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Old 11-17-2011, 08:08 AM   #1
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Seeking advice on good mystery mystery series.

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I am looking for advice from Mystery readers if they would be able to help me out. I am looking for any Mystery series you may know of that is actually about the Mystery. In this vain I mean books that are similar to Sherlock Holmes or the works of Agatha Christie. I dislike many of the new mystery novels as they have these parallel stories with the detective dealing with money problems, relationships, haunted memories from the past, and baggage I really don't care about. What I like is a story where something happens, then the whole book is about solving the mystery, not about the detective. I guess I am old fashioned.

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Old 11-17-2011, 09:01 AM   #2
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I don't know if the Solar Pons stories by August Derleth are available as ebooks but, if not, they are certainly worth checking out in a paper format.



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Old 11-17-2011, 01:54 PM   #4
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carter dickson - henry merrivale series (locked room mystery)
erle stanley gardner - perry mason series (lawyer mystery - finds the criminal at the court)
ellery queen - ellery queen series (it is similar to locked room and agatha christie style)
edgar allan poe - auguste dupin series (the elder brother of the sherlock holmes and ehrcule poirot)
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Old 11-17-2011, 02:14 PM   #5
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Dorothy Sayer's books about Lord Peter Wimsey come to mind.
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Old 11-17-2011, 05:37 PM   #6
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Looks like we're going back to the classics!

I suggest the Continental Op stories of Dashiell Hammett, the Philip Marlowe stories of Raymond Chandler and the Lew Archer stories of Ross MacDonald.
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Old 11-18-2011, 02:47 AM   #7
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I suggest the Continental Op stories of Dashiell Hammett, the Philip Marlowe stories of Raymond Chandler and the Lew Archer stories of Ross MacDonald.
i think dashiell hammett and philip marlowe are more hard-boiled than hercule poirot and sherlock holmes
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Whoa, almost forgot. Anything by John Dickson Carr.
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Whoa, almost forgot. Anything by John Dickson Carr.
don't worry i wrote (carter dickson )
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Old 11-19-2011, 08:20 AM   #10
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Thank you all for your responses.

I have never been a fan of Hard-Boiled detectives so I am going to try the Ellery Queen series.


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Old 11-19-2011, 11:14 AM   #11
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Nero Wolfe is not hard boiled. They are well written mysteries and are well worth reading.
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I saw that, but since I like the novels he published as John Dickson Carr, I though both his pen names deserved to be in the thread.
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