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Old 08-05-2013, 12:43 PM   #16
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Thanks for starting the thread, Stitchawl. Am already familiar with:

Raymond Chandler
Dashiell Hammett
C.J. Box
Michael Connelly (love)
Lee Child (no thanks)
Robert Crais
Jo Nesbo
Henning Mankell
John Sanford (love)
Robert Parker (no thanks)
James Lee Burke (love)
Stuart Woods (no thanks)
Kellerman (no thanks)
Tony Hillerman (love)
Craig Johnson (da best)
Lawrence Block
Elmore Leonard


I've dabbled with some of the others mentioned. I'm looking for another grand slam author like Craig Johnson, Michael Connelly, John Sanford, James Lee Burke, Tony Hillerman.

I have other interests, too: historical fiction, tongue-in-cheek detective, hard boiled, fiction but tend to prefer American male authors: T. Coraghessan Boyle, John Irvine, Stephen Dobyns, Charles Frazier. That said, I love some of Bryce Courtenay's work: The Power of One, Tandia, The Persimmon Tree. Several other slip my mind at the moment.
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Old 08-05-2013, 01:31 PM   #17
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Are there any difference between mystery/detective and thrillers?

I am asking because I heard that Lee child and C. J. Box write more thrillers rather than proper mysteries.

The Jack Reacher novels are mix of what I would call "men's adventure," "thriller" and "detective" genres.

Reacher was a military police investigator, and in many of the stories, his investigative abilities are heavily relied on to figure out who's doing what to whom and why.

Others focus more on his ability to put a serious hurt on bad guys.

Let me also mention, as I just finished it last week, Robert Galbraith's (aka JKR) Cuckoo's Calling, is a really enjoyable straight up private eye mystery.

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I seem to prefer the Scandinavian crime writers but as well as the already mentioned Lee Child, what about James Patterson (Alex Cross & Womens Murder Club)?
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Old 08-05-2013, 02:43 PM   #19
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I prefer the so-called "golden age" of British detective fiction: Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, Ngaio Marsh, Margery Allingham, etc. I also enjoy the more modern British crime writers such as Ian Rankin, Peter Robinson, etc.
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Old 08-05-2013, 04:01 PM   #20
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I've read and enjoyed (pretty well loved) books by all the authors mentioned, and many of my favorite authors have been mentioned already.

I can't get enough of Robert K. Tanenbaum's legal procedurals. Great characters and lots of them, widely varied and interesting plots, lots of action and interaction. For me totally immersive and fun at the same time.

I am kind of off Robicheaux for the time being as I found Dave got a bit too gloomy and introspective as time went on. A similar character although less introspective is Tres Navarre series by Rick Riordan. If you like James lee Burke you will probably like these as well.

I love British mysteries as well, both old and new. Great character depth to Dorothy Sayers and Allingham, definitely not thrillers but have their moments. Martha Grimes write a great British mystery IMO in spite of being an American woman. And have recently discovered Bryant and May by Christopher Fowler. Two octogenarian detectives fighting current crimes and solving cold cases that they didn't resolve in the distant past while the world keeps hoping they will retire.

Asian detective stories fascinate me as well, I may be in love with Dr. Siri Paiboun by Colin Cotterill another British author. Chief Inspector Chen Cao series by Qiu Xiaolong is calm and non thrilling, but you feel you are experiencing a fairly realistic depiction of another culture. Very enjoyable.

Garrett Pi rocks as does Simon R. Green in the fantasy detective line.

I guess there isn't a mystery I won't read, but Robert B. Parker and Rex Stout may be my top 2. I am so invested in these guys that I will read the sequels written by others after their deaths.

I would also like to Mention

Harlan Coben - Bolitar series
Elmore Leonard - Pretty well anything even his westerns
James Grippando Jack Swytek
William Lashner - Victor Carl
Dennis Lehane - Kenzie and Gennaro
John Lescroart - Dismas Hardy
Walter Mosley - Various series
Richard Stevenson - Donald Strachey
Duane Swierczynski - Charlie Hardie
Andrew Vachss - Burke
Randy Wayne White - Doc Ford
Thomas Perry - Jane Whitefield
Don Winslow - Neal Carey

I've read more than one book by all of the above and my aim is to read them all.

Then there is the Destroyer Series by Warren Murphy & Richard Sapir. Not sure what these are but Stitchawl would know as his was the recommendation that got me started on them.

