not stereotypically crazy) family that I really enjoy. I'm curious to hear what you read next and how you like it.
Date Posted: 9/14/2010 9:08 AM ET
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And, if you don't mind a man...the Stanley Hastings series by Parnell Hall is often lol funny.

Date Posted: 9/16/2010 9:59 PM ET
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Have you tried the Abby Cooper series by  Victoria Laurie?  Im reading the first book in this series, I like it and have heard alot of good things about this whole series.

Also..have you read any of the "Nerd" books by Vicky Lewis Thompson?   She found the first one to be so popular..she has written several more!

( Im reading "Nerds like it Hot" right now..and have about 4 more of this series on my tbr shelf )  they are very funny!

Date Posted: 9/17/2010 4:29 PM ET
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I can recommend Catherine Coulter's FBI series.  These are thrillers and I've never been able to put one down while reading them! She has a long back-list so it will keep you busy for awhile.  The main character's are a husband and wife FBI team. The first book in the series is "The Cove." There are 13 books in the series so far, the last one "Knockout" was just published this summer.

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Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 9/17/2010 5:33 PM ET
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Two of my favorites are historical mystery series. Rhys Bowen's Molly Muphy in turn of century NY, she is an Irish Immigrant and Victoria Thompson's Sarah Brandt 1890 NY.  Both very good.


Date Posted: 9/18/2010 11:17 PM ET
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I second the Bubbles books and anything by Victoria Laurie   Also try Gemma Halliday  /  LOVED her books!

another Hilarious/action packed series is:   by Toni McGee Causey     Charmed and Dangerous.  there are 3 in the series

Date Posted: 9/20/2010 9:58 AM ET
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You might want too check  Marcia Muller's  Sharon McCone series   or  Victoria Thompson Gaslight Series.

Subject: new author
Date Posted: 9/25/2010 6:20 PM ET
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If you like humorous cozy mysteries, I love Anne George's series.  The two sisters are always finding trouble.  To me, they are the laugh out loud kind of books.  I am reading Barbara Colley's series right now and so far, really good. 

Date Posted: 10/9/2010 10:18 PM ET
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I also like Janet Evanovich, Sue Gaffton, and some the others some others that may interest you are:

Linda Fairsteins Alesandra Cooper

G.A. McKevetts Savannah Reid

J.A. Jances Joanna Brady

Fern Michaels Sisterhood series

Stuart Woods Holly Barker

Susan Witting Alberts China Bayles

Date Posted: 10/10/2010 7:41 AM ET
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I also agree with Margaret Maron  as a fantastic read. (her Judge Deborah Knott series is excellent)

Judge Deborah Knott is a strong woman, with bits of insecurity,  It is set in North Carolina. She has a father who is an ex bootleger, 11 brothers, sisters in law, cousins, nephews, neices etc that add spice to the stories. Be sure to read them in order.  I was able to get most of them in audio format through Net Library.  C J Critt's narration is a wonderful addition to the flow of the stories. 

Date Posted: 12/12/2010 5:50 PM ET
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Date Posted: 12/12/2010 8:20 PM ET
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I like Laura Levine's Jaine Austin series-they are very funny and the main character is very likeable.