Robert (Hans) Van Gulik wrote a series featuring Judge Dee, a Chinese magistrate in the 600s (A.D.). This series exhibits the "gentleness" of a cozy mystery book series, while solving hardened crimes. I am very fortunate to live in an area with a library that has so many books on tape. I was able to listen to most of the Judge Dee Series on tape, and it was a phenomenal way to spend endless hours in my car, and of course, how many of you listen to books on tape while cleaning, scrubbing,
vacuuming, polishing, ETC!!!???
Ruth Rendell's/Barbara Vine's non-mystery books are also a treat to read. They have a whisper of psychological tension throughout them. For those of you who think that cozy mysteries (or just plain mysteries of any kind!) are the only types of books worthy of reading.... Try Barbara Vine, you just might be adding her to your favorite authors' list....... along with Ruth Rendell!
Upson writes the Josephine Tey Mystery Series, which is set in London during the
1930s. Upson "read English" at the University of Cambridge, and is quite
interested in Scottish mystery author Josephine Tey - aka Gordon Daviot, author
of historical works.
Louise Ure Ure sets her psychological thrillers in Arizona, which is only
appropriate for an Arizona native...a fourth
generation one, at that!
Katherine Valentine Valentine was an American Folk artist before
she became an author of inspirational books. Valentine's books are not
mysteries, but if you like Gail Fraser's Lumby or Jan Karon's Mitford
series, then you might want to check out Katherine Valentine's Dorsetville
Diane Vallere Vallere was immersed in the fashion business for over twenty
years, so it only makes sense that her
mystery series reflect that. Vallere's Mad for Mod Mystery Series is set in
Texas, and features Madison Night, a lover of
all things Doris Day, who is an interior decorator. Her Material Witness Mystery
Series features Poly Monroe, a dress
designer who owns a shop in California. Vallere's Style & Error Mystery Series
features an ex-fashion buyer
(Samantha Kidd) who lives in Pennsylvania.
S. S. Van Dine
Van Dine, the pseudonym for an art critic (Willard Huntington Wright), wrote
the Philo Vance Mystery Series,
which features a 1920/1930s rich, art-collecting sleuth in New York City.
(The wonderful actor William Powell portrayed Van
Dine's Philo Vance character in movies made during the late 1920s and early
Judith Van Gieson Van Gieson writes the Claire Reynier Mystery Series which
features an archivist/librarian/sleuth and the Neil Hamel Mystery Series which
features an attorney. Both series are set in New Mexico.
Robert Hans Van Gulik
I have spent many hours listening to the
adventures of seventh century Judge Dee. Van Gulik was a Dutch diplomat who had
extensive knowledge regarding the culture and history of China. I have really
enjoyed reading/listening to the Judge Dee novels.
Viets researches the “dead-end jobs” that her heroine holds by working the
same jobs. She also has two other series, including the Mystery Shopper
series which is based on a job her mother held.
Debbie Viguié Viguié writes the Psalms 23 Mystery Series. This series has two
sleuths from different backgrounds: Cindy Preston is a church secretary and
Jeremiah Silverman is a Reformed Rabbi.
Barbara Vine writes psychological novels whereas her alter ego,
Ruth Rendell is
known for her mysteries.
I have read "Barbara" and "Ruth" books, and really enjoy both of them.
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