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Subject: Favorite Mystery Writers
Date Posted: 6/26/2007 10:46 PM ET
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Who are your favorite mystery authors?

Mine are Agatha Christie, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Carolyn Keene.

Date Posted: 6/28/2007 9:32 PM ET
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The Roberts...

Uh, Robert B Parker and Robert Crais.  Their writing is very similar, although Crais is more descriptive, colorful and better characcter dialog.

Date Posted: 6/29/2007 3:48 PM ET
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Definitely Sandra Brown and Karin Slaughter. I'm just now getting into J D Robb's "In death" series too so i'm sure she will be high on my list :-)

Date Posted: 6/30/2007 1:36 PM ET
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Erle Stanley Gardner (Perry Mason), Rex Stout (Nero Wolfe), Dorothy Sayers (Lord Peter Wimsey), Ngaio Marsh (Superintendent Allyn), Rita Mae Brown, Lilian Jackson Braun, Patricia Sprinkle, Susan Wittig Albert & Kathy Lynn Emerson.

Date Posted: 7/3/2007 1:26 PM ET
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Nora Roberts writing as J.D. Robb has one of the best series going.  Her "In Death" books are the type you just can't put down once you start reading them.   So far, there are over 20 books in the series. 

They all feature Lt. Eve Dallas and follow her through various cases she handles in NYC.  They take place in the mid-2050s and really make you think about what things may be like in a few years.

Date Posted: 8/4/2007 9:44 AM ET
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Mary Higgins Clark, Carol Higgins Clark, James Patterson, Harlan Coben, Carlene Thompson.

Date Posted: 8/4/2007 12:32 PM ET
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Lisa Scottoline, Karin Slaughter - I didn't realize how many of thier books I'd read until I started posting them here!

James Patterson and Greg Iles are excellent too, along with some of Stuart Woods.

Date Posted: 8/4/2007 1:57 PM ET
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Ngaio Marsh, Eizabeth George, Patricia Moyes, Minette Walters, Val McDermid, Peter Robinson, Charles Todd are a few that I will read anything they write.

Date Posted: 8/4/2007 3:02 PM ET
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Ian Rankin, Agatha Christie, M.C. Beaton, John Grisham, Steve Berry

Date Posted: 8/5/2007 11:07 AM ET
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First of all, please forgive any spelling or grammar errors, I am typing fast and not proofing very well.

Some of my favorites:

Dick Francis, Faye Kellerman (Peter & Rinna Lazerous series), Jonathon Kellerman (Alex Delaware series), Carol Nelson Douglas (Midnight Louie), Pat Cornwell, early works of Lillian Jackson Braun (Cat Who series),  Linda Barnes (The Carlotta Carlyle series) and I'm sure I'm missing some.

I began with Agatha Christy, Arthur Conan Doyle, etc but the above are my fav contempory writers for now!!

Date Posted: 8/5/2007 1:40 PM ET
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Mine  are  James Patterson, Michael Connelly, Jillane Hoffman  just to name a few.

Happy reading


Date Posted: 8/5/2007 8:05 PM ET
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Hard to nail down just a few--there are so many newer writers that I'm starting to get into. Can't really call them favorites yet afer reading just a few books by them. But time-tested favorites...

Old favorites: Ellis Peters, Agatha Christie, John Le Carre, Martha Grimes, Ian Rankin, Ed McBain, Colin Dexter, Peter Tremayne, Sue Grafton, M.C. Beaton.

Up and comers: Rhys Bowen, Stephen Booth, Deborah Crombie, Peter Robinson, Henning Mankell, Candace Robb, Alan Gordon....oh, I'd better stop! LOL


Date Posted: 8/9/2007 5:00 PM ET
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Dick Francis, Jonathan Kellerman, John Dunning, Patricia Cornwell

Date Posted: 8/9/2007 5:34 PM ET
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Tony Hillerman, Mary Jane Clark,, Iris Johansen, Sue Henry

Date Posted: 8/14/2007 10:24 AM ET
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If you are in the mood for a twist to your mystery try Diane Mott Davidson - she writes "culinary mysteries" ... I always end up hungry while reading them!

Date Posted: 8/17/2007 10:11 PM ET
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Faye and Jonathan Kellerman, Richard North Patterson, Stuart Woods...I swear there must be others, but that's all my brain can conjure at the moment!


Date Posted: 8/18/2007 7:42 PM ET
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Tammy -- I just finished Jilliane Hoffman's new book. SO GOOD. There is no new US release. I tracked one down online I wanted to read it that badly ;)

Date Posted: 8/20/2007 12:53 AM ET
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MMMM!  Ngaio Marsh... I didn't know anybody still read these books.  I have a ton of them I haven't looked at for years.  Probably should get them out and re-read them and then post them.

Date Posted: 8/20/2007 6:43 AM ET
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Georgia, I read the Marsh books and other "vintage" mysteries.  I think others do, too.  Post those books!!  :->

Date Posted: 8/22/2007 2:15 AM ET
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Lisa Jackson,Lisa Gardner,Karin Slaughter,Patricia Cornwell,Tess Gerritsen,Kay Hooper...for a start..there are just soooo many authors I like!

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Date Posted: 8/26/2007 8:35 PM ET
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My favorite: George Pelecanos.  Dennis Lehane, Andrew Vachss, Karin Slaughter, Harlan Coban, Jeff Abbott, Lee Child, Michael Simon, Vicki Hendricks, Nicola Griffith, T. Jefferson Parker & Charlie Huston are interesting.  I am always looking for new books in the "noir" genre.

Date Posted: 8/26/2007 8:41 PM ET
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Chris, one of the best "noir" books I've ever read was written in the 1950s by Frederic Brown, called "The Fabulous Clipjoint."  I can't say enough good things about this book!  The only bad thing about it is that I had a REALLY hard time finding it.

Date Posted: 8/26/2007 8:43 PM ET
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My favorite author is George Pelecanos. I am always looking for books that could be defined as being in  the "noir" genre. I read Andrew Vachss, Dennis Lehane, Karin Slaughter, Harlan Coben, Vicki Hendricks, Nicola Griffith, Jeff Abbott, Michael Simon, Charlie Huston, Walter Mosley, Michael Connelly and many others.

Date Posted: 8/26/2007 8:47 PM ET
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Sorry for the double post, I didn't think my first one went up until I figured out the format. Thanks for the suggestion; I will look for the book.

Date Posted: 8/27/2007 6:45 PM ET
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If you like your mysteries on the lighter side (a la Carl Haiison) Brian Wiprud is a good choice.  I've just finished his books Pipsqeak and Stuffed, and they're pretty fun.