Any Mystery Fans?

Babba

Former Staff
Jul 2007
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59,832
So. Md.
#3
I've read lots of Agatha Christie and Ellis Peters (Edith Pargeter) who wrote the Cadfael mysteries. I've also read some of Margaret Truman's mysteries.
 
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Jun 2007
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8,783
Wisconsin
#5
Reading The High Window-Raymond Chandler
Jets, your taste is impeccable. Chandler is my all time favorite mystery writer. Read everything he wrote and you won't be disappointed. The Long Goodbye is my favorite!

Others that I highly recommend:
1. Elmore Leonard. The greatest at using dialogue to move the plot along. His earlier writings are my favorite, although its all good.
2. Jim Thompson. The King of pulp fiction. The Killer Inside Me is a classic.
3. Ross McDonald. Wrote the Drowning Pool. It was turned into a movie with Paul Newman as the protagonist. A Los Angeles icon.
4. Tony Hillerman. Author of the Chee and Leaphorn novels. Great stuff until he got old and continued to write. Be wary of his latter books.
5. James Ellroy. Not for everybody, but L.A. Confidential is based on his novel of the same name! It takes time getting used to, but once you're into it, its hard to put down.
6. Walter Mosley. Devil in the Blue Dress is a great way to start off. Once you start though, you want to read everything by him, even his science fiction.

Enjoy!!
 
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Jul 2013
46,805
49,105
Nashville, TN
#7
1 | “The French have a phrase for it. The bastards have a phrase for everything and they are always right. To say goodbye is to die a little.”
* - The Long Goodbye
2 | “From 30 feet away she looked like a lot of class. From 10 feet away she looked like something made up to be seen from 30 feet away.”*
- The High Window
3 | “Dead men are heavier than broken hearts”
– The Big Sleep
4 | “I needed a drink, I needed a lot of life insurance, I needed a vacation, I needed a home in the country. What I had was a coat, a hat and a gun. I put them on and went out of the room.”
- Farewell, My Lovely
5 | “She gave me a smile I could feel in my hip pocket”
- Farewell, My Lovely
6 | “I'm an occasional drinker, the kind of guy who goes out for a beer and wakes up in Singapore with a full beard.”
- Philip Marlowe’s Guide To Life
7 | “Neither of the two people in the room paid any attention to the way I came in, although only one of them was dead.”*
- The Big Sleep
8 | “Chess is as elaborate a waste of human intelligence as you can find outside an advertising agency.”
(Interview)
9 | “I don’t mind if you don’t like my manners. They’re pretty bad. I grieve over them during the long winter evenings.”*
- The Big Sleep
10 | “It could have been a beautiful friendship,” Beifus said with a sigh. “Except for the ice pick, of course.”
– The Little Sister
11 | “Some days I feel like playing it smooth. Some days I feel like playing it like a waffle iron.”*
- Trouble Is My Business
12 | “She smelled the way the Taj Mahal looks by moonlight.”
- The Little Sister
13 | “I knew one thing: as soon as anyone said you didn’t need a gun, you’d better take one along that worked.”
- The Long Goodbye
14 | “It got dark and the rain-clouded lights of the stores were soaked up by the black street.”
- The Big Sleep
The 21 Best Raymond Chandler Quotes
 
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Jan 2014
14,865
3,687
California
#8
Jets, your taste is impeccable. Chandler is my all time favorite mystery writer. Read everything he wrote and you won't be disappointed. The Long Goodbye is my favorite!

Others that I highly recommend:
1. Elmore Leonard. The greatest at using dialogue to move the plot along. His earlier writings are my favorite, although its all good.
2. Jim Thompson. The King of pulp fiction. The Killer Inside Me is a classic.
3. Ross McDonald. Wrote the Drowning Pool. It was turned into a movie with Paul Newman as the protagonist. A Los Angeles icon.
4. Tony Hillerman. Author of the Chee and Leaphorn novels. Great stuff until he got old and continued to write. Be wary of his latter books.
5. James Ellroy. Not for everybody, but L.A. Confidential is based on his novel of the same name! It takes time getting used to, but once you're into it, its hard to put down.
6. Walter Mosley. Devil in the Blue Dress is a great way to start off. Once you start though, you want to read everything by him, even his science fiction.

Enjoy!!
Steezer,

Tony Hillerman's daughter took over the Chee/Leaphorn franchise from him, except she brings Chee's wife Bernadette Manualito for a background character into the forefront.

See what you think.
 
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Feb 2010
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Sunny Bournemouth, Dorset
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