If I like Inspectors Lynley, Dalgliesh and Wexford

(34 Posts)
BestIsWest Sun 30-Jun-13 21:05:08

What else will I like?

Earnshaw Sun 30-Jun-13 21:37:39

Susan Hill's Simon Serrailler.

BestIsWest Sun 30-Jun-13 21:44:42

Good suggestion Earnshaw but I've read all the Simon Serailler books too. I think that what I like is the continuing back stories of the detectives and their families.

highlandcoo Sun 30-Jun-13 22:19:21

How about Louise Penny's Inspector Gamache series. Set in French Canada.

efeslight Mon 01-Jul-13 12:02:45

Try Ann Cleeves series - the Shetland books and Vera detective books

MiddleAgeMiddleEngland Mon 01-Jul-13 12:42:59

Michael Innes's Inspector Appleby novels, DH loves them.

Also there's an author called Chris Crowther who's written four detective novels, all set in the Norfolk Broads. They're all good and you do get some of the 'family background' as the detective - Jack Fellows - is the main character in them all.

Not available in bookshops widely, but he does a very fast and cheap service from his website.

There's another series DH has read, I can't remember them just now, but one is called The Proper Treatment of Blood Stains, so if you google that, it should give you more info.

Happy reading!

BestIsWest Mon 01-Jul-13 20:19:29

OOh thank you all. I shall investigate all your suggestions.

SconeRhymesWithGone Tue 02-Jul-13 17:11:15

I second Ann Cleeves. I am reading the first Shetland book now, and I really like it.

I also love Dalgleish and Wexford. I like the earlier Lynley novels, but the last several not so much. I still read them though.

I like Susan Hill's Serrailer as well.

What about Ian Rankin and Rebus?

Try Peter Robinson's Inspector Banks books, they are pretty good. They are not too gory and they do have a lot of family background.

I did think of recommending Mo Hayder but you do need a slightly stronger stomach than for Lynley or Wexford.

cocolepew Tue 02-Jul-13 22:13:59

Inspector Banks
Peter James Roy Grace series.

BestIsWest Wed 03-Jul-13 20:57:21

Thanks. I have read Rebus. I also loved Jackson Brodie,

Is Mo Hayder any gorier than some of Val McDermid? I don't mind a bit of gore.

Ilovemyteddy Wed 03-Jul-13 20:59:18

Mo Hayder is well gory! But her Jack Caffrey books are brilliant.

biryani Thu 04-Jul-13 08:30:54

Colin Dexter's Morse.

BestIsWest Thu 04-Jul-13 20:07:05

I used to love Morse - might have a go at re-reading them since I'll have forgotten all the plots by now.

efeslight Wed 10-Jul-13 17:28:56

have never actually used them, but the book people have a great offer on Ann Cleeves at the moment, will try to link


froggiebabies Wed 10-Jul-13 17:33:23

I've read several Ben Cooper books by Stephen Booth. Set in the Peak District - nothing life changing about them but an enjoyable read.

hardbeingme Wed 10-Jul-13 18:10:18

i love mark billingham's tom thorne, (i think i have crush blush)

i like the jack frost novels, there have been prequels written which are just as good as the originals

Simon kernick is very good as is val mcdermid and mo hayder, susan hill too.

Do you like american detectives? micheal connelly and John connelly (no relation!) are both excellent although John's have a brush of the supernatural still well written suspense.

hardbeingme Wed 10-Jul-13 18:13:17

oh and stuart macbride

(its my favourite section of the library)

WheresTheHoneyMummy Wed 10-Jul-13 18:15:13

Try Dorothy Simpson's Inspector Thanet series, they remind me of the Wexford books.

SconeRhymesWithGone Thu 11-Jul-13 22:32:18

I just finished the first Shetland book and am now into the second. I now have another favorite Scottish detective in Jimmy Perez.

New Lynley, Wexford, and Rebus all due out in a few months. smile

BestIsWest Wed 17-Jul-13 17:24:55

I'm reading The Cuckoo's calling by Robert Galbraith (aka JKR). Very enjoyable so far.
I've downloaded samples of lots of the above onto my kindle.
Thanks for all your suggestions.

arabesque Thu 18-Jul-13 12:24:47

I was also going to recommend Dorothy Simpson's Inspector Thanet. I'm not sure if they're still being printed but would be available on Amazon. They're set in a small country town with an Inspector, his side kick and lots of detail about his family life as well as the crime he's solving. Most of the stories would be set in the 80s and 90s I think and I still re-read them occasionally.

arabesque Thu 18-Jul-13 12:45:47

You might also like Simon Brett's Fethering series about two amateur female detectives in a coastal town. One of them is retired from the Home Office and seems to have had a job similar to PD James.

RabbitsarenotHares Thu 18-Jul-13 13:12:24

I was going to suggest Simon Brett. Both the Fethering series and the ones about an actor.

Also Quintin Jardine's Skinner series. Set in Edinburgh. Book 1 Chapter 1 is gory, but don't give up if that's not what you're after as it does calm down very quickly.

MissFenella Thu 18-Jul-13 13:15:29

Lord Peter Wimsey?
Alex Delaware series by Jonathan Kellerman

arabesque Thu 18-Jul-13 13:32:21

Are there two Fethering series?
I've only read the one with Carole and Jude.
What are the other ones called?

RabbitsarenotHares Thu 18-Jul-13 13:36:52

Not Fethering, but there's a series about an actor-come-detective called Charles Paris. Not read them for years, but I did like them and would love to get hold of them again.

arabesque Thu 18-Jul-13 14:22:56

Oh yes, I read one of those and enjoyed it.

He also writes a series about a racier Miss Marple type called Mrs Pargeter. Some of them are a bit comic bookish but 'Mrs Presumed Dead' and 'A Nice Class of Corpse' are excellent.

RabbitsarenotHares Thu 18-Jul-13 15:37:32

I'd forgotten about those! I thought there was another series but couldn't for the life of me think what they were.

I've read most of the Fethering lot as the Book People had the first 10 for £10. II've read a couple of the Paris and Pargeter ones many, many moons ago but not in any sort of order. I'll have to keep an eye ut on BP in case they come up.

efeslight Thu 18-Jul-13 21:49:51

Another vote for Dorothy Simpson, quite traditional style, feels like half way between Agatha Christie/P D James...ish
Went through a long period of reading/re-reading Ngaio Marsh, a New Zealand writer, but seems to aged quite badly, written in the 50s I think

MrsFrederickWentworth Sun 21-Jul-13 15:40:28

Old classics

Sherlock Holmes, of courses
Someone else has mentioned Wimsey
Edmund Crispin
Margery Allingham
Josephine Tey

Frances Fyfield
MC Beaton

edam Sun 21-Jul-13 15:45:46

Elly Griffith's Ruth Galloway stories have been a real find for me and a friend of mine who also likes Wexford. And thank you very much, OP, have just discovered there is a new one!

edam Sun 21-Jul-13 15:52:07

drat, it's not new, just new in paperback. Have already read it on my kindle!

BestIsWest Sun 21-Jul-13 18:09:30

I'm reading the first Jimmy Perez book. (Ann Cleeves). Really good so far. Just what I was looking for.

I can highly recommend The Cuckoo's Calling too.

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