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bradenslen
bradenslen

I think I’m running out of mystery novels to read. This scares me. The last few that I’ve tried just are not tripping my trigger. I like traditional mysteries the best, any suggestions?

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macgenie
macgenie

@bradenslen Name your three favorite series that you wish were longer, and I'll see if I can suggest something.

bradenslen
bradenslen

@macgenie

  1. Chief Inspector Gamache series by Louise Penny

  2. Daisy Dalrymple mysteries by Carola Dunn

  3. Hamish Macbeth mysteries by M. C. Beaton

Bonus series:

Pitkirtly Mysteries by Cecilia Peartree

Kat Voyzey mysteries by Cheri Baker

macgenie
macgenie

@bradenslen I haven’t read any of those. Our Venn diagram of mystery tastes might be two circles, but here are three series I think you might like:

Lord Peter Wimsey by Dorothy L. Sayers

Inspector Salvo Montalbano by Andrea Camilleri

Inspector Reginald Wexford by Ruth Rendell

And a bonus:

Inspector Peter Diamond by Peter Lovesey

MitchWagner
MitchWagner

@bradenslen I just started one of the Ace Atkins Spenser novels.

bradenslen
bradenslen

@macgenie It's a shame we didn't overlap on authors, but I do thank you very much for responding and trying.

I've read most all of the Grand Dames: Christie, Sayers, Marsh and they are my favorites. Camileri I have not read, and I should, but I have seen all the Montalbano TV series (there are over 20 episodes I believe each about 90 minutes long) and they are excellent. Lovesey I'll have to try out, thanks! Rendell, I can't remember if I have read her or not. I'll blame age.

I hope you'll take my list as recommendations, each mystery author is very different but they all bring good things to the table.

Thanks again.

bradenslen
bradenslen

@MitchWagner Thanks for that. I have not read any of the Spencer novels and I really must do.

MitchWagner
MitchWagner

@bradenslen SpenSer. "With an S. Like the poet."

I recommend starting with the second one, "God Save the Child," (1974), by Robert B. Parker, and then work forward. There are 45+ books in the series, counting the ones written by Ace Atkins after Parker's death. So that'll keep you busy for a while. :)

The first book, "The Godwulf Manuscript," is by the author's own admission a middlin'-quality Raymond Chandler pastiche. Parker doesn't find his -- and Spenser's -- true voice until the second book.

macgenie
macgenie

@bradenslen I have noted your favorites for my reading list.

BTW, both Ruth Rendell and P.D. James (another of my top faves) were made baronesses. I don’t know if that makes them Dames, but they are frequently referred to as Grand Dames of the Mystery genre. My sense is you would like Inspector Wexford better than Inspector Dalgleish.