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message 1: by JoAnn (new)

JoAnn A. | 1 comments I love mystery/police procedural, etc. I am not bothered by language or mentions of sex. I love Michael Connelly.

I just don't want to read anything about torturing children or animals! It's not necessary for a great book! Why would people even want to read that?

I really loved (past tense) Mo Hayder until I got 3/4 through The Treatment, and it was the saddest, most terrible thing I have ever read or seen.

Please tell me some books/authors you love, that are not so upsetting.


message 2: by Nancy, Co-Moderator (new)

Nancy Oakes (quinnsmom) | 8599 comments Mod
JoAnn wrote: "I love mystery/police procedural, etc. I am not bothered by language or mentions of sex. I love Michael Connelly.

I just don't want to read anything about torturing children or animals! It's not ..."


I completely agree with you, and strangely enough, it was also because of one of Mo Hayder's books. Now I just choose not to go down that reading road.


message 3: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth Hill (wickedwriteruk) | 20 comments I hate it when a book starts with the gratuitous torture of women. Or where women are just objects for a serial killer like that is their only use because they're just plot points. I like books where women have more power but now I'm struggling to recommend many. Tana French maybe?


message 4: by Patty (new)

Patty | 2760 comments I’ve stopped reading crime related books and best sellers.

I like psychological thrillers, vintage books, and plot driven books. I’ve often found that books written by women are more likely to give me what I want.


message 5: by David (new)

David Freas (quillracer) | 2271 comments If you don't mind stories set in the late 1800s/early 1900s, you might want to check out Rhys Bowen's Molly Murphy series or Victoria Thompson's Gaslight Mysteries. Both are set in New York City around the turn of the last century.


message 6: by Bruce (new)

Bruce | 2032 comments Depends on if you’re looking for modern police procedurals and mysteries or older books. It seems like most modern ones like Patterson and the Kellerman’s are what is termed rape and murder porn, which sadly is very common in contemporary books, not just with mysteries. I’ve read some Patterson books and ones by the Kellermans, I was revolted. Actually, some are technically over 30 years ago. I like PD James, as far as police books, although she’s British, not American. The books started in the 60’s and went into the 2000’s. She died about 5 years ago in her 90’s and still writing.


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