Ah--mysteries. I don't read many, but I love Sarah Shankman's books (female heroine, lots of Americana/ country themes ... some snark, as I recall).
I would also DEFINITELY recommend any L&O fan to check out Erle Stanley Gardner. Actually, in the Perry Mason books that came before the tv series, the dynamic between Perry Mason and Della Street is not very different from Eames/Goren, IMO.
"I didn't take this job to get noticed"--the sadly fictional Detective Alex Eames
Post by prodigaltwit on Jul 8, 2007 2:03:44 GMT -5
Check out the original 'CSI' novels written by Max Allan Collins, Stuart M. Kaminsky and Donn Cortez.
Out of the three, Max, I believe captures the characters of the show best with regards to their personality. The stories aren't based on episodes from the show but are actual original stories. They're not very long and they make for a good read. I'm a big fan of the franchise and I thought they were excellent, check them out.
For rainy day reading, I like Wentworth's Miss Silver, Sherlock Holmes, Peter Wimsey, and anything by Christie. If I'm really feeling like going back in time (and I'm very lucky to have them!), I have a couple of shelves of the original Nancy Drews and Margaret Sutton's Judy Bolton series that I inherited from mystery-loving relatives.
I also like the Aurora Teagarden series by Charlaine Harris, the Joan Hess series about Claire Malloy and though she's more of a spy than detective, I like the Mrs. Pollifax series by Dorothy Gilman.
I'm not sure if you'd classify them as mystery or suspense, but Terri Blackstock has several good series: - Restoration - Warning: this gets a bit sci-fi, speculating on what would happen if there were suddenly no more electricity. - Sun Coast Chronicles - Newpointe 911 - My personal favorites! - Cape Refuge
I also really like Dee Henderson's O'Malley series.
I'm also a fan of Sherlock Holmes, Agatha Christie, Stuart Wood (right spelling?), Paretsky, etc. Anything. I also do light reading. I had the privilege of meeting Ms. Paretsky about 10 years ago, and she is very community oriented and remembers her roots. I was very impressed with her personally through a community meeting at University of Kansas, and then began reading her books.
I'm giving away loads of books and I have trouble doing it. I'm hoping that the Amazon electronic book will eventually replace some of these books! I love, love, love books and my friends used to joke about "book interventions". I only budget about $50 a month for books and we have a book mobile at work for light reading (we share books) AND I do shop at used book stores. I do the library too, but some books I must OWN. It's funny, there are very few CDs or DVDs that I must own, but there are lots of books I want to be able to reach for when I want them. I'll actually spend a weekend organizing them. Isn't that sad
I went back to my childhood last month and re-read all of the first 15 books in the Trixie Belden series.
Anyone else a fan of the girl detective and her best friend, Honey?
Yep. I got interested in them because my mom used to read them. Haven't read them in a while, but I have most of them.
I do the rereading thing every so often too, especially with books about kids in dance or sports: ie Thoroughbred, Noel Streatfield, etc. I recently watched a movie about a ballerina and it inspired me to track down a series called "Satin Slippers," at our local library.
I'm a big believer in C.S. Lewis' advice: if the book isn't worth reading as an adult, it probably wasn't worth reading as a child either ;D