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T. Straker | 6 comments Hi everyone,

I am still new to reading Mysteries and I am loving it. I'm enjoying all the procedural stuff and wishing I was a detective, or a PI, yet not a lawyer ;)

BUT I was hoping that you wonderful people might give me some books to read that don't have a cop, detective, PI or lawyer solving the crime.

I prefer edgy to cozy if possible. But ultimately any ideas would be awesome. Much appreciated. I'm really enjoying being on goodreads :)

Have a wonderful weekend!

T. Straker


Stephanie Hutabarat | 1093 comments You can try Send Me Down a Miracle. Or just visit my bookshelf. Enjoy☺️


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Donald Grant (drdon1996) | 123 comments For something a little different try Madison Keith Ghost Story Collection - Volume 1: (Cozy mystery ghost story with a quirky female sleuth). She is a reluctant amateur sleuth who finds herself helping the dead find justice.


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David Freas (quillracer) | 2396 comments Here are some suggestions:
Lori Armstrong – retired Army sniper
Nevada Barr – National Park ranger
Jefferson Bass – Forensic anthropologist.
Lawrence Block – Burglar and bookseller (Bernie Rhodenbarr)
Edna Buchanan – newspaper reporter
Tim Cockey – Funeral director
Pat Cornwell – Medical Examiner
Cleo Coyle – Coffee shop owner
Annette Dashofy – EMT/part-time coroner
R. E Donald – Long-haul trucker
John Dunning – Bookseller
Earl Emerson – Fire chief (Mac Fontana)
Dick Francis/Felix Francis – People involved in horse racing
Sarah Graves – Woman restoring a house (Jacobia Tiptree)
Andrew Greeley – Catholic Bishop
Kathryn Miller Haines – WWII actress
Charlaine Harris – professional housecleaner (Lily Bard)
Iris Johansen – Forensic sculptor (Eve Duncan)
Jonathan Kellerman – Psychiatrist
Christine Kling – Boat salvage operator (Seychelle Sullivan)
John D. MacDonald – ‘Salvage consultant’
Margaret Maron – District justice (Deborah Knott)
Brad Parks – Investigative reporter
Thomas Perry – Native American ‘guide’ (Jane Whitefield)
Kathy Reichs – Forensic anthropologist
Hank Phillippi Ryan – TV reporter (Charlotte McNally), newspaper reporter (Jane Ryland)
Victoria Thompson – Midwife
Stephen White – Psychologist

Also go to Stop You’re Killing Me (stopyourekillingme.com) and click on JOB INDEX on the left side of the screen.


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Alan | 149 comments T. wrote: "Hi everyone,

I am still new to reading Mysteries and I am loving it. I'm enjoying all the procedural stuff and wishing I was a detective, or a PI, yet not a lawyer ;)

BUT I was hoping that you wo..."

To shamelessly self-promote, my novel, I'm NO P. I., is a murder/mystery in which a "regular" guy gets roped-in into soling a murder.
https://www.amazon.com/Im-No-P-I-Alan...
I'm No P. I. by Alan Zacher


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Thomas (tom471) | 1595 comments I have read many of Quillracer's suggested series and they are very good. Here is my review of book 1 in the Phryne Fisher series:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
Another author is Barbara Neely
Book 1 is Blanche on the Lam


Paris        (kerbytejas) (kerbytejas) | 4716 comments Quillracer wrote: "Here are some suggestions:
Lori Armstrong – retired Army sniper
Nevada Barr – National Park ranger
Jefferson Bass – Forensic anthropologist.
Lawrence Block – Burglar and bookseller (Bernie Rhodenba..."


Great list


message 8: by David (new)

David Freas (quillracer) | 2396 comments Not to argue with you, Alan, but 'T' wanted books with main characters who weren't police, detective, PIs, or lawyers.
Christie's Hercule Poirot was a PI and the Beresford twins were intelligence officers.
Sayer's Lord Peter Wimsey was a criminologist.
Marsh's Roderick Alleyn was a police inspector.

And while you certainly are entitled to your opinion, I tried all three authors you mentioned several times each and found them dull and tedious every time.


message 9: by Gretchen (last edited May 12, 2018 07:48PM) (new)

Gretchen Quillracer wrote: "Here are some suggestions:
Lori Armstrong – retired Army sniper
Nevada Barr – National Park ranger
Jefferson Bass – Forensic anthropologist.
Lawrence Block – Burglar and bookseller (Bernie Rhodenba..."


Wowsa. Thanks for this list!


message 10: by T. (new)

T. Straker | 6 comments Stephanie wrote: "You can try Send Me Down a Miracle. Or just visit my bookshelf. Enjoy☺️"

Thank you, Stephanie.

Much appreciated

T
:)


message 11: by T. (new)

T. Straker | 6 comments Thank you everyone for all your suggestions.

Fantastic lists. I will start looking through them all.

Much appreciated!

T


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