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oldlassie 
Posted: 10-Dec-2005, 01:19 PM
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I am an avid reader searching for book titles and authors whose main subject is mysteries set in Scotland, Ireland or England and Wales either ancient or modern times. I am writing my own ghost story as I can't find many that appeal to me. Too many are more horror than mystery.


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Posted: 10-Dec-2005, 01:35 PM
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Hi! I know these are most likely not what you have in mind, but here are a couple of ideas for you.

A few years ago, my daughter went through a spell where she enjoyed reading Nacny Drew mysteries which she checked out from the school library. She borrowed one that I ended up reading myself. It was called The Mystery of the Whistling Bagpipes. It was set in Scotland, and what I liked about it was that the Scottish Gaelic language played an important role in the mystery's solution.

Another thing you might be interested in is a novel which inspired a made-for-tv movie. Remember Murder She Wrote with Angela Lansbury? Well, even though the series ended, a couple of years ago there was a tv movie made based on the series called Murder She Wrote: The Celtic Riddle. Apparently, the movie was based on a novel by Lyn Hamilton. Here is a link to a review of the movie:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0330664/

Hope these help! (Even if they probably aren't exactly what you had in mind! wink.gif )



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Posted: 10-Dec-2005, 02:23 PM
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Thanks for the reply, funny you mention Nancy Drew, I read them all as a young girl and see they are out again. I prefer British writers, however and have gone through many authors seeking what I want. I have read hundreds and hundreds of mysteries and I am afraid I have become a bit bored with what is out there, I recently started Agatha Christie all over again. Read those in My teens and twenties. Any thoughts are welcome and I appreciate the ideas.

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Hi Oldlassie, and welcome to the forums!

Have you read any of Anne Perry's books? She writes incredible mysteries set in Victorian London. Her books are some of the best I've ever read - there is so much detail in every aspect, every character, each setting/location and she describes the whole Victorian society so well, both for good and bad, that you could easily feel/smell/hear/sense all of what is happening in each mystery, as though you were standing there, watching. Absolutely incredible. She herself lives way up in northern Scotland, along the coast I think. I can't tell you which book to begin with, but you should start with her earlier books because references are often made to things that occurred in previous books and her characters' relationships with each other are continued from one book to the next. There are some interesting twists and ripples even there.

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Hi Oldlassie, and welcome to the forums!

Have you read any of Anne Perry's books? She writes incredible mysteries set in Victorian London. Her books are some of the best I've ever read - there is so much detail in every aspect, every character, each setting/location and she describes the whole Victorian society so well, both for good and bad, that you could easily feel/smell/hear/sense all of what is happening in each mystery, as though you were standing there, watching. Absolutely incredible. She herself lives way up in northern Scotland, along the coast I think. I can't tell you which book to begin with, but you should start with her earlier books because references are often made to things that occurred in previous books and her characters' relationships with each other are continued from one book to the next. There are some interesting twists and ripples even there.

Hope this helps you. Again, I'm glad you've joined us all!

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Hiya! You might want to look into M.C. Beaton's Hamish Macbeth series. They are mystery and in Scotland. I just picked up my first book and am about to put in a thread. Worth a try. I have only just started it but I'll report back to you when I am done! Good luck!


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Posted: 20-Dec-2005, 01:18 PM
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Hi oldlassie,
I know of a few teen books that may describe what you're looking for--there is the Sevenwaters Trilogy by Juliet Marillier (really fantastic books that is sort of mystery-fantasy in ancient Ireland. Also Tamsin by Peter S. Beagle; it's a ghost mystery in present-day English countryside. Hope these help!
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this is probably obvious.....but I'm sure you have read all of the Arthur Conan Doyle books?

I too read all of the Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, Agatha Christie, Ellery Queen, Hardy Boy, etc.... books as a wee lad growin up tongue.gif

I am curretnly working my way through the Alphabet Mysteries A is for Alibi Etc...

But I would like to find some mysteries with more substance if anyone has suggestions. I really liked the JP Beaumont series albeit corny but fun.

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QUOTE (ArizonaAmy9 @ 20-Dec-2005, 12:29 PM)
Hiya! You might want to look into M.C. Beaton's Hamish Macbeth series. They are mystery and in Scotland.

Oh, yes! I read one of these recently -- strange story with a lot of odd little twists, very atmospheric, where almost everyone has a motive for offing the victim (who starts out alive), and you really get to like the detective and his highland home town and all their quirks. I say good.

For atmosphere (England, not Scotland . . . except for the one called Five Red Herrings, which is set in the highlands), and for the most incredible character delineations, often howlingly funny even for the characters that only make small appearances, you cannot do better than Dorothy Sayers, who was writing between the two world wars about basically her own times. Nobody is safe from her often satirical eye -- from the nobility to the country folk to the ministry to the world of Oxford academe. She had a few detective character series, I believe, but the character that people love fanatically is Lord Peter Wimsey. Her classic The Nine Tailors, which is set in the English fen country and is organized around both the literal reality and the metaphor of English change-ringing of bells in church towers -- believe it, even the bells themselves are key figures in the plot -- is widely held to be the best british mystery of its kind ever written. Lord Peter has a valet named Bunter who is his partner in detection and has a personality that is worth the price of admission all by itself. biggrin.gif

Also -- I have not read, but have heard favorably of, a series by Peter Tremayne about a 7th century Irish nun called Sister Fidelma who solves mysteries. Apparently she's got a big fan following:
http://www.sisterfidelma.com/society.html

You'll also want to look at the Brother Cadfael series by Ellis Peters, set in 12th century England (the brother is a Welshman). These are incomparable.
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Anyone read "Thirty-nine Steps"? - by John Buchan. It was made into an Alfred Hitchcock movie back in 1935 starring Robert Donat. Read the book and check out the movie - great movie!


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