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Subject: The Last 5 GREAT Mysteries You Read?
Date Posted: 9/8/2007 8:55 PM ET
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If you can't think of 5, than any number is fine :)

I'd love to hear what the last couple of mysteries you read that you'd rated over a B+ were, and maybe a sentence or so why? Just a title & author are great though. Let's get these suggestions rolling!

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Date Posted: 9/9/2007 12:11 AM ET
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OK, These were the last 5 (or so) mysteries I read that rated at least 4* (I rate on the traditional 5* system).

  • A Blush with Death  &  Glossed and Found by India Ink (2nd and 3rd books in the Bath & Body series).  I like the new age attitude in these books and they were very "un-put-downable" (I made up a new word LOL).   I read BOTH of them in one weekend.
  • Dead Run by P.J. Tracy - I have loved every book so far in the Monkeewrench series by P.J. Tracy, which features a group of eccentric software programmers and a couple of police detectives from Minneapolis (and their friends from small town police forces in rural Minnesota and Wisconsin).  ALL of the books in the series have great suspense and humor.   Dead Run has been the best of the series so far.
  • Alpine for You, Top O'the Mournin' and Pasta Imperfect by Maddy Hunter (the 1st three books in the Passport to Peril series).    I get to laugh, travel the world and enjoy a good mystery - who could ask for more?
  • The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield - Yes, this IS a mystery although most people think of it as a novel.   It's kind of a gothic mystery with some good red herrings in the story.    You'll especially love it if you are a reader of classic British love stories (Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters,etc.)
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death comes as epiphany-----------sharan newman

death by station wagon---------jon katz

died blonde---nancy j. cohen

murder on the iditarod trail--------sue henry

indigo slam---------robert crais




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Date Posted: 9/9/2007 12:01 PM ET
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gosh, thre were 6 by the same author - 5 from one series and 1 from the newest series:

Victoria Laurie's psychic eye and ghost hunters. both series have a funny lead character and her writing is really c can really see the ch aracters saying/doing what she writes. these are sorta 'cozies'. In the ghost hunter one (what's a ghoul to do) she 's more 'equal' with a gay partner..not sure if htat will stay or not. In the psychic eye series she's by herself til her boyfriend and his partner become her friends but she still pretty much acts alone.

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Fog of Doubt (Christianna Brand) -- A well-written classic "puzzle" mystery that had lots of atmosphere and kept me guessing.

Death of a Bore (M. C. Beaton) -- Engaging characters and a plot that really moved along.

The Silent Speaker (Rex Stout) -- It featured one of my favorite detectives, Nero Wolfe.  What more can I say?

The Fashion in Shrouds (Margery Allingham) -- Another mystery classic, with interesting characterization and an appearance by detective Albert Campion's very fashionable and equally eccentric sister.

The Red House Mystery (A. A. Milne) -- The only mystery written by the Winnie the Pooh author and it made me wish for more.  His detective was unusual and appealing within the setting of the classic 1920s/1930s British country house mystery.

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Date Posted: 9/10/2007 10:12 AM ET
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These are the five that stick in my memory most.  I did write reviews on each of them. 

Remembering Sarah by Chris Mooney.  This one is still haunting me.  He is an author that was new to me but I'll read anything he writes now.  I truly didn't see this ending coming.  I loved it..

Folly by Laurie King.  Different from what I expected and from her other books.  Almost more novel than mystery although plenty of tension and drama.  Incredible glimpse of severe depression and yet hopeful and healing, not dismal at all.

Indelible by Karin Slaughter.   The most recent I've read of this series.  Any of the previous ones could be on this list for me, too.

The Dream of the Broken Horses by William Bayer.  This was a fascinating look at forensic art coupled with a good mystery.

What Came Before He Shot Her by Elizabeth George.  I love George and have read all of her titles.  This one was different than the others in that it fully developed the life of the boy who was the accused in the previous book.  I felt totally immersed in his culture, personal history and inevitability of his reactions and responses.

I sort of wish I kept an ongoing log of some kind of what I've read, especially with a question like this.  I had to browse through my shelves to remember.  Great discusstion topic, by the way, Stephanie!  I can't wait to see the rest of the responses.  I'm sure I'll see some new ones that I'll want to read.


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Date Posted: 9/10/2007 12:03 PM ET
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Let's see...most recently...and these I graded either A or A+:

Sacred Cows by Karen E. Olson (first in series about a newspaper crime beat reporter in New Haven CT...funny, raucous, NOT a cozy, though--lotsa cussin' and attitude. LOL)

The Leper's Bell by Peter Tremayne (thirteenth in the Sister Fidelma series, historical mysteries set in Ireland in 660's A.D.)

Bangkok Tattoo by John Burdett (police procedural set in Bangkok, Thailand...and another "not cozy," very gritty but excellent!)

The Nicholas Feast by Pat MacIntosh (second in historical series featuring Gil Cunningham, a lawyer set in 1492 Glasgow, Scotland)

Dressed For Death by Donna Leon (third in the Commisario Guido Brunetti Italian police procedural series)




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Date Posted: 9/14/2007 12:49 PM ET
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the husband by dean koontz

the innocent by harlan coben

promise me by harlan coben

the quickie by james patterson

hush by anne frasier


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Date Posted: 9/14/2007 5:22 PM ET
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The Appentice - Tess Garritsen (currently reading and have trouble putting it down)

Harvest - Tess Garritsen (a medical mystery which always captures my interest)

The Empty Chair -  Jeffrey Deaver  ( an excellent read)

Immoral - Brian Freeman

Older ones:  Ashes To Ashes & Dust to Dust - Tami Hoag ( more 'can't put down' books)


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Date Posted: 9/26/2007 11:08 AM ET
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On What Grounds by Cleo Coyle

Alipine For You by Maddy Hunter

The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen

The Apprentice by Tess Gerritsen