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Well-written, literate mysteries

M. C. Crammer
 
And Justice There Is None
And Justice There Is None
"Deborah Crombie is one of my favorite authors -- an American writing about an English couple (both Scotland Yard police detectives).  This book is possibly the best in the series."
Death in Holy Orders (Adam Dalgliesh Mystery Series #11)
Death in Holy Orders (Adam Dalgliesh Mystery Series #11)
"P.D. James is undoubtedly one of the most literate mystery writers.  In this book, her poet-police detective Dalgliesh investigates a death in a small British seminary."
A Well-Known Secret
A Well-Known Secret
"Jim Fusilli writes of Manhattan after 9-11 in this moody, compelling "noir" mystery that captures the mood perfectly."
A Touch of Mortality: A Meredith and Markby Mystery (Meredith and Markby Mysteries)
A Touch of Mortality: A Meredith and Markby Mystery (Meredith and Markby Mysteries)
"Ann Granger's series involve a diplomat and a police detective (friends and lovers) who live in a small English town.  This mystery involves conflict between longtime residents and newcomers."
A Dead Man Out of Mind
A Dead Man Out of Mind
"American Kate Charles writes mysteries of the Church of England -- this one is about stolen silver and resistance to a woman deacon."
Service of All the Dead
Service of All the Dead
"Oxford police detective Inspector Morse has a taste for classical music and for liquor -- very classy series."
Dead for the Winter: A Mystery
Dead for the Winter: A Mystery
"A talented writer who creates a sense of place (small town Arizona) very well.  Her "detective" is a Victim Advocate in a hippy/artist town.  The literary level is high and the mystery is absorbing."
The Ice House: A Novel
The Ice House: A Novel
"Minette Walters reminds me of Ruth Rendell in her psychological mysteries -- this one involves a long-dead body found in an abandoned ice house of an estate."
In a Dry Season (Inspector Banks Novels)
In a Dry Season (Inspector Banks Novels)
"Canadian author writes of an English police detective -- this mystery involves a village covered by a reservoir, revealed when there's a drought -- and a World War II murder is also exposed."
A Suitable Vengeance
A Suitable Vengeance
"Elizabeth George is almost synonymous with literate mysteries -- they stand on their own as novels.  I personally prefer her earlier books."
A Killing Spring (Joanne Kilbourn Mysteries)
A Killing Spring (Joanne Kilbourn Mysteries)
"Gail Bowen is a Canadian author writing about university life in a small prairie town -- her detective is a professor with a Native American love interest."
A Question of Blood: An Inspector Rebus Novel (Inspector Rebus Mysteries)
A Question of Blood: An Inspector Rebus Novel (Inspector Rebus Mysteries)
"Scottish "noir" writer Ian Rankin's lead character is a hard-drinking, haunted police detective, brilliant but marginalized by his maverick attitude.  Edinburgh is dark and dangerous in Rankin's books"