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Default  Posted: 8:51 PM, April 1st (Friday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Below are series I've read and keep hoping for more of - all available at decent libraries:

Sara Paretsky brings class and social & political consciousness to mysteries.

Barbara Cleverly (?) does a series of mysteries about British India that I've enjoyed. She also moves her detective in India to post-WWI Europe.

Lindsey Davis does a series set in Rome around 79 AD; M. Didius Falco is her anti-hero detective.

S. J. Rozan's Lydia Chin series.

Laura Joh Rowland's series set in 17th century Japan (although the last couple haven't been great)

Sujata Massey's series about a Japanese-American art dealer is fun

James Lee Burke's Dave Robichaux series

Alafair Burke doesn't really have a series, but she's James Lee's daughter, and Dave Robichaux has a daughter named Alafair

Elizabeth George's Inspector Lynley series

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Default  Posted: 11:45 PM, April 1st (Friday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage is my bible for mysteries.

Let's see....

Marcia Muller...set in San Fransisco.

John Lescoart....same.

Alex Kava, has a couple shorter series, with different characters.

I like western related stuff so Michael McGarrity, set in Sante Fe. I found a new one I am reading now, Steven Havill, set in southwestern New Mexico.

Also Margerat Coel, David and Amiee Thurlo and James Doss for Tony Hillerman style Native American books.

Linda Barnes...Boston.

Susan Albert Wittig...Austin attorney relocated to TX hill country and runs an herbal shop.

Elizabeth George....a huge second on love her.

Michael Connelly....LA. Hieronymus Bosch and Mickey Heller. New movie that's out "The Lincoln Lawyer" is based on one of his books.

Robert Crais...LA as well

JA Jance, 2 different series...Joann Brady, female sheriff in AZ and JP Beaumont, detective in Seattle. She has a new series out, though and oddly enough I don't like it...

Steven White...based in Boulder, CO.

Harlen Coben....Myron Bolitar series.

Lee Child....OMG how could I forget Jack Reacher. Hero of the day, always...

Peter Robinson...Inspector Banks series.

Ian Rankin...John Rebus, set in Scotland. The new slang I had to learn!!!

Martha Grimes...Richard Jury.

John Sanford...set in Minnesota.

Val McDermid...very dark, but good.

I don't read much, as you can tell. And I know I am missing some!!

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Default  Posted: 5:19 PM, April 2nd (Saturday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

The Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher

If you can cope with trilogies as opposed to full series:

The Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud

2 consecutive trilogies by Maria V Snyder:

The Study Trilogy, and the Glass Trilogy

Surprised nobody's mentioned Terry Pratchett?

How about Jasper Fforde?

ETA: C J Sansom - detective/mystery series about a lawyer in Tudor England during the reign of Henry VIII. Fantastic

Anything by Christina Jones (e.g. Stealing the Show, Hubble Bubble - in case there's another Christina Jones) "bucolic" whimsical humorous romances set in fictional English villages

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Default  Posted: 9:24 PM, April 2nd (Saturday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Evanovich like- light hearted and fun, romance and continued characters. Like this but better IMO Suzanne Brockmann's series about the Navy Seals.

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Default  Posted: 8:53 AM, April 3rd (Sunday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Patricia Sprinkle has a series set mostly in and around atlanta. there are 7 books in that series...

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Default  Posted: 8:25 PM, April 13th (Wednesday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

So I was in a bookstore a few weeks ago with my blackberry in hand, reading this post(which was torture on that itty bitty screen) and trying to figure out what to buy. I went for the Amelia Peabody series but they didn't have the first one so I didn't buy any. I need to start with the first.

So I ended up buying the first Dennis Lahane book "A Drink Before the War", which introduced the recurring characters Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro.
Loved them. Then I went and got every single other book he has ever written. I didn't think I liked mysteries. Turns out I do.

I would recommend these as a really exciting, fast paced read. They are really kind of dark though. They can be very very violent and disturbing. So take that into consideration if you prefer lighter material.

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Default  Posted: 5:01 PM, April 14th (Thursday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Check out Val McDermit,great series books and Reginal Hill.

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Default  Posted: 6:40 PM, April 14th (Thursday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Fern Michaels has 3 series that are all interconnected. Texas, Vegas and Kenntucky. Between the 3 series there are 10 books. Big, sprawling stories. I have reread them all over the years. I only wish they were now available on Kindle because I would re buy them all and reread them. They were that good!

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Default  Posted: 7:41 PM, April 14th (Thursday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Eyeore, is each one it's own series? What's the genre?

I'm looking for new material again

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Default  Posted: 1:23 PM, April 24th (Sunday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Patricia Cornwall is fabulous. She is a forensic pathologist, Dr. Kay scarpetta. She has a couple of other series and also some non-fiction--she solves the mystery of Jack the Ripper. Also Neal Stephenson's Baroque series is so freaken awesome. Great for both men and women. It is considered science fiction but hits on everything from the first forensic pathology, religion, the first computers and everyone from Isaac Newton to French kings and pirates play a role. It is gritty and interesting. 8 novels long-check it out. Lastly there is Catherine Neville's The Eight. There is a sequel to that also and she has two other novels out. One is "The Magic Circle"--all are worth reading again and again!

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Default  Posted: 5:59 AM, April 25th (Monday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Reginald Hill

Yes, yes, yes. The Pascoe/Dalziel mysteries are fantastic. And I second the Amelia Peabody books.

The Ayelet Waldman (Michael Chabon's wife) Mommy Track mysteries are good too.

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Default  Posted: 6:35 PM, April 25th (Monday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I second the recommendation of Susan Wittig Albert. They are all good.

The first one in the China Bayles series is "Thyme of Death"

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Default  Posted: 1:34 PM, April 26th (Tuesday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

If paranormal romance is your thing, J.R. Ward's "The Black Dagger Brotherhood" is a great series..

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Default  Posted: 3:51 PM, May 1st (Sunday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I stopped mid-Peabody to pick up the Fever series again, then went on to Outlander--which is crazy, because I think about 1/2 of her books are pure filler. BUT I HAVE TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS TO THESE PEOPLE!!!! So, even if she can't edit worth a crap, at least she writes about folks that I've grown to care about. I just finished Echo in the Bone and am PISSED!!! Because I thought it was the last one and it's not and she left it at such a freakin' cliffhanger.

Oh well. Going back to Peabody for a while.

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Default  Posted: 5:33 PM, May 1st (Sunday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

The Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher

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Default  Posted: 10:33 AM, May 2nd (Monday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Debbie Macomber - Cedar Cove Series

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I don't think anyone has mentioned Tony Hillerman's series with Det. Jim Chee. They are set in the Four Corners area in the southwest. Lots of Navajo culture, very interessting.

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Default  Posted: 6:35 PM, May 2nd (Monday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Punky.. I remember years ago one of my friends mother loved the Outlander series and was always telling me to read it.
Maybe I'll try it next

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Default  Posted: 9:21 PM, August 2nd (Tuesday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I third the recommendation of Susan Wittig Albert.

I see that no one has mentioned Tamar Myers. I love both her Pennsylvania Dutch Inn Mysteries and the Den of Antiquity series. They are funny, cozy mysteries.

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Default  Posted: 4:25 PM, August 12th (Friday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

The Alex Cross series by James Patterson...I was hooked after the first page. So good!

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