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Date: 6/21/13 7:04 PM

I have read mostly piles of non fiction for work over the last decade or so, but want to move back into fiction for leisure.

The trouble is that I started with 'The girl with the dragon tattoo', which I enjoyed for the most, except that i found the graphic violence to be off the scale and unacceptable. I will not read any other novels by this author because of this, and and the general level of violence coming through in online reviews of books has made me wary of a lot of fiction on the market.

Has anyone read any good mysteries/thrillers that were strong on characters and a clever story line, and didn't have long, detailed, graphic descriptions of violence? I am appalled by this trend in our popular culture, even in children's books or films. DD, who is 33, told me that she watched the 'Hunger Games' and felt traumatised by the violence.

I don't think this is necessary for entertainment, even for adults.

So, can anyone recommend something for me to read that won't offend my obviously delicate sensibilities?

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Date: 6/21/13 7:25 PM

The mystery novels set in Venice, written by Donna Leon, are very good.

I also recently picked up some mysteries written by Tana French that I liked very much. She is Irish, and they are set in Ireland.

In both there is only the violence, or suggestion of such, necessary to set the stage for a murder, otherwise they are story-driven. Good writing, in my opinion (for what that is worth.. ;))

Donna leon

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and I like this series: Blind Justice by Bruce Alexander, coveys a great sense of what it might have been like to live in the 18th century in London.
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Date: 6/21/13 7:49 PM

The Inspector Rutledge mysteries by Charles Todd. The characters are very well drawn and the violence is minimal. They are set in England shortly after WW I and there are flashbacks/descriptions of the war but they are horrifying more in what is implied than in actual depiction of violence. That is, the war did terrible things to people but you don't actually see the things being done. You see the result. Does this make sense? Anyway, there are 12 or 13 of these novels. I read them one after another--finished one and started the next immediately. They are very well written.

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Date: 6/21/13 8:00 PM

I like the Amelia Peabody mysteries by Elizabeth Peters. Start with the first one because it has an ongoing family story. They are set in Egypt. Tony Hillerman wrote mysteries based on the Navajo reservation. Stay away from Jack Reacher. Violent.

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Date: 6/21/13 8:09 PM

Oh I forgot di## Francis. Some violence but manageable. Usually has some tie to horse racing.

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Date: 6/21/13 8:10 PM

Not sure what happened with his name.

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Date: 6/21/13 8:16 PM

Certain words are often censored on internet sites or email programs, because they sound like swear words or obscenities. Unfortunately, the nickname for people named Richard can be considered this way.

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Date: 6/21/13 8:18 PM

It was quite awkward a few years ago, when VP Cheney's name would come up....

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Date: 6/21/13 8:24 PM

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Not sure what happened with his name.

It must be the shortened version of Richard. Not popular as a name these days, only as a swear word.

Many thanks for the suggestions everyone. Please keep it coming, as I like audiobooks and not everything is available in that form.

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Date: 6/21/13 8:31 PM

Mary Stewart mysteries are good fun

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