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Old 08-07-2013, 09:17 PM   #46
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Elizabeth George is not one my favorites.

I love Martha Grimes Richard Jury and Melrose Plant books, though. I was rather taken aback when I found out that she was American.

They are quite whimsical in a way, but with good mysteries, a wide cast of interesting and consistent characters, and a few quite dark moments. Reminiscent of Sayers and Allingham, but set in the 60's on IIRC.

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Off I went to Amazon.com, and was all excited to see 22 in the series on Kindle - only to come up against those geographical restrictions! But I am allowed to purchase the German versions - go figure...
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Off I went to Amazon.com, and was all excited to see 22 in the series on Kindle - only to come up against those geographical restrictions! But I am allowed to purchase the German versions - go figure...
Agghhh
I read somewhere in the forums that the Australian government is in favor of bypassing geological restrictions and giving pointers on it?

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I read somewhere in the forums that the Australian government is in favor of bypassing geological restrictions and giving pointers on it?

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Here in New Zealand the government is talking about taxing overseas online purchases..

Oh well, I will add Martha to my list of "e-books to buy when I am in the US"
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Old 08-07-2013, 09:35 PM   #49
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Nancy Kopp has written 5 mystery/thriller books. At least some of them are currently available as kindle ebooks I believe if not all 5. Though not a male author she does write well. I don't really know any modern American male authors of mysteries that well but I don't think you can go wrong with Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes. Isaac Asimov wrote some short mysteries and at least one novel length mystery.
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Old 08-08-2013, 06:24 PM   #50
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I don't think this American male detective series was mentioned yet (or I missed it if it was) - the Moe Prager books by Reed Farrel Coleman. Prager is a former NYPD cop who became a private detective.
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Old 08-09-2013, 02:49 AM   #51
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He does get very dark at times - I've heard it said that he makes Ian Rankin look like Enid Blyton

The humour appeals to me too

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Sorry, which author uses humour?
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Sorry, which author uses humour?
Sorry - I should have been clearer. I was referring to Stuart MacBride's Logan McRae series - very dark and twisted, but with a vein of macabre humour running through it. That's not to say the humour is the primary element - it's not - but it does raise its head occasionally.

Brilliant books, IMHO.

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Old 08-09-2013, 07:16 AM   #53
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...I felt that after a couple of books it became more kind of relationship books than detective stories. The focus seemed mostly to be on the protagonists personal problems.
That reminds me about 'The guards' by Ken Bruen. The book has around 300 pages (mostly one/two word sentences or lists). Out of which may be 20-30 were the real mystery. The remaining is the hero boozing around. I was almost convinced that the copy that I have was missing many pages, until I read the reviews from goodreads. I liked his writing style though.

Anyone has an opinion about Kate atkinson, Laura lippman, Tana French or Nancy Pickard? I read good comments about them (I love psychological mysteries).

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Old 08-09-2013, 08:28 AM   #54
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That reminds me about 'The guards' by Ken Bruen. The book has around 300 pages (mostly one/two word sentences or lists). Out of which may be 20-30 were the real mystery. The remaining is the hero boozing around. I was almost convinced that the copy that I have was missing many pages, until I read the reviews from goodreads. I liked his writing style though.

Anyone has an opinion about Kate atkinson, Laura lippman, Tana French or Nancy Pickard? I read good comments about them (I love psychological mysteries).
Ken Bruen is all about atmosphere and lyrical writing...and it's quite dark too. Although I wouldn't say all of them are quite that lacking in mystery! Generally speaking they are too dark for me.

Laura Lipman is hit or miss for me. She has written one that I thought was just awesome, but every other book I've tried by her has been pretty ho-hum. Nancy Pickard writes what I'd call old-fashioned mysteries. They're solid, but I'm not necessarily captured by the characters every time (I've only tried two or three.)
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Have any of the detective novel fans here ever read The Strange Death of Eugene Kling by Jim Thompson? This title was mentioned in a book of an entirely different type that I read, but I am wondering whether or not it was any good as a detective story?
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I don't think this American male detective series was mentioned yet (or I missed it if it was) - the Moe Prager books by Reed Farrel Coleman. Prager is a former NYPD cop who became a private detective.
Very good series.
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A lot of people like Robert Crais and Stephen Hunter, those are two more on my list, can't vouch for them personally yet.
I can.

Stephen J Cannell died a couple years ago, but his Shane Scully series is really good. If you are including thrillers, then Brad Thor. David Rosenfelt's Andy Carpenter series is very entertaining and worth a read. David Baldacci. John Lescroart.
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Add my vote for James Ellroy (any James Ellroy, not just the L. A. Quartet).

And, another of my favourites is Philipp Kerr's Bernie Gunther novels (currently nine books and counting). Gunther starts as a Berlin homicide detective in the early years of the Nazi period. You'll have to read the series to see where he ends up.
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Stephen J Cannell died a couple years ago, but his Shane Scully series is really good. If you are including thrillers, then Brad Thor. David Rosenfelt's Andy Carpenter series is very entertaining and worth a read. David Baldacci. John Lescroart.
Oh, I didn't know Stephen Cannell died. I enjoyed his series too.
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Add my vote for James Ellroy (any James Ellroy, not just the L. A. Quartet).

And, another of my favourites is Philipp Kerr's Bernie Gunther novels (currently nine books and counting). Gunther starts as a Berlin homicide detective in the early years of the Nazi period. You'll have to read the series to see where he ends up.
That is a teaser if I have ever heard one.

I have read 4 of the series at least and like them. Kind of quiet, but very believable both of the characters and historically. No idea how historically accurate they are but Bernie Gunther is to me a man trying to get by in a country he is unhappy with, but doesn't want to abandon and does his best but still must compromise himself. Kind of unique perhaps.

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