Top Ten Books Jorie Would Give To Readers Who Have Never Read Mysteries


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Top Ten Books I’d Give To Readers Who Have Never Read X (examples: New Adult novels, historical fiction, a certain author, books about a certain topic, etc)

(I’ve selected the first book in series whenever there’s more than one book.)

(Thank you,  LibraryThing for the images)

1.  Sandra Brown’s Deadline

Deadline by Sandra Brown

2. Michael Connelly’s The Lincoln Lawyer (Mickey Haller/Lincoln Lawyer Series)

The Lincoln Lawyer: A Novel by Michael…

3.  Janet Evanovich’s One For the Money (Stephanie Plum Series) 

One for the Money

4. Sue Grafton’s A is for Alibi (The Alphabet Mysteries Series)

A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton

5.  John Grisham’s The Firm 

The Firm: A Novel by John Grisham

6. Kay Hooper’s  Stealing Shadows (Bishop/Special Crimes Unit Series ( Stealing Shadows Trilogy ))

Stealing Shadows (Shadows Trilogy) by Kay…

7. JA Jance’s Desert Heat (Joanna Brady Series) 

Desert Heat (Joanna Brady Mysteries) by J.…

8. JA Jance’s Until Proven Guilty (JP Beaumont Series) 

Until Proven Guilty by J. A. Jance

9. Alexander McCall Smith’s The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency (The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency Series)

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (The No.…

10. JD Robb’s Naked in Death (… in Death) 

Naked in Death (In Death, Book 1) by J. D.…

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A Confession Regarding Small Screen Adaptations


While I typically hold off seeing a film until I’ve read the book or books which have inspired it, I don’t always adhere to that rule with TV shows. As I’ve admitted in recent posts about “Longmire” and Kass Morgan’s The 100, I tend to watch the shows without any regard. Below is a selection of shows I’ve watched without reading the entire series. These are also available at Jorie’s Store @ Amazon.

So, who else is guilty? Am I going to amateur book reviewer jail now? 😉

Longmire: Season 1  The 100: The Complete First Season [HD]  The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency: Season 1

True Blood: Season 1      Monk: The Complete Series - Limited Edition            Bones: Season 1

Alexander McCall Smith’s No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency


McCall Smith, A., & Lecat, L. (2003). The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. Prince Frederick, MD: Recorded Books. 1402545940

While browsing for an audiobook for my work commute, one of my coworkers recommended No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. She told me it was a cute series taking place in Botswana! Heeding my coworker’s advice, I cruised home listening to No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.

Precious “Mma” Ramotswe is the charming director of her own business on her home turf – Botswana. She’s the one, the only, the absolute best – lady detective in all the land. After a rough start and scarce business, people arrive, seeking out Mma Ramotswe’s services.  With great aplomb, she handles everything from missing children to missing husbands.

Within this novel, the reader learns of  Mma’s precocious beginnings, her doting but sickly father, her personal tragedy, and her current goals. I liked Mma immediately; she listens when people talk to her; she accepts herself. Mma is perhaps McCall Smith and Africa’s response to Miss Marple.  I wouldn’t mind listening to another one of these books. I’ve already requested the season one of the Jill C. Scott series! Look out, Jessica Fletcher, the #1 lady detective is on the case.

I enjoyed learning a little more about Botswana; a land overshadowed by South Africa in my education. McCall Smith offered me a bit of a social studies lesson, too.

Four out of Five Pearls

Places: Botswana, South Africa

Word Bank:

What’s What and Who’s Who in THE NO. 1 LADIES’ DETECTIVE AGENCY

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