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Old 07-08-2010, 03:02 PM   #91
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Wow I am quite surprised that no mentioned James Patterson's character Alex Cross and also Robert Langdon of Dan Brown's books. I am partial to Alex Cross since I read Along Came a Spider about 10 times. Might be time to pick that up again.
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Anna Pigeon, the park ranger in the Nevada Barr books. I always feel like I need to put on my hiking boots before I start reading those...

And we can't leave out quirky little Flavia de Luce from the two Alan Bradley books!
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Favorite sleuths? Elementary, my dear Watson...the one and only, of course. Not that I can find anything good to say about that crass new movie, but hey, I guess film studios have to make money somehow, and they don't have that many great ideas, so it's tough.

After Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot takes second place in my book. I never really enjoyed the Jane Marple mysteries quite as much.
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Old 07-13-2010, 10:45 PM   #94
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Seven pages and nobody has mentioned Jeremiah Healey's ex MP John Cuddy. I think Healey won an Edgar or two for that series.
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Old 07-13-2010, 11:51 PM   #95
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Cornwell's early stuff is very good but her more recent ones are really awful, She has declined a lot, imho. Anything from after the time she tried to go 'literary' is just dreadful.
I have to concur with that. I always figured that the later books were "contractual obligation" novels. Mailed in.
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Old 07-14-2010, 09:50 AM   #96
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Favorite sleuths? Elementary, my dear Watson...the one and only, of course. Not that I can find anything good to say about that crass new movie, but hey, I guess film studios have to make money somehow, and they don't have that many great ideas, so it's tough.

After Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot takes second place in my book. I never really enjoyed the Jane Marple mysteries quite as much.
Heretic!

I like all three of those you mentioned, but Holmes is the only one of whom I can say I've read all 4 novels and all 56 short stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in addition to a few that were written by others. I've also watched The Mystery of the Leaping Fish (1916) starring Douglas Fairbanks as "Coke Ennyday;" a Holmes parody, and enjoyed it.

Of the Holmes novels written by people who weren't Doyle, my favorites are The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1974) by Nicholas Meyer and A Study in Terror (1966) by Ellery Queen and Paul W. Fairman. The latter was based on a movie of the same name which I've never seen, although I did see The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1975) and thought it was excellent. It was a revisionist take on the legend, but respectfully so.

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Old 07-14-2010, 02:17 PM   #97
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I haven't read a lot of mystery, mainly just Christie, Conan Doyle and the Trixie Belden series when I was a kid. My favourite Christie sleuths are Tommy and Tuppence Beresford, then Poirot. It's not that I dislike Miss Marple, I just don't like her as much. I like Sherlock Holmes as a character, but prefer reading Christie because her mysteries are more about the "little grey cells" than physical evidence - you actually have an opportunity to solve the mystery yourself, which you can't with Holmes.
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Old 07-14-2010, 11:24 PM   #98
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I would like to add Jasper Fforde's Detective Inspector Jack Spratt / Detective Sergeant Mary Mary combo from the Nursery Crime Division. Only the two books so far though, The Big Over Easy and The Fourth Bear.
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Old 07-20-2010, 06:09 PM   #99
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New discovery: Harry Hole the inspector from Jo Nesbo's series set in Norway

All-time fav: Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov from the Stuart Kaminsky series set in Moscow

Gorgeous: Commissario Guido Brunetti from Donna Leon's series set in
Venice

Italy: Marshal Guarnaccia from the series by Magdalen Nabb

Icelandic Noir: Detective Erlendur from Arnaldur Indriðason's series.

American: Steve Carella from Ed McBain's 87th Precinct novels.

Last but not least: Abe Lieberman from Stuart Kaminsky's Lieberman series

I also want to second and third and maybe fourth, Travis McGee, Father Brown, Morse(major crush) and Rebus.

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Old 07-20-2010, 06:23 PM   #100
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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.
I've seen the first episode so far and while it was ok, it was a real rush/hatchet job of the second book in the series. Just so much was left out. What they need to is make this like a mini-series where it's not just 45 minutes for the story. Then they can do things the way the books do them and get it done right. But one thing that does bother me is Sasha Alexander. She's wrong for the part. And the character of Isles is not blond. She has dark hair. In the third book, it was shaped in a Cleopatra cut. So really, these little details they need to get right or don't do it.
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Old 07-26-2010, 05:34 PM   #101
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An author I read many years ago was A. C. Baantjer who was a Dutch policeman that then wrote novels.

His books were usually titled with the beginning, "DeKok and the..."

DeKok was the English spelling of De Cock (the cook) and when the books came out, he was compared as the Dutch Conan Doyle. I enjoyed them when I read them years ago.
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Old 07-28-2010, 02:41 PM   #102
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Spenser. The best ever. RIP Robert Parker.
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Old 07-28-2010, 03:30 PM   #103
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Spenser. The best ever. RIP Robert Parker.
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I'll sure miss the one and only Mr. Parker - already do!
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For many years I read mainstream literary fiction and nonfiction. Then, a couple of years ago, I rediscovered mysteries and found that I love the ones with a lot of dialogue and not too much description - which inspired me to write the first Del Jakes mystery in a sleek fast-moving style.

I'm thrilled to have found Parker's Jesse Stone, Sunny Randall and Spenser, and Connelly's Harry Bosch - among others.

Who are your FAVORITE SLEUTHS?
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Old 08-17-2010, 01:22 PM   #105
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Just discovered D.D. Warren, a detective in Lisa Gardner's THE NEIGHBOR. This was my first Gardner novel and it really kept me guessing.

Can anyone recommend another Gardner title that kept them turning the pages - or clicking the ereader?
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