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flyjo9
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Re: Suggestions please



johanna49 wrote:
Mayumi wrote:
I just finished reading a new author (for me). Her name is Shirley Damsgaard. The heroine of her mystery series is about a reluctant psychic librarian named Ophelia. Although I found the whole psychic/witch thing a bit far-fetched, I liked Ophelia's character. Plus she's head librarian! I've just ordered book 2 and 3.

~Mayumi

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03-07-2007 05:40 PM
Thank you for the suggestion. The character sounds so good.


Well, I'm all for psychic witches so I will look Shirley up Thank you. Joan
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goldielocks
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Try the Kate Shugak series by Dana Stabenow and Jessie Arnold and the new Maxie series both by Sue Henry. Kate and Jessie take place in Alaska. Maxie is an older woman in a motorhome.
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mikenasatt
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A couple of series that have not been mentioned previously, and much less "mass market" than Grafton, Hillerman, and the like come to mind:

1. For very light reading, there is Kaminski's "Toby Peters" series, which is set in Hollywood in the 1930's and 40's. This is a very fun, easy-going series.

2. For a much darker, "hard-boiled" detective, try Jonathan Valin's "Harry Stoner" series. These are set in modern-day Cincinnati.
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mikenasatt wrote:
A couple of series that have not been mentioned previously, and much less "mass market" than Grafton, Hillerman, and the like come to mind:

1. For very light reading, there is Kaminski's "Toby Peters" series, which is set in Hollywood in the 1930's and 40's. This is a very fun, easy-going series.

2. For a much darker, "hard-boiled" detective, try Jonathan Valin's "Harry Stoner" series. These are set in modern-day Cincinnati.




Yes, Grafton has a new one out recently I think. I have read some of hers. I like them.
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Wrighty wrote:

PathFinder wrote:
Lisa Scottoline does the same thing, and she usually puts a note in the acknowledgement section of her books. I am not sure when those are offered, but think it's based on contributions to charities through a silent auction, or the like.




I didn't know that about either author. What a great idea! Janet Evanovich lets her fans contribute suggestions for her Stephanie Plum number series (One For the Money, etc.)and then chooses one (I'm not sure how) for the next new title each time. She also puts a note in her acknowledgement section. These are such good ways to get your fans involved.




I guess all authors are doing this now, because Tracy Cheviliar that is online now with her newest book Burning Bright said she did this also. She said this was very hard to accomplish in her book because she wrote in the era of 1800 England, and the person that won the contest was named Laura something, anyway she did fit her in to where her name sounded natural.
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Some regional books,
Archer Mayor writes cop fiction set in Brattleboro Vermont
Steve Hamilton has a series going set in the UP of Michigan
Steven White, main protagonist is a psychologist
James Patterson 1st to Die starts a series with a female detective he is up to 6
Kathy Reich main character is also a forensic anthropologist. The Fox TV series Bones is based on her books, don't watch the show but like the books.
etc. etc.
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My brother lives in Vermont and got our whole family hooked on Archer Mayor years ago. Some of the books were too heavy for me but my parents are still big fans.

There are several books set in Cincinnati by a local author named Lynn Hightower. I don't know if she has any recent titles, but she had 3 or 4 books in a series, and they were good.

If you like Kathy Reich's books, you might like books by Iris Johanson, too.
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kiakar
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Re: Suggestions please



maebee wrote:
Some regional books,
Archer Mayor writes cop fiction set in Brattleboro Vermont
Steve Hamilton has a series going set in the UP of Michigan
Steven White, main protagonist is a psychologist
James Patterson 1st to Die starts a series with a female detective he is up to 6
Kathy Reich main character is also a forensic anthropologist. The Fox TV series Bones is based on her books, don't watch the show but like the books.
etc. etc.




I love the James Patterson 1st to Die series. It is really compelling. It seems anyone who enjoys mysteries would love these.
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kiakar wrote:


maebee wrote:
Some regional books,
Archer Mayor writes cop fiction set in Brattleboro Vermont
Steve Hamilton has a series going set in the UP of Michigan
Steven White, main protagonist is a psychologist
James Patterson 1st to Die starts a series with a female detective he is up to 6
Kathy Reich main character is also a forensic anthropologist. The Fox TV series Bones is based on her books, don't watch the show but like the books.
etc. etc.




