Mystery Books, Recommended Books

Mysteries for the Long Haul

 April 2020, and it looks as if we are inside for the long haul so I want to share some of the mystery series I enjoy. They are well-written, and the plots will keep your interest but will not give you nightmares. These are the books I read when I am tired. When you fall asleep with the book on your chest, you will not have to reread pages and pages to remember what is happening.

I also read them when I want to enter a gentler world. One without dismembered bodies, or graphic violence, or missing children.  Dogs play a large part in many of them.

There are many other wonderful books, but I offer these as lighter mysteries, ones with characters you will enjoy. I suppose most of them would be considered cozy, light but not twee. They go well with a wee dram, a glass of wine, or a mug of hot chocolate.

Jana DeLeon, Miss Fortune Mystery Books, Louisiana — very funny

Melinda Mullet, A Whiskey Business Mystery — Scotland and Whiskey

Julie Mulhern, The Country Club Murders and the Poppy Fields Adventures.

Patricia Linn, Caught Dead in Wyoming books

Kassandra Lamb, Marcia Banks and Buddy Cozy Mystery. Dog Trainer

Patrice Greenwood, Wisteria Tearoom Mystery — Santa Fe

Peter Grainger, DC Smith Investigations — England

Nell Goddin, Molly Sutton Mysteries — American in France

Mary Feliz, A Maggie McDonnell Mystery — Central coast

Joy Ellis, The Fens Mystery Books — England

Todd Borg, The Lake Tahoe Mysteries.

Slightly darker.

Adrian McKinty, Detective Sean Duffy books — Ireland

Brian McGilloway, Inspector Devlin Mystery Series

Angela Marsons, Detective Kim Stone Crime Thriller books — England

L.M. Krier, DI Ted Darling. Books — England, gay detective

Alex Kava, Maggie O’Dell Novels and Ryder Creed Books. The Maggie books were written first, then Ryder joins.   American, Ryder books include dogs

Martha Grimes — England and America

Nicci French, Frieda Klein Mysteries — England

P F Ford, Dave Slater Mystery Novels — Eng




8 thoughts on “Mysteries for the Long Haul”

  1. Gwen Plano says:

    This is an amazing list, Mary. What a reading achievement!

    1. Mary Adler says:

      Hi Gwen, Not so much an accomplishment as a gauge of how much comfort reading I do. Mysteries are my drug of choice. 🙂 I did not include your books or mine even though they are wonderful books. Only the light reads that don’t make a person think about anything disturbing.

      I hope you are doing well.

  2. Jan Sikes says:

    Thank you for sharing, Mary! That’s quite an impressive list!

    1. Mary Adler says:

      There are so many others, too, that are more well known like Louise Penny and David Rosenfelt. So many talented writers to keep us entertained when we are not creating our own works.!

      Stay well, Jan.

  3. Karen Ingalls says:

    Many of these titles sparked my interest. Thank you, Mary.

  4. Mary Adler says:

    You are welcome, Karen. Hope you are keeping well.

  5. Laurie Schnebly says:

    Mary, what fun to see such a comprehensive list of books that WON’T keep me flinching at noises all night — this’ll be a treat to dive into; thank you!

    1. Mary Adler says:

      Hi, Laurie. Thank you for checking them out. If you want to laugh out loud, try the Jana DeLeon Miss Fortune books. She hits exacttly the right balance that keep the characters’ escapades from becoming silly. You might also enjoy a new (to me) author, Francine Mathews, Merry Folger Nantucket Mysteries. Many years ago we visited Nantucket and were those dreaded ‘summer people.’ I have wonderful memories of the fog and the dunes and cooking fresh bay scallops with my children.

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