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Mystery Thrillers Without Vulgar or Profane Language?


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Posted on Mar 5, 2012, 7:18:33 PM PST
Teresa Burrell writes legal thrillers that do not contain profanity. I read and enjoyed her first: The Advocate,

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 6, 2012, 11:37:16 AM PST
Marie Lewis says:
Judgemental are we? Just because a reader prefers a book without feeling like a voyeur in someone else's bedroom and prefers not to read the vile language of a vocabulary challenged person does not show that one does not want to "see life for what it really is." Heart pounding excitement in a book can exist without gratuitous sex and profanity. The plot and full dimensional characters provide the excitement without cheap tricks.

Posted on Mar 6, 2012, 3:11:25 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 6, 2012, 4:16:39 PM PST
Try Ted Dekker's Thr3e. That's definitely a book without profanity and sex scenes.

Posted on Mar 6, 2012, 5:35:19 PM PST
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Posted on Mar 6, 2012, 10:29:33 PM PST
Iola says:
These are all from Christian publishers, but don't go overboard on the preaching:
Noel Hynd (Zondervan-published books - his earlier books do have bad language and sex)
Richard Maybry (Christian medical thrillers)
Lis Wiehl and April Henry (Triple Threat series)
Alton Gansky
Ronie Kendig
Tim Downs
Mary Nealy (hero is a pastor, so a bit more preachy than the others)

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 7, 2012, 1:31:38 PM PST
Paulette says:
Iola: this is great...thank you! Just what suits me. I have read Alton Gansky before and loved his stuff. I will be checking these out right away. Thanks again! :)

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 7, 2012, 1:33:17 PM PST
Paulette says:
Yes...love Ted Dekker's writings. Thanks!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 7, 2012, 1:42:46 PM PST
Paulette says:
Thank you, Marie. My sentiments precisely! Too bad not everyone can see it that way. Life can be very wonderful and exciting at the same time being "pure". I know that's not the norm, but it is my preference and I thank you for acknowledging my right to that preference. :)

I'm grateful for the authors who provide those kind of novels for people with such preferences - though they are not mainstream either.

Thanks so much for your response post.

Posted on Mar 7, 2012, 4:45:56 PM PST
I have an eleven year old grand daughter that hooked me on books by Donika Paul. You might also like the Hunger Games series.

Posted on Mar 8, 2012, 7:01:47 AM PST
Angi says:
My 17 year old son and I really like Ted Dekker, Tim Downs, Frank Perettii, and Steven James - I highly suggest you look into all those!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 8, 2012, 2:52:02 PM PST
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4everBOOKS says:
For the suggestion of Nevada Barr - she uses the "f" word. Her book Burn was about child sex slaves. Not a good choice.

Posted on Mar 8, 2012, 3:20:14 PM PST
4everBOOKS says:
Mystery Writers of America presents "The Edgar Awards" each year. (The most prestigious award in the genre). One award is the "Mary Higgins Clark Award". Here are the guidelines for the Clark nomination. 1) No on-scene violence. 2) No four-letter words or explicit sex scenes 3) The protagonist is a nice young woman. 4) She is not looking for trouble. 5) She solves her problem by her own courage & intelligence. 6) She has an interesting job. 7) She's self-made, independent, & has good family relationships. The current nominees are Now You See Me by S.J. Bolton, Come and Find Me by Hallie Ephron, Death on Tour by Janice Hamrick, Learning to Swim by Sara J. Henry, and Murder Most Persuasive by Tracy Kiely.

Posted on Jul 24, 2012, 4:52:14 PM PDT
David Carner says:
I just wrote a novel called The Road to Justice - A John Fowler Novel. I have it in both paperback The Road to Justice: A John Fowler Novel (Volume 1) and for kindle The Road to Justice - A John Fowler Novel (Book 1) My book does not contain profanity or sex scenes.

Posted on Jul 30, 2012, 3:23:51 PM PDT
ncnorma says:
Have you ever read the Jacqueline Winspear series? It takes place around WW1 and by my recollection stays away from your taboo areas.

Posted on Aug 12, 2012, 11:05:39 AM PDT
You may want to try the Father Koesler series written by former priest William Kienzle of Detroit and the Hannah Swenson written by Joanne Fluke. The Swenson series has the added bonus of recipes throughout the book. The heroine is the owner of a cookie shop in small town Minnesota.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 17, 2012, 8:48:27 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 17, 2012, 8:51:03 AM PDT
Kathy Tyers is awesome! Ted Dekker's books are very violent, and have quite a lot of sexual innuendo.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 17, 2012, 12:42:43 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 17, 2012, 12:44:21 PM PDT
To add to Highlandangel's definition, what defines a mystery as a "cozy" is that it follows a particular formula. The "rule" of the cozy is that the murderer must come from a limited pool of characters, all of whom are sufficiently developed in the story to be considered as suspects by the reader. In a cozy, it isn't fair (to the reader) to bring in an outside character at the last minute as the murderer. That's why many cozies take place in small towns, bookstores, tea shops, etc., where it's easier to isolate a character pool. It's also why the detectives often are not professional -- they just happen to be at the scene of the crime.

Many, and perhaps even most, mystery novels and TV mysteries are cozies (e.g., "Murder She Wrote" or "Perry Mason"). Agatha Christie is probably the queen of the cozy. If you have not read her books, P.C. Jackson, they certainly meet your criteria. Although not heart-poundingly exciting, they are highly entertaining. However, the cozy formula itself does not preclude sex, cursing, and violence. Many "Law and Order" episodes, including both Criminal Intent and Special Victims Unit, use the cozy formula where the offender pool is limited to friends and family of the victim, i.e., the main suspect is the husband but it turns out to be the stepson -- or something like that.

Posted on Aug 18, 2012, 3:27:41 PM PDT
AmazonReader says:
I'd recommend Angel's Requiem, a NYC-based suspense/thriller about a generational curse that soon will bring a long family line of international art dealers to the point of extinction. Ex-detective Aidan Bonner makes his first appearance in this fast action thriller that takes the reader from NYC and a murder in Central Park, to London and cities in Italy. Good, positive ending, too. Now free on smashwords.

Posted on Aug 19, 2012, 1:25:36 PM PDT
scott says:
Try Suburban Hustler by Robin Boren. It is a suspense thriller. No sex or profanity and adds a little humor.

Posted on Aug 22, 2012, 2:53:08 PM PDT
Bkworm Bren says:
John Grisham's books are pretty much free of profanity (at least his earlier books).

Posted on Aug 25, 2012, 9:39:03 AM PDT
If you like Legal Thrillers without the profanity, you might like former attorney, Teresa Burrell's Advocate series.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 31, 2012, 10:09:44 AM PDT
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L. Parker says:
Nevada Barr in one of her books also used "Jesus f------ Christ!" No reason for that trash talk.

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Posted on Nov 7, 2012, 11:30:16 AM PST
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