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ScrappySam
05-10-2007, 08:19 AM
I've noticed a few of us read mystery books. I'm always looking for a good book, a super mystery series or another author to add to my list of "must read". So let's list some of our favorites (or not so favorites) mystery books or authors. Here's a start with a few of my favorites:

Laurie R. King - love her Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russell series
Dana Stabenow's Kate Shugak series that takes place in Alaska
Nevada Barr's National Park series with Ranger Anna Pigeon
Joan Hess - both of her fun, whacky series

sam

ScrappySam
05-10-2007, 08:19 AM
I've noticed a few of us read mystery books. I'm always looking for a good book, a super mystery series or another author to add to my list of "must read". So let's list some of our favorites (or not so favorites) mystery books or authors. Here's a start with a few of my favorites:

Laurie R. King - love her Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russell series
Dana Stabenow's Kate Shugak series that takes place in Alaska
Nevada Barr's National Park series with Ranger Anna Pigeon
Joan Hess - both of her fun, whacky series

sam

Penster (pjwlee)
05-10-2007, 08:22 AM
Nora Roberts,
JD Robb, Lt. Dalles series
Danielle Steel.
Star Trek novels.

oniska
05-10-2007, 09:03 AM
I like Sandra Brown

luvscraping
05-10-2007, 09:16 AM
Penny, I am a <span class="ev_code_RED">Nora Roberts</span> fan as well, I have every book of hers that I can find, and all her <span class="ev_code_RED">JD Robb In Death Series</span>, well except the latest reliese which I can't seem to find and I know they are in the stores because a lady got the last one when I went looking, bummer. Totol all books of just hers around 150, at my last count.

and the Harry Potter series (can't think of her name off the top of my head.

All the <span class="ev_code_RED">Babylon 5 series</span> as well

DiannaMF
05-10-2007, 03:51 PM
My fav is Syndey Sheldon, the endings are NEVER predictable!

javamom
05-10-2007, 04:40 PM
If you up up for a laugh and a mystery, try Janet Evanavich's Stephanie Plum series of books. HILARIOUS!! I haven't read one yet where I didn't laugh out loud! I think there are 13 of them now.

The first one is ONE FOR THE MONEY by Janet Evanovich (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/customer-reviews/0312362080/sr=8-11/qid=1178836649/ref=cm_cr_dp_pt/103-1767337-8041455?ie=UTF8&n=283155&s=books&qid=1178836649&sr=8-11).

ScrappySam
05-10-2007, 05:03 PM
I KNOW!! Isn't she just a riot! I finish her books in one sitting and get the best bellie laugh the whole way through.

http://forum.startascrapbook.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gifsam

Cass17
05-15-2007, 09:48 AM
I wish I had time to read. Well, I read magazines sometimes.
I had an idea...maybe all of you that read a lot can swap books....like paperbacks that would be cheap to send through media mail or something.

Penster (pjwlee)
05-15-2007, 10:38 AM
Tammy,
You're gona love the new JD Robb,(AKA Roberts) Born in death. she has another one out, but HC, I only buy paperback, easier to store.
Christi,

Hvn't read Janet Evanavich's , will have to try her.

Going to bookstore is as bad as going to SB store, well maybe not as bad close 2nd.

akgrniz
05-15-2007, 10:46 AM
I read just about everything I love Nicholas Sparks, Danielle Steel, Kate White, James Patterson, Luanne RIce and I read lots of murder mystery too whatever looks good.

I will have to check out Janet Evanavich's books I love a good lauh when reading.

I love that I have a library now 2 blocks away from my house makes it much easier to get books. I bought a ton when a bookstore here went out of business they were mostly Luanne Rice and vampire romance/mystery.

tlc3plus
05-15-2007, 10:48 AM
I read all the time... lately a while before bed or if I wake in the nite.... I read anything and everything.

I go through stages sometime 5 book a week and than it will be 5 months (I'll put myself on a diet till I get thing done....LOL.) I jsut made myself drop a book club. LOL.

Clarinda

ScrappySam
05-15-2007, 02:03 PM
I could never be on a book diet ( http://forum.startascrapbook.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif) if I don't have one opened, and 2-3 ready to read next I panic. If anyone needs a mystery list - just ask. I collect first editions, love mystery series that feature women (or written my women) (well OK a few male authors are thrown in there 2) and have bookcases filled (figure when I get really senile I won't remember the endings anyway - might as well keep the best for later, again)

