I am ALWAYS up for another post with reader book recommendations. I mostly read mysteries, so selfishly I’d like that.
Dame Eleanor Hull adds:
I’ve been sampling cozy mysteries but haven’t found anything as much like what I feel like reading as Agatha Raisin.
#2 and I have different preferences. I tend towards cozy, where the mystery is kind of incidental and nothing particularly sordid happens. #2 likes darker stuff– very similar to my mom’s preferences. All amazon links are affiliate.
The Countess of Harleigh mysteries by Dianne Freeman are must reads for me.
I liked the Lady Hardcastle mysteries by T E Kinsey, which are kind of amusing farces and you don’t particularly care about anybody, but the other series by the author kills off someone you are made to care about in the first book which was really unexpected given the Hardcastle books.
Some of Amanda Quick/Jayne Krentz’s books are actually mysteries (though shelved under romantic suspense)
Shinigami detective series by Honor Raconteur
Inspector Dimm series by Barbara Metzger (these are shelved under romance– they don’t all come up when you search on amazon though)
Between the Devil and the Duke by Kelly Bowen (also shelved as a romance)
The suck fairy has visited a lot of Elizabeth Peters/Barbara Michaels books since they came out, but the Jacqueline Kirby series books are still pretty good, especially Naked Once More.
KJ Charles read a bunch of Patricia Wentworth novels and liked them– I haven’t tried any yet, but it’s on my to-read list. Maybe worth trying if your library has some? Update: Really enjoying the first one. Better than a lot of early Agatha Christie, and so far no racism!
Anything by Deanna Raybourne
Patricia Ryan’s Nell Sweeney series.
Cas Russell series by S. L. Huang
Death Below Stairs series by Jennifer Ashley
Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty.
Amanda Cross’s Kate Fansler mysteries
Dee Goong An (Celebrated Cases of Judge Dee)
Flavia de Luce series by Alan Bradley
Grumpy Nation– what are we missing? What are your mystery recommendations?