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    Quote Originally Posted by Powerboy View Post
    . . . Considering that my main interest was Holmes, I'd have to say 19th century England was my main interest.
    An author that may be worth checking out is Anne Perry (who has quite a curious backstory herself!), who's written two series of mystery/detective novels that take place in 19th century England. Perry's first series features Inspector Thomas Pitt and his wife Charlotte, and those stories take place in the late 19th century.
    Another series features Inspector William Monk, who is aided by former Crimean War nurse Hester Latterly. The Monk books are set during the mid-19th century.
    Whether they may be your cup of tea or not I can't say. I read many of them quite a few years ago and enjoyed them. They were first published in the early 1980s, so you may still be able to easily find them in a library or at a bookstore if you want to check them out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MajorHoy View Post
    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>
    That one looks interesting. Borrowing out a copy from my library.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tami View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by MajorHoy View Post
    . . . and, for something completely different:

    Murder Past Due by Miranda James
    <A Cat in the Stacks Mystery>
    That one looks interesting. Borrowing out a copy from my library.
    I still haven't tried it, but when I loaned it to my Mother (who turned 88 back in June), she liked it.
    Since then, I borrowed all the others (except for the 10th one, Six Cats a Slayin' which just came out in the past couple of months and which I've got on reserve at an area library), plus I've gotten her quite a few other "cozy mystery" series to read, usually with a cat involved.
    Right now she's got the last couple of books in The Cat Who... series by Lilian Jackson Braun to read. (There were 29 novels in that series before Braun passed away back in 2011).

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    Just put in an order for

    Ax by Ed McBain <87th Precinct series>
    using a 20% off Cyber Monday code I got from the Barnes & Noble website.

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    Here's my Mystery Scene review of Michael Connelly's Dark Sacred Night.
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    I am fan of NERO WOLFE. While Robert Goldsborough isn't as good as Rex Stout, I still enjoy his efforts to continue Stout's legecy.
    I recently picked up THE BATTERED BADGE.

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    Yesterday at a used bookstore I picked up a copy of

    Long Time No See by Ed McBain
    (September 1987 - Avon Books)

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    @MajorHoy
    I finished another Ian Rankin novel and my guess is you'd like Rankin a lot. The problem is there are so many (you don't need to read all of them unless you're there for the soap opera element). My favourites: ResurrectionMen, Standing in another Man's Grave, the Impossible Dead

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    Quote Originally Posted by batnbreakfast View Post
    @MajorHoy
    I finished another Ian Rankin novel and my guess is you'd like Rankin a lot. The problem is there are so many (you don't need to read all of them unless you're there for the soap opera element). My favourites: ResurrectionMen, Standing in another Man's Grave, the Impossible Dead
    I'm not quite sure . . . these days, I tend to prefer mysteries set during the mid-to-late 20th century and based in the U.S. (since I'm more familiar with that country).
    Do any of Rankin's books have that focus?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MajorHoy View Post
    I'm not quite sure . . . these days, I tend to prefer mysteries set during the mid-to-late 20th century and based in the U.S. (since I'm more familiar with that country).
    Do any of Rankin's books have that focus?
    Ok, give Rankin a chance. All his novels are set in Edinburgh, Scotland and my favourite character of his Inspector Rebus is a cynical, desillusioned detective with a great sense of humor and his heart's still in the right place. Also Rebus and Cafferty have this Daredevil/Kingpin type of relationship I love.
    Rankin has won many British awards, Edinburgh is as dark as NY, Detroit or Chicago. It is only smaller ;-)

    I have 3 books on my wishlist which one should I get: M.Spillane, L.Block or M.A.Collins?
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    Quote Originally Posted by batnbreakfast View Post
    I have 3 books on my wishlist which one should I get: M.Spillane, L.Block or M.A.Collins?
    Good question. It might depend on the specific book.

    A little while back I read

    The Mike Hammer Collection, Volume I
    by Mickey Spillane (New American Library 2001)
    and while it was initially okay, after a while I got tired of Spillane's narration / over-the-top focus on dames and violence.

    For Collins, I read

    Deadly Beloved by Max Allan Collins
    ("The First Ever Ms. Tree Novel" / Hard Case Crime, 2007)
    and that was good, but I haven't read any other books by him.

    As for Lawrence Block, I picked up a few of his at a library book sale, but haven't tried them yet.

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    Oh, and while it's not a book, at Barnes & Noble today I decided to buy:

    Silver Screen Icons: The Thin Man <DVD video>
    Features: "The Thin Man" (1934);
    "After the Thin Man" (1936);
    "Another Thin Man" (1939);
    and "Shadow of the Thin Man" (1941)

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    Recently ordered

    The Benson Murder Case by S. S. Van Dine
    <first book in the Philo Vance series>

    The story was first published back in 1926, so it should be interesting to see what it's like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MajorHoy View Post
    Recently ordered

    The Benson Murder Case by S. S. Van Dine
    <first book in the Philo Vance series>

    The story was first published back in 1926, so it should be interesting to see what it's like.
    I have seen many of the films based on the character, but I have never read any of the books myself.
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    Just started reading

    Homicide Trinity by Rex Stout
    < "A Nero Wolfe Threesome" >
    (orig. Viking edition April published 1962 /
    Bantam edition June 1983 - 8th printing)

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