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Apr 24, 2013 10:21PM

19126 More than 99% of my reading is borrowed from the library. The other scant 1% are those I love to re-read, including some mysteries. I'm in the process of trying to find cheap copies of the Mary Russell series and I also collect some of Christie.
Jul 20, 2012 10:44AM

19126 Hello, all. My mystery book club's theme for 2013 is American 20th Century in Crime. We are looking for mysteries set in each decade of the 20th century - either historical mysteries or titles published during that decade. Does anyone have suggestions/recommendations for the first half of the century?

So far, we are considering In the Shadow of Gotham for the 1900-1910 period, Dashiell Hammett for the 30's, Devil in a Blue Dress for the 40's and In Cold Blood for the 50's (we like to throw an odd true crime in the mix every once in awhile).

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Mar 17, 2012 06:35PM

19126 Thank you all for the suggestions. I'll check these out and pass them on to my group.
Mar 16, 2012 10:46PM

19126 My F2F mystery book club is having an international theme this year. Does anyone have any recommendations for readily available (US market) mysteries set in Australia? I know about Kerry Greenwood, but does anyone know of others? Any help would greatly be appreciated.
19126 I enjoyed the book, but didn't feel it lived up to some of the other take-offs on the Holmes books. The Italian Secretary by Caleb Carr is the best I've ever read (not counting Doyle's, of course!) and Laurie King's Mary Russell series both have a richness and complexity in the writing that I felt this one was missing.

I've also read the Enola Holmes series and found that it is a great introduction to the Holmes stories - especially since they are written for a very young audience (probably 6th grade, at the most). Another good YA series is Andrew Lane, who has a teenage Holmes.
Dec 26, 2011 09:34AM

19126 Regarding the character development, I find that in many of the contemporary series the author will frequently "rehash" some of the characters' background. Linda Fairstein's Alexandria Cooper series is a prime example - each novel has a passage regarding the main characters background and history. Although I've read them all (and in order, anal as I am), I realize that, for the author, this "introduces" each character to a new reader, but it sort of pads each novel.

Thank you, Andreas, for the comment regarding my rant. One thing I noticed in the Ruth Rendell series was that the early novels - written in the 60's and early 70's were much shorter than the more recent novels. Same thing with the Spenser novels.
Dec 24, 2011 08:18AM

19126 Jill wrote: "Margery Allingham's series of Albert Campion books should also be on that list of long-running series. But they may fall under the "short" books rule.

The most prolific mystery writer of all time ..."

Being a bit of a "biblioluddite", I would have to give the nod to writers like Allingham, Simenon, MacDonald, McBain, Ambler, etc as they were actually WRITTEN. The more prolific contemporary authors have the advantage of being able to input plots and characters into the computer, pull up previous actions and descriptions and then produce a book (such as the two a year Robb books, or the Flowers/Davenport books). The old school writers had to keep track of all of these things manually, as well as their references and research.

There was a reason the books were only a couple of hundred pages!! Think of all the time it took with an actual typewriter.

Now, off the soapbox. Ruth Rendell's Wexford series started in 1964 and the 23rd title is soon to be released.
Nov 20, 2011 10:54PM

19126 Susan Hill's series - The Various Haunts of Men being the first - is quite good. Dark, not to gory, little sex (at least in the first two that I've read).
Jul 06, 2011 09:27PM

19126 Mark wrote: "I mean books about Jack The Ripper, but fiction- set at the same time. It'd be interesting to read another writer's twist on events. Any other good thrillers set in the Victorian age?"

You may be sorry you asked - it's my favorite time period. For Jack the Ripper, try Dust and Shadow. For the Victorian period, some really good authors are Anne Perry(of course), David Pirie, Will Thomas, all set in England, and Maureen Jennings, set in Canada.
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Jul 06, 2011 09:14PM

19126 I read most of the early ones as well, and totally agree with T - the Benton situation and where the characters were going turned me off. I keep thinking I'll pick the series back up again and see if I had just "o.d'ed" on the earlier ones. About the time I lost interest in the Scarpetta books, I discovered Kathy Reichs and her series. Although some of them can get a little formularly, I like Tempe Brennan better as a character than I do Kay Scarpetta - probably because I'm more a Diet Coke and microwave dinner type of gal.
Jun 15, 2011 10:55PM

19126 John wrote: "Hello - Can anyone please recommend a fun, engaging, and relatively realistic suspense/thriller book involving cyber-warfare or cyber-attacks on the United States (or any country)?


Not one of my favorite themes, but I did read and enjoy Dan Brown's Digital Fortress.
Jun 05, 2011 08:06PM

19126 I'm a 99% library user, so it's not really an issue. The few books I do own get donated back to the library when no longer wanted.
Jun 03, 2011 09:24PM

19126 Catch Me If You Can
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May 15, 2011 03:20PM

19126 As a library geek (20 years with the public library), I have to say...What a Wonderful Title!!!

May 04, 2011 10:22PM

19126 ???!!! wrote: "I would have to say "The Historian" and "The Alienist" are some of my favorites. But a big disappointment with it's sequel "Angel of Darkness." I've heard about his Italian Secretary but I've hea..."

I read The Italian Secretary a number of years ago and really liked it. If you are a fan of Holmes, it's worth the time.


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