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BertrandRussell Mon 04-Nov-19 14:53:36

I don’t usually read male crime writers but someone recommended him. Anyone read him? I like character driven, complicated, not too much gore.

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elkiedee Tue 05-Nov-19 09:17:01

I quite like his Tom Thorne series - very character driven, not too much gore. I don't think the crime plots are super complicated but I'm more interested in the character interactions anyway.

BertrandRussell Tue 05-Nov-19 10:35:59

Thank you-I’ll risk it. I heard him on the radio recently and he sounded lovely!

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Whatisreal Tue 05-Nov-19 10:36:40

Thorne is my absolute favourite series - and definitely not too much gore.

highlandcoo Tue 05-Nov-19 20:05:01

He's a really nice guy. I met him at an author event in London and have also seen him playing in the band The Fun Loving Crime Writers at Aye Write, the Glagow book festival (lead singer Val McDermid) where they all seemed to be having a brilliant time.

Another suggestion, OP, would be Stephen Booth's crime novels set in the Peak District. Not gruesome, with an interesting relationship developing - or not - between the male and female detectives throughout the series.

efeslight Tue 05-Nov-19 20:07:31

Agree woth both the previous posts, both male crime writers that are not too violent. I also like Peter Robinson's earlier books

percheron67 Tue 05-Nov-19 20:27:12

Good author. I always look forward to a new title from him. I have them on audio book too.

DirtyWindow Tue 05-Nov-19 20:29:07

I enjoy his stuff. It's a bit like Ian Rankin (not quite as good tbh).

highlandcoo Wed 06-Nov-19 00:31:17

Yy to Peter Robinson's Inspector Banks books too. Very readable.

CheezerGoode Wed 06-Nov-19 00:39:58

I like his books a lot, he readshis own on Audible. Try the Helen Weeks books if you prefer female-centric characters.
(I got bored with Ian Rankin years ago I'm afraid.)

itllneverfitinthecar Wed 06-Nov-19 08:57:37

Maybe give Tony Parsons a go. Very true to life.

elkiedee Wed 06-Nov-19 09:37:27

I won't read Tony Parsons. For some reason I really disliked his first novel (not a crime one) years ago, he's been a UKIP supporter, and he just sounds incredibly unpleasant. Apparently he's quite obnoxious at book events too.

I should probably confess that I know Mark Billingham as well, through going to lots of crime fiction events and because he's a friend of friends. A group I was on discussed his first novel, Sleepyhead, and he joined the group for a bit to talk to us.

itllneverfitinthecar Wed 06-Nov-19 10:31:58

Thanks @elkiedie - might have to do a bit of googling and reconsider then.

MissKittyBeaudelais Wed 20-Nov-19 19:14:24

I’ve read a number of them and really enjoyed them. Can recommend.

OnceUponAMidnightBeery Wed 20-Nov-19 23:41:20

Ah, good to hear, I have a couple in my to-be-read crime pile (sunk deep in ghost stories/horror ATM) and needed a little kick to switch genres. Thanks!

MissKittyBeaudelais Thu 21-Nov-19 07:57:13

Oooh, can you recommend a horror/ghost read? Off to the library today 😊

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