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After 'Lewis Man'

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marissab Sat 13-Apr-13 20:03:03

Just speed read and thoroughly enjoyed it as an easy read. Very easy going, with a bit of guessing at the who dunnit ending. Would love something similar. A thriller or murder mystery type. Any suggestions? Jonathon strange is winking at me from the bookcase, but it's a tome and i'm not in the mood smile

LifeofPo Sat 13-Apr-13 20:04:44

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marissab Sat 13-Apr-13 20:13:46

Ooo i'll have a look. I could try another one of the lewis man trilogy but i didn't want exactly the same.

pointythings Sat 13-Apr-13 20:32:02

Have you read The Black House (first in the series before The Lewis Man)? It's actually a brilliant book, I'd really recommend it though it's pretty bleak stuff.

marissab Sat 13-Apr-13 21:52:01

No lewis man was the first i've read. A 20p kindle bargain.

pointythings Sat 13-Apr-13 22:16:14

They're a trilogy, there's a lot of backstory in The Blackhouse that sets up the Lewis Man.

I tried Jonathan Strange and gave up, and I don't often give up on books. However, I've recently read two books by a writer called Jack Kerley - The Hundredth Man and The Death Collectors (should also be read in sequence) and they were very good - set in the southern US, very atmospheric, would recommend.

KurriKurri Sat 13-Apr-13 22:49:31

I think The Black House is better than Lewis man - although I loved both.

I am currently reading the Wicked girls by Alex Marwood -which I think is good so far. I would also recommend Perfect people by Peter James - a sort of thriller with a bit of a sci fi edge to it (but you don;t have t be a sci fi fan to enjoy it - I'm not, and I did!)

Stuart McBride write good thrillers (although they do vary a bit on quality) but the early Logan McCrae ones are good (can be a bit gory though).

Try Denise Mina's Garnethill trilogy too - whodunnit's with an interesting quirky female protagonist.

I've just read one by Rith Dugdale called Sacrificial Man which is a bot strange but quite gripping, I have another by her called The Woman before Me line dup to read (they were cheapsih on Kindle a couple of weeks ago -about £1 - and may well still be on offer)

I would very much recommend Simon Beckett's David Hunter books (thrillers featuring a forensic anthropologist as the main character)

KurriKurri Sat 13-Apr-13 22:50:08

Ruth Dugdale

KurriKurri Sat 13-Apr-13 22:50:58

OK 3rd time lucky Ruth Dugdall blush

Witco Sun 14-Apr-13 07:17:53

Marking place! I have read The Blackhouse and The Lewis Man and enjoyed both,

marissab Sun 14-Apr-13 08:49:30

Are the scarpetta novels any good or are they heavy on police forensics and light on actual story?

LadyMountbatten Sun 14-Apr-13 08:52:55

The may books get progressively worse. The chess men is Awful

LadyMountbatten Sun 14-Apr-13 08:53:28

I just read the magpies in a day. It was very much written for kindle. But great

tripfiction Sun 14-Apr-13 12:40:10

Maybe try Mari Hannah - relatively new author, great female protagonist.

pointythings Sun 14-Apr-13 15:39:30

The early Scarpetta books are good, they get progressively worse, and I no longer read the author since I heard her in a radio interview in which she was so appallingly rude and unscientific that I am boycotting her.

Have you tried Nikki French?

Clawdy Sun 14-Apr-13 17:34:41

I actually think the Ann Cleeves Shetland Quartet,with detective Jimmy Perez,are better than the Peter May books,though I enjoyed them,too.

nothruroad Sun 14-Apr-13 17:59:03

I've just read a series of crime books set in Glasgow by Caro Ramsay - they were good and reminded me a bit of Lewis man in places.

marissab Sun 14-Apr-13 21:46:33

Gosh lots to look up. Thanks guys. grin

pointythings Sun 14-Apr-13 22:24:11

The problem with this topic, OP, is that you get shedloads of good advice and then end up spending far too much money on books grin

SarahAndFuck Thu 18-Apr-13 21:58:35

SJ Bolton's books are very good, and Sacrifice is quite similar in many ways to Lewis Man. A body is found in the peat on a Scottish Island and an investigation to discover who and why takes place. After that, it does get very different so even if it sounds too 'samey', it's not.

Her others are good too. Some of the characters from one book pop up now and again in others, and the ones with Lacey Flint in them are a series so you should read them in order, but if you wanted to just read Sacrifice and not Awakening or Blood Harvest it wouldn't make any difference.

tigerdriverII Thu 18-Apr-13 22:02:14

Ellie Griffiths is good: set in east Anglia, great heroine, rather predictable sexy middle aged male tec, good plots. Waiting for the next one to get to paperback prices on kindle.

MrsTwgtwf Thu 18-Apr-13 22:02:53

Witco wrote my post for me. Loved The Black House, absolutely brilliant. Lewis Man not quite as good, but good enough.

Weegiemum Thu 18-Apr-13 22:31:55

The Peter May books are brilliant. I lived in the Outer Hebrides for 10 years, we go back several times a year, and he has the place nailed! It's all SO real.

pointythings Fri 19-Apr-13 21:28:10

I second SJ Bolton too, gripping stuff.

highlandcoo Fri 19-Apr-13 22:13:33

SJ Bolton is talking at St John's Wood library in London at 5.30 on Monday. Open to anyone who'd like to come along.

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