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Initial post: 24 Jan 2012 23:46:00 GMT
jeanie says:
Can anyone recommend some good english murder mysteries?I've read all Agatha Christies and M.C,Beatons.

Posted on 25 Jan 2012 08:17:22 GMT
Try Simon Brett's 'Fethering Mysteries.' They're set on the South Coast and follow Jude and Carole, two amateur sleuths who end up solving murders. I think there's about twelve in the series so far and they're good reading. The first one is called 'The Body on The Beach.'

Alternatively, there's the Maisie Dobbs Mysteries by Jacqueline Winspear. I've only read a couple so far but I enjoyed them. They're set in post world war I London and a little bit different from a lot of more modern murder mysteries.

Hope this helps, I will try and think of some more for you!

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jan 2012 12:54:26 GMT
I've just asked a similar question. Josephine tey is good, inspector grant is her detectice and Patricia wentworth writes the miss silver series. I haven't read them all but I just love the whodunnit style set in the uk.

Posted on 25 Jan 2012 15:35:59 GMT
There's a discussion on 'Library Thing' which might be helpful for you both as well, quite an old thread but still relevant:

Posted on 25 Jan 2012 15:58:55 GMT
I've read all M C Beaton and all the Fethering mysteries by Simon Brett bar the latest which is on my wish list. Lesley Cookman is not bad and you could try Rosemary Tope (haven't read my copy yet - keep reading forums) who sets her mysteries in the Cotswolds.

Posted on 25 Jan 2012 16:12:24 GMT
Huck Flynn says:
colin watson's Flaxborough Chronicles is an excellent series
peter lovesey's Inspector Cribb series (set in late 19th century)
margery allingham's Campion series
more modern - Ruth Rendell's Inspector Wexford and Colin Dexter's Morse series are both pretty consistently good

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jan 2012 17:03:49 GMT
Twiggy2shoes says:
Dorothy L Sayers and Margery Allingham both great writers and good books with sympathetic detective characters

Posted on 25 Jan 2012 19:21:45 GMT
J. A. Carver says:
Try Peter James, Caroline Graham, R D Wingfield, Peter Robinson.

Posted on 25 Jan 2012 19:52:20 GMT
sally says:
I would also suggest Hazel Holt, the Mrs Mallory series, Margaret Yorke and Betty Rowlands.

Posted on 25 Jan 2012 22:54:30 GMT
pixie says:
Death of an Old Git (The Falconer Files)
I've just finished this book, must admit I'm a british whodunnit junkie too and this one is quite good. Think the title drew me in!

Posted on 25 Jan 2012 23:22:00 GMT
Last edited by the author on 25 Jan 2012 23:36:25 GMT
For cozy crime try georgette heyer, carola dunn's daisy dalrymple series, patricia Wentworth's miss silver mysteries

For the vintage setting but with a slightly more serious tone try deanna raybourn, catrionna mccpherson and jacqueline winspear.

I read a few of Kate atkinson's standalone novels (non crime) and really liked them so her first book in the Jackson brodie series, case histories, is now in my tbr pile and hopefully will live up to expectations.

If you haven't read any wilkie collins yet then you def should -he practically invented crime fiction!

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jan 2012 23:56:34 GMT
jeanie says:
Thanks Nicola I will try these authors.Looks like I'm going to have alot of good reading this year!

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jan 2012 23:58:45 GMT
jeanie says:
Thanks Pamela ,i have read some Patricia Wentworth and enjoyed them but I will try Josephine Tey.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jan 2012 23:59:40 GMT
jeanie says:
Thank you i will investigate!

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jan 2012 00:02:10 GMT
jeanie says:
Sounds intriguing I must have a look at this book,thanks Pixie.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jan 2012 09:34:45 GMT
Huck Flynn. Ooh yes I bought all of the Flaxborough Chronicles many years ago. A reread would be good. I love Peter Lovesey,s work but prefer his Peter Diamond series and the stand alones. I'm a great Dick Francis fan and have reread his books many times.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jan 2012 12:24:17 GMT
Last edited by the author on 26 Jan 2012 12:27:56 GMT
LEP says:
Libby Serjeant series - Lesley Cookman

Inspector George Gently series - Alan Hunter

Cotswolds Mysteries - Rebecca Tope

Posted on 26 Jan 2012 14:56:46 GMT
Last edited by the author on 26 Jan 2012 15:00:45 GMT
Carol S says:
I love the Inspector Lynley Mysteries as ,I know they are written by an American writer but she does seem to have a good knowledge of England and the characters are all excellent. Dick Francis is also gripping As Miss K Frost mentions and The Inspector Banks books by Peter Robinson,also the Simon Serralier books by the wonderful Susan Hill. I know these are more modern books but still good page turners that have a more Literary feel to them.
Carol Cutter

Posted on 11 Feb 2012 21:14:15 GMT
Annie W says:
If you enjoy the Christie/ Allingham/Sayers period, don't forget Ngaio Marsh, from much the same period. You could also try Catherine Aird, whose detective C D Sloan is so normal (loves his wife and his roses); comfortable middle England, but the dry humour and character portrayals are wonderful - even better as spoken word.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Feb 2012 20:16:55 GMT
LEP says:
If you go onto Amazon Search, Books, above, and type in cosy mysteries, it comes up with a list.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Feb 2012 11:44:53 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 24 Feb 2012 12:53:01 GMT
LEP says:
Try the first in a new series by Elizabeth Bailey - The Gilded Shroud. It set in the Georgian period. It's not difficult to work out who did it, but it's a nice cosy read and romance to set the scene for the rest of her "Lady Fan" mysteries.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Feb 2012 21:17:09 GMT
jeanie says:
Hi pixie.Downloaded this book and read it in 2 evenings.I loved it and laughed out loud,a murder mystery with humour-brilliant.I have now downloaded the rest of Andrea Frazers Falconer files so a few late nights this week!Thanks for the recommendation.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Feb 2012 08:30:34 GMT
Catherine says:
Anything by Anne Cleeves. Especially her Shetland series. But then I love islands.....

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Feb 2012 08:31:03 GMT
Catherine says:
how about Elizabeth George?
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