What mystery books would one recommend to someone who hasn’t read any mysteries since Sherlock Homes and Nero Wolf?

If you’re looking for screwball comedy with a sassy characters, I like Janet Evanovich, Harlan Coben and Elmore Leonard. For tightly drawn suspense, there’s Lee Child, Walter Mosley and Lisa Scottolione.  Happy reading.


The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag, I think by Alan Bradley, Thus Was Adonis Murdered, by Sarah Caudwell; Margery Allingham, the Inspector Morse series by Dexter, to name a few of my favorites.


For Beginners in mysteries, these should help:
An Unsuitable Job for a Woman by PD James.
The Bridesmaid by Ruth Rendell
Any books by John Dickson Carr & Agatha Christie


I fell in love with Poison for the Prince: An Italian Renaissance Mystery,and all the other novels in the Sigismondo series of novels by Elizabeth Eyre. That’s actually a pen name for 2 authors: Jill Staynes and Margaret Storey. While reading them, I sometimes envisioned Bruce Willis playing the lead character. The other book titles follow the same naming pattern: Curtains for the Cardinal, Death of a Duchess, Axe for an Abbott. I discovered them by perusing the library.

This whodunnit’s lead character is sort of a blend of Sherlock Holmes, MacGyver and James Bond.