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Adventure or mystery books for lady in her 80s

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Papergirl1968 Sat 02-Dec-17 21:53:11

Can anyone recommend a mystery or adventure novel as a present for a family friend in her 80s?
They are not really genres I'm familiar with and have been having a browse on Amazon but there seem to be a lot of psychological thrillers on the bestseller list, whereas she requested mystery or adventure!
Thanks

HooraySunshine Sat 02-Dec-17 23:15:14

Have you tried G.K. Chesterton, Lesley Cookman, Elizabeth Edmondson, Andrea Frazer, Georgette Heyer, Evelyn James, Harriet Rutland, Patricia Wentworth or Diana Xarissa?

All 'period' books with (mild) murder/mystery/adventure.

'Madam, Will you Talk' by Mary Wesley
'Footsteps in the Dark' by Georgette Heyer

clairethewitch70 Sat 02-Dec-17 23:34:49

Daisy Dalrymple books.

The Ladies no1 detective agency.

clairethewitch70 Sat 02-Dec-17 23:35:39

Agatha Christie.

PD. James

Ruth Rendell

Papergirl1968 Sun 03-Dec-17 21:34:22

Great ideas, thank you very much!

Gruach Sun 03-Dec-17 21:38:01

Josephine Tey - The Franchise Affair. (Folio Soc. have a lovely edition.)

onemouseplace Sun 03-Dec-17 21:40:30

There is a new collection of PD James short stories just out - "Sleep no More".

GoodGirlsGuide Sun 03-Dec-17 21:43:01

Elizabeth Peters writes wonderful books - the Curse of the Pharoahs is one of my favourites. I would absolutely recommend them - my dear Great Aunt read this in her 80’s on my recommendation and told me she loved it.

iklboo Sun 03-Dec-17 21:44:27

I'm only in my 40s but I really enjoyed the Father Brown stories.

meala Sun 03-Dec-17 21:45:26

What about Agatha raisin and Hamish mcbeth?

HarrietVane99 Sun 03-Dec-17 21:49:47

My mum is in her eighties and she likes John le Carre. She's getting the latest for Christmas. In the past she's liked Cadfael, Falco, Elizabeth Peters. I don't think she'd like Lesley Cookman. Not enough substance.

comeagainforbigfudge Sun 03-Dec-17 21:52:29

I second Elizabeth Peters. Found one randomly browsing in the library, as I'm wont to do, found it a bit hard to get into the style of writing. Then something clicked and I was hooked.

cdtaylornats Sun 03-Dec-17 22:17:32

Ellis Peters who wrote the Cadfael series also wrote a mystery series about Inspector Felse - first one is Fallen Into the Pit

FairNotFair Sun 03-Dec-17 22:23:18

My DM is 80 and loves Josephine Tey and Ngaio Marsh.

Gruach Mon 04-Dec-17 00:03:13

Hah, Ngaio Marsh was just the person I was going to suggest.

(Along with a small protest about in her 80s. I cannot imagine that my reading tastes might ever be defined by my age ...)

Papergirl1968 Mon 04-Dec-17 07:44:34

You’re right, Gruach, lol. She’s not a knitting, baking, gentle granny type figure in any way, shape or form and won’t be offended by a bit of sex or swearing!
Some great suggestions on here, thanks.

lljkk Mon 04-Dec-17 07:56:19

Dr. Siri Paiboun Series. Not least because they are about geriatrics solving mysteries. Quirky, very funny. With adventure, magical realism and modern history thrown in.

No safe "midsummer murders" feeling about them.

Gruach Mon 04-Dec-17 08:02:46

Interesting. I'd never come across Collin Cotterill before lljkk Thank you, they look great fun.

bruffin Mon 04-Dec-17 08:04:16

Alexander mcall smith

palmfronds Mon 04-Dec-17 08:07:54

Another vote for Elizabeth Peters here!

Also Margery Allingham and the Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear.

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