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for Joyce Carol-Oates. These are very-well written
psychological thrillers, sometimes on the sexually
kinky side. I also recently finished reading a great
book in a series by Barbara Nadel. This is a mystery
series that takes place in Turkey and the one I
read, A Passion for Killing was excellent. I plan to
read a lot more of Nadel'swork.
My favorites in her Mallory series are Stone Angel, Winter House and Find Me. Judas Child, her non-Mallory work, is also good.
(Arrggh.. wonky touchstones!)
Hmm, I don't think Rosamunde Pilcher and Joyce Carol Oates are the same person; as far as I know, Pilcher is British while Oates is American. Are you thinking of someone else? Oh, I just noticed that Oates writes under the pseudonym Rosamond Smith--that must be who you meant!
I've also read one of Barbara Nadel's books (Belshazzar's Daughter) and while I liked her main character, I found the story a tad disturbing. But maybe I should give her another shot.
Edited to close brackets.
Sarah Dunant--before The Birth of Venus, she wrote some stories about PI Hannah Wolfe (Birth Marks, Fatlands, and Under My Skin). The mysteries aren't as intricate as many that I read, but the character depiction is excellent.
Denise Mina who writes a noirish thriller series about Paddy Meehan, a female journalist for a Scotland newspaper.
Kerry Greenwood's mysteries with independent lady adventurer Phryne Fisher are set in 1920s Australia (and are absolute fluff).
Åsa Larsson writes some good mysteries featuring Swedish attorney Rebecka Martinsson.
(Author touchstone won't work - sorry.)
I live in Seattle, so I like mysteries set in Seattle, and the library puts out a list of mysteries set in Seattle. I like the Leo Waterman series by G. M. Ford, and the first book in his Frank Corso series, Fury. The other books in the Corso series seem redundant, but maybe it's because I read all of them in about two days. Mary Daheim's Bed and Breakfast mysteries are cute, and her Alpine mysteries are nice. You do have to get past the smoking Catholics, though.
I also like Sue Grafton, and Amanda Cross writes very literary mysteries. I like historical mysteries like the Brother Cadfael mysteries by Peter Ellis and the Sister Fidelma mysteries by Peter Tremayne, and mysteries set in ancient Egypt like The Anubis Slayings By P. C. Doherty.
Well, there are a lot more, but these are the ones I can think of for now.
Kate Fansler stars in the Amanda Cross mysteries, and Kinsey Milhone in the books by Sue Grafton. I also like the Amelia Peabody mysteries by Elizabeth Peters. Although JA Jance writes her Seattle mysteries with a male protagonist, her Arizona mysteries feature Sheriff Joanna Brady. I'm sure there are more that I've forgotten, and by looking in my library catalog for women detectives, I've found even more I haven't read and will put on my list.
(Why won't the author touchstones work for me? It is so irritating.)
My local 2nd hand bookshop has had a stack of 1950s green Penguins lately and I picked up a couple that look very promising by authors I had never heard of - Helen McCloy and Holly Roth.
I also have a weakness for J.D. Robb (aka Nora Roberts) for her Eve Dallas series and Elizabeth Peters for both her Vicki Bliss and Amelia Peabody mysteries. Oh, yes, and Ellis Peters.
I just finished working my way through all of P.D. James' books (except for the non-fiction, which I may get to soon), and they were excellent.
I have only read one of Minette Walters' books, but I loved it, too, and I plan to read more.
I am seriously addicted to the J.D. Robb Eve Dallas books, and I have read a lot of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum books, but I haven't seemed to pick up number 13 yet. I bought it, but I always pick other books to read.
I haved loved everything I have read by Elizabeth George except for her latest, What Came Before He Shot Her, which I just couldn't read. I hope she gets back to the mysteries with her book due out this year.
Of course I love Agatha Christie, who doesn't?
I have only read a couple of the Amanda Cross books, but I really liked them.
I haven't read any of Laurie R. King's mysteries, but I did read a science fiction book she wrote under the name Leigh Richards and loved it. If I had time to add another set of books to my list, I would probably add this one.
I liked the first 14 or 15 of Martha Grimes' Inspector Jury mysteries, but then they got REALLY AWFUL! There's a new one out, and I keep thinking about buying it to be completist, but I hated the last one so much, I am not subjecting myself to that. I borrowed the last one from the library anyway.
This is fun, thanks for making this group, aviannschild!
Dorothy L. Sayers who wrote wonderful classic golden age mysteries.
Margery Allingham--Albert Campion is a masterpiece.
Karin Fossum, a Norwegian author who writes mysteries centering on Inspector Konrad Sejer.
Once upon a time I read Agatha Christie, Sue Grafton, Patricia Cornwell, but with the exception of Christie, no more.
I batted 1000 on the wonky touchstones. No Agatha Christie really???