sam

akgrniz
05-15-2007, 02:56 PM
I looked for the One for the Money, the store had every one but that one so I went to the library on the way home, they had a few but not that one so I put a hold on it to be delivered to that library eventually. Can't wait they look like a fun read!! Thanks for the tip http://forum.startascrapbook.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Angie53
05-18-2007, 08:16 AM
Oh Sam.. I couldn't believe it when I was reading over some messages I'd missed that you liked Laurie R King.. I just LOVED her Sherlock Holmes series. I think I've read nearly everything written about Sherlock Holmes.
Now.. you like Mystery books.. well my Miss Tshina INSISTS on me telling you her favourite mysteries. She knows and I know you would just love them http://forum.startascrapbook.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif
Try read "THE CAT WHO..." series by Lilian Jackson Braun. The books feature a reporter named James Qwilleran and his Siamese cats Kao K'o-Kung, Koko for short, and Yum-Yum. They are usually murder mysteries but believe it or not.. there is no violence http://forum.startascrapbook.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif no sex, no swearing and yet they are terrific mysteries.
I will guarantee you'll have a good laugh as well.. and yet.. they are not comedies. I have read all our libary has but I'm borrowing them again and again because Tshina just loves me reading them her. I make all the right sound effects http://forum.startascrapbook.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif
"Now Koko is the boy cat and he says YOWWWWW" and "Yum yum is the girl like Tshina and she says NOWWWWWWW" etc etc <laugh>
Sorry.. just had to tell you this..
Try one.. I don't think you'll be disappointed. There are quite a few Cat Detective books out there.. we love them.

love ya... Angie MEIOWWWWW from Tshina

ScrappySam
05-18-2007, 09:16 AM
ROFL, Angie! I agree with ya about Laurie King's series -- Awesome! Can't wait for their next adventure.

Plus, thanks for the recommendation! And I, too love Lilian Braun's series. I've found a number of great mysteries that aren't violent and fun to read. AND Tshina: NOWwwwwww right back at ya - LOL

http://forum.startascrapbook.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gifSAM

akgrniz
07-02-2007, 11:29 AM
Ok I am reading One for the Money and could not put it down!! You were right i was laughing out loud I can't wait to read more. Thanks for the advice on this series Java!!

jujuann
07-02-2007, 09:29 PM
In the Harlequin Intrigue series they have a black cat who solves mysteries called, Familiar. It is funny reading a book through an animals eyes and to read the comments that they might say. The insight into the human psyche is a hoot!

javamom
07-03-2007, 04:44 AM
akgrniz- http://forum.startascrapbook.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif I am so glad I have recruited another Stephanie Plum fan! They just get funnier & funnier!

nanamsc
07-03-2007, 05:30 AM
judith, that sounds very interesting. the next time i go to the library, i am gonna have to check that out.
java, stephanie plum hummmmmm??? going to check out that too.

ginnyathome
07-03-2007, 01:45 PM
LOVE Stephanie Plum. I'm reading "Mean, Lean, Thirteen" now. Mary - I wish you were closer to Kansas. I have all the Plum books and love to share with others who like to read!
Check out John Dunning. Writes the "Bookman" series and has also written some others. He used to own the Algonquin Book Store in Denver and retired to write. My favorite is "Two O'clock Eastern War Time" which I think is as good a book as you could find anywhere, of any kind.
Also, for those who like some humor, check out Elizabeth Peter's Egyptian series. Do try to read them in order, though. They make better sense that way. Also funny are Jill Churchill's books - any of them - and you don't need to read in order!
I've read most of the "cat, who" books and agree they are pleasant reading. I also really enjoy Martha Grimes and P.D. James.

scrappin-wannabe
07-03-2007, 05:25 PM
another Evanovich/Stephanie Plum fan here - love that pistol packing grandma! this series is laugh out loud funny!

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javamom
07-04-2007, 09:51 PM
OMG!! Grandma Mazur & Lula are my favorites...oh and Sally sweet too!

Did you know that they are working on a movie??

I am picturing "the Rock" as Ranger, Sandra Bullock as Stephanie, and either the little old lady from Golden Girls or the one from the Nanny as G-ma Mazur!

I can't picture who'd play Joe Morelli though...any ideas?


Ginny - I adore Elizabeth Peters Egyptian series! Amelia is such a hoot! I have always been fascinated with all things ancient Egyptian, and if i could rename myself,my name would be Nefret! Love it!! I am a little behind in that series but hope to get back in the groove this summer!

akgrniz
07-05-2007, 11:22 AM
I can't wait to read more of the Stephanie Plum books!! Are the others books by Evanovich funny and just as good too? I have seen a few of them and they don't seem to part of a series like the numbers ones.

ScrappySam
07-13-2007, 06:46 AM
Another "funny" mystery writer is Joan Hess. She has two series going: Arly Hanks Mystery Maggody Series. And The Clair Malloy Mystery Series. They are both good bone ticklers.

Two good authors that have been around awhile are Sue Grafton's A-B-C-etc. series that takes place in a fictional town that reads like Santa Barbara, CA. And Marcia Muller's Sharon McCone Series, another California series.

I've got 10 pages left to finish "13" Stephanie Plum's latest adventure and sorry to see this story end -- just toooo funny! If Hollywood needs another casting director's suggestion, I'm for Sandra Bullock & Keanu Reeves teamed up for Stephanie and Joe. (although they would be a bit older than the book's characters).