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Old 10-30-2008, 10:52 AM   #31
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i'm not sure how well i can explain this but for instance where the Inspector Rebus mysteries are bleak, Elizabeth George's books are sordid.
That's a very good way of putting it and, although I don't entirely agree with you, I do understand what you mean. The "baddies" in the Rebus books are generally "straightforward" violent criminals, but Elizabeth George tends to have characters who are mentally disturbed rather than merely "criminal". I do find them disturbing books to read.
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Old 10-30-2008, 11:42 AM   #32
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I've read a lot of James Hadley Chase at one time. Manybooks has one book from him.
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I've read a lot of James Hadley Chase at one time. Manybooks has one book from him.

I put together two of them, available here on MobileRead.

Chase, James Hadey: 12 Chinamen And A Woman. v1.0 13 July 07

Chase, James Hadley: No Orchids For Miss Blandish. v1, 16 Sept 2008

Enjoy.

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Old 11-01-2008, 09:32 PM   #34
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on paper, but still worth a read

One of my favorite detectives is Zoot Marlowe, in Mel Gilden's Surfing Samurai Robots, Hawaiian UFO Aliens, &c., but apparently they are not yet available in e-book form.
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Old 11-03-2008, 06:14 AM   #35
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ah, but they are available on my bookcase. funny books, a hint of sci-fi, some fantasy, humor and even detecting!

i love the second one - there's an homage to a local l.a. restaurant in it, right down to a particular waiter. the restaurant is now a lingerie club but it lives on with zoot and the surfers

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Old 11-04-2008, 11:33 AM   #36
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Don't overlook Freeman Wills Crofts who wrote a lot of detective stories in the 1920s and 30s. I think there is only one on Manybooks: The Pit-Prop Syndicate (1922).
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Old 11-07-2008, 05:30 AM   #37
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thanks for the recommend. it's also his only book on gutenberg. funny thing is he wrote 2 books before it - wouldn't those also be out of copyright?

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Old 11-07-2008, 06:00 AM   #38
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thanks for the recommend. it's also his only book on gutenberg. funny thing is he wrote 2 books before it - wouldn't those also be out of copyright?
Certainly, but, regretably, not every out of copyright book is currently on PG .
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If you like Early PD James and Ruth Rendell's Wexford novels then you may well enjoy Dorothy Simpson's detective novels.
It's also worth mentioning Peter Robinson's atmospheric Yorkshire detective series.
On your recommendation I have now read the first two Inspector Banks books by Peter Robinson and the first Thanet book by Dorothy Simpson (I am currently reading the second one) and I liked them a lot. Just wanted to say that this was good recommendations

I am currently watching the Jack Frost TV-series so it reminded me of R.D. Wingfield's books about Jack Frost which I really can recommend. I have read all of them twice. Unfortunately there is only five of them.
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Old 12-06-2008, 10:14 PM   #40
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I'm glad that you liked them, tompe.
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Old 12-07-2008, 04:47 AM   #41
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I am currently watching the Jack Frost TV-series so it reminded me of R.D. Wingfield's books about Jack Frost which I really can recommend. I have read all of them twice. Unfortunately there is only five of them.
Although I'm a fan of the TV series, I must admit that I've not read the books. I'll have to give them a go!
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Old 12-08-2008, 08:31 PM   #42
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Thanks for so many great recommendations, everybody - lots more to peruse!

Right now I'm reading Wilkie Collins' The Moonstone, which is available here. It's 19th century, an early entry in the genre, and very delightful so far. (Thanks, Harry!)
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I'm going to have to recommend Tess Gerritsen. I've read four of her books so far and loved them. She has a way about her writing that makes you want to keep reading. And her characters see quite real.
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I also have enjoyed lots of Rankin, Ellery Queen, Reginald Hill and Agathie Christie books. I'd also recommend Lawrence Block (Eight Million Ways To Die) and Michael Connelly (Black Echo) and Jonathan Kellerman (Silent Partner).
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Are any of the Ellery Queen books available as ebooks yet? I've read some in the past (have 5 in hard cover though two are currently awol and probably packed away somewhere) and have always enjoyed them.
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