Sarah Andrews character, Em Hansen, is a geologist
Cara Black's Parisian P.I. Aimee Leduc
Linda Barnes' Boston P.I. Carlotta Carlyle
the stand-alone mysteries of Constance & Gwenyth Little, listed on LT as Constance Little, are just delightful, my favorite being The Black Goatee
For female authors with male sleuths my favorites are:
Kate Ellis whose series features a British cop who is interested in archaeology and confronts modern day crimes with parallels turning up in nearby digs
Susanna Gregory's Mathew Bartholomew chronicles of medieval Cambridge
I did find it interesting that nowhere in the book does the author make clear the sex of the protagonist, so the reader is left not knowing if it's a he or she. Tho some people in the group had made an assumption, but since the name is unisex, could not justify their guess.
several with women as the main character:
Earlene Fowler -"Benni Harper" mysteries
Dana Stabenow--"Kate Sugak" mysteries
Jan Burke--"Irene Kelley" series
J.A. Jance--"Johanna Brady" series
Martha Grimes--"Richard Jury" series.
Anne Perry---2 series set in Victorian England, plus 4-book WWI mystery series.
Deborah Crombie, Sarah Andrews, Patricia Cormwell,
P. D. James, Elizabeth George, Iris Johansen
(all mentioned previously).
One I didn't see was Susan Dunlap. She has two series, one with Jill Smith, a Berkeley police officer, the other Kiernan O'Shaughnessy a medical examiner turned private eye. She's another author where I picked up one book and find myself now with almost the entire collection.
Lori Andrews (Alexandra Blake novels)
Elizabeth Becka (Evelyn James novels)
Patricia Cornwell (the early Scarpetta books)
Linda Fairstein (Alexandra Cooper novels)
Kathryn Fox (Anya Crichton novels)
Tess Gerritsen (Maura Isles & Jane Rizolli novels)
Echo Heron (Adele Monsarrat novels)
Kay Hooper (Bishop/Special Crimes Unit novels)
Alex Kava (Maggie O'Dell novels)
Laura Lippman (Tess Monaghan novels)
T.J. MacGregor (Mira Morales novels)
Suzanne Proulx (Vicky Lucci novels)
I'm sure there are others I'm missing, but these are all I can think of off the top of my head. :)
Another funny and clever British writer is Dorothy Sayers, of Lord Peter Wimsey fame. They are very well written and thoughtful, as well as very entertaining.
Marcia Muller ('Sharon McCone' mysteries)
Judith VanGieson ('Neil Hamel' series and her 'Claire Reyner' series which involves rare books)
Alex Matthews ('Cassidy McCabe' mysteries)
Laurie R. King ('Kate Marinelli' and 'Mary Russell' mysteries)
Deborah Crombie (who, BTW, lives here in McKinney TX)
Allana Martin ('Texana Jones' mysteries)
is Murder 101. The book is so predictable and irritating as it is more like chick-lit then a true mystery. A friend passed it on to me and I'm really tired of it. There is a degree of humour in the book which is satisfying but these tropes where the heroine falls in love with the cop is some tiresome. I wouldn't
call this a true mystery, although it does have elements of the mystery in it.
I have In the Woods in my TBR so I should be reading it soon. Glad you enjoyed it.
> 49 Thanks for mentioning Vargas, Cecilturtle. I hadn't heard of her before.
A very disapointing read for me.
I liked the way she solved the present day mystery without solving the older one. Sometimes things happen like that--children are so traumatized by something, they never can fully figure it out, especially not someone like Rob, who is such a train wreck. I liked--although that is not quite the right word--watching him fall apart, seeming to be almost inevitable, but you know that if he had gone about it differently, it could have gone entirely the other way.
I also think French is an amazing writer, so the whole experience was enjoyable.
I agree with all the writers that have been mentioned, but thought I would add some of the female writers and their female detectives that I have enjoyed lately, some - if not most - aren't quite as well known: These are all cozy mysteries by the way.
P. J. Alderman with the Jordan Marsh series
Kathleen Bacus with the 'Calamity' Jayne series
Barbara Brettan with Chloe Hobbs
Dianne Day with the Fremont Jones series ( I really like these) She's an early 19th century blue-stocking with her own typing agency.
Laura DiSilverio with Charlotte "Charlie" Swift of Swift Investigations
Sharon Kahn with Roby Rothman, the Rabbi's widow and owner of a bagel shop.
J.J. Murphy with Dorothy Parker in the Algonquin Round Table Mysteries
ETA that these are anything but cozies.
I didn't notice any mention of Elizabeth Peters. I love her Amelia Peabody series...although it is complete Victorian fluff with an Egyptology theme. I read them all, and they were pure fun!
I don't believe I've seen any mention of Josephine Tey, either. I loved The Daughter of Time.
Ayelet Waldman has an interesting series, the Mommytrack mysteries. They're a bit fluffy, but still complex enough to be interesting. The main character is retired from the L.A. DA's office in order to stay at home with her young children. She also happens to be Jewish, which adds an interesting aspect.
M.C. Beaton's Hamish Macbeth and Agatha Raisin series are both light and fluffy, but great fun!
I also turn to Leslie Meier's Lucy Stone mysteries when I'm in the mood for some fluff, as I do Jill Churchill's Jane Jeffry
Agatha Christie has already been mentioned, but I a have to give her a shout out, because I greatly enjoy her.
I can't believe that I've only just discovered Val McDermid. The good news is that there are lots to catch up on.