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#1 Calcifer

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Posted 05 January 2014 - 01:40 PM

I'm doing research into crime mysteries and trying to read more of them, but the few I've picked up turned out to be disappointing. Can anyone recommend a few good titles, preferably more recent ones, where the detective is an amateur sleuth, not a PI? I'm thinking more Miss Marple type, versus Hercule Poirot or Phillip Marlowe.

 

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Posted 08 January 2014 - 06:22 PM

Well here's an amateur sleuth but hardly a Miss Marple type.  A new book by a friend of mine, Carla Norton's "The Edge of Normal."



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Posted 11 January 2014 - 11:39 AM

Thank you, Tom. I'll look into the book you recommended. By the way, I didn't mean that I was looking to read a mystery with a sleuth exactly like Miss Marple, just a mystery where the investigator is not a professional :)


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Posted 06 February 2014 - 06:06 PM

Are you looking for something more serious or do you like your murder to come with a dose of humor? Are you looking for something more indie authored or more mainstream? Female sleuth?

 

On the serious (and male) side you could try Harlan Coben's Six Years. The premise is fantastic and I thought the pace moved well, but the characters were a little flat imho. On the cozier side (bonus that it's small press) you could try the Odelia Grey series, especially the early ones (too big to miss was terrific). You also might try 

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Posted 07 February 2014 - 11:39 AM

Thanks for the suggestions, MJ! I might try Odelia Grey, it sounds pretty good. So does The Gordonston Ladies Dog Walking Club, especially since I'm not looking for anything too gritty right now. I recently read one I liked, it's called Small Death in a Little Glen. I haven't read much mystery at all, so I don't have much of a frame of reference, but I thought that one was good.


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Posted 07 February 2014 - 01:02 PM

Carla's heroine isn't a professional.  She's a former victim who redeems her own suffering by going after bad guys.






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