I love the James Patterson 1st to Die series. It is really compelling. It seems anyone who enjoys mysteries would love these.




I do love Mary HIggins Clarkk's mysteries. Alot of people like her daughter Carol Higgins Clark's books also. They are different from her Moms in a sullen way. It seems everything is just not tied up neat and tidy like her moms books are.
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Re: Be a character in Mary Higgins Clark's next Book

John Lescroart does the same. He names characters after people who have contributed to his charities and includes the details in his acknowledgements.
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I am surprised this is the first time that John Lescroart came up! I love his books. Dismas and Abe and Franny are like real people. If you are looking for a good series, start with Dead Irish and The Vig. Dismas is a lawyer, so there is a lot of legal things going on in the stories, but they are great!
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I can't tell you how many times I passed up John Lescroat's books until I took a chance on one of the early-middle books. I thought he was a spy/thriller writer, and at the time, I wasn't in the mood for that.

After I read my first Dismas Hardy book, though, I was totally hooked. I've recommended his books to a lot of my friends, who have, in turn, become big Lescroat fans.
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Hi all!!!

This is great!!! I was just thinking I need to find some other reads other than ALEXANDER SMITH, but he's keeping me amused and Im loving his books. But, with all of these suggestions I now have ideas of what to read until the next book Mr Smith writes. lol

All of these suggestions....I dont know where to start now. Except I still need to read FRIENDS LOVER AND CHOCOLATE and THE RIGHT ATTITUED TO RAIN.

Has anyone found THE CAREFUL USE OF COMPLIMENTS yet?and LOVE OVER SCOTLAND. Having trouble finding these two. I may have to order them. Not sure. Library sure doesnt have them or my bookstore. : (

Thanks again for all the great suggestions.

OH IF YOU HAVENT READ ANY OF THE ROBERT PARKER BOOKS. HE'S GREAT AND ONE OF MY FAVES. GO FOR THE OLDER OF HIS BOOKS THO....I LIKE THEM BETTER THAN HIS NEWER ONES...FUNNIER. HEY IS THAT A WORD?? HAHA

Thanks again all. I can be reached also at 1hockeygal@tampabay.rr.com

M.
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Re: Hi all!!!



Meeesha wrote:
This is great!!! I was just thinking I need to find some other reads other than ALEXANDER SMITH, but he's keeping me amused and Im loving his books. But, with all of these suggestions I now have ideas of what to read until the next book Mr Smith writes. lol

All of these suggestions....I dont know where to start now. Except I still need to read FRIENDS LOVER AND CHOCOLATE and THE RIGHT ATTITUED TO RAIN.

Has anyone found THE CAREFUL USE OF COMPLIMENTS yet?and LOVE OVER SCOTLAND. Having trouble finding these two. I may have to order them. Not sure. Library sure doesnt have them or my bookstore. : (

Thanks again for all the great suggestions.

OH IF YOU HAVENT READ ANY OF THE ROBERT PARKER BOOKS. HE'S GREAT AND ONE OF MY FAVES. GO FOR THE OLDER OF HIS BOOKS THO....I LIKE THEM BETTER THAN HIS NEWER ONES...FUNNIER. HEY IS THAT A WORD?? HAHA

Thanks again all. I can be reached also at 1hockeygal@tampabay.rr.com

M.




I've read all of his Ladies No.1 Detective Agency books (which I LOVE!!) but I've only read one of his from his other genres. I have picked up a couple of his other books but they are in my waiting-to-be-read pile. I'll get to them before long!
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This is my first posting.

Some suggestions for r2u on mystery series & authors.

1. Tim Cockey (new pen name Richard Hawke).Four Cockey books set in Balt., main character is undertaker. Hilarious. The 2 Hawke books are set in NY. Main chacter is PI.

2. G.M. Ford-10 books set mainly in Seattle. Two main chacters - Leo Waterman (PI)works with aid of street people(Hilarious); Frank Corso (Writer) is deeper & darker. The last book, Blown Away, has the best surprise ending I've read in a long time.

