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Mystery Series That Actually Tell a Story

Bonner '62
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."
A Drink Before the War
A Drink Before the War
"This one got me hooked on the series.  You really like the characters and want to read about them some more."
The Face on the Cutting Room Floor (Goodman-Bradley Mystery)
The Face on the Cutting Room Floor (Goodman-Bradley Mystery)
"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."
Deadman's BLUFF: A Novel
Deadman's BLUFF: A Novel
"Series about a retired Atlantic City detective who is an expert on casino fraud.  He's no spring chicken and the books have the nice gritty feel of the golden era."
Relative Danger
Relative Danger
"Original premise.  The author picks a slub from the rust belt and puts him in exotic locations and piles on lots of problems.  Not the same person but the central characters are similar."
L.A. Dead (Stone Barrington)
L.A. Dead (Stone Barrington)
"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."
Out on the Rim
Out on the Rim
"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."
Consent to Kill: A Thriller (The Mitch Rapp Series)
Consent to Kill: A Thriller (The Mitch Rapp Series)
"An author who realizes we are at war and he would actually like to win it.  Good character development for an adventure book.  Wish the hero's special unit really existed."
Brimstone (Pendergast #5)
Brimstone (Pendergast #5)
"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 (A Lincoln Lawyer Novel)
The Lincoln Lawyer (A Lincoln Lawyer Novel)
"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."
Vanilla Ride (Hap and Leonard)
Vanilla Ride (Hap and Leonard)
"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. ."
Still Life with Crows (Pendergast, Book 4)
Still Life with Crows (Pendergast, Book 4)
"This is a solo effort by Pendergast and I like him a lot better than the supporting cast that usually just gets in the way."