A question for readers of the "Mystery" genre?
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May 26, 2019 / By Bindy Question:
If there's one section I tend to avoid in my local used-book store, its the mystery section - yet it's the largest section in the shop.
I've read some mystery (James Patterson, etc.) but tend to avoid this genre because I assume that it will likely be a detective or cop story, with suspensful events, a murder, a twist and a resolution.
Perhaps this is not a fair assumption, but it is because of this that I do not read the genre. Too many stereotypes that I buy into, so I figured it's time to give it its fair try.
I love the unique and original when done to tell an exceptionally good story. Can anyone suggest reads of the Mystery genre that are simply amazing, unique, groundbreaking, etc? Essentially, I'm looking for something to generate interest in Mystery novels, beyond the stereotypical...
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Ailse | 8 days ago
If you want a newer book, you may appreciate The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason. It's not your normal mystery novel, though there is mystery. Instead it centers around an unusual Medieval book which one of four students, in particular, is trying to decode. It is unusual and quite interesting. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_rule_of...
There is another book I've been told is good, I have a copy but haven't yet read it, The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco. You may recall it was made into a movie starring Sean Connery. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_name_of...
If you enjoy mystery and thriller together, you may appreciate something like The Oath by Frank Peretti. Another really good thriller series is the Mitch Rapp books by Vince Flynn starting with Transfer of Power. They are fast-paced and very good reads.
As far as straight mystery goes, like meenakshi, I'm more old school. I -do- enjoy Agatha Christie's novels, especially her Miss Marple series in which the "detective" appears merely like an old lady who is nothing but a gossipy busybody. She is, instead, someone with a razor-sharp mind and a keen observer. And Then There Were None was another good Agatha Christie. Her novel, Endless Night, is rather creepy and Gothic in nature.
You may enjoy Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe series, too. Fer-de-Lance is the first book. Nero is an extremely fat man who almost never leaves his New York brownstone. He grows orchids and is a food connoisseur and has a sidekick, Archie Goodwin, who does all the "legwork" involved in solving mysteries. The stories are clever and Nero Wolfe is a fascinating character.
Another older series of books you may enjoy is the Lord Peter Wimsey series by Dorothy L. Sayers. She, in my opinion, was one of the best of the authors during the "golden age of mystery" writing. If you read Whose Body? you may find you like it as much as I do.
G.K. Chesterton's Father Brown series of stories are also quite good and not your basic formulaic mysteries.
Another more unusual series would be the Brother Cadfael series by Ellis Peters, which are set in Medieval England. Again, quite a unique series. A Morbid Taste for Bones is the first book.
You may also find Ngaio Marsh's Inspector Alleyn series and Margery Allingham's Albert Campion series worth your while to read.
I've only just made a beginning of this lengthy series, but you may be interested in checking out John Sandford's Prey series, starting with Rules of Prey. So far, they are good. The main character, Lucas Davenport, is nothing if not an unconventional member of the police force.
As far as I'm concerned, all those I've mentioned (and others I haven't) would fit into the unique and original category. In any case, I hope you find something you enjoy.
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Hi meep meep,
Funny you should ask this question, because in a past life (seems like, anyway) when I was in college, I actually wrote a paper on Prog Rock for a class. While I no longer have a copy of that paper (probably just as well) and can't remember the grade I received for it, I recall addressing concepts of:
* time signature (e.g. most rock & pop is in 4/4, but Yes, Floyd & Crimson especially use weird time signatures like 11/8)
* chord sequences - some rock is very straightforward, using A, D & E chords and the like, whereas Prog often uses more sophisticated chords and harmonic structures
* many Prog songs last up to a whole album side, and the ideas within the song have a chance to evolve over several minutes, with the band not needing to make it fit into a 3- or 4-minute time frame.
I dunno if any of that would make sense to your roommate; if she doesn't have any grasp of Classical (from which you might be able to make an analogy) either, then I don't know by what means someone might be able to explain it in a way she can understand. Though you are certainly the most thoughtful and articulate Purple Balloon (smile) in the world. If anyone can successfully complete that mission, it's you. : ) : )
The "Fletch" and "Flynn" books by Gregory McDonald were very good books, at least the first few in each series. Ignore the god awful Chevy Chase movies. I'm not a huge mystery fan either but both characters are engaging and extremely well developed and the stories are interesting. Not typical mystery fare at all. He's a pretty good writer.
