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Old 12-17-2008, 07:10 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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As far as whodunits go, I'm a fan of Boris Starling. Try his first book, Messiah.

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Old 12-17-2008, 09:51 AM
 
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I agree about Janet Evanovich. She also has some other good ones besides the Plum series. MetroGirl was hilarious.

And thanks to those who posted. I love a good mystery and I got some good ideas here for what to look for on mt next excursion to the library.
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Old 12-20-2008, 03:40 AM
 
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"Murder in Lamut" by Raymond E. Feist and Joel Rosenberg it's from the Legends of the Riftwar series but it's a stand alone book.
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Old 12-20-2008, 09:16 AM
 
Location: Maine
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She loved the movies Zodiac, Clue, Mystic River, Reservoir Dogs.
She should try Dennis Lehane (he wrote Mystic River) or George Pelecanos (he wrote for HBO's The Wire for a while). Or Elmore Leonard. Both Leonard and Pelecanos books have a very Tarantino vibe to them.

If she's an outdoorsy person at all, she should check out C.J. Box or William Kent Krueger.
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Old 12-20-2008, 09:25 AM
 
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Patricia Cornwell has some great ones. The one she wrote about the Jack The Ripper case of 1880's England, just can't be beat. Her theory of who actually was Jack is spot on I believe (It's elementary). And even a person without even the slightest bit of forensics knowledge will enjoy it because she explains the processes involved in simple and complete detail.

As for big words and such, I'd say that the book is so interesting that it would be worth purchasing a companion dictionary to give as a set. Far too good a read to be missed!

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Old 12-21-2008, 03:52 PM
 
Location: Sugar Grove, IL
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You might also check out some of the books by J A Jance. She has three different series of books.
One is J P Beaumont, a seattle detective. another is Joanna Brady, an Arizona county sheriff, the other is an internet blogger, whose name escapes me. all of the books are very entertaining.
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Old 12-25-2008, 10:42 AM
 
Location: in love with life!
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So, what did you go with HFC???
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Old 12-26-2008, 01:39 PM
 
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I realize that it was made into a movie that many saw, but the book Presumed Innocent is amazing. There is also an author David Rosenfelt who writes the most hilarious detective novels I've ever read. I can't remember which was his first, but titles include Open and Shut and First Degree. The stories are good and serious, but it's like reading an article by Dave Berry.
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Old 12-29-2008, 09:05 AM
 
Location: In the North Idaho woods, still surrounded by terriers
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I am currently reading "Monster" by Jonathan Kellerman and I am having trouble putting it down! I read voraciously, but this is one of the best psyche-mysteries I have come across in a long time!
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Old 12-29-2008, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Baltimore
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I agree with the Stephanie Plum suggestion - the series by Evanovich. It's like eating candy - not much substance but satisfying in their own way. They keep you guessing and they're hilarious.

I also like Laura Lippman's books. I started reading her stuff because for the most part they take place in Baltimore, and since I live here it's kind of neat recognizing the locations. But she's a good story-teller, so I think most people who like mysteries would also enjoy them. Most of them are about Tess Monaghan, a reporter turned private investigator. But she has some stand-alone books, and I think her best one so far is What the Dead Know.
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