I have everything about Agatha Christie and Sherlock Holmes. I know, I know, typical, obvious and, in the case of Mrs Christie, too simple but what can I say, I like things easy to read.
Donna Leon with her inspector Guido Brunetti (Death at La Fenice, The Anonymous Venetian, Uniform Justice), James Patterson with his detective Alex Cross (Kiss the Girls, Along came a Spider, London Bridges) and P. J. Tracy and their long list of regular characters (Monkeewrench aka Want to Play, Live Bait, Dead Run) are very good as well.
James Patterson has other regular characters called The Women's Murder Club (1st to Die, 2nd Chance) but I haven't read it so I can't give an opinion.
There are actually a few running characters that I enjoy following:
Kay Scarpetta (Medical Examiner) by Patricia Cornwell Alex Delaware (Psychologist) by Jonathan Kellerman Peter Decker (LAPD Detective) by Faye Kellerman Dave Robicheaux (PI/Sheriff's Officer) by James Lee Burke Alex Cross (Cop) by James Patterson
Some other authors I like to read :
Dean Koontz John Saul Tami Hoag May Higgins Clark David Baldacci Stephen King (his earlier stuff is great...his later stuff, not so much)
Speaking of Stephen King, His Dark Tower Series was also a really good read.
I'll read anything and everything even remotely related to Sherlock Holmes. (I actually have tapes of Roger Moore !! as Holmes, and Freud with Holmes.) Dean Koontz knows how to write an enthralling mystery, something Stephen King seems to have trouble with lately.
This search for truth...it's not for the fainthearted.---Robert Goren
Add another Alex Delaware fan to the mix, and I was so shoked that he and Robin broke up.....man. I like them as a couple. I also have a few of Kellerman's wife's(Faye) books with the Decker family.
Kay Scarpetta....awesome....I so hope there are more in the works.
Martha Grimes.....Her character Melrose Plant one of my favorites. Anne Perry.....Thomas and Charlotte Pitt. Kathy Reichs....Temprance Brennan. Lord Peter Wimsey! How could I for get the great Sayers leading man? Sue Grafton, Higgens Clark, P.D. James, Patricia Wentworth's Miss. Maud Silver, always as good as Miss. Marple, and a few other series of collections I have are by Lawrence Brock, J.A. Jance and all most all of Grishams legal dramas.
On Christie I proud to say I've got more than fifty. I'm hoping to aquire the whole collection, but it's tuff. It's took me more than two decades to score "The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding" under that title. I was so stoked to find it.
God I love murder mystries. May my love continue! And broaden.....sorta, I've run out of space to put the things though.
When I get around to collecting them all up every couple of weeks I find that I have them in my bed, under my bed, head board, desk floor, laundry baskets, cat beds, dressers, on the TV, you name it...I've stuffed a book in/on it.
My book shelves them selves have books on books breeding even more books. I really don't have room. A casual estimate of my orphan books would be close to a hundred. I haven't done a book drive in my house for months because of it...I've run out of book case space. A drive would be useless......
Although I suppose I could just start stacking them in front of the cases....hmm...
Post by sisterelwood on Oct 4, 2006 15:11:24 GMT -5
I would have to say my favorite books in general are by R.D. Wingfield. He has a series that he writes known collectively as "A Touch Of Frost". Each book has a different title but they all include the word 'Frost'. The main character is a detective inspector named, appropriately enough, Jack Frost.
The best way to describe the tone of the series is actually from one of the books-
"Jack Frost, Denton Division, is not beloved by his superiors. In fact, he's something of a pain in the brass: unkept and unruly with a taste for crude humor and a tendency to cut corners. They'd like nothing better than to bounce him from the department. The only problem is, Frost's the one D.I. who, by hook or by crook, always seems to find a way to get the job done."
It's a good series mystery-wise and the stories are pretty funny to boot.
"At its best, life is completely unpredictable."~Christopher Walken
I would recommend the DVDs of Touch of Frost as well. They are very entertaining and the character interactions between Frost and his boss Mullet are as entertaining as the interactions this season on CI with Captain Ross and Logan, Wheeler, Goren and Eames. Most of the episodes are available on DVD but they have not aired on US cable in about 4 years since A&E turned into a reality channel for the most part.
Anybody else like the Michael Connelly books with Harry Bosch as the lead detective? Or Jeffrey Deaver with his Lincoln Rhyms character? I find Deaver a bit too gory at times, like Ridley Pearson, so I don't read them like I used to.
I also like the Elizabeth George mysteries, although I think they start to resemble a pattern if you read them too close together. Alistair MacLean and Dick Francis make some simple, easy to enjoy mysteries that are clean enough but still suspenseful for teens and tweens.
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