I'm not a big John Grisham fan (like many mystery writers he tends to write the same thing over and over) but The Firm was one of the fastest reads ever. I think I finished the whole thing in a little over two hours. A true can't-put-it-down page turner.
Red Dragon, the original Hannibal Lecter novel by Thomas Harris, was engrossing and riveting. He's not a great writer and I thought the other books (including Silence of the Lambs) were pretty bad, but Red Dragon was a great read.
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I am from the 'old school' - haven't read most of the authors already mentioned ;-(
My favorites remain
Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes' mysteries ;
Robin Cook - he's written more in the lines of medical mysteries ;
Sydney Sheldon [The Best Laid Plans ; Morning, Noon & Night, are among hie best] ;
Wilkie Collins' "The Woman in White" ;
Arthur Hailey is pretty good too. Although his books are lengthy with lots of characters, what is interesting is that you learn about the functioning of many institutions alongside.
During my formative years, I also enjoyed Nancy Drew & Erle Stanley Gardner [Perry Mason].
These are what come to mind immediately. I may add a few more when I remember.
I've read many Agatha Christie novels too [Miss Marple series, Hercules Poirot series...] but I find she has just too many characters & too many sub-plots, unlike the Sherlock Holmes series where the characters are very few & yet one is mystified.
Dan Brown's "The DaVinci Code" was a good read too - pacy, though many of his enigmas were pretty lame.
I've read a couple of Dean Koontz's books but they are more like film scripts than novels.
Stephen King also leaves me cold [more horror/thriller genre].
hope this helps
happy reading :-)
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Nora Roberts has some great mystery books. Yes it has romance in its very good. I like Birthright it had some twist I never saw coming. She also rights under the name J.D Robb but I've never read any of them. If you want to go for old mystery books try Agatha Christie. Her books have been made into tv shows, movies, and computer games. I can figure out how it's going to end every now and again, but usually I'm shocked by the end. Happy reading!
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I'm a great mystery reader, but I don't think much of James Patterson and his ilk. I never read them, since I prefer mystery writers with some genuine literary talent and interesting psychological/historical approaches.
I'm a particular fan of British mysteries, which are often very unusual. I'd recommend the work of Ruth Rendell (who also writes under the name "Barbara Vine"), along with P.D. James, Peter Robinson, Rennie Airth and Charles Todd (both of whom write historical mysteries), Robert Barnard, Laura Wilson, Nicci French, Frances Fyfield, Julie Kaewert, Minette Walters, Val McDermid, and Peter Lovesey. Americans who write British mysteries are Elizabeth George, Deborah Crombie, and Martha Grimes.
If you want unusual settings, then try Lindsey Davis's ancient Rome mysteries (archly funny) and Donna Leon's books set in Venice. Oh, yes, Iain Pears sets his art world mysteries in contemporary Italy. Another art world mystery writer is Nicholas Kilmer.
Ruth Rendell is my all-time favorite, hands down.
Among American writers with American settings, I like Dennis Lehane ("Mystic River" and "Shutter Island" are both interesting) and Sara Paretsky.
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one that i've read that I recomend is "Someone was watching"
I think that was what it was called.
I actually thik it was a suspense though, I never finished.
I started to read it like a day before I had to turn it in and switch schools
If you read it let me know what happens!
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Hey, I don't read horror, so take this for what it's worth. What is your current novel about? You're just giving us a general idea of the types of novels you write. Where would you expect to find it on a bookstore shelf?
Maybe psychological horror if you tend to get into the character's head? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychologic...
Dark fantasy? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_fantas...
It definitely sounds like horror from what you're describing, but that you're having problems finding a subcategory?
This gives you some related genres of horror: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horror_fict...
I dont' think whether it's a male or female lead will play into how it's classified. It really depends on what type of story it is.
I dont know. Maybe some of the links will help steer you in the right direction. Good luck.