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Old 03-27-2005, 08:22 PM   #1
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Friday I'm heading to Gulf Shores, Alabama for a week on the beach. I really like to read nonstop when I'm on vacation. My favorite is Patricia Cornwell, but I've read all of her books. Anyone know of any good murder/suspense novels (true stories or fiction)? My other favorite series is Lonesome Dove/Comanche Moon/Dead Man's Walk/Streets of Laredo by Larry McMurtry. I prefer "rec reading" as opposed to stuff with actual artistic or philosophical substance (for vacation reading, anyway). Please recommend....

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Have fun! I love the Gulf Shores. I don't read mysteries. How about Ya Ya Sisterhood. Or Little Alters Everywhere. Both sequels are so sweet and Southern.

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Those Indiana Jones novels are great light adventure serial type books, great for travel.
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l like your old-school detective stories. Sherlock Holmes and the like.

Good fun.
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A good classic: Ten Little Indians
Can't go wrong with a little Christie.

Plus it's really really good.
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I loved "A Girl Named Zippy" by Haven Kimmel.
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Thanks for the suggestions so far! I've gotta hit the library soon b/c I have some fines

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Have fun! I love the Gulf Shores.
I love it too, although it was hit really REALLY hard by Ivan. The beach house we rent w/ a bunch of other families was one of few that was still standing (though it needed months of repairs). They've told us to expect it to be about 40% back. My sibs and their friends are all leaving Wednesday to spend a few days helping the cleanup/rebuild.
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I'd recommend THE BROKER, John Grisham's latest legal thriller, although this one is not as "legal" as most of them; it is not a murder mystery either, but it is definitely a suspense novel. If you are vacationing, you should be able to finish it 2 days. #1 on NYT last week. Stay away from your John Calvin writings and Rick Warren's PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE while on vacation!

Not a murder mystery and not suspenseful, another good novel is Tom Wolfe's current novel I AM CHARLOTTE SIMMONS, an intriguing fictional account of life at a fictional university. It is very long; I only finished about 200 of the nearly 700 pages while sitting on another beach last week.

The hosue we usually stay in at Orange Beach (next to Gulf Shores) is still out of use due to minor Ivan damage, so we skipped our annual Orange Beach Spring Break and went to our other beach in Walton County, Florida. I hear Perdido Key took quite a hit. I would suggest some fried crab claws at Doc's Oyster Bar & Seafood Restaurant on Canal Road, and a grouper sandwich at the Shrimp Basket on Perdido Key or in Gulf Shores (I think they have both opened back up; Doc's is open for sure).

Have a great vacation. Mine was too short.

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I like Patricia Cornwell too. You should give Tami Hoag a try, but stick to the murder mystery's she also writes some romance/smut stuff.

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