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message 1: by Walid (new)

Walid | 2 comments Hello everyone, I’m looking for clean mystery books but struggle finding anything that is well rated (4 and above on goodreads) or something that doesn’t have a tittle like “cake mystery” or something like that which I’m not interested in. Does anybody have suggestions of such books? It doesn’t have to be crime / murder mystery, can be any other type of mystery.


message 2: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth Hill (wickedwriteruk) | 20 comments Hi Walid

I'm not sure what you mean by 'clean'? As in no sex or no blood or no torture?

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message 3: by Walid (new)

Walid | 2 comments Hello, by clean I mean no sex and profanity


message 4: by Aditya (new)

Aditya | 1002 comments Try older golden age detective fiction such as Sherlock Holmes or Christie, among contemporary authors maybe Louise Penny. She has her fans but I found her to be a pretty average writer.

Anyway you don't want a "cake mystery" aka most cozies? You don't want any sex or profanity yet you want an adult book. So all noirs and most police procedurals are probably out. You have basically ruled out most of the genre. It seems you are basically searching the equivalent of a porn with a great story, hope you find it but most books that will be suggested will have some elements of the stuff you don't want.


message 5: by Nancy, Co-Moderator (last edited Sep 12, 2020 05:52AM) (new)

Nancy Oakes (quinnsmom) | 8724 comments Mod
No sex and no profanity -- that's not going to be easy unless as Aditya said, you try Golden age mysteries or cozies. They're generally pretty good on that front.

Here's a list someone put together of "clean cozy mysteries."

https://christyscozycorners.com/2014/...

I don't read these, so I don't have any idea of their ratings on GR.


message 6: by Mardine (new)

Mardine (mardineperrins) | 12 comments Your best bet are probably Agatha Christie novels and the Sherlock Homes mysteries. I believe John D MacDonald novels are pretty clean too.


message 7: by Liam (new)

Liam Cadoc (liamcadoc) | 17 comments An exciting epic historical action-adventure awaits fans of medieval mysteries that starch into a contemporary thriller fraught with wild car chases, kidnapping, and murder across the bucolic English countryside.

A new treasure hunt adventure inviting you to uncover the authenticity of priceless heirlooms and the nine hundred-year-old irrefutable proof that answers all the questions ever asked about the folk legend Robin Hood. These ancient and historic Celtic documents also hold the key to locating a hoard of medieval treasure.

THE LEGEND IS REAL
HOW ABOUT THE TREASURES?

Will this discovery cause upheaval among medieval scholars worldwide or even the potential of bringing international conflict between nations?

If you love historical adventures with unexpected twists/turns in forms of page-turning thrillers like the Assassin's Creed, the DaVinci Code, and Tom Clancy—then this new epic series is for you.

Let the treasure hunt begin.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0876MF3KH


message 8: by Thomas (new)

Thomas (tom471) | 1500 comments My wife suggests Sue Henry
Also try C.S. Harris


message 9: by Carolyn (new)

Carolyn Bowen (cmbowen) | 191 comments It's unbelievable but true - a mystery without sex - a classy whodunit! The Long Road Home by Carolyn M. Bowen - Download and read FREE w/Unlimited - http://mybook.to/tlrh


message 10: by Liam (new)

Liam Cadoc (liamcadoc) | 17 comments An exciting epic historical action-adventure awaits fans of medieval mysteries that starch into a contemporary thriller fraught with wild car chases, kidnapping, and murder across the bucolic English countryside.

A new treasure hunt adventure inviting you to uncover the authenticity of priceless heirlooms and the nine hundred-year-old irrefutable proof that answers all the questions ever asked about the folk legend Robin Hood. These ancient and historic Celtic documents also hold the key to locating a hoard of medieval treasure.

THE LEGEND IS REAL
HOW ABOUT THE TREASURES?

Will this discovery cause upheaval among medieval scholars worldwide or even the potential of bringing international conflict between nations?

If you love historical adventures with unexpected twists/turns in forms of page-turning thrillers like the Assassin's Creed, the DaVinci Code, and Tom Clancy—then this new epic series is for you.

