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Old 08-05-2014, 12:04 PM
 
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I also loved Elizabeth George's Inspector Lynley series.
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Old 08-05-2014, 12:22 PM
 
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Try Louise Penny's Inspector Gamache series set in Three Pines, Quebec -- very charming.
I'll second this recommendation. I'll also recommend the Nero Wolfe books by Rex Stout. Some of them are hard to find (unless you have an e-reader) but well worth the hunt. Most are set in NYC.
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Old 08-20-2014, 04:55 PM
 
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Have you considered trying the cozy mystery genre? They're more mild-mannered than mainstream mysteries, but a lot of fun. You can choose a series based on your own preferences, whether it's location, a hobby, an occupation, author, etc.,

Check out Cozy-Mystery.com and click on Cozies by Themes.

P.S. Why start a thread if you're not going to post again? People have taken their time and effort to help.
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Old 08-21-2014, 05:15 PM
 
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Have you considered trying the cozy mystery genre? They're more mild-mannered than mainstream mysteries, but a lot of fun. You can choose a series based on your own preferences, whether it's location, a hobby, an occupation, author, etc.,

Check out Cozy-Mystery.com and click on Cozies by Themes.

P.S. Why start a thread if you're not going to post again? People have taken their time and effort to help.

Thank you SO much for the link to Cozy-Mystery.com - I'm in BIG trouble now - LOL!!!
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Old 08-22-2014, 12:26 PM
 
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Thank you SO much for the link to Cozy-Mystery.com - I'm in BIG trouble now - LOL!!!
It's the most comprehensive (but not complete) cozy mystery site on the internet. It must be a lot of work for one person to keep up with. She's built quite a little community of regular readers in the comment section of her blog posts. The owner can be very temperamental though. All comments are moderated and she's known for alienating people she doesn't like without a word or reason. And it doesn't take much. She just stops posting their comments.

Her content is great but I don't recommend joining in on the comments.
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Old 08-22-2014, 10:06 PM
 
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Ruth Rendell's books have a rather hard edge, similar to some of the authors you mentioned. I have a visceral reaction to her works.

For in-depth character development, intriguing plots and beautifully rendered place descriptions, I'll join in the praise of Louise Penny's Three Pines series. The latest is being released next Tuesday and I will wake up to find it on my iPad.. Can't wait!
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Old 08-23-2014, 08:20 PM
 
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Another vote for the Prey series by John Sandford. If you are okay with graphic violence, check out the books by Michael Slade.

If you are okay with paranormal in your stories, try the Repairman Jack books by F. Paul Wilson. Each book is a fun, easy read, but the broad storyline is incredible.

How about Jack Reacher? Not my cup of tea, but based on the authors/series you mentioned, you might like them.
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Old 09-03-2014, 11:49 PM
 
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Oldies but greaties: the Travis McGee mysteries by John D. McDonald. Travis McGee - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Many still in print.
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Old 09-04-2014, 12:32 AM
 
Location: Texas Hill Country
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"Anna Pigeon" by Nevada Barr?

I read a lot and loved the books by Maj Sjöwall & Per Wahlöö as a teen.

Alistair Maclean? The movies of his books are generally poor, think Fear is the Key was the only decent one, but the books are excellent.
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Old 09-04-2014, 12:20 PM
 
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Oldies but greaties: the Travis McGee mysteries by John D. McDonald. Travis McGee - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Many still in print.
Great suggestion. I loved the Travis McGee series. Do they hold up well today?
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