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Initial post: Dec 10, 2008 10:26:26 AM PST
bessy says:
I have a friend asking for clean mystery books. (no gratuitous sex) Any suggestions?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 10, 2008 11:02:10 AM PST
It sounds like the cozy mystery genre would be right up your friend's alley. Here's a website that you'll find useful in discovering cozies by theme:

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2008 2:15:35 PM PST

you might suggest my detective story, The Any Agency: Wild Violets, to your friend. She can find an excerpt at I wrote as R. D. Pounds.

It's a novel introducing Anna Bradford, an international businesswoman, who buys her uncle's private investigations firm. She wants to ease him into retirement and offers to house- and pet-sit for Uncle and Aunt while those two go off on a cruise.

Anna's stay in the town where she had spent her high-school years soon takes a strange turn: odd little discoveries lead her into the midst of a mystery which brings murder close to home.

Leslie Garcia, an author at, has written a very good review which would tell you more.

I am an old-fashioned writer -- that's to say, my reading and writing experiences and preferences date back decades -- well to before TV and movies introduced the constant action plus sex and gore -- little plot and dialogue -- style.

Thank you so much for the opportunity to mention my book here and all the best of reading pleasure to you and your friend.

Gina, writing as R.D. Pounds
(historicals, as Regina Pounds)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2008 7:57:57 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 11, 2008 8:15:02 PM PST
MJ in Pahoa says:
The books by Tamar Myers are good. They take place in Pennsylvania's Amish country and, aside from the inuendoes about #$%, no great details are printed. They have names that are quaint, as well. Examples are "As the World Churns", which I am reading now, " Death of a Rug Lord", and "Hell Hath No Curry". They also include recipies-the "Churns" one has different Ice Cream types. One of them had chili reciepies.
She also might like the books by author Diane Mott Davidson whose main character is Goldie-a caterer in Aspen, CO.
Both are great storytellers, and quite "clean". One more that I can recommend in the "clean" genre is the books by Sharon Khan in the "Ruby the Rabbi's Wife" series.
Happy Page Turnings.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2008 5:04:52 PM PST
Carlye says:
Cozies are okay, if you don't get sick of the genre. After a while, I feel like I could write the books myself (Diane Mott Davidson, for example) because they get so formulaic. You certainly don't want Janet Evanovich, which has descended into soft core porn with language to match. I dearly love the Mrs. Pollifax series by Dorothy Gilman, which are exciting and thought-provoking, and clean enough for your grandmother or granddaughter. Start with the first one, "The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax", and you'll be hooked.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2008 6:15:23 PM PST
Miss Marple says:
I was not sure if you wanted American or English writers or what time frame but here are a few suggestions:

Jill Churchill- 2 series
Sammi Carter- Candystore series
Laura Childs- 2 series, her tea series is the better of the two
Jo Dereske- Librarian Miss Zukas series
Sharon Short- Laundry expert series
Leslie Meier- NE Mom series
Sue Henry- 2 series, her Jessie arnold series is better and takes place in Alaska
Denise Swanson- funny teacher series
Cynthis Baxter- LI Veterinarian series
JoAnne Fluke- Dessert series
Joanna Carl- chocolate series
Hazel Holt- Mrs. Mallory series, one of my favorite
Tim Myers- has a number of series, innkeeping, candle making and soapmaking
Monica Ferris- needlework series, one of my favorites
Barbara Colley- housecleaner series
Kathy Lynn Emerson- two series, her Lady Appleton is my favorite
Lyn Hamilton- Archaeological series
Carolyn Hart- Death on Demand series
Camille Minichino- Physics series, also miniature series in another name, sorry can't recall
Sister Carol Anne O'Marie- Nun series, definitely no sex there
Katherine Hall Page- Faith Fairchild series
Cynthia Riggs- Martha's Vineyard series, elder sleuth
Ann Ripley- Gardening series
Elaine Viets- 2 series, her dead-end job one is better
And of course, Agatha Christie, who is my very favorite.
Hope this gives your friend something to read. Do let me know if I can help any further.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2008 6:41:08 PM PST
gilly8 says:
I'm pretty sure the books written by Hillerman about the Navajo reservation life and mysteries solved by the local Navajo police would fit that category. His characters are decent men, not cynical and world-weary, trying to help keep thier community safe. One of the two is far more involved in the ancient religion of his ancestors, but both are more in-tune with Navajo tribal life than the life of the non-Native Americans they come in contact with.

