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Old 07-13-2013, 06:49 AM
 
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I LOVE series books, mostly because if I find a new author who just wrote book #20 and I end up loving the book & author, there are 19 books that I can go back and read!
Are you referring to Patricia Cornwell by chance? I find her work incredibly good. Catherine Coulter is also a great mystery/crime writer and J.A. Jance comes in just under Coulter, I think.
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Old 07-13-2013, 11:48 AM
 
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I agree OP. I was never found of murder mystery/crime books until I read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy. I wanted to get more into the genre, but I am not sure which stand alone or series to get into.
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Old 07-14-2013, 06:26 AM
 
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Books by Agatha Christie are great mystery/crime stories.
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Old 07-27-2013, 11:11 AM
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I'm definitely more of a non-fiction reader but my fiction guilty pleasure is Archer Mayor's long running Detective Joe Gunther series. Set mostly in Brattleboro Vermont, I love how this little town on the White River has become the murder capital of the Northeast.
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Old 07-27-2013, 05:19 PM
 
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Harlan Coben has some that are series and some that are not. Try "Hold Tight" and see what you think. His series books feature Myron Bolitar, and you can read them in pretty much any order and get the gist of what's what and who's who--and they are funny!

I like books by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. Again, some are series, and some are not. They are very interesting books.
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Old 07-28-2013, 02:52 PM
 
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Anything by Brad Thor.
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Old 07-28-2013, 03:32 PM
 
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I am a big fan of Michael Connelly. I have read about a dozen or more of his novels and not a miss yet. "The Closer", "The Lincoln Lawyer", and "Trunk Music" were some good ones.

I also loved reading Randy Wayne White's novels. Mystery/thrillers in the milieu of southwestern Florida seaside lifestyle: boats, bad guys, babes, funny sidekicks, Doc Ford (heroic, yet believable marine biologist/former Special Ops hero). Some of his recent books have fallen short, though.

I finished a fantastic murder mystery with a southern, Harper Lee, Cormac McCarthy flavor by Joe R. Lansdale called "The Bottoms". Awesome read, but a bit gory in parts.

I, too, like Tony Hillerman for his Southwestern and Native American-flavored tales.
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Old 07-29-2013, 07:20 PM
 
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Check out James D. Doss, CJ Box, Micheal McGarrity, Kirk Mitchell, Amie Thurlo, I really like this type of mystery.
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Old 07-30-2013, 01:29 PM
 
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I agree OP. I was never found of murder mystery/crime books until I read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy. I wanted to get more into the genre, but I am not sure which stand alone or series to get into.
After reading the Lisbeth Salander books, my husband and I started exploring Scandinavian mystery authors. We found:

Amazon.com: Viktor Arnar Ingolfsson: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle
Amazon.com: Jo Nesbø: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle
Amazon.com: Lars Kepler: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle
Amazon.com: Jussi Adler-Olsen: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle

While I don't think any character can ever measure up to Lisbeth lol, these were pretty good and some are available for Kindle.
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Old 07-30-2013, 01:36 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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I like Arnaldur Indridason's series, set in Iceland and beginning with Jar City. Also, John Connolly's novels featuring former police detective Charlie Parker (these books have very supernatural settings so may not be to everyone's taste). I recently started re-reading Martin Cruz Smith's Arkady Renko books set in Russia and they are terrific too.
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