Join Early Retirement Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Any folks like mystery stories/novels?
Old 09-18-2012, 08:58 AM   #1
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
David1961's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 1,074
Any folks like mystery stories/novels?

I find I'm getting more interested in reading mystery short stories and novels, especially "who-done-its". Any others here enjoy mysteries? What authors do you recommend? I prefer short stories as opposed to long novels. I've read the Sherlock Holmes short stories and some Agatha Christie. Thanks for your time.
__________________

__________________
David1961 is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 Early Retirement and Financial Independence Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

Are you planning to be financially independent as early as possible so you can live life on your own terms? Discuss successful investing strategies, asset allocation models, tax strategies and other related topics in our online forum community. Our members range from young folks just starting their journey to financial independence, military retirees and even multimillionaires. No matter where you fit in you'll find that Early-Retirement.org is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with our members, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create a retirement blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 09-18-2012, 12:27 PM   #2
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
Chuckanut's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: West of the Mississippi
Posts: 6,326
Michael Dibdin's series on the Italian detective Aurelio Zen (sp?) are quite good. The first book is called RatKing. Do read them in sequence so you can understand Zen's unique personality.
__________________

__________________
The worst decisions are usually made in times of anger and impatience.
Chuckanut is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2012, 01:34 PM   #3
Full time employment: Posting here.
Koogie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: GTA
Posts: 848
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chuckanut View Post
Michael Dibdin's series on the Italian detective Aurelio Zen (sp?) are quite good. The first book is called RatKing. Do read them in sequence so you can understand Zen's unique personality.
I enjoyed the BBC tv movies they made out of the Zen character. Rufus Sewell is always a good actor.

Poe also wrote some mysteries/crime stories, if all you want are short stories.
__________________
"No one's interested in something you didn't do"
Tragically Hip - Wheat Kings
Koogie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2012, 03:11 PM   #4
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
pb4uski's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Vermont & Sarasota, FL
Posts: 16,412
I enjoy Stuart Woods books - he has a few different protagonists but the main on is a ex-NYPD homicide detective turned lawyer. Mindless entertainment. Not short stories but short chapters and an overall quick read.
__________________
pb4uski is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2012, 06:17 PM   #5
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
ronin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 1,190
I've gotten into Michael Pearce's Mamur Zapt novels. Very good writing, wrapped in early 20th century Cairo intrigue. Highly recommend it.

Also am reading Stuart Kaminsky. Clever, extensive series set in '40s Hollyweird. Like it for something off the beaten track. Quite good.

Second the Aurelio Zen books.
__________________
We are, as I have said, one equation short. Keynes
ronin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2012, 08:11 PM   #6
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Nemo2's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Belleville, ONT
Posts: 4,313
The Bernie Gunther series by Philip Kerr........actually, anything by Philip Kerr.
__________________
"Exit, pursued by a bear."

The Winter's Tale, William Shakespeare
Nemo2 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-20-2012, 08:24 AM   #7
Dryer sheet wannabe
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Lake in the hills
Posts: 21
John Sanford in the Prey series. Night prey ect. Get em at the library for FREE.
I start at the a section and go from there. Years of reading.
Ron
__________________
may pop is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-20-2012, 12:19 PM   #8
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Telly's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 1,448
If you liked Sherlock Holmes, then you will probably enjoy the Solar Pons series by August Derleth. IIRC, most are short stories.

Mysteries written by Georges Simenon - He wrote the Inspector Maigret series (and other mysteries of his) in French, all have been translated to English. They are only around 200 pages each, and there is also a collection of Maigret short stories. Time frame is early 1900's, main area is Paris. His stories are like being there.

