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  •  P.D. James has given us all (7+ / 0-)

    a wonderful gift in her novels and an even nicer gift in being so gracious about working with other writers. How lucky you were to have that time with her!

    I found her work after dashing through the Golden Agers, especially Dorothy L. Sayers and Ngaio Marsh. James let her writing grow over the years, deepening and adding layers, always keeping the focus on the vageries of the human heart. Every single one of her books is worth reading multiple times.

    One of the authors whose work is successfully deepening these days is Louise Penny. Her first two Canadian-set mysteries were fairly straight-forward whodunits. But she gets better and better at writing about the human condition and human emotions in her fair-sized cast of continuing characters.

    The Scandinavians also are terrific at writing with depth, especially Iceland's Arnaldur Indridason, as well as Karin Fossum, Johan Theorin and Asa Larsson. I also look for books published by Bitter Lemon Press and Soho Press for exceptional literary mysteries.

    •  Nice comments on James. So true. (4+ / 0-)
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      bookgirl, barbwires, Aunt Pat, jolux

      I haven't read Penny but want to.

      The Scandinavians you mention are ones I want to read, going on my list and the Icelandic author. I think they might suit me, as long as they are not too violent, because I can't read those. Thanks for the tips on literary mysteries!

      "extreme concentration of income is incompatible with real democracy.... the truth is that the whole nature of our society is at stake." Paul Krugman

      by Gorette on Mon Apr 30, 2012 at 05:32:40 PM PDT

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