Also, I think the Elizabeth Peters "Amelia Peabody" series about Egyptologists in late 1800's -early 1900's Egypt would also be ok. The sex/love between husband & wife is appropriate, and nothing is "spelled out". Being mysteries there are, necessarily, dead people, but this series, one of my favorites, is fascinating as it shows you both the Egypt of the time the plots are set in, AND the ancient Egypt of the tombs and mummies they are hunting for. MUST be read in order however!!
Peters, the author, has a ph.d in Egyptology herself, so the insights and facts are indeed, factual. Under her real name, Barbara Mertz, she has several non-ficition ancient Egyptian books written.

There is some sex & violence but nothing gory, gratuitious or unnecessarily vicious or depraved. (The above goes for both those series).

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 15, 2008 5:29:30 PM PST
Hi there. I recently published my first mystery, "Meeting Murder," and it has no sex in it at all (well, one kiss, but that doesn't really count...) I'm self-published (this time - hopefully my next one will be put out by Random House!), so although my book is listed on Amazon, the easiest thing to do is check it out at my website, I've got the whole first chapter up there, so you can "try before you buy" and see if you think you'd like it. (I've got an ordering link there too, of course). Hope you find what you're looking for!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 15, 2008 8:51:12 PM PST
go to my space--- bring up mariano restaino jr--- click on view more --- has book introduction --- real interesting no sex at all

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 16, 2008 11:15:22 AM PST
dragons3 says:
Your friend should try some of the Christian mystery writers - patricia Sprinkle and Gayle Roper both have good mystery series, and they aren't, as Madeleine L'Engle put it, bejeezly. I'd also add the following authors, who write good mysteries with a minimum of sex (mostly implied, none graphic) and also with little profanity:

Maggie Grace (Minichino's miniature series)
Valerie Wolzien - Susan Henshaw series
ELizabeth Bright - (Tim Myers under a pseudonym) - card making
Melissa Glazer - ditto - pottery
Maggie Sefton - yarn shop and knitting
Laurien Berenson - breeding/showing standard poodles
William X. Kienzle - Father Koesler mysteries
Ralph McInerney - Father Dowling mysteries
Monica Quill - (McInerney under a pseudonym) Sr. "Empty" Dempsey
Lee Harris - Christine Bennett series
Barbara Burnett Smith - Purple Sage mysteries and 2 bead making books
Karen McInerney - Gray Whale Inn series
Lillian Jackson Braun - the "Cat Who" series
Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown - the Mrs. Murphy series (although, if you don't enjoy a bit of whimsy, you may not like this series - Mrs. Murphy is a cat and the animals "speak" -or rather their thoughts are verbalized in this series)
Nancy Atherton - Aunt Dimity series - again, must enjoy a bit of whimsy - Aunt Dimity is a ghost - not a haunting, chain rattling scary ghost, just a comforting, sage advice giving ghost
Deborah Crombie - English mysteries
Marian Babson - mostly non-series
And then there are the classics, like Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe series and Richard and Francis Lockridge's Mr. and Mrs. North series.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 16, 2008 1:46:39 PM PST
In the name of shameless self-promotion, you might suggest to your friend my new book of mystery stories, "From Crime to Crime" (Tallfellow Press). As the reader comments on amazon confirm, it's a collection of classic-style whodunnits, sans sex and violence, and with the emphasis on wit, characterization and clever plotting.

As a former Hollywood comedy writer (the film "My Favorite Year," the TV series "Welcome Back, Kotter," etc.), I wanted to combine humor and detection in these stories.

Anyway, I hope you'll consider checking it out.

