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Please help me choose between these crime writers....

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Beeswax2017 Sat 01-Aug-15 18:37:24

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AutumnshadesofGold Sat 01-Aug-15 18:39:42

Lee child then James Paterson. Patricia Cornwall is a bit old hat (for me anyway grin).

Lee child is fab!!

OttiliaVonBCup Sat 01-Aug-15 18:41:51

They are all very different.

Early Patricia Cornwell was great, very gory and procedural, but good. She lost is later on, but she was great to start with.
Grisham - long, wordy, law orientated.
Lee Child is action man thriller.
James Patterson is just crap, and he's actually dead and someone keeps churning out the sequels.

Beeswax2017 Sat 01-Aug-15 18:42:06

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GoooRooo Sat 01-Aug-15 18:42:46

I love Cornwall and Grisham. I've never read the other two.

I recommend Peter James too smile

Beeswax2017 Sat 01-Aug-15 18:42:56

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Beeswax2017 Sat 01-Aug-15 18:44:01

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OttiliaVonBCup Sat 01-Aug-15 18:44:10

Give it a go.

OttiliaVonBCup Sat 01-Aug-15 18:45:55

I would say out of these Grisham's writing is the closest to Stephen King's.

PerspicaciaTick Sat 01-Aug-15 18:52:04

I think you are right to pick Lee Child.
Cornwall and Grisham are some of the most disappointing writers I've read.

If you like gruesome, you might like Val McDermid?

Beeswax2017 Sat 01-Aug-15 18:57:31

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MrsPnut Sat 01-Aug-15 18:57:56

Val McDermid and Mo Hayder are both brilliant but I do really enjoy the Lee Child books.

Another fairly gruesome writer is Lee Weeks, I like her books.

isithotinhereorisitjustme Sat 01-Aug-15 19:03:48

Good choice with Lee Child - Kathy Reichs and P J Tracey are worth a look too.

Beeswax2017 Sat 01-Aug-15 19:06:58

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Cocolepew Sat 01-Aug-15 19:06:59

Not James Patterson hes shite. I wont read John Grisham now after he made excuses for his friend who was jailed for having child abuse pictures on his computer.
Early Patricia Cornwall are great.

redshoeblueshoe Sat 01-Aug-15 19:07:34

Mark Billingham - Rush of Blood - it's brilliant a great holiday read.

mrsdavidbowie Sat 01-Aug-15 19:09:54

I like gruesome.
I do like Peter James.. Well written.

StoorieHoose Sat 01-Aug-15 19:14:35

Peter Jmes
Mark Billigham
Stuart McBride
Chris Brookmyre

cdtaylornats Sat 01-Aug-15 19:54:19

Quintin Jardine's Bob Skinner series is excellent.
Ellis Peters Brother Cadfael.
Colin Dexter - Morse
Edward Marston - Railway Detective
Tess Gerritsen - Rizolli and Isles
Anne Perry - two series Pitt and Monk
Peter James, Peter May, Mo Hyder, Mark Gillingham, Lee Child are all good

cdtaylornats Sat 01-Aug-15 19:56:25

Meant to say I have read all Kathy Reich's Bones series, but you might not like the Virals series as much.

confusedandemployed Sat 01-Aug-15 19:57:33

Peter James
Val McDermid
Susan Hill
Reginald Hill - IIRC he did Dalziel and Pascoe but I strongly recommend a book called The Woodcutter. Absolutely brilliant.

AutumnshadesofGold Sat 01-Aug-15 19:58:49

Oh & you could also try Linwood Barclay & Harlen Coben grin

SenecaFalls Sat 01-Aug-15 20:01:26

Early Cornwell is very good. Later ones not so good.

Ruth Rendell and P.D. James

Ian Rankin for crime set in Scotland.

I also like Susan Hill.

blondegirl73 Sat 01-Aug-15 20:05:24

James Patterson is indeed dreadful and he does write with lots of co-authors but he's alive and kicking. He's in his 60s I think, and rich beyond all of our wildest dreams! His books are utter tripe though.

I second Val McDiarmid and I also like Ann Cleeves, and Peter May.

Beeswax2017 Sat 01-Aug-15 20:07:26

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