Looking for mysteries
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I like reading mysteries, but I don't like all the language. Do you know of authors who don't use any language? Thanks for your help!
I suppose you could try graphic novels, though most of them use language as well as images. Lynd Ward did several novels using only woodcuts, but they aren't mysteries.
Teresa Burrell writes mysteries without the use of bad language. Try The Advocate and The Advocate's Betrayal.
I think Louise Penny is short on foul language and tells a good story. Ruth Dudley Edwards writes very funny mysteries which send up the British aristocracy while keeping the language relatively tame. These are the series featuring Robert Amiss and the splendid baroness "Jack" Troutbeck. Both Martha Grimes and Elizabeth George had avoided a proliferation of profanity but I am not sure about their latest offerings - the Emma Graham series excepted. Those are well told and (nearly) profanity free.
Try harder to resist. The question was a good one. Your answer was juvenile.
#3 & #7
Nah, it was a funny response. Nobody intelligent enough to be using LT is going to fail to see the huge opening created by the original question. It's one of those funny things we all say, without realizing it. Like stating that a Mozart composition has "too many notes."
This thread is full of good recommendations for cozy authors--cozies don't (as a rule) have cursing in them if that's your concern:
Try Dorothy Simpson. Actually there are quite a few authors who don't need to shock readers with bad language. J. A. Jance's two series featuring Detective Beaumont in Seattle and the woman sherrif in Arizona are excellent. Ruth Rendell is another.
I get all my books from the public library so even if they are no longer publishing, their books are available in the library.
If you like mystery books by Janet Evanovich or Nelson DeMille you would like the Stephanie Chalice Mysteries!
Aaron Elkins, Kathy Reichs, Louise Penny, Tony Hillerman, Agatha Christie, Elizabeth Peters, Ellis Peters, Ngaio Marsh, Dorothy Sayers, Margery Allingham, Donna Andrews, Susan Wittig Albert, Sue Henry, L M Wright, Eric Wright, to name a few I don't think use "language", and I'm sure there are lots of others!
Laurie R. King's "Russell and Holmes" series of books are fairly 'clean'. Some of the author's other books are a bit profane.
Lillian Jackson Braun wrote a number of mysteries about an amateur detective and his cat(s). I don't recall profanity in those.
I like some of the mysteries by Stuart Kaminsky, especially the "Russian" mysteries, but I'm not sure if there's anything objectionable in them. Any violence and/or sex is not graphic as far as I remember.
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This has very few swear words, considering the extensive storyline:
A Song for Nemesis
A pacy cocktail of heartbreak and romance, betrayal and valour, thrown together under a worldwide conspiracy to overthrow all governments and enslave the people of the world. Character-driven, soulful - with a storyline that dips into several countries, giving the thriller an international ambience.
A SONG FOR NEMESIS
Unable to come to terms with the shocking murder of his lover, Enrique Maqui abandons his work as a filmmaker and leaves London for war-torn El Salvador. Wounded while undertaking a covert assignment for the rebel forces, he meets Senica, a peasant whose courage over adversity inspires him to put his life in order. With an unfinished screenplay still sitting in London, and an impatient producer on his back, Enrique returns to the city that took his lover’s life. Here, he redrafts the script, which in essence threatens to lift the lid off a deception that runs to the core of civilization, a totalitarian nightmare devised by a power as brutal as it is invisible.
Before long, with Senica set to arrive in the UK on a doctored passport, Enrique finds himself terrorized by a gunman, whose client’s chilling ploy to first unnerve and then to eliminate the film director puts at risk the entire production. Betrayal, and a remarkable act of valour from an unlikely source ensue. For the gunman, to disappoint his anonymous and apparently wealthy client is not an option, as he receives his final instructions and swiftly closes in on his quarry...
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