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Are there any particularly good up-and-coming mystery writers or new mystery books out there that people would strongly recommend? My dad's birthday is in three days (yes, on Thanksgiving), and I want to get him a good book.

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neo_tanuki
Nov. 21st, 2011 03:43 pm (UTC)
Has he read Laura Joh Rowland's Japanese 17th century period mysteries? I really like those.
ebenbrooks
Nov. 21st, 2011 04:18 pm (UTC)
Oh! Yeah! Those are good. Maybe I'll do that.

Still would like a few more ideas, though. Having several choices makes it more likely I'll find a winner. :)
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ebenbrooks
Nov. 21st, 2011 04:44 pm (UTC)
Ooh. He's actually in L.A., but he might like something set in the city his two boys live in. That's a good thought. Thank you.
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ebenbrooks
Nov. 21st, 2011 04:45 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty sure I gave him The Morbid Bones a few years ago. Yes, one of my favorite series, too. :)
tygenco_x
Nov. 21st, 2011 04:41 pm (UTC)
*ponders*
Well, the series I'm finally on the last book of (Shadowmarch, Shadowplay, Shadowrise, Shadowheart; by Tad Williams) is set solely in a fantasy world but there's a LOT of puzzles going on. Lot of who's behind killing who, why are certain things suddenly happening all at once, and so on.

*looks at bookshelf again*
Brad Meltzer's Book of Fate is a little more government conspiracy and recent/modern... William Gibson's Bigend set (Pattern Recognition, Spook Country, Zero History) is also Very Good--at least, I enjoy them rather a lot.

Here's hoping you do find something. If all else really fails, get him a gift card for Barnes&Noble?
ebenbrooks
Nov. 21st, 2011 04:46 pm (UTC)
Heh. Yeah, there's always that, but I'd rather give him something I know he'll enjoy reading. Unfortunately, he's very much not into fantasy or SF, otherwise I'd have tons of ideas.
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ebenbrooks
Nov. 21st, 2011 05:44 pm (UTC)
Hmmm. That's another good thought. Thanks! :)
whswhs
Nov. 21st, 2011 06:29 pm (UTC)
I read Point of Honour after sartorias praised it, and found it interesting and well told. It's more or less a noir mystery set in the Regency . . . but an alternate Regency where it wasn't George III's son but his wife who became Regent, and women have a slighter greater range of options. Though if he's not familiar with alternate history as a genre your dad might find it a bit puzzling.
ebenbrooks
Nov. 22nd, 2011 04:52 pm (UTC)
Yeah, Dad's not much into the alternate history thing. But I might pick it up for myself; it sounds fascinating.
teri1337
Nov. 22nd, 2011 02:40 pm (UTC)
If your father enjoys light reading, Asimov wrote quite a few collections of short mystery stories called "The Black Widowers" that I found entertaining. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Widowers
ebenbrooks
Nov. 22nd, 2011 04:52 pm (UTC)
Hmm! That's not a bad idea. I'll see if I can find a copy. Thanks!
snobahr
Nov. 23rd, 2011 03:59 am (UTC)
I have no suggestions for presents, but I squealed with delight, because your dad shares the same birthday with my beloved hubby. Woot!
ebenbrooks
Nov. 23rd, 2011 01:29 pm (UTC)
Heh. That's awesome. And guess who else shares that birthday! John Kovalic, the Dork Tower artist! :D
stellatangdele
Nov. 24th, 2011 06:10 pm (UTC)
My suggestions are too late now, but maybe for the winter holidays?

-San Diego Noir short story collection of mysteries edited by Mysterious Galaxy's MaryElizabeth Hart (I haven't read it, but I have a copy that will be gifted in December)

-Alexander McCall Smith's No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series
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