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I am hosting a giveaway of Medical mystery author Michael Palmer's books on my blog. To enter go to themysterybookshelf.blogspot.com.
Likewise, Tess Gerritsen's thriller series that has just become a TV series (Rizzoli & Isles). I didn't like the most recent book, but the other ones are good.
For mystery rather than thriller, go for Margaret Maron's Deborah Knott books.
And, of course, there are the classic Ed McBain police procedural 87th Precinct series.
Oh, and the John D. MacDonald Travis McGee books. Also classic.
There is no 'romance' per se in these books, although some couples are portrayed, both happy and unhappy ones.
Nearly everyone over on the 75 books challenge thread loves this series!
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Marshall Karp, starting with The Rabbit Factory. Down and dirty crimes with funny lead characters. Also very minor romance. Think "Rockford Files" type humor.
He has one book that isn't part of the series, Term Limits, which should be read as it establishes a few characters that play roles in the early books of the Mitch Rapp series (especially The Third Option). Term Limits involves violence internally within the government via hire...the idea being that if you want your vote on a bill to go through, kill a few that you know will vote the other way, eliminate the opposition. There ends up being 3 deaths (I think, if not, it's 4).
It's his second book, Transfer of Power, where Mitch Rapp comes in.
The person he saves in Transfer of Power becomes his girlfriend, then wife, then dead (won't tell you when) over the course of the books, so it's crucial that they are read in order. Also, many changes occur from a political perspective, like Presiden't health condition, election, etc, and so all the more reason to read them in order.
Just as a guide, the following would be the order to read them (oh, and by the way, I don't recall any of these books not having someone important dying, so you have to be willing to deal with death):
Transfer of Power
The Third Option
Separation of Power
Transfer of Power
Consent to Kill
Act of Treason (I'm nearing the end of this one)
Protect and Defend
Pursuit of Honor (Comes in paperback end of August)
American Assassin (Comes in hardcover in October)
I can tell you a little about some of the other authors mentioned, either thru reading myself or thru conversion from friends I have that have read them:
- I have one friend that basically read all of Lee Child and Michael Connelly. He liked them both, but said Connelly was better. He has also read many books by McHammon, but he's not really a crime or thriller writer, he writes more horror. If you like Stephen King, Dean Koontz, etc, then he might be worth a try.
- An acquaintance said to me that Steve Berry is worth a try, but that he's one of those authors that most either really love or can't stand, supposedly.
- I myself have read a number of Sue Grafton's books. They were ok at first, A, B, C. By "D" they were all seeming to be exactly the same. "E" was awful. "F" was decent, "G" was ok, "H" was eh, not great, but not like "E", and by the time I got to "I" I just couldn't finish it. From my research of reviews, it seems like they get worse as they go on. Same for Lilian Jackson Braun, whom I read the first 13 books, have seen reviews that her latter ones, like #'s 25-29, were just going downhill.
I'm on Vince Flynn's 8th book, 7th in the Mitch Rapp series, and it hasn't gone one big south yet.
Hope this all helps.
I'd also recommend John Lescroart for series book that are always enjoyable.
Finally, just finished The Lion by Nelson Demille I listened to it on audio. Fifteen discs and I didn't want it to end.
I write the Detective Jackson mystery/suspense series, based on a homicide investigator in Eugene, Oregon. The first two books, THE SEX CLUB and SECRETS TO DIE FOR, are in print now, and the third novel, THRILLED TO DEATH, will be released in three weeks. All three are available as e-books for $2.99. The fourth Jackson story comes out early next year. I hope you'll check them out.
Oh--his name is Sherlock Holmes.
The Brother Cadfael series by Ellis Peters and the Dame Frevisse series by Margaret Frazer are both series in which the detective is a religious, so they don't have romances, though sometimes the secondary characters do.
Either of Agatha Christie's two main series, Miss Marple and Poirot, would give you detectives who do not indulge.
Jonathan Gash's Lovejoy series features a detective who dallies with the ladies, but he's never serious about any of them, and at least half the time is only sleeping with them to get closer to some antique he's lusting after.
P.D. James's Adam Dalglish series features a detective whose wife and child have died, so he's mostly just pretty depressed.
Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe doesn't do romance, though his sidekick is another guy who flirts in the cause of getting information.
Also I'd like to add John Sandford's Prey series featuring Lucas Davenport, Stephen White's Alan Gregory series, Jonathan Kellerman's Alex Delaware series,, Alexander McCall Smith's The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series featuring the wonderful Precious Ramotswe and P.J. Tracy's offbeat Monkeewrench series.
Edited to add links to series pages.
Peter Robinson Inspector Banks Series.
Shirley Wells Max Trentham series.
Both are British cop series. Wonderful characters, very well written.
Michael McGarrity Kevin Kerney series. Set in New Mexico, the desolate beauty of the state is a lovely, important part of each story.
I could go on but I'll give someone else a chance -- enjoy!
I hope you enjoy it and look forward to your thoughts. Take care.
Enjoy the series - they're all fantastic.
I started to read that series. Relic was decent, but Reliquary stunk. I kinda gave up there. Are the ones after Reliquary any better than Reliquary? Or is it one of those where Relic will amuse anybody, and only a select few will find the rest being worth while? Many series are like that, first book great, the rest blah!
I am sad that Maigret is a comparatively forgotten figure, and will continue to plow my lonely furrow, as I attempt to read all 70-odd novels.
Oops . . . just looked back at the OP, which requested no romance. I don't think it's particularly heavy-handed in Elkins' works, but it is there.
Janwillem van de Wetering - Grijpstra and de Gier series Outsider in Amsterdam
Jane Langton - Homer Kelly series, The Transcendental Murder
Sara Paretsky - V I Warshawski, Indemnity Only
Dana Stabenow - Kate Shugak, A Cold Day for Murder
Marcia Muller - Sharon McCone, Edwin of the Iron Shoes
Amanda Cross - Kate Fansler, In the Last Analysis
Sarah Caudwell - Hilary Tamar, Thus Was Adonis Murdered
G M Ford - Frank Corso series: Fury, Black River; Leo Waterman: Who the Hell is Wanda Fuca?
Earl Emerson - Thomas Black series The Rainy City
Harlan Coben - Myron Bolitar series Deal Breaker
Aaron Elkins - Gideon Oliver series Fellowship of Fear
Martha Grimes - Richard Jury series The Man with a Load of Mischief, The Anodyne Necklace
P D James - Adam Dalgliesh series Cover Her Face
John Dunning - Cliff Janeway series Booked to Die
Marianne Macdonald - Dido Hoare series Death's Autograph
Then there's the French author Fred Vargas (http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/v/fred-vargas/). Commissaire Adamsberg stars in several stories, and even though only one (?) book in the Three Evangelist series has been translated into English, if you're able to read in French, there are at least 3 of those. Just a tiny bit of romance but a lot of very sound mysteries and a LOT of eccentric fun :)