Too many books, too little time

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Old 08-05-2013, 04:12 PM   #21
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My favourite American crime authors are: Sara Paretsky, Carol O'Connel, Denis Lehane, Rex Stout, Donal E. Westlake and Craig Rice.
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Old 08-05-2013, 05:02 PM   #22
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I'd add James Ellroy. His L.A. quartet, starting with the Black Dahlia, is an amazing set of dark twisted detective noir.

And a +1 to Michael Connelly's Bosch series. His sense of location in LA, especially in the early novels, was great.
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Old 08-05-2013, 06:46 PM   #23
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There are some great suggestions here! I thought it might be a good time to start a new MobileRead listopia - a MobileRead Recommended Mystery & Detective list. Please consider voting for your favourites. You do need a Goodreads account to vote, but you can edit your votes at any time as you read new books.
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Old 08-06-2013, 05:15 AM   #24
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I prefer the so-called "golden age" of British detective fiction: Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, Ngaio Marsh, Margery Allingham, etc. I also enjoy the more modern British crime writers such as Ian Rankin, Peter Robinson, etc.
If you like Ian Rankin's Rebus novels, then I'd suggest you try Stuart MacBride. His Logan McRae series are very well written, *very* dark and gritty police novels set in Aberdeen.

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If you like Ian Rankin's Rebus novels, then I'd suggest you try Stuart MacBride. His Logan McRae series are very well written, *very* dark and gritty police novels set in Aberdeen.

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Thanks for the recommendation - I haven't come across him, and I'll certainly take a look. There are so many excellent British crime authors around at the moment - we're very lucky.
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If you like Ian Rankin's Rebus novels, then I'd suggest you try Stuart MacBride. His Logan McRae series are very well written, *very* dark and gritty police novels set in Aberdeen.
Sound interesting so I just bought the first books. Book number one and two is available for $0.99 at amazon.com.
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I am currently working my way thr' Craig Johnson books - I am trying not to read them too quickly as I am really enjoying them and feel almost bereft when I have finished one. I tried watching the Longmire TV series but it wasn't a patch on the books.

Steven Havill and William Kent Krueger are also excellent
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Old 08-06-2013, 06:56 AM   #28
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...Detective stories can be thrillers, but most thrillers are not detective stories (and equally, most detective stories are not thrillers)...
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Reacher was a military police investigator, and in many of the stories, his investigative abilities are heavily relied on to figure out who's doing what to whom and why...
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Thank you, I guess I will stick to detective genre, then. What about C. J. Box?

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Lee Child (no thanks)
Robert Parker (no thanks)
Stuart Woods (no thanks)
Kellerman (no thanks)
Craig Johnson (da best)
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Care to explain your reasons? That might help us potential readers decide better. Parker and Kellerman are on my to read list and I never heard about Craig Johnson.
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Thank you, I guess I will stick to detective genre, then. What about C. J. Box?
C.J. Box's main series features Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett. Obviously not a detective per se, but he is in law enforcement and always gets involved in murders, etc. The books are very well done and Pickett is a fascinating character. The vivid depictions of western scenery, Wild West type characters, and consistently solid writing make this an enjoyable series, one I keep coming back to. It is not especially dark in tone but there is a fair amount of violence and cursing. The first book is called Open Season, published in 2001 I believe.
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Like HarryT, I tend to prefer Golden Age British detective fiction, but I have branched out recently and read more modern authors. My favourite detectives (authors in brackets) are:

Albert Campion (Margery Allingham)
Bruno CourrŔges (Martin Walker)
Bryant and May (Christopher Fowler)
Chief Inspector Barnaby (Caroline Graham)
Dr. Basil Willing (Helen McCLoy)
Flavia de Luce (Alan Bradley)
Gervase Fen (Edmund Crispin)
Hannah Scarlett and Daniel Kind (Martin Edwards)
Hercule Poirot (Agatha Christie)
Inspector Cockrill (Christianna Brand)
Jimmy Perez (Ann Cleeves)
Lord Peter Wimsey (Dorothy Sayers)
Lynley/Havers (Elizabeth George)
Marjorie Fleming (Aline Templeton)
Mary Russell (Laurie R. King)
Miss Marple (Agatha Christie)
Roderick Alleyn (Ngaio Marsh)
Vera Stanhope (Ann Cleeves)
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