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EmpressOfTheSevenOceans Sat 01-Jun-13 10:01:58

Also Father Brown, Agatha Raisin, Poirot and Miss Marple.
DW likes her mysteries not too graphic ( so no Gerritsen, Slaughter, Cornwell for instance) and preferably set at least slightly in the past. She's run out and asked me to ask MN for suggestions... Any ideas?

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cathan Sat 01-Jun-13 12:46:49

I'm a fan of the authors mentioned and would thoroughly recommend the books of Josephine Tey. She's a very good writer, though a bit dated (having written in the early part of the last century). Her detective books (The Shining Sands, The Man in the Queue, A Shilling for Candles etc) all feature the same detective and I enjoyed them hugely. Hope this helps!

DeepRedBetty Sat 01-Jun-13 12:51:26

I prefer Hamish MacBeth to Agatha Raisin.

Georgette Heyer wrote several mysteries, some were extremely silly (the earliest ones) but a couple were very good.

EmpressOfTheSevenOceans Sat 01-Jun-13 20:02:38

Thank you, thank you grin <takes notes> Josephine Tey, Georgette Heyer, I completely forgot M C Beaton wrote Hamish MacBeth as well...

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thebestnamesaregone Sat 01-Jun-13 20:11:17

She may enjoy

Ngaio Marsh - Roderick Alleyn
Margery Allingham - Albert Campion
Elizabeth Peters - Amelia Peabody (?)

notcitrus Sat 01-Jun-13 20:24:39

Patricia Highsmith?
Nancy Spain wrote a couple murder mysteries - Poison for Teacher

Seconding Josephine Tey.

KurriKurri Sat 01-Jun-13 22:46:46

I would suggest the Carola Dunn Daisy Dalrymple series of books.
Ann Granger - Mitchell and Markby series (not set in the past but god and not violent - traditional whodunnits
Also Ann Grangers Lizzie Martin books -Victorian whodunnits.

I second the ones others have recommended - esp. Josephine Tey she's a great writer - I'd recommend The Franchise Affair and Brat Farrar.

Also - a really excellent and very well written mystery/crime series is the Shardlake books by C J Sansom - set in tudor times.

Edmund Crispin is quite a good old writer of traditonal puzzle whodunnits (think he was writing in the thirties/forties?)

KurriKurri Sat 01-Jun-13 22:48:29

Oh and Patricia Wentworth's Miss Silver books (roughly comparable to Miss Marple type whodunnits)

KurriKurri Sat 01-Jun-13 22:52:25

Just thought (sorry I keep remembering something after I've clicked post!) if she goes for the Shardlake books its probably a good idea (though not absolutely essential) to read them in order smile the first is called 'Dissolution'.

P D James is another writer in the more traditional style.

KurriKurri Sat 01-Jun-13 23:00:34

Also - Nicholas Blake (detective story writing pseudonym of the poet Cecil Day Lewis) is another one she might enjoy - along the same lines as DL Sayers et al.

stealthsquiggle Sat 01-Jun-13 23:06:26

For a complete diversion, try Jasper Fforde

stealthsquiggle Sat 01-Jun-13 23:08:08

Also seconding Margery Allingham and (to a slightly lesser extent) Ngaio Marsh

EmpressOfTheSevenOceans Sun 02-Jun-13 09:04:34

This is brilliant, thank you grin

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lambbone Sun 02-Jun-13 09:12:36

What about DM Greenwood? Churchy mysteries, about 15-20 years old now. Well written, not graphically gory, lovely acid observation of church politics. The 'tec is a woman in deacon's orders-very upper class and horsy, which I always enjoy (love Josephine Tey for similar reasons).

Fear DMG may be out of print though. I got mine through AbeBooks.

TheDoctrineOfSnatch Mon 03-Jun-13 00:06:24

Yy Josephine tey. And there's a series by Nicola Upson where Tey is the detective.

An Unsuitable Job for a Woman might suit too (PD James)

TheDoctrineOfSnatch Mon 03-Jun-13 00:18:18

Inspector Morse books?

EmpressOfTheSevenOceans Mon 03-Jun-13 07:43:58

Oh God yes, Snatch, Inspector Morse. And we'll chased up DM Greenwood, thanks lambbone.

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Takver Mon 03-Jun-13 09:49:06

Michael Innes (eg Death at the President's Lodging, Appleby's End) - I would say these would definitely appeal

And what about Dornford Yates - the Chandos books (disclaimer, I haven't read them for years, but I remember them being amusing)

EmpressOfTheSevenOceans Mon 03-Jun-13 12:00:28

Ooh not heard of those.

DW wants me to thank everybody, she's very happy and rather impressed - she's had rthe MN List of Driving Insults and now she's getting a list of authors that should keep her going for ages. She'll be joining herself at this rate grin

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