Investigating the mystery aisles: what do I want?!
July 28, 2012 8:51 AM Subscribe
I want to read a good mass market crime series featuring the same investigator(s). Of course, I have no idea what's "good" per my taste and the huge bookstore mystery section totally overwhelms me. Please help me figure out where to start?
posted by houndsoflove to writing & language (33 answers total) 34 users marked this as a favorite
To give you some ideas about what I'm looking for: I really enjoyed the heavy investigation & puzzling in The Bone Collector by Jeffrey Deaver and some of the other Lincoln Rhyme novels in college. I blew through the Scarpetta novels, also enjoying the investigation aspect of them, until Patricia Cornwell went third person crazypants. I like the writing and the sense of community between the detective and his neighborhood in the Easy Rawlins mysteries by Walter Mosely, but find the mystery parts of the plot less exciting.
What I don't like: I have read two Agatha Christies and think that's probably enough for me. I don't like hardboiled Dashiell Hammett affectation. I don't like mafia/mob stories; I do like Dennis Lehane's writing, but haven't picked up the Kenzie/Gennarro series as a whole because it seems like there's a lot of that. And while there's little better than Sherlock Holmes on a winter's day, I say "crime series" instead of "mystery series" because I like higher tech forensics and procedural details a lot more than that type of old fashioned sleuthing.
Oh, and I strongly prefer that series be contemporary and set in the US.
So what should I be reading? What should I avoid?