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Any Mystery Fans Out There? February 24, 2005 5:15 PM

When I just want to kick back and relax, I like to read mysteries. I'm using that term loosely because a lot of the mysteries out there aren't really that mysterious. Carl Hiasson and Kinky Friedman both write funny mysteries. Carl Hiasson's bad guys always meet gruesome endings but yet he still manages to keep them funny. He is a lifelong Floridian and hates Disney. We live near Baltimore and there are several Baltimore writers my husband and I enjoy. Laura Lippman is my favorite. her PI, Tess, is a former newspaper writer turned investigator. Her dog is named Esskay, which is a popular Baltimore lunchmeat company. She really gets into the city. Tim Cockey writes about an undertaker who gets tangled up in problems - very funny, believe it or not. Then there is Sujata Massey who has written a series about a young Japanese-American antiques dealer. Her books are really an interesting read about modern Japanese society and Japanese antiques. Her latest one takes place in Washington DC and offers a lot of insight into restauranteurs and living in DC. Another favorite is Robert Parker. His most famous character is Spenser (I named one of my cats after him!). He also has two other characters: Sunny Randall and Jesse Stone. If you saw the CBS movie last Sunday evening starring Tim Selleck, the screenwriter was very faithful to the book. Only the ending was tweaked a little. Also enjoy Dennis Lehane. His books are really intense. I could not put Mystic River down. I just finished Valentine Murder - it's a fluff piece but I needed something fluffy. I'm taking 5 classes that all involve a lot of reading and writing. So, what are you all reading?  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Mystery Reading List February 26, 2005 10:17 AM

I belong to a book club called "Murder by the Book". We just read A Mortal Taste For Bones by Ellis Peters. It is the first book in her Father Cadfael series. A really interesting twist at the end. Next month we explore Easy Rawlins with Arthur Mosley. I am reading Black Betty. I love this group because I can broaden my reading list with it. I discover many authors that I would never have read on my own. You can read along with us. . just visit Then click on the book group you're interested in. I also read along with Book Clique part of the time. Time Traveller's Wife was a fascinating book. Oh, and I loved The DaVinci Code. Rita  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Hello March 28, 2005 6:29 PM

Mysteries are a favorite of mine. I don't read as much as I use to, I'm trying to change that. I joined the book group at our library to try and kick start my reading again. We are reading Love by Toni Morrison right now. I joined also so I could expand my reading to include books I ordinarilly would'nt read. I have had fun with it.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
hi April 02, 2005 2:16 AM

My favorite mystery author is PD James. Her best known character is Adam Dalgliesh (hope I haven't misspelled it), I think there's even a TV series based on her books. She is English, so there are a lot of stories set in English countryside, but I've enjoyed all of them!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
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