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Subject: Recommend a mystery...
Date Posted: 4/28/2009 4:39 PM ET
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Hey, I just wanted to know of some good mystery books out there.  I really like murder mystery books.  I'm not into super graphic novels, just a good mystery with a good story.  Length isn't an issue, just a good story with a good mystery. 

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Date Posted: 4/28/2009 6:00 PM ET
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There are so many good mysteries out there it would be impossible to list them all.  If you are just getting started in the genre and don't want to jump right in with the really graphic stuff, try Margaret Maron's Judge Deborah Knott series.  The first in the series is "The Bootleggers Daughter"

Right now I'm am reading "Whispers of the Bayou" by Mindy Starns Clark.  This the first I have read of hers. It's a  non-series.  No murders yet, but have a feeling there will be some uncovered, and it's a book I'm finding very difficult to put down. I just don't know why work and life "stuff" has to interfer with my reading time!

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Date Posted: 4/28/2009 7:02 PM ET
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  What kind of mysteries do you like? I'm not big into the really graphic or violent ones lately, I've become a fan of historical mysteries, as well as some cozy mysteries with differing themes.

Date Posted: 4/28/2009 9:41 PM ET
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One of my favorite non graphic mystery series is  The Gaslight series by Victoria Thompson. The first book in series is called  Murder on Astor Place.

I hope you will check it out.

Date Posted: 4/29/2009 7:16 AM ET
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It's almost impossible to just "recommend a mystery" without knowing what you like. Mystery runs the gamut from "tea and crumpets cozy mysteries" (which are light, easy reading without a lot of violence) to very graphic serial killer thrillers with lots of blood and guts and descriptions of murders and dead bodies, and everything in between. There are mysterys that are police procedurals, which have the main character being a cop chasing a murderer, and those with amateur sleuths, featuring a private investigator or an everyday citizen who often outwits the cops and solves the crime his/herself. There's the old time British village mysteries with the likes of Miss Marple, the elderly sleuth who solves crimes because she watches and observes things. There are sleuths who run tea shops, who are moms with young kids, who are grumpy old men. There are historical mysteries that take place in medieval times, in Roman times, during World War I, and again, everything in between.

Name a few authors or books you've liked or at least an idea of what style of books you enjoy reading and it will then be much easier to recommend others that are similar!


Date Posted: 4/29/2009 11:17 AM ET
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And then you have someone like me who is currently reading primarily Golden Age authors. I'd suggest anyone take their "Roots" in the genre by reading Christie, Wentworth or Sayers first.