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I haven't been reading any mysteries (well hardly any) for quite a few years so feel I don't know much about more recent authors. I'm looking for suggestions for books, or series, that are more cerebral in nature.
Authors of mysteries that I enjoy: Anne Perry, Elizabeth George, Dorothy Sayers, Ngaio Marsh, Marjorie Allingham - hmm. All women. Odd.
I like historical settings, although contemporary is fine too. I like strong women, characters that are fleshed out, and complex villains who aren't all black (and heroes that aren't all white). Exotic settings a plus.
I've got a few books in my wishlist that I've seen mentioned around LT but wondered if you all could help me narrow my search.
Thanks in advance.
That Sarah Caudwell touchstone is acting up Thus Was Adonis Murdered for a title.
WRT PD James, I have read some of hers, but so very long ago I couldn't remember much about them. The others I shall investigate!
Martha Grimes's are witty and her characterizations are very good. When I read a new Jury and Plant novel, I feel as though they are good friends that I haven't seen for some time. Deborah Crombie reminds me a little of Elizabeth George.
I also enjoy quite a few of the others listed - Reginald Hill's Dalziel & Pascoe are particular favorites. Along those lines, perhaps not quite as cerebral, but good nonetheless is Peter Lovesey's Peter Diamond series and Hen Malin series.
P.D. James 's Dalgleish series is wonderful, and I also enjoy her few Cordelia Grey novels. Jacqueline Winspear is not bad, I don't enjoy her as much as some of the others.
Peter Robinson and Caroline Graham are also not bad - probably second tier to the others mentioned, but certainly good reads - they both write about Inspectors in Britian. I know that a lot of people like Ruth Rendell, haven't read much of hers, but she is another along these lines.
Georgette Heyer is another of the "Queen's of Crime' along with Marsh, Sayer, and Agatha Christie, whom you do not mention, but I assume that you have read.
Along more modern lines, I have really enjoyed Alan Bradley's Flavia de Luce series, which is set in 1950's England.
Take a glance at the mysteries on my profile, since we have similar taste, you may find some others that you like.
I have read most of the Richard Jury series and am now even re-reading them. Also, yes, I've read most of Christie. I've read Georgette Heyer ages ago (I think) but not her mysteries, I don't believe. I've got a few of them now in the TBR.
I've tried the first Reginald Hill on audio and really didn't much care for the reader. I can't find a reasonably priced ebook for book 2 but if I do I'll continue that series.
I've read Maisie Dobbs and really enjoyed it so will continue with that series sometime or other.
Also have read Dissolution and will continue that series.
Will investigate Nicolas Freeling, Fred Vargas, Maurice Proctor Sarah Cauldwell and Peter McGarr.
Colin Dexter, Stephen Booth and John Harvey are all in either my TBR or Wishlist.
Love to hear if you find anything else that you particularly enjoy.
Personally, I also enjoyed Murder at the Vicarage - it remains one of my favorites. After 40 plus years of reading Christie, she is still one of my favorite authors, and I still enjoy reading her books (I own almost every one!) In my opinion, although there are many, many great mystery writers out there, no one tops Christie.
I do hope you will get to enjoy the rest of her books.
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