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I've fallen in love with CSI - any well written crime/mystery/thriller books?

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lunavix Thu 17-May-07 18:23:27

I've never really read anything in this genre before, but I've fallen in love with CSI and was wondering what there is that's similar?

munz Thu 17-May-07 18:24:14

james patterson - love him absolutly. womens murder club series. (re reading them)

AnnaPhylactic Thu 17-May-07 20:24:03

Patricia Cornwell.

ChipButty Thu 17-May-07 20:25:41

King of Crime fiction Mr Ian Rankin (Inspector Rebus)

squeakybub Thu 17-May-07 20:26:34

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NutterlyUts Thu 17-May-07 20:26:48

second Patricia Cornwell. The Scarpetta books are FAB

PandaG Thu 17-May-07 20:27:19

Early P Cornwell great - the later ones are a bit pants imo.

I like Kathy Reichs too

Shoshable Thu 17-May-07 20:35:04

Lee Childs & Kathy Reiches really great.

Shoshable Thu 17-May-07 20:35:51

Kathy Reiches is TV's Bones.

raspberryberet Thu 17-May-07 20:38:02

Ian Rankin (Inspector Rebus)
Peter Robinson (Inspector Banks)
Sue Grafton (Kinsey Millhone)

amateurmum Thu 17-May-07 20:42:35

Have you tried 'Arthur and George' (Julian Barnes). Crime but with a twist.

mummytosteven Thu 17-May-07 20:45:49

For pathologist lit - Patricia Cornwell and Kathy Reichs. Kathy Reichs is the real deal - a Real Life forensic anthropologist.

DaphneHarvey Thu 17-May-07 20:57:37

Barbara Vine ???

graysongirl Fri 18-May-07 20:23:42

Jeffery Deaver - Lincoln Rhyme books are great for the first few you read then get a bit samey. He wrote the Bone Collector which was made into a film.

graysongirl Fri 18-May-07 20:25:30

PS second the Patricia Cornwell and James Patterson books. Although wasn't too keen on the last couple of Scarpetta books when she changed from first person to third (or was it the other way around?)

Hassled Fri 18-May-07 20:27:44

Ian Rankin is great - dark and gritty, complicated at times.
Ruth Rendell (Inspector Wexford) is great bathtime/holiday reading.
I also love Ed McBain books - he died a couple of years ago but wrote tons of detective novels set in a fictional US city that is clearly New York - great characters, often funny.

pinknfluffy29 Fri 18-May-07 21:06:56

karin slaughter is brilliant

ZacharyQuack Sat 19-May-07 10:26:57

Michael Connelly (Harry Bosch series)
John Sandford (Lucas Davenport)
Robert Crais (Elvis Cole)
Dennis Lehane (Kenzie/Gennaro)
Lee Child (Jack Reacher)

All great authors and all have good cop or PI characters. Hope you find something you enjoy.

Flower3554 Sat 19-May-07 10:41:10

ooh I love James Patterson munz, I've just finished his newest one The 6th Target, thats a womens club one.
I'm just about to start Jack and Jill. I prefer his Alex Cross books, very dark.

DimpledThighs Sat 19-May-07 10:42:47

if you try Ian Rankin get one from the library first as it is not to everyone's taste - I don't like him.

DimpledThighs Sat 19-May-07 10:43:15

(I mean I don't like his books - I am sure he is a really nice man.)

saltire Sat 19-May-07 10:56:33

Ian Rankin - I have the whole rebus collection

Can I also recommend Karin Slaughter. DH bought her first three books a couple of years ago and I was hooked

DontCallMeBaby Sat 19-May-07 11:07:48

Not necessarily for the OP, but I'd like to recommend Graham Hurley for anyone who likes crime fiction (police based, in this case) and lives or has lived around the Portsmouth area. He creates a fantastic sense of place (and it makes me giggle when the experts are drafted in from somewhere terribly mundane I grew up near).

allieBongo Sat 19-May-07 11:09:46

kathy reichs - the books are nothing like the TV programme, far better. Also Tess Gerritsen books are fab, as are James Patterson's Dr Alex Cross series

dotcom Sat 19-May-07 11:11:26

another here for James Patterson but do read them in order.

I am reading CROSS at the moment which is great.

The only downside is that with some of his books you do feel like he is bored with writing it and suddenly finishes which leaves you feeling disappointed!

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