Dennis Palumbo

Posted on Apr 20, 2009 7:15:45 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 20, 2009 7:37:28 AM PDT
Patricia Ann says:
Try the George Porter Dillman and Genevieve Masefield mystery series by Conrad Allen. Also the Molly Murphy series by Rhys Bowen. And of course there is also the Murder She Wrote books by Jessica Fletcher. You can go to That website will tell you what order to read the books. HTH and happy reading.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 20, 2009 9:58:11 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Nov 15, 2010 12:05:30 PM PST
ANN SELF says:
My mystery/thriller series SOMETHING MOST DEADLY, SOMETHING VERY GHOSTLY and SOMETHING MOST EVIL (out 2011) are spooky, intense, slightly supernatural with a touch of spectral and a little romance, but VERY clean! You can read the first chapter and a half of each of these books on your Kindle, laptop, Ipad or Blackberry by following these links: Something Most Deadly and SOMETHING VERY GHOSTLY,

Posted on Apr 20, 2009 11:01:56 AM PDT
Lauri Wiss says:
For a humorous mystery writer try Donna Andrews "WE'LL ALWAYS HAVE PARROTS" a Meg Langslow mystery. This book does a spoof of a sci fi/fantasy convention where the murder occurs. Monkees,parrots,and a tiger provide comic relief.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 20, 2009 11:09:00 AM PDT
Susie says:
Hi Dennis,
I'm going to check out your book, From Crime to Crime, my compliments to you on the title.

Posted on Apr 20, 2009 1:25:20 PM PDT
Dog Days of Summer DVD is a wonderful clean mystery. Check out the trailer at:


In reply to an earlier post on Apr 20, 2009 1:35:01 PM PDT
Cousin It says:
I'm about to try The Choirboy by Gill Redman...I'll let you know if it meets the "clean" label when I'm done!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 20, 2009 3:35:44 PM PDT
You may want to try the Faith Fairchild mystery series by Karen Hall Page and the Hannah Svenson series by JoAnne Fluke. These are culinary mysterties. Caterer Faith is married to a minister and has a knack in finding bodies everywhere. Hannah is the owner of The Cookie Jar in Lake Eden MN and her investigations are always tied to the baked goods she is preparing. In the Fudge Cupcake Murder she discovers the fudged stained body of the county sheriff in a dumpster. There are many chuckles in both series.

Posted on Apr 20, 2009 5:56:54 PM PDT
dragons3 says:
Fluke's books are wonderful fun. And although Hannah has 3 suitors (so far) in the series, the only male in her bed is her cat Moishe! Leslie Meiers has a fun series too. Implied sex (married couple), no profanity, decently written and fun mysteries. Sammie Carter has a candy shop series that is very good and would fit your criteria also. Try some of the older series, too - Dorothy L. Sayers, Marjorie Allingham, Patricia Moyes, Dorothy Simpson, Elizabeth Lemarchand, John Dickson Carr (master of the locked room mysteries).

Posted on Apr 23, 2009 6:41:04 AM PDT
Patricia Ann says:
Try the Mr Monk series by Lee Goldberg.

Posted on Apr 23, 2009 6:50:05 AM PDT
Patricia Ann says:
Try the Mr Monk series by Lee Goldberg.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 23, 2009 8:12:36 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 23, 2009 8:14:47 AM PDT
if you are still looking for "clean" mysteries, then I'd like to suggest my novel, The Haunted Hillerman House.
It is rated WBD (Wholesome But Dark) and is currently avialable on Kindle and will be re-released in
paperback in May 09.

The Haunted Hillerman House is a contemporary/historical romance cozy mystery.
Inside, there is a spooky old house, family secrets and secret messages, and a Halloween
night trip to the family crypt.

For more information, please visit the website listed below my profile photo.

Thank you for your consideration.


In reply to an earlier post on Apr 23, 2009 9:01:15 AM PDT
My Favorite Year is one of My Favorite Movies of all time!

My question is. . .can I get From Crime to Crime for my Kindle???

Posted on Apr 23, 2009 9:02:20 AM PDT
Anne George's Southern Sisters mysteries. . .laugh-out-loud funny!

Posted on Apr 23, 2009 11:56:03 AM PDT
dragons3 says:
Oh my. I'm listening to "Murder on a Girls Night Out" by Anne George right now. I read it when it first came out, but that's been over 10 years ago. I'd forgotten how funny it is, or else it is much, much funnier when listened to. I nearly had a wreck because I was laughing so hard. 10++++++++ on the funny scale. About an 8 1/2 on the clean scale.
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