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Old 02-06-2010, 07:53 PM   #46
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Hercule Poirot, Sherlock Holmes, Inspector Wexford
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Old 02-08-2010, 05:55 AM   #47
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The already mentioned Dirk Gently, but also Elijah Bailey and R. Daneel Olivaw from Asimov's Caves Of Steel, and Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden. For those of you interested in sci-fi detective stories, you might find the following sites of interest:

http://mainly-mysteries.blogspot.com...etectives.html

http://www.bopsecrets.org/gateway/li...e/escapist.htm

http://www.ascpl.lib.oh.us/internetr...fdetective.pdf
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Old 02-09-2010, 02:14 PM   #48
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Luckily, the late great Robert B. Parker left some new titles for us - his next Jesse Stone novel, SPLIT IMAGE, is due on February 23rd.
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Old 02-09-2010, 07:05 PM   #49
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Does anyone have any hard boiled detectives to recommend?
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Old 02-10-2010, 08:26 AM   #50
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Need some recommendations:
which authors are good at locked room sleuthing?

By locked room I simply just mean static situations, not necessarily a ROOM e.g. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie.
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Old 02-10-2010, 09:32 AM   #51
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All of my favorites are already in this thread, nothing to add heh...
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Old 02-10-2010, 09:37 AM   #52
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Wikipedia on the locked room story. I already mentioned Futrelle I think, and I am too lazy to go through the Wikipedia and list all the ones I can personally vouch for, but there were names I recognized.
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Old 02-11-2010, 11:37 AM   #53
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Does anyone have any hard boiled detectives to recommend?
How about Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch? I really enjoy those books.
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Old 02-11-2010, 12:59 PM   #54
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By locked room I simply just mean static situations
Well, if you want a detective in the locked room, there's always Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe. And for an author who always plays fair, you can't beat Ellery Queen (limiting this to the books in which Ellery is the sleuth; I'm not crazy about Queen's stories with others doing the detecting).

Another favorite author is Dick Francis, who doesn't really write series detective stories except for two or three books about Sid Halley. Each book revolves in some way around steeplechase racing, but the detective is usually someone who just finds him or herself in a situation that they have to get out of.
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Old 02-11-2010, 04:10 PM   #55
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One of the best sleuths, Ed Clive, only appeared once in the Leigh Brackett Novel 'No Good From A Corpse". Because of Brackett's masterly writing skills she was hired to write the Big Sleep screenplay alongside William Faulkner. It's a fantastic book, and the nearest you'll get to Chandler without it being Chandler. It's also available for free at Munsey's (http://www.munseys.com/book/31305/No_Good_from_a_Corpse)
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Old 02-11-2010, 04:40 PM   #56
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I agree with a lot of the people in this thread.

I also have some favorite amateur sleuth series that have cats and dogs as main characters: Koko (and his human James "Qwill" Qwilleran) from Lillian Jackson Braun's The Cat Who... series, Mrs. Murphy, Tucker and Pewter from Rita Mae Brown's Mrs. Murphy books, and Holly Winter and her Alaskan Malamutes from Susan Conant's Dog Lover Mysteries.
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Old 02-14-2010, 10:29 AM   #57
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C.F. Wong and Joyce Mc Quinney from Nury Vittachi
Kommissar Kluftinger from Volker Klüpfel and Michael Kobr
Elvis Cole and Joe Pike from Robert Crais
Ian Rankin's Inspector Rebus
Eliot Pattison's Inspector Shan
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I'd like to suggest:

Harry Kemelman's books staring Rabbi David Small

Brian Freeman's Jonathan Stride series

Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake (erotic magic-oriented detective series of a sort)

J. A. Konrath's Jack Daniels series (see his blog for great commentary on ebooks/drm/etc)

Gregory McDonald's Fletch series.

Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child's Pendergast series.

The Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters.

Ridley Pearson's Boldt/Matthews series.

I'm sure someone's mentioned The No.1 Ladies series...it's on my list to read after having loved the BBC series of the same name.

And I have a nostalgic memory for the Hardy Boys and Tom Swift/Tom Swift Jr. books.
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Philip Marlowe, without a doubt. And Pepe Carvalho, the Calalan sleuth who burns books in his chimney and is a lover of good food. After reading Zelda's contribution I might add Adamsberg, though I agree with her about the evangelists, I liked them much better.
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Anyone read the Karen Rose books, they are a bit graphic and gruesome, but well worth reading. Not sure if you can get them as ebooks, as I read them in pb before I got the Sony.
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