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    Default Crime / Mystery Books & Stories: Buy or Read Any Recently?

    Not sure if there's been a thread specifically for this genre, so I figured I'd start one.

    Are there any books you've bought or read recently?

    Are there any particular writer / series you tend to follow?

    If you do read mysteries, do you prefer the "cozy" type of books, like ones that feature maybe a bed & breakfast, or a bookstore, or some other small town type of location? Or are you the type who prefers the rougher type of mysteries set in the big cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, New York City, or elsewhere? Maybe those with more of a historical setting, like 19th century England?

    Whatever it might be, feel free to share.

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    I'm currently reading The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. It's amazing reading.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WestPhillyPunisher View Post
    I'm currently reading The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. It's amazing reading.
    Been quite a while (maybe fifteen years?) since I read through collections like Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes and The Return of Sherlock Holmes. Also remember reading a couple of "Irene Adler Adventures" written by Carole Nelson Douglas.

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    These days, I've been getting more into the hard-boiled type of mysteries by Hammett, Chandler, & Ross Macdonald.

    Among my more recent acquisitions:






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    Anybody read any of the Hard Case Crime books?

    I've bought a few and enjoyed those I've read so far.


    The Gutter and the Grave by Ed McBain
    (Originally published as I'm Cannon-- For Hire by Curt Cannon ( 1958)/ this version by Hard Case Crime, 2005)



    Blackmailer by George Axelrod
    (orig. 1952 / this version by Hard Case Crime, 2007)

    I had also tried one of the Hard Case Crime comic book series a couple of years ago, but that one didn't really grab me.


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    If we can count comics I can come up with a decent list, if it's strictly prose I've been slacking off for a long while.

    The last proper crime book I started was The Judas Strain by James Rollins. I started it toward the end of the summer didn't get back to it. Not because, it was bad my personal routine changed and I kind of didn't get to it.

    The last one I finished was Blood Vines by Erica Spindler.

    I'll admit that I haven't read a ton of the classics of the genre. I tend to buy cheesy modern stuff win I'm at the thrift store.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ed2962 View Post
    . . . I'll admit that I haven't read a ton of the classics of the genre. I tend to buy cheesy modern stuff win I'm at the thrift store.
    Hey, there's a lot of "cheesy modern stuff" that's not bad . . . more like a "guilty pleasure" that can be a nice distraction after a rough day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MajorHoy View Post
    Been quite a while (maybe fifteen years?) since I read through collections like Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes and The Return of Sherlock Holmes.
    For me, it's more like 30 years since I read all of the Holmes stories.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MajorHoy View Post
    Anybody read any of the Hard Case Crime books?

    I've bought a few and enjoyed those I've read so far.
    Get the Michael Crichton ones he wrote under his pen-name, John Lange!!! Drug of Choice, Binary, Scratch One, are my favorites. You get a neat glimpse into pre-famous Crichton. I think they have some early King ones, too.
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    Nero Wolfe by Rex Stout and Robert Goldsborough.

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    Went to a book sale at a neighboring town's library Saturday and again today.
    Wound up buying (all paperbacks):
    - The Burglar Who Quoted Kipling by Lawrence Block
    - A Long Line of Dead Men by Lawrence Block
    - Farewell, My Lovely by Raymond Chandler
    - The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler
    - The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
    - The Colorado Kid by Stephen King (Hard Case Crime - 2005)
    and, for something completely different:

    Murder Past Due by Miranda James
    <A Cat in the Stacks Mystery>

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    Barnes & Noble is offering 15% off your order this weekend
    (with coupon code), so I decided to order:


    Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett

    as well as

    The Pusher by Ed McBain <87th Precinct series>

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    Quote Originally Posted by MajorHoy View Post
    Barnes & Noble is offering 15% off your order this weekend
    (with coupon code), so I decided to order:


    Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett

    as well as

    The Pusher by Ed McBain <87th Precinct series>
    Excellent choices, Major. I read the first one back in the '90s and the other less than a year ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Darknight Detective View Post
    Excellent choices, Major. I read the first one back in the '90s and the other less than a year ago.
    I've owned/read scattered 87th Precinct books over the past . . . well, not quite half-century, but getting near that. I have several I bought off-and-on back in the 1970s and early 1980s, and have been picking up some more at a used book shop or two.
    But I also want to get a few more of the very early novels, so those I'll buy from time-to-time new now. I already owned the first two (those I got back in the 1970s); The Pusher is the third in the series, originally published back in 1956 (before I was born).

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    Quote Originally Posted by MajorHoy View Post
    I've owned/read scattered 87th Precinct books over the past . . . well, not quite half-century, but getting near that. I have several I bought off-and-on back in the 1970s and early 1980s, and have been picking up some more at a used book shop or two.
    But I also want to get a few more of the very early novels, so those I'll buy from time-to-time new now. I already owned the first two (those I got back in the 1970s); The Pusher is the third in the series, originally published back in 1956 (before I was born).
    I own the first three myself and also the fourth one (The Con Man). I almost certainly will pick up the next one iin the series n a month or two.
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