Not a mystery, but an enjoyable read favorite of mine, is Dickens "The Pickwick Club", also known as "The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club". The beginning pages establish the purpose of the Pickwick Club, and its reason for being - to experience life, and document it (but do it on your own nickel ). It was written in the 1830's, but the people could be around today. The only part that drags a bit is the political chapter, the "Blues and the Buffs", but that part could describe American politics today to a T. A bit scary, actually, like he foretold the future.
It's a fast-paced adventure, never know what is around the next bend in the road.
__________________
-- Telly, the D-I-Y guy --
Two fools dancing on the hands of time
Telly is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-2012, 02:08 AM   #9
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 355
My first week of retirement, I read one or two Tony Hillerman books per day. Living only 150 miles from that area helps. That is my style of reading--come home from the library with an armload of the same author, start with the earliest one, and read 10-16 hours a day. Lee Child's Jack Reacher novels are new to me this year. Most certainly not literature, but I don't watch TV so those are a good substitute. Took me while to work through John Grisham and Michael Crichton. It is all good if it keeps your interest.
__________________
heyyou is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-2012, 01:26 PM   #10
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Rochester, NY
Posts: 88
I went thru a phase of reading mysteries several years ago. read many books each of James Lee Burke, Lawrence Block, Earl Emerson, Marcia Muller, Michael Connelly, to name a few. some had separate series of books with different protagonists.

my favorite part was getting to know a new area/region as is fairly colorful/descriptive of the locale they write about
__________________
drb391 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-2012, 02:05 PM   #11
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Nemo2's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Belleville, ONT
Posts: 4,313
I enjoyed the Mallory series.
__________________
"Exit, pursued by a bear."

The Winter's Tale, William Shakespeare
Nemo2 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-2012, 03:47 PM   #12
Full time employment: Posting here.
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 942
I'm not sure what it is with me, but I guess I just may be hard to please.
I download book from the library, and find so few that can hold my interest.
Right now I'm listening to Gone Girl that everyone raves about, and I am finding it boring.

I am a huge fan of John Grisham. Loved "The Litigators", "The Innocent Man", Kid Lawyer, "The Painted House". I find it hard to find anyone I like as much.
__________________
modhatter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-2012, 04:00 PM   #13
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
Lsbcal's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: west coast, hi there!
Posts: 5,676
For me it's not just the mystery idea but what the author has to say about people and/or societies. Here are some of my favorite authors:

Sue Grafton -- starting with the "A is for ..." up to maybe "V is for ..." nowadays.

Colin Dexter -- the Inspector Morris series. Great English writer.

PD James

Donna Leon -- Inspector Brunetti covers Venice, learn a bit about Italians

Elizabeth George -- some of her earlier works. Warning, very long novels.
__________________
Lsbcal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-2012, 05:06 PM   #14
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
Moemg's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Sarasota,fl.
Posts: 10,032
I love Grisham , Connelly , Harlan Coben ,Lisa scottline , Rober Parker , Patterson before he started churning them out ,Janet Evanovich,Gillian Flynn and many others .I grew up with Nancy Drew and was hooked on mysteries ever since .
__________________
Moemg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-2012, 05:30 PM   #15
Moderator
MBAustin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 4,150
Have to put in a plug for Martha Grimes - she's a long-time family friend (for a time she was my late aunt's sister-in-law, long story there). Her "Richard Jury" series are set around English pubs, and some of the others are set in rural western Maryland where she (and I) grew up. Our family dog from the 1970s appears in one of the books, although it's one set in England, go figure .
__________________
"One of the funny things about the stock market is that every time one person buys, another sells, and both think they are astute." William Feather
----------------------------------
ER'd Oct. 2010 at 53. Life is good.
MBAustin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-2012, 07:15 PM   #16
Full time employment: Posting here.
cj's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 517
Mary Higgins Clark. Light, easy reading.
__________________
cj is offline   Reply With Quote
Louise Penny
Old 09-24-2012, 01:04 PM   #17
Confused about dryer sheets
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 7
Louise Penny

I read a mystery by Louise Penny (a Canadian author) and was hooked. I proceeded to read all the rest of her books. Very nicely written .....
__________________
debster747 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-2012, 04:32 PM   #18
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Nemo2's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Belleville, ONT
Posts: 4,313
J. Mark Bertrand is someone we've recently found, (my lady & I generally like the same books), and enjoy.
__________________

__________________
"Exit, pursued by a bear."

The Winter's Tale, William Shakespeare
Nemo2 is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


 

 
All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:07 AM.
 
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.