I am always on the look out for "clean" mysteries. Graphic violence and detailed forensic descriptions keep me up at night, and I prefer little or no language and no detailed sexual encounters; I'm not looking for celibate characters (though that is fine too!), but neither do I want to have sex scenes outlined for me. At the same time, I have a lot going on so the plot needs to keep my attention. Mystery writers I love include Elizabeth Peters (and her work as Barbara Michaels...I've read and re-read all of them), Agatha Christie, Jacqueline Winspear, Dorothy Sayers, Ngaio Marsh, and I've just started Carola Dunn. I also like the Christian mystery author, Mindy Starns Clark.
I'm not a fan of Janet Evanovich, who is too raunchy for my particular tastes, and Lilian Jackson Braun sort of puts me to sleep, if that gives you a better idea of what I'm looking for!
I love the elegance and wit of the British authors like Christie, as well as the humor and style of Peters. And, I get really bummed when I get half-way through a book and run into graphic sex/violence...I end up pitching it. So, any suggestions would be most appreciated!
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