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Subject: What are some good christian mystery novels?
Date Posted: 11/22/2007 8:43 PM ET
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I've read the Deadly Decor mysteries and am starting on the Ruby Taylor series by Sharon Dunn. What are some other ones in the chick lit and mystery genre?

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Date Posted: 11/22/2007 8:52 PM ET
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I love those 2 series you mentioned!! Did you know Ginny Aiken has a new series that just came out?

Other good ones i like are Mindy Starns Clark Smartchick series and her Million Dollar Mystery series, Lorena McCourtney's Ivy Malone Series and Peggy Darty's cozy Mystery Series. These aren't really chick lit and they're out of print but I also liked Patricia Rushford's Helen Bradley series.

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Date Posted: 11/24/2007 12:36 AM ET
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T. Davis Bunn is a good author. I haven't read his books for a few years because I haven't had time really to read. But his early stuff in the early 90s was really good. He later wrote some books with Janette Oke, another of my favorite Christian authors, but those aren't mysteries.

Frank Peretti's books are good. I'm thinking of This Present Darkness and Piercing the Darkness...both from the 90s as well.

Guess I need to follow this thread to bring me up to date on who has good stuff thesedays! :-)


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Date Posted: 11/24/2007 7:49 PM ET
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I  enjoy Dee Henderson's books such as the O'Malley series.. not exactly mystery, but kind of "thriller".

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Date Posted: 11/24/2007 9:16 PM ET
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I really like Terri Black(stock?) She has the Newpointe 9-1-1 series. Those are really good. And Randy Alcorn has 2 really great christian thrillers out.

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Date Posted: 11/24/2007 9:49 PM ET
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Brandilyn Collins is also a good mystery author.


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Date Posted: 11/25/2007 8:10 PM ET
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Here are some authors that haven't been mentioned yet.

Hannah Alexander also writes good Christian mysteries / thrillers (Hideaway Series, The Healing Touch Series, etc.).

I've also read some by Ron and Janet Benrey (Royal Tunbridge Series, Pippa Hunnechurch Series, Glory Be!, Gone to Glory). 

Another good author is Nicole Young who wrote "Love Me If You Must" (Patricia Amble Mystery Series).  The second Patricia Amble book is coming out next year.  BTW, I really enjoyed this book.  I highly recommend it.

Cyndy Salzmann wrote the Friday Afternoon Club Mystery Series (2 books so far).

Viriginia Smith wrote "Murder By Mushroom", which was pretty good.  I know, the title sounds funny.  LOL!

Gilbert Morris has a new mystery series out called Jacques and Cleo Cat Detectives (3 books so far).


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Date Posted: 11/27/2007 4:30 PM ET
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Teri Blackstock has several good mystery type series - the Newport 911 is very good.  Also, Tamera Alexander has a trilogy that's pretty good - not exactly mystery but has some of the element to it.


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Date Posted: 11/30/2007 2:01 PM ET
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Ted Decker?

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Date Posted: 12/1/2007 10:26 AM ET
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It's on my nightstand to read, but I just picked up The Prodigy by Alton Gansky.  Anyone read any by him?

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Date Posted: 12/1/2007 6:22 PM ET
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I recently read 'Nobody' by Creston Mapes - a very good mystery!  I had never read any of his books before, and was very pleasantly surpised.  It was a hard book to put down!  I will definitely look for more by this author.


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Date Posted: 12/1/2007 11:07 PM ET
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Wanda Dyson is excellent - oh and so is Colleen Coble.  I agree completely with Brandilyn Collins being great too!

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Date Posted: 12/3/2007 1:12 PM ET
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I have 2 or 3 of those inspired christian mystery novels on my bookshelf

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Date Posted: 12/3/2007 7:48 PM ET
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I always seem to forget about Colleen Coble. Her books are really good.


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Date Posted: 12/5/2007 11:03 AM ET
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I am also giving away "Bluegrass Peril" on my blog this week.  It is a Love Inspired Suspense by Virginia Smith and it is really good!  Just go leave a comment on my blog on that section and you are entered to win!


or click on the link in my signature :-)




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Date Posted: 12/7/2007 4:05 PM ET
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GREAT mysteries by Brandt Dodson !

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Date Posted: 12/21/2007 8:26 AM ET
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You should check out Sandy Dengler.  She writes mysteries.

Also, if you like a legal slant to them, then I would check out James Scott Bell.  His books might not be the typical mystery stuff, but they do come off with that feeling in the end.


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Date Posted: 12/27/2007 8:20 PM ET
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Colleen Coble is one of my favorites. And don't forget she also wrote several Love Inspired Suspense novels under her maiden name, Colleen Rhoads.

I also like Ginny Aiken, Claudia Mair Burney, Brandilyn Collins, Hannah Alexander, Elizabeth White (Fireworks was great), Christy Barrett's Hazardous Duty was pretty good. Also Guideposts has out a fairly new series called The Church Choir Mysteries.

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Date Posted: 12/28/2007 1:46 PM ET
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Try Hazardous Duty: A Novel by Christy Barritt. You can read more about it at http://www.amazon.com/Hazardous-Duty-Novel-Squeaky-Mysteries/dp/0825420164/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1198867475&sr=8-1.

This is her first book in the Squeaky Clean Mysteries series, and I've heard a lot of good things about it.

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Date Posted: 12/28/2007 9:22 PM ET
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Ted Dekker is excellent if you like mystery, suspense thrillers.  He has a few series and some stand alone books.  Try "Showdown" and "Blink". 

Right now I'm reading "Sinner" by Sharon Carter Rodgers.  It's the first I've read by her and I was caught right away.

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Date Posted: 12/31/2007 4:11 PM ET
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I just finished Storm Gathering by Rene Gutteridge (sp?) suspenseful and well written.  I'll look for others in her storm series.

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Date Posted: 12/31/2007 4:34 PM ET
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I have 2 on my shelf  Elixir author Davis Bunn and Shaiton's Fire author Jake Thoene

Jake Thoene also does The Last Chance Detectives for kids.  My kids enjoy the movies.

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Date Posted: 1/2/2008 1:12 PM ET
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I just posted a brand new release Christian mystery to my shelf--Skizzer by a AJ Kiesling. I thought it was a pretty good read.



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Date Posted: 1/2/2008 10:56 PM ET
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Marta Perry is excellent, I really enjoyed the Three Sisters Inn series set in Amish country. All of her books always end up as keepers for me.

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