questionsanybody have a good mystery suggestion?

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A couple of British authors I enjoy, Elly Griffiths and Peter Helton. Back to America with Jefferson Bass, actually 2 men, one of whom runs the Body Farm at the University Of Tennessee. Also, Craig Johnson, who wrote the books that the Longmire television series are based on. Enjoy!

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One of my favorite sci-fi and horror authors, Dan Simmons, also writes mysteries. I haven't read any of them because that's not my cuppa, but he is a Hugo and Bram Stoker Award winning author, the "Oscars" for sci-fi and horror writing, so in those genres he's very good. Hyperion, Ilium and Carrion Comfort are his best known works. My favorite of his books is a lesser known horror novel which certainly incorporates mystery, called Summer of Night. Here's a link to it:

http://www.amazon.com/Summer-Night-Dan-Simmons/dp/0312550677

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Walter Moseley's books centering on Easy Rawlins is a great set of mysteries. Thematically richer than most in the "mystery" genre, Easy Rawlins is a WWII veteran that deals with racism in LA afterwards while becoming a private detective. The books are heavily influenced by noir-ish mysteries like Hammett's while also channeling Ellison's directness about race. Start with "Devil in a Blue Dress" which is one of the great debut novels in the genre.

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You might be too young to enjoy the Nero Wolfe books (they were written primarily in the 1930's, so some cultural knowledge is almost mandatory), but the characters are terrific and the plotting is equally good.

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@thumperchick: Ah, Perry Mason. And Della Street. Always think of that more as the TV show (late night college rerun TV on stormy nights), although I have read some of the novels.

@moondrake: checked Simmons out on Goodreads, might try some of his science fiction, I've always enjoyed books incorporating mythology.

@meanjoeira: that is a long overdue read, I think.

@magic_cave: Ah, Rex Stout. My mom is a big fan so I read them as a teen. Might be worth a revisit.

@tbgolladay: Longmire sounds interesting. The West is practically another culture.

Thanks for all the suggestions : )

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@lonelypond: If you're interested in the West and haven't read any Tony Hillerman, I highly recommend him. His books are set in modern times, in and around the Hopi and Navaho Reservations in the Southwest.

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If you like older stuff, you cannot do better than Dorothy L. Sayers--my fave is "Murder Must Advertise." If you like locked room mysteries, the more formulaic the better, you cannot do better than John Dickson Carr (sometimes known as Carter Dickson, there may be other nom de plumes as well); try to find "The Crooked Hinge" or "The Three Coffins" (or save them, as they are probably his best). I know this is an older question, so I assume you've already begun revisiting Rex Stout, but I'll throw my weight behind that suggestion in case you haven't.

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@mossygreen: John Dickson Carr is one I haven't tried. Haven't picked up Sayers in awhile. My mom handed me the collected Dashiell Hammett when I visited over the holidays so I'm enjoying going through those; love his phrasing.

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@lonelypond: I've always preferred Raymond Chandler, but that could be because I've never approved of Dash's treatment of Lillian Hellman. Of course, I've never approved of Lillian Hellman's hatred of S.J. Perelman's wife Laura either, and the older I get the more I realize that sometimes people choose their circumstances and deserve what they get (not Laura Perelman; everyone else). I might know too much '30's gossip.

That being said, I really liked Hammett's Continental Op stories when I read them (preferred them to the novels), and it's about time to give the novels another read-through. So thanks for inspiring me! And if you haven't read Chandler, give him a try when you're through with Hammett. And then watch a bunch of "The Rockford Files!"