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Old 02-17-2010, 07:29 PM   #61
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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).
Finally! I was reading this thread and wondering why there was no Ellery-love.

I tend to take a run through the series about every ten years, once I've forgotten all the solutions. As a study of character evolution, I don't think it can be beaten. Good play-fair mysteries, too.

Another love of mine, although little known, is Sara Woods's Antony Maitland books. Maitland is a British barrister who takes on 'hopeless' cases, and does the investigating himself. Very likeable, colorful characters and good mysteries.

I have an autographed EQ book - it's the prize of my library.
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Old 02-17-2010, 08:02 PM   #62
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Might I suggest Lord Darcy by Randall Garrett? A blend of fantasy/alternate universe/detective fiction....
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Finally! I was reading this thread and wondering why there was no Ellery-love.

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I have an autographed EQ book - it's the prize of my library.
When they go to count up all the EQ lovers, include me!
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Old 02-17-2010, 10:19 PM   #64
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I have to put in a nod to the Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles series by Tess Gerritsen.

Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles
1. The Surgeon (2001)
2. The Apprentice (2002)
3. The Sinner (2003)
4. Body Double (2004)
5. Vanish (2005)
6. The Mephisto Club (2006)
7. Keeping the Dead (2008)
8. The Killing Place (2010)

I've read the first 3 so far and they are excellent. The first one was given away as a freebie. That's how I got into Tess' books.
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Old 02-18-2010, 09:11 AM   #65
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I don't think anyone's mentioned Aurelio Zen (by Michael Dibden) or Arkady Renko (Michael Cruz Smith).

Apologies if they have and old age is getting the better of my eyesight!
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Old 02-18-2010, 06:40 PM   #66
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Old 02-19-2010, 08:12 PM   #67
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Love detective stories! Used to read them all the time.

Some of my favorite sleuths are Agatha Christie's Ms. Marple and Poirot, Martha Grimes' Richard Jury/Melrose Plant, Anne Perry's Thomas Pitt and Lawrence Sanders' Francis X. Delaney.
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One of my favorite detectives is Sonchai Jitpleecheep of the Royal Thai Police in a series of novels by John Burdett. I'm currently reading The Godfather of Kathmandu, the 4th and newest in the series that begins with Bangkok 8, and continues with Bangkok Tatoo and Bangkok Haunts.
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Old 06-18-2010, 07:38 PM   #69
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Thanks for starting this tread as I am always looking for new authors. Cleo Coyle's character Clare Cossi is one of my favorite even if it is hard to believe she encounters/witnesses so many murders as a coffee house manager! Janet Evanovich's character Stephanie Plum is by far my all time favorite.
I'd never heard of Cleo Coyle before but looked on Amazon and I like the coffee house/Greenwich Village combo - ordered the sample for my Kindle. Thanks!
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Old 06-18-2010, 07:49 PM   #70
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I have to put in a nod to the Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles series by Tess Gerritsen.

Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles
1. The Surgeon (2001)
2. The Apprentice (2002)
3. The Sinner (2003)
4. Body Double (2004)
5. Vanish (2005)
6. The Mephisto Club (2006)
7. Keeping the Dead (2008)
8. The Killing Place (2010)

I've read the first 3 so far and they are excellent. The first one was given away as a freebie. That's how I got into Tess' books.
Body Double was the first book on tape I ever listened to - thanks for the list; I'd like to read some of the others!
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Old 06-18-2010, 08:33 PM   #71
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I have to put in a nod to the Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles series by Tess Gerritsen.
It'll probably be dismal, but the Rizzoli and Isles books are going to be a TV series (starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander) on TNT starting July 12th.
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Aurora Teagarden series by Charlaine Harris
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Old 06-18-2010, 09:28 PM   #73
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John Sandford's Lucas Davenport series is my current favorite. I also get a kick out of Leslie Glass' Detective April Woo, although she's no longer writing the series. Of course Nero Wolf and Archie Goodwin got me started reading sleuth stories...years ago.
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It'll probably be dismal, but the Rizzoli and Isles books are going to be a TV series (starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander) on TNT starting July 12th.
Heard that and put it on my calendar - could be bad but I figure it's worth a look.
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Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe,
Peter Robinson's Inspector Banks,
Ian Rankin's Detective Rebus,
John Connolly's Charlie Parker, and
Andrew Vachss' Burke
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