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Discussion in 'General mystery discussion' started by Gary King, Jan 15, 2005.
I was wondering about maybe Agatha Christie. 'The Clocks' was my favorite.
yeah dont know why they changed the title, hope you"ll enjoy "livebait" as much as i did!
their 3rd book "dead run" is coming this month in the states
There is actually a book about women mystery writers called “By a Woman's Hand: A Guide to Mystery Fiction by women”, by Jean Swanson and Dean James. It has several hundred women authors listed, with a brief summary of the author’s style, books written, main character names, and a wonderful cross reference to other authors with the same style.
I vote for Johansen as well. All her books are fast-paced. But one thing that bothers me is how the evil guys go through a fleeting pain as they fall to ther demise. Eh.. whatever. Anyway, I only read three of her books, and I say that The Face of Deception is the best out of the ones I read.
I'm reading my first McDermid book - The Mermaids Singing at the moment. 160 pages into it & I'm impressed so far
I've got some of her books on my Amazon wish list & they do sound good
'Live bait' is just as good as 'Want to play'... If not better. I really enjoyed it. Inside the back cover of 'Live bait' it has an interveiw with the mother and daughter duo. They have a great talent for writing in the genre they do. I can't wait to read the next 2 they have written... 'Dead run' and 'Snow blind'
Patricia Cornwell (although her earlier books are better than the most recent)!
Did we say Nevada Barr and Sue Grafton? Although Barr's last one Hard Truth might have been written with a sledgehammer at her side. Grafton is up to 'S' now, so that should keep a body busy.
if you're looking for something that's a little less "bestseller list" try Mary Elizabeth Braddon. Her book Lady Audley's Secret is excellent. I just started on another of hers. It's Victorican Sensation Fiction. If you like Wilkie Collins you'd love her.
The of course there's always Daphne Du Maurier too, she combines a lot of genres, but there's always a good deal of mystery and suspense thrown in as well.
I would like to recommend Laura Joh Rowland. She writes what are basically detective novels set in 15th century Japan. I think there's been 9 of them so far and I've read every one.
What are the names of those? I'd like to read them soon.
I don't know if they've been mentioned, but I'd go with Patricia Cornwell and Lisa Gardner. I especially enjoyed the Scarpetta Series, every single one, by Cornwell. I just finished The Killing Hour by Lisa Gardner, and was blown away by the ending! (oh, might want to change my current reading book )
Linda Fairstein is a good read as is Meg Gardiner. I'd also recommend Martina Cole, Mandasue Heller and Erica Spindler.
i wonder if this site would be of any help....
Lisa Gardner & Iris Johansen
You might also want to try Ann Rule if you want a bit of a heavier read.
Lynn S Hightower wrote a few good books but I haven't seen anything new from her in quite a long time.
I also like Laura Joh Rowland's novels, and even moreso those of Lisa See, who is Chinese. Also I enjoy Nevada Barr's Anna Pidgeon mysteries.
You should give these three (or at least one of them ) a try:
Asa Larsson (Sun Storm), Natsuo Kirino (Out) and Miyuki Miyabe (All She Was Worth).
Also try Yrsa Sigurðardóttir's books. Her books are set in her native Iceland and star the warm, funny and clever Thóra Gudmundsdóttir.
She's written four books and the first two - Last Rituals and My Soul to Take - have been translated into English.
I'm waiting impatiently for Ashes to Dust and Veins of Ice to be translated.
If you're after a suspense thriller written by a woman I don't think you can go past Joanna Hines. I've read and reviewed two of her novels, 'SurfaceTension' and 'Improvising Carla' and they were both excellent.
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