The list author says: "Too many modern mysteries bill themselves as "hilarious", "zany", "fast paced", "thrill packed" etc that are not even close to any of those things. The South Florida genre seems to run out of steam and the Southern California PI story is long gone but here are some series I think you'll like."
"Read this series. There are four of them and I have never been able to find out what happened to the series. I suspect that this series was contracted out and there isn't a real Stan Cutler but if most mysteries were as clever and interesting as these life would be good."
"A guilty pleasure. Sure the suthor churns these things out but they are fun to read. I like having a solid sidekick and Stone has a cool NYC detective who seems to have nothing to do but help him out."
"Ross Thomas will be sorely missed. He wrote a series of books that usually combined domestic political dirty tricks with some international dimention. Today these would be written woodenly with the author's eye firmly on scoring some kind of points with the reader but Thomas was better than that."
"Pendergast books are very well written with a Victorian feel but set in contemporary times. The continuing characters are interesting and the plots fub with a paranormal tint. I plan to read the whole series."
"The Lincoln Lawyer and its follow-up The Brass Verdict are the best mystery series being done today. They are both riveting and the type of book you wish would just go on and on. You just don't want the story to end. Get them both but it helps to start with the first one The Lincoln Lawyer."
"This book is a sample of a rare breed among today's books. It is actually laugh out loud funny. Hap and Leonard's constant back and forth jibes won't remind you of Robert Benchly and the other members of the Round Table but they are a funny pair and the plots are actually interesting. Pick any Hap and Leonard story and you can't go wrong. ."