3. Dick Francis-about 30 books mostly set in England. Most touch on horseracing; Francis was the Queen's jockey & was a racing journalist. Some characters repeat.
Outstanding series.

4. Marshall Karp-2 books so far. Set in LA. Main character is LAPD detective. Realistic but humorous.

5. Peter King-8 books, Gourmet Detective Series. Excellent series on food, restaurants, spices, and history of foods. Good story lines & quite humorous.

6. Mike Lupica-4 sports books are great mysteries and funny. Author is sports columnist and TV commentator.

7 Bob Morris-3 books so far. Set in FL & the Caribbean. Ex NFL player & ex-con, Zack Chasteen, takes on the bad guys. Great characters,entertaining writer, and good plots.

8. Lawrence Sanders-about 13 books - the McNally Series. After Sanders' demise, Vincent Lardo was selected by family to continue the series and the writing has not dropped off! Main character is Archie Mcnally, a charming ladies man, ne'er do well fashion plate gossip who lives at home with Mommy & Daddy in Palm Beach. Very funny & well written.

9. Laurence Shames-8 books set in Key West. Engaging & funny. Shames slowed down on writing after he wrote a biography of a dying friend. Hope he writes a new one soon.

10. James Swain-6 books so far. Main character is ex-cop from Atlantic City who is a consultant to gambling casinos to catch cheaters, scammers, & hustlers. Wonderful inside look at the gambling industry.

11. P.J. Tracy-4 books so far. Mother/daughter writing team.Mostly set in Minnesota, the series teams a computer games company (Monkee Wrench) with a pair of Minneapols detectives. Great plots, humorous, scary, and well paced. Read these books now, they're great.
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jr39 wrote:
This is my first posting.

Some suggestions for r2u on mystery series & authors.

1. Tim Cockey (new pen name Richard Hawke).Four Cockey books set in Balt., main character is undertaker. Hilarious. The 2 Hawke books are set in NY. Main chacter is PI.

2. G.M. Ford-10 books set mainly in Seattle. Two main chacters - Leo Waterman (PI)works with aid of street people(Hilarious); Frank Corso (Writer) is deeper & darker. The last book, Blown Away, has the best surprise ending I've read in a long time.

3. Dick Francis-about 30 books mostly set in England. Most touch on horseracing; Francis was the Queen's jockey & was a racing journalist. Some characters repeat.
Outstanding series.

4. Marshall Karp-2 books so far. Set in LA. Main character is LAPD detective. Realistic but humorous.

5. Peter King-8 books, Gourmet Detective Series. Excellent series on food, restaurants, spices, and history of foods. Good story lines & quite humorous.

6. Mike Lupica-4 sports books are great mysteries and funny. Author is sports columnist and TV commentator.

7 Bob Morris-3 books so far. Set in FL & the Caribbean. Ex NFL player & ex-con, Zack Chasteen, takes on the bad guys. Great characters,entertaining writer, and good plots.

8. Lawrence Sanders-about 13 books - the McNally Series. After Sanders' demise, Vincent Lardo was selected by family to continue the series and the writing has not dropped off! Main character is Archie Mcnally, a charming ladies man, ne'er do well fashion plate gossip who lives at home with Mommy & Daddy in Palm Beach. Very funny & well written.

9. Laurence Shames-8 books set in Key West. Engaging & funny. Shames slowed down on writing after he wrote a biography of a dying friend. Hope he writes a new one soon.

10. James Swain-6 books so far. Main character is ex-cop from Atlantic City who is a consultant to gambling casinos to catch cheaters, scammers, & hustlers. Wonderful inside look at the gambling industry.

11. P.J. Tracy-4 books so far. Mother/daughter writing team.Mostly set in Minnesota, the series teams a computer games company (Monkee Wrench) with a pair of Minneapols detectives. Great plots, humorous, scary, and well paced. Read these books now, they're great.




I think there are three P.J. Tracy books now. They are really good -- I think the first one is my favorite but I like them all. I'm glad to see more people are discovering these books!
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In addition to all of the great series listed above, here are a few others:

1. Laurie R. King: 2 series (1) Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes (period pieces, of course, but very interesting, even if you aren't a Holmes fan); (2) Kate Martinelli (San Francisco cop). I like the Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series the best. Ms. King has a very literate and richly textured style that I enjoy.

