Post by Carol Dickinson Post by Charles Bishop
I've been rereading some mysteries, too lazy to look for new ones. Doing
this reminded me of just how often the ending contains several false
trains before the real killer is found. Often these feel false and
Are there any where, the whodidit is known or suspected and the book
includes the details of tracking them down?
I suppose I'd settle for multiple suspects if it's well written.
Well nearly all the Agatha Christies have lots of red herrings, and multiple
suspects. Of course she's been published for decades so possibly you've
already read them all? I don't read that style of mystery sorry, so Agatha is
my only suggestion.
Perhaps some authors you might have overlooked? I am know as the cozy
enthusiast here but these are not.
Laura Joh Rowland - 2 series the Red Princess series set in modern red china.
I like better the Sano Ichiro series set in 16th century Japan.
Stephen Saylor's series featuring Gordianus the Finder set in ancient Rome.
Barbara Hambly's Benjamin January series, set mostly in New Orleans in the
1830's. He a black physician, who must make his living as a musician. The
first one is the series is "A Free Man of Color". An excellent read. Of
course considering the time, and place, the rest of the series is a somewhat
more grisly than that one. It is told ONLY from the perspective of January
and not any of the white perspective. Fascinating.
Have you tried Elizabeth Peter's Amelia Peabody series set in 19th century
Egypt? No fake endings in them. Longer books featuring "modern suffragette
type" Amelia and her anthropologist husband usually on a dig. Very
adventurous and suspenseful although cozy enthusiasts can appreciate them
despite them not fitting entirely into the genre missing some required
elements of the definition.
James Michner wrote a story called "Caravans" which is a mystery, set mostly
in the middle east. Features a missing girl rather than a murder.
You might try Michael Jecks' series featuring Sir Baldwin of Furnshill, a
former Templar knight who escaped the massacre, and settled in Devonshire. I
don't read many male authors because they stick to action and don't give me
word pictures of settings, etc. He does. You can see the moors, smell the
sea, etc. and there is a lot of detail of life in the 14th century. I get a
good feel for how life was then in that place, which pleases me because I
have ancestors who lived there. In fact one of them was written into one of
his books. He's written maybe 2 dozen.
Sharon McCrumb writes in a couple of different genres, but her Ballad
mysteries set in Appalachia are very good, a bit too outside my cozies
preference. She writes wonderful stories and after I read each one I say it
was good, but not cozy enough and why do I keep buying them. And then I buy
the next one. I also read her "Zombies of the Gene Pool" a Jay Omega story
was a hoot. I don't do zombies as a rule.
None of these has a known suspect and goes through clues to prove it. I don't
do that sort of book. Sorry. But I hope maybe something here will please
Thanks, I'll give a couple a shot. I've tried some, Elizabeth Peter, for
one, and only read one or two.
You might try Maggie Carlson if you haven't. I don't think they're
really cozies, but well written and good stories, I remember thinking.
Death Sun, in the same vein. I liked them both.