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Initial post: Dec 12, 2012, 2:24:27 PM PST
I'm looking for a really good read for my mystery book group. I want something that's a little unusual (definitely no John Grisham or James Lee Burke or Michael Connolly), suspenseful and really funny. Police procedurals aren't my favorite, but are a possibility if they make me laugh out loud. Any good ideas? It doesn't have to be from 2012 (in fact, I'd prefer that the paperback be available).

Posted on Dec 12, 2012, 5:52:05 PM PST
read anything by Louise Penny. Excellent writer with great, colorful characters.

Posted on Dec 13, 2012, 6:37:11 AM PST
That's actually who I chose when it was my turn last time :) Everyone loved it but I'd like to try someone new.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 14, 2012, 7:50:49 AM PST
W. King says:
Exactly my pick. Trouble is...I am re reading them (her books) for the 3rd time in over a years time.
I need another series to pick up on. I already love M.Grimes, Reg. Hill, E.George, etc. I would love to hear about a new author (to me) with good characters and story.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 14, 2012, 6:33:05 PM PST
Definitely Janet Evanovich!! Her Stephanie Plum mysteries are very laugh out loud!! She's a bounty hunter with most unusual characters. A bit of romance, too. She has it all!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2012, 12:36:48 PM PST
Lynn Mertins says:
If your book club has not "done" a P. D. James, you should insist. Her Adam Dalgliesh (sp?) books combine the best mysteries, the best characterization, and the best writing to be found in the mystery genre.

Posted on Dec 20, 2012, 10:52:33 AM PST
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MNLaurie says:
Books by Elly Griffiths--her main character is a very interesting forensic anthropologist. It's a series, so start with the first. Conversely, if you folks have never read the Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie, it's rather a classic and her first 'big' hit.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 20, 2012, 1:26:48 PM PST
W. King says:
O K you hooked me. I got it. I intend to read it on the plane to Denver. I hope its reeeealy good if I get snowed in.
I'll let you know.

Posted on Dec 20, 2012, 3:18:48 PM PST
Hedge says:
How about "Kill Me"? I think the author's name is Stephen White. If you want something unusual, suspenseful but not funny this is a great choice. He has written numerous books but nothing like this one....I was recuperating from surgery at my daughter's house and her book club was reading it. I started it and as miserable as I had been, I didn't want to quit reading. This was 2006 so should be in paper back...........

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2012, 12:24:19 AM PST
Anything by Tim Dorsey, especially his "Serge" books.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2012, 2:38:53 AM PST
Try The Blond Leading the Blond by Jayne Ormerod

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2012, 5:51:56 AM PST
Robert Shaw says:
Try Joe R Lansdale's Hap and Leonard series. Hell, try anything by Lansdale - he's so far under the radar that it's a crime.

Posted on Dec 22, 2012, 6:23:49 AM PST
gypsyartist says:
I'm not sure Lee Child's books qualify as mystery but he is my main man when it comes to excitement between two covers. Start at the first book. I think there are 18 now.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2012, 7:06:45 AM PST
Susan Brusco says:
I laugh when reading Stephanie Plum. I laugh even harder now since I got one of them on tape and can relate to the characters more. I picture the grandma like the jewish grandma (I know they are not Jewish) on The Nanny. People at work make fun of me when I laugh while reading.

Posted on Dec 23, 2012, 1:15:56 PM PST
Gary Ace says:
Try the Chet & Bernie series by Spencer Quinn- it's a delightful series,narrated by Chet, a dog, about his partnership and capers with Bernie, his human (detective) companion. By turns funny and serious with a touch of romantic interest, these books are often laugh-out-loud material. Start with the first, "Dog On It". Enjoy.

Posted on Dec 23, 2012, 8:38:14 PM PST
Christine B. says:
I can recommend the Martha Grimes novels featuring her Inspector Jury. Each title is the name of a pub. "Man With A Load of Mischief" is the first. Her characters are so amusing. When you read a new one it is like visiting old friends. The plots are satisfying.

Posted on Dec 24, 2012, 6:17:49 AM PST
2LZ says:
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn was an excellent story, but unfortunately the ending was disappointing. Defending Jacob by William Landay was a very engaging story too.

Posted on Dec 24, 2012, 6:34:07 AM PST
gypsyartist says:
I read "Gone Girl" which I enjoyed - couldnt put it down. I have mixed feelings about the ending. I also enjoyed her other two books, altho they are a bit dark.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 24, 2012, 10:19:31 AM PST
Defendng Jacob qualifies as a page turner, well written and I highly recommend it.

Posted on Dec 24, 2012, 11:38:50 AM PST
gypsyartist says:
I have "Defending Jacob" on my "to read" list. Thanks for recommending it.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 24, 2012, 3:48:03 PM PST
Iris of Ohio says:
I love Elizabeth George and Jonathan Kellerman. I like a higher-level writing style with good vocabulary and a strong subplot so I can connect with the characters. Iris of Ohio

Posted on Dec 24, 2012, 4:29:07 PM PST
Martha Grimes is good and is relatively easy to read for a British novelist. I enjoy watching British films and tv but I have a hard time reading most other British authors. Another suggestion is Caleb Carr esp. "The Alienist". He has a variety of historical and futuristic mysteries.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 24, 2012, 6:12:01 PM PST
great book

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 25, 2012, 8:10:13 AM PST
try 87th precint by ed mcbain novels. james dennis sr

Posted on Dec 25, 2012, 8:19:16 AM PST
Noraeliza says:
Still Missing by Chevy Stevens a really good page turner.
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