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P.I.s: Women PIs

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Mysteries with women P.I.s are some of the most popular nowadays. Some topics to consider:

• How are women P.I.s different from men?
• What defines a "soft-boiled" mystery?
• How did this type of mystery get so popular? What is it about them that people enjoy so much?
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J. K. Hom - 10:42pm May 14, 2000 PST(#44 of 53)

I enjoy S. J. Rozan's P. I. - Lydia Chin and Cynthia Smith's Private Resolver- Emma Rhodes. Chin is vulnerable, despite her tough facade and her dealings with people, especially her mom, makes her likeable. Emma Rhodes is smart, almost too much, but she has logical thinking which is appealing for the reading. Both are written in first person.

Trudy A - 11:11am Oct 19, 2000 PST(#45 of 53)

My sister read a mystery she liked that featured a caterer, but she can't remember the author. Anyone know?

Katarina Rundgren - 12:52pm Oct 19, 2000 PST(#46 of 53)
A stranger is a friend you have yet to meet

Well I'm guessing there are a few. But the one that springs to mind immediately is Diane Mott Davidson who writes about Goldy the caterer in Aspen Meadow, Colorado.

laurie swing - 02:10pm Jan 5, 2001 PST(#47 of 53)

I just recently found this site and this is my first time posting a message here. Looks like this particular discussion is not real active lately. But since I most enjoy reading this kind of mystery, I'll say something anyway. I've read most of the authors mentioned in the previous messages. The ones I wasn't familiar with I wrote down for my next trip to the mystery section of the library. Thanks!

A few authors I didn't see mentioned here (perhaps they are in some other discussion) that I think are very good are Sarah Lovett (character Sylvia Strange), Anna Salter (character Michael Stone), Gillian Roberts (character Amanda Pepper and now some new series too). I'm sure I could come up with a few more if I thought about it a while.

I agree with whoever said that Kay Scarpetta (or maybe Patricia Cornwell) ought to lighten up. She irritates me too. But every time I start reading one of her stories, I get so totally engrossed in it, I feel like I've had a workout by the time I'm done.

Barbara Watanabe - 04:58am Feb 14, 2002 PST(#48 of 53)

Just found this site as well. I am searching for new authors to read and am so happy to have found some suggestions from people who like the same books I like. The ones I am reading now are: Sue Grafton, Patricia Cornwell, Janet Evanovich, Barbara Parker, J.A. Jance, Diane Mott Davidson, Rita Mae Brown, and Lilian Jackson Braun. I work nights at home, and read for a couple of hours to unwind when my shift is over. I would be happy to discuss any books, characters or authors if someone wants to contact me. My e-mail is

Susan Kaplan - 07:42am Feb 4, 2005 PST(#49 of 53)

Well, I see this site hasn't been approached for a bit of time, but I would like to add Lee Harris (she has two series going now:Christine Bennett, ex-nun, and Jane Bauer, NYPD Detective), Lisa Gardner, Jan Burke (who's Irene Kelly is an invest- igative reporter), Perri O'Shaughnessy (two sisters writing about a single mom, female lawyer). I love the above writers and hope you out there enjoy them as well.

katie mahoney - 03:30am Nov 1, 2007 PST(#50 of 53)

Hi all! I just finished the first novel in the new mystery series THE BLACK WIDOW AGENCY by Felicia Donovan(Midnight Ink). This fun novel, "with a CSI edge", shows how 4 women join forces using computer forensics, surveillance technology and women's intuition to help other women in cases where they have been wronged. Women of all ages and backgrounds who love mysteries will really enjoy this intelligent, snappy and fast read!

Fran Hinkel - 04:28am Nov 5, 2007 PST(#51 of 53)
You can check out anytime you like...but you can never leave!

Thanks for the recommendation, Katie, sounds good!

Crosspatch - 02:59am Mar 19, 2009 PST(#52 of 53)

Can anyone help me find a Novel I was told about? I can't recall the Author or the name of the book. It is a mystery series featuring a female PI who lives over a biker bar just outside of Phoenix Arizona. I think the PI had a Curious Name, sees ghoasts, Frequented Casinos, has foster sisters, and a love interest who is also in law enforcement.

Fran Hinkel - 04:35am Apr 7, 2009 PST(#53 of 53)
You can check out anytime you like...but you can never leave!

I just posted a message in Can You Help Me Find. I don't know if it is the right character, but I posted the info there.

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