Let the treasure hunt begin.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0876MF3KH


message 11: by Mike (new)

Mike (tigermike) | 81 comments Don't forget the Macbeth mysteries by MC Beaton.

https://www.bookseriesinorder.com/ham...

Be warned that the character of Macbeth is physically quite different to the TV series, which I found off putting and never preserved with after one book. My sister who prefers mild crime loved the series!!

There is also the The Baker Street Letters by Michael Robertson, a series based on 221b Baker street and 2 brothers who answer letters and for Sherlock Holmes. Personally as a Holmesian l did not rate them but l prefer my crime with a harsher edge.

There are other numerous similar type of stories, including a young Sherlock series by Andrew Lane (which I rated) and a bookstore series, by Vicki Delany.

So hopefully this helps, you can only but try them and see.


message 12: by Icewineanne (new)

Icewineanne | 266 comments You might try a British crime series (DCI Warren Jones). He’s a nice guy, married with a normal life & no hangups. The first book is The Last Straw (DCI Warren Jones #1) by Paul Gitsham The Last Straw by Paul Gitsham
There are 6 books in the series so far.


message 13: by CBRetriever (new)

CBRetriever | 1366 comments one of the Cadfael series like Monk's Hood might work


message 14: by Jannelies (last edited Sep 13, 2020 04:57AM) (new)

Jannelies | 237 comments David Field started a very nice series set in Victorian London. The main character is a man of God. So guaranteed a very clean book. And a nice read! I've just finished the second book in the series: Death comes but twice.


message 15: by Patty (new)

Patty | 2886 comments Josephine Tey’s Inspector Grant series.


message 16: by Bruce (new)

Bruce | 2170 comments Liam Cadoc seems to be spamming.


message 17: by Bruce (new)

Bruce | 2170 comments I agree on some of the golden age, although some can be just as “adult.”

The Campion books by Margery Allingham are also great. Or the Philo Vance books by S.S. Van Dine.


message 18: by Nancy, Co-Moderator (new)

Nancy Oakes (quinnsmom) | 8724 comments Mod
Bruce wrote: "Liam Cadoc seems to be spamming."

Yes, we seem to have two authors doing self promoting here. Please stop. This is not the place. Thank you.


message 19: by Thomas (last edited Sep 14, 2020 04:34PM) (new)

Thomas (tom471) | 1500 comments You might also like Louise Penny
Her books have no graphic sex or violence and little profanity. My wife and I both enjoy her books. Her books were recommended to us by my wife's sister, who has been caring for their mom for last 10 years. Their mom passed this past June. She was 99 years old. She asked her daughter to find mysteries with no graphic sex/violence and little profanity. She liked this series. Here are 2 reviews, book 5, where I looked for profanity/sex/violence. There was no sex, no graphic violence, 1 murder and little profanity.
My 4 star review of The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
Book 1 Still Life My review https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...


message 20: by Linda (new)

Linda (beaulieulinda117gmailcom) | 1383 comments Louise Penny is also one of my favorites as well.


message 21: by Ramla Zareen (new)

Ramla Zareen Ahmad | 36 comments Hi Walid,

Like others have mentioned before me, most clean mysteries—mysteries without explicit sex, graphic violence, and profanity—I know of fall under the genre of Golden-Age and Cozy Mysteries.

Here are some of my favourite authors of Golden-Age Mystery: Agatha Christie, Georgette Heyer, Ngaio Marsh, and Dorothy L. Sayers.

Some of my favourite Cozy Mystery authors: Jill Churchill, Kate Collins, Leslie Caine, Krista Davis, Carolyn G. Hart, Julie Hyzy, Jenn McKinlay, Joanne Pence, and Denise Swanson.

Happy Reading :-)


message 22: by Jono (new)

Jono Down (jonodown) I've just finished Richard Osman's 'The Thursday Murder Club' a really great murder mystery novel with not a bit of swearing. Really good.


message 23: by Kajehas (new)

Kajehas | 7 comments Walid wrote: "Hello everyone, I’m looking for clean mystery books but struggle finding anything that is well rated (4 and above on goodreads) or something that doesn’t have a tittle like “cake mystery” or someth..."

the Richard Jury series by Martha Grimes

Read in order.


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