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MikiAndoFan#1
02-24-2012, 05:44 PM
A few months ago, I read Yrsa Sigurdardóttir's Ashes to Dust. I loved every bit of it and highly recommend it!

zaphyre14
02-24-2012, 05:55 PM
If it's historical mysteries you fancy, try C.S. Harris' Sebastian St. Cyr series. Regency England, plots rooted in the social and political turmoil of the times and a main character the author describes as "Mr. Darcy with a James Bond edge." "What Angels Fear" introduces the cast which develops through the following five volumes. The newst one "When Maidens Mourn" comes out in March.

merrywidow
02-24-2012, 06:08 PM
Sue Grafton, Susan Wittig Albert, Janet Evanovich, Linda Barnes, Nevada Barr, Mary Higgins Clark, Margaret Coel, Ken Follett, Earlene Fowler, Joan Hess, etc.. If you like Agatha Christie then try Patricia Wentworth's Miss Silver series, same era as Christies.
There is a great internet site for fiction of all sorts...fantasticfiction.co.uk/. It lists all books by author.

euterpe
02-24-2012, 06:09 PM
I loved the "Rabbi" mysteries series by Harry Kemelman. They are no longer in print, but you can get used copies from Amazon.com.

attyfan
02-24-2012, 06:14 PM
I loved the "Rabbi" mysteries series by Harry Kemelman. They are no longer in print, but you can get used copies from Amazon.com.

That is another great series.

IceAlisa
02-24-2012, 06:19 PM
Ever a Russian writer called Boris Akunin? If you liked Agatha chistie, hen you may like Akunin.

:lol: Leave it to FSU to inform me of Akunin! That is, I've heard of him but didn't know he was a mystery writer.

The Julian Kestral and Sebastian St. Cyr series sound interesting. Will check with our library. Thanks, guys!

Cachoo
02-24-2012, 06:25 PM
I absolutely love the series by Julia Spencer-Flemming - the mystery aspect is okay, but the characters are great and I cannot put the books down. First book is called In the Bleak Midwinter.

OMG! I love her too. I don't know why she isn't up there with other authors of the genre. I copied some of her awards:
Awards
2002 Agatha Award for In the Bleak Midwinter
2003 Anthony Award for In the Bleak Midwinter
2003 Macavity Award for In the Bleak Midwinter
2003 Dilys Award for In the Bleak Midwinter
2003 Barry Award for In the Bleak Midwinter
2007 Nero Wolfe Award for All Mortal Flesh
2007 Gumshoe Award for All Mortal Flesh

I'm glad to know of someone else here who enjoys Clare and Russ and an interesting cast of characters. I'm not sure if they fit the detective mold like other titles/authors mentioned here but getting to know these people coupled with the mystery is worth the read.

In the detective genre I've become a big fan of Charles Finch's series featuring gentleman detective Charles Lenox:
A Beautiful Blue Death, The September Society, The Fleet Street Murders, A Stranger in Mayfair and A Burial at Sea are set in Victorian England and are good mysteries imho. There is life after Sherlock after all. Finch has been nominated for a couple of awards (including The Agatha.)

algonquin
02-24-2012, 07:00 PM
In the cozy detective genre, I liked Ryhs Bowen's Contastable Evan Evans series. I don't care for her recent series. G.M. Malliet's books are worth reading. I really liked Death of a Cozy Writer and Death and the Lit Chick.

The Case of the Missing Servant by Tarquin Hall is pretty good.

Orable
02-24-2012, 07:03 PM
Very cool - I'm gonna check these out. Thanks!

I recommend Barbara Hambly's Benjamin January series. The lead character is a black Paris-educated physician in New Orleans in the middle 1800's.

They are fast-paced, and interesting historical reads as they focus on the seldom heard about black middle class.

pollyanna
02-24-2012, 07:52 PM
Loved Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stories when I was wee, and am still of fan of all things Agatha Christie (I adore Miss Marple), but my favorite detective novel of all time is still Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon. In fact, I love all of Hammett's and James Cain's novels.

Also a big fan of the Cadfael series.

Rob
02-24-2012, 08:03 PM
:lol: Leave it to FSU to inform me of Akunin! That is, I've heard of him but didn't know he was a mystery writer.


Haha, I first learned of Akunin at a Skate America practice! He was recommended to me by Mr. MorganaLefay.

znachki
02-24-2012, 08:26 PM
A total mystery fan here. Where do I start? OK first, with this website:

Stop, You're Killing Me! http://www.stopyourekillingme.com/

Authors, titles, series orders, breakdowns by genre, vocation, time period.

The only mysteries I'm not a fan of are all of the new cozies, with themes (cooking, wines, baking) and punny titles. Just can't do them.

I'll try to avoid the ones that others have listed, but there may be some duplicates. I love, among others, Elizabeth George & Ian Rankin, but others have already chimed in there. I'm just going to list the authors.

Val McDermid - Tony Hill
Garry Disher
Barbara Cleverly - Joe Sandilands
PJ Tracey (With this one, you really must read Monkeewrench first)
Charles Finch
Laurie R. King - the Sherlock Hlmes & Mary Russell series
Bruce Alexander
David Liss
Anne Perry
Elizabeth Peters
Will Thomas
Victoria Thompson
Clare Langley-Hawthorne
Eliis Peters
Jason Goodwin
Walter Mosely
Jim Butcher - The Dresden Books. Chicago, hard-boiled detective. Who's a wizard.

I know that I'm missing tons more.

Grannyfan
02-24-2012, 08:47 PM
If it's historical mysteries you fancy, try C.S. Harris' Sebastian St. Cyr series. Regency England, plots rooted in the social and political turmoil of the times and a main character the author describes as "Mr. Darcy with a James Bond edge." "What Angels Fear" introduces the cast which develops through the following five volumes. The newst one "When Maidens Mourn" comes out in March.

I've read a couple of these and enjoyed them very much.

Grannyfan
02-24-2012, 08:50 PM
Val McDermid - Tony Hill

I've seen some episodes of a British series called Touching Evil. Is this what they're based on?

znachki
02-24-2012, 08:52 PM
I've seen some episodes of a British series called Touching Evil. Is this what they're based on?

No, the "Wire in the Blood" series is based on the Tony Hill/Carol Jordan series.