Detective this and that

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Re: Detective this and that

Postby Flower » 26 Nov 2019, 01:52

Victoria Iphigenia "Vic" "V. I." Warshawski is a fictional private investigator from Chicago who is the protagonist featured in a series of detective novels and short stories written by Chicago author Sara Paretsky.

I really enjoyed the novels at first but enjoy them less now.
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Re: Detective this and that

Postby Flower » 27 Nov 2019, 18:38

Robert B. Parker

I never watched Spenser for Hire on television and had no interest in Robert B. Parker until a couple of years ago when my husband took out of his novels from the library. I tried it and to my surprise, I liked it. Who could be cooler than Hawk? Spenser and Susan were cool too.

The problem I had reading these books is that they made me crave both donuts and Johnny Walker Blue. I've not tried the Johnny Walker Blue as of yet but did try one of the books written by another author after Parker's death. No one "got" Spenser the way that Parker did, so I ended my reading of his books at Sixkill.
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Re: Detective this and that

Postby Fonz » 27 Nov 2019, 18:57

I've mentioned him before, but Joseph Hansen's Dave Brandstetter series is excellent. Set in LA. He's a gay insurance investigator. His orientation is important, as these books were written contemporaneously through the seventies/eighties. A unique perspective.

The Montalbano books are great. Mouth-watering, in their descriptions of Sicillian food.

Wallender obvs.
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Re: Detective this and that

Postby Lord Rother » 27 Nov 2019, 19:07

Neither do I try to solve mysteries. Of course one picks things up (usually but not always little planted red herrings) along the way but I just let it happen without trying to second guess.

Same with films, although I could generally suss out quite early whodunnit in Columbo...

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Re: Detective this and that

Postby Flower » 29 Nov 2019, 20:55

I was wandering around the library a couple of months ago, looking for something different to read and came across an Alan Bradley Flavia de Luce book and decided to try it. It's a book that I didn't really enjoy but kept reading it. I've now read all the books in the series and still don't really enjoy Flavia de Luce but it's sort of addicting.

So, read the article and maybe the book might appeal to you or not.

https://bookriot.com/2018/05/17/flavia-de-luce-books/
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Re: Detective this and that

Postby Flower » 12 Dec 2019, 12:44

I miss Ruth Rendell a.k.a. Barbara Vine.
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Re: Detective this and that

Postby Flower » 15 Dec 2019, 19:00

Lord Rother wrote:I mostly read crime / detective and end of the world books. (When I read, not much recently at all which I regret.)

Of the crime genre my favourites are:

Michael Connelly


My husband was at the library yesterday looking for something to read when a woman in her 80's recommended Michael Connelly, so he picked up The Late Show. If he likes it, I might read it. The woman did tell him that she loved mysteries and thrillers.

I do wonder if he's starting to pick up 80 something year old women or if she was just coming on to him ...
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Re: Detective this and that

Postby Flower » 16 Dec 2019, 12:21

P.D. James. I loved An Unsuitable Job for a Woman both the novel and the television series.
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Re: Detective this and that

Postby Flower » 21 Dec 2019, 12:30

I miss Ruth Rendell a.k.a. Barbara Vine... May she rest in peace. I really feel in love with Inspector Reg Wexford and the town of Kingsmarkham.
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Re: Detective this and that

Postby Flower » 23 Dec 2019, 12:25

To date, I've not read any of Colin Dexter's novels but loved the Inspector Morse series that was shown on PBS stations in the States.
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Re: Detective this and that

Postby Fonz » 24 Dec 2019, 07:57

Flower wrote:To date, I've not read any of Colin Dexter's novels but loved the Inspector Morse series that was shown on PBS stations in the States.


The books are wonderful.
Start at the beginning.
I think it’s ‘The Dead of Jericho’.
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Re: Detective this and that

Postby Jimbo » 24 Dec 2019, 10:23

Elmore Leonard
James Elroy
Dashiell Hammett
Walter Mosley
Chester Himes
Joe R. Lansdale
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Re: Detective this and that

Postby Flower » 24 Dec 2019, 12:32

Fonz wrote:
Flower wrote:To date, I've not read any of Colin Dexter's novels but loved the Inspector Morse series that was shown on PBS stations in the States.


The books are wonderful.
Start at the beginning.
I think it’s ‘The Dead of Jericho’.


Thanks, I will ... :)
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Re: Detective this and that

Postby Flower » 25 Dec 2019, 13:00

I just ordered some Colin Dexter books from the library.

Just started to read "This Poison Shall Remain by Fred Vargas.

https://www.fantasticfiction.com/v/fred-vargas/
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Re: Detective this and that

Postby Darkness_Fish » 25 Dec 2019, 20:19

Flower wrote:I just ordered some Colin Dexter books from the library.

Just started to read "This Poison Shall Remain by Fred Vargas.

https://www.fantasticfiction.com/v/fred-vargas/

I've only read two Fred Vargas novels, and they have had the most stonkingly stupid plots I've ever read. Fun though.

I've got a bunch of Michael Connely books to get through now. It's funny how many books I got as presents from my mum, who volunteers in a charity bookswap. I suspect some of these were not bought new.
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Re: Detective this and that

Postby Lord Rother » 25 Dec 2019, 21:51

Michael Connelly is excellent - especially the early ones.

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Re: Detective this and that

Postby Flower » 27 Dec 2019, 12:25

Darkness_Fish wrote:I've only read two Fred Vargas novels, and they have had the most stonkingly stupid plots I've ever read. Fun though..


I'm about halfway through the book and concur .. but it might make a quirky television series called something like "Commissaire' Adamsberg's Blues"
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Re: Detective this and that

Postby Flower » 14 Jan 2020, 12:42

Fonz wrote:
Flower wrote:To date, I've not read any of Colin Dexter's novels but loved the Inspector Morse series that was shown on PBS stations in the States.


The books are wonderful.
Start at the beginning.
I think it’s ‘The Dead of Jericho’.


I recently finished "The Dead of Jericho" ... I'll order more Colin Dexter after I finish some other reading material. Since my only other experience with Inspector Morse, was the John Thaw's portrayals of him, I was sort of amazed that Morse had a randy side. Of course, it's been a long time since I've watched the series which was on American PBS stations as part of the "Mystery" series.
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Re: Detective this and that

Postby The Fish » 14 Jan 2020, 13:50

Powehi wrote:
Don Winslow


This.

Magnificent writer.

So far only read the first two of the cartel trilogy The Power of the Dog/The Cartel/The Border (part 3 out in paperback soon) and The Force, but will certainly be exploring further.
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Re: Detective this and that

Postby Fonz » 14 Jan 2020, 22:13

Flower wrote:
Fonz wrote:
Flower wrote:To date, I've not read any of Colin Dexter's novels but loved the Inspector Morse series that was shown on PBS stations in the States.


The books are wonderful.
Start at the beginning.
I think it’s ‘The Dead of Jericho’.


I recently finished "The Dead of Jericho" ... I'll order more Colin Dexter after I finish some other reading material. Since my only other experience with Inspector Morse, was the John Thaw's portrayals of him, I was sort of amazed that Morse had a randy side. Of course, it's been a long time since I've watched the series which was on American PBS stations as part of the "Mystery" series.



Gave you bad intel. ‘Last Bus to Woodstock’ should have been the first.

All good though.
The telly programme was wonderful.
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