2. John Dunning: Cliff Janeway series. About a used bookstore owner in Denver. The descriptions about "bookers" (those who collect/buy/sell rare books) are great.

3. Anne George: Southern Sisters series [also posted in funniest scenes/lines thread]. Amusing, light, and set in the South. Sadly, Ms. George died a few years ago while undergoing an operation. My sister--who wasn't a reader of ANY genre--loved these books.

Enjoy!

P.S. I love reading these lists...note to self: write down the ones you haven't read yet! :smileyhappy:
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Re: Suggestions please



becke_davis wrote:


jr39 wrote:
This is my first posting.

Some suggestions for r2u on mystery series & authors.

1. Tim Cockey (new pen name Richard Hawke).Four Cockey books set in Balt., main character is undertaker. Hilarious. The 2 Hawke books are set in NY. Main chacter is PI.

2. G.M. Ford-10 books set mainly in Seattle. Two main chacters - Leo Waterman (PI)works with aid of street people(Hilarious); Frank Corso (Writer) is deeper & darker. The last book, Blown Away, has the best surprise ending I've read in a long time.

3. Dick Francis-about 30 books mostly set in England. Most touch on horseracing; Francis was the Queen's jockey & was a racing journalist. Some characters repeat.
Outstanding series.

4. Marshall Karp-2 books so far. Set in LA. Main character is LAPD detective. Realistic but humorous.

5. Peter King-8 books, Gourmet Detective Series. Excellent series on food, restaurants, spices, and history of foods. Good story lines & quite humorous.

6. Mike Lupica-4 sports books are great mysteries and funny. Author is sports columnist and TV commentator.

7 Bob Morris-3 books so far. Set in FL & the Caribbean. Ex NFL player & ex-con, Zack Chasteen, takes on the bad guys. Great characters,entertaining writer, and good plots.

8. Lawrence Sanders-about 13 books - the McNally Series. After Sanders' demise, Vincent Lardo was selected by family to continue the series and the writing has not dropped off! Main character is Archie Mcnally, a charming ladies man, ne'er do well fashion plate gossip who lives at home with Mommy & Daddy in Palm Beach. Very funny & well written.

9. Laurence Shames-8 books set in Key West. Engaging & funny. Shames slowed down on writing after he wrote a biography of a dying friend. Hope he writes a new one soon.

10. James Swain-6 books so far. Main character is ex-cop from Atlantic City who is a consultant to gambling casinos to catch cheaters, scammers, & hustlers. Wonderful inside look at the gambling industry.

11. P.J. Tracy-4 books so far. Mother/daughter writing team.Mostly set in Minnesota, the series teams a computer games company (Monkee Wrench) with a pair of Minneapols detectives. Great plots, humorous, scary, and well paced. Read these books now, they're great.




I think there are three P.J. Tracy books now. They are really good -- I think the first one is my favorite but I like them all. I'm glad to see more people are discovering these books!




P.J. Tracy books sound good! Will have to try them on for size.
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The Historian was incredible. Let me know if you ever figure out the main character's name.
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teatro wrote:
In addition to all of the great series listed above, here are a few others:

1. Laurie R. King: 2 series (1) Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes (period pieces, of course, but very interesting, even if you aren't a Holmes fan); (2) Kate Martinelli (San Francisco cop). I like the Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series the best. Ms. King has a very literate and richly textured style that I enjoy.

2. John Dunning: Cliff Janeway series. About a used bookstore owner in Denver. The descriptions about "bookers" (those who collect/buy/sell rare books) are great.

3. Anne George: Southern Sisters series [also posted in funniest scenes/lines thread]. Amusing, light, and set in the South. Sadly, Ms. George died a few years ago while undergoing an operation. My sister--who wasn't a reader of ANY genre--loved these books.

Enjoy!

P.S. I love reading these lists...note to self: write down the ones you haven't read yet! :smileyhappy:




I just picked up the first Anne George book on the recommendation of people on this board. Haven't had a chance to read it yet. John Dunning books are great, but don't forget to try his non-booker books, too -- I think he's written two or three that weren't in that series.