Meg Raymond

If you like "Julie and Romeo" by Jeanne Ray

This readalike is in response to a patron's book-match request. If you would like personalized reading  recommendations, fill out the book-match form and a librarian will email suggested titles to you.

If you like "Julie and Romeo" by Jeanne Ray, you may like these titles:

"Lamb in Love" by Carrie Brown.  Norris Lamb, a timid English postmaster and church organist, falls helplessly, secretly in love with Vida Stephen, a nanny to the mentally handicapped son of a rich American widower.  (summary)

"True love and Home Grown Tomatoes" by Julie Cannon.  (A) down-home story celebrating the enormous healing power of the Southern garden. Imogene Lavender, her daughter, Jeanette, and her niece, Loutishie, wage their individual battles with grief and find the answer to many of life's questions deep in the red-clay dirt of Euharlee, Georgia. (from summary)

If you like "The Spellman Files" by Lisa Lutz

This readalike is in response to a patron's book-match request. If you would like personalized reading  recommendations, fill out the book-match form and a librarian will email suggested titles to you.

"The Spellman Files" by Lisa Lutz is the start of a very funny series featuring Izzy Spellman (and her anger management issues) and the rest of her family of private detectives. If you like your mysteries well-laced with humor, and your heroines feisty, you might like the following titles:

"Agnes and the Hitman" by Jennifer Crusie. Agnes Crandall's life goes awry when a dognapper invades her kitchen one night, seriously hampering her attempts to put on a wedding that she's staked her entire net worth on. Then a hero climbs through her bedroom window.His name is Shane, no last name, just Shane, and he has his own problems: he's got a big hit scheduled, a rival trying to take him out, and an ex-mobster uncle asking him to protect some little kid named Agnes. (from summary) [Actually, I think you'd like any Crusie title. She kind of got stuck in the "pink ghetto" of Romance, but her books are very funny contemporary fiction with a little steamy sex thrown in]

"Sleeping With the Fishes" by MaryJanice Davidson. Fred is not your ordinary mermaid. She's not blonde. She's not buxom. And she's definitely not perky. (from summary) [This is the first in a series featuring Fred the Mermaid. Davidson has two other series you would probably like - the "Undead" series featuring reluctant vampire Betsy Taylor and the "Royal Alaska" series]
 

Ooh La La!

Planning a trip to Paris?  Maybe you are only imagining a trip to Paris.  To put you in an a French mood, try a title from the booklist "Ooh la la - Paris Delights".  From memoirs to mysteries, romances to literary classics, you will find these books tres merveilleux! 

If You Like Books by Nancy Thayer...

Nancy Thayer wrote the "Hot Flash Club" books, which always feature smart, sassy, sexy women - perhaps past the first blush of youth. If you are looking for books like those, then you may like:

These book lists in the Reading Room

  •  Mid-Life Madness: stories for People of a Certain Age
  • Marriage Can be Murder
  • Later Love
  • That Would be Ma'am to You

Some specific titles you may enjoy:

Sleuthing Sherlock Holmes

When you think of Sherlock Holmes, do you think of a middle-aged man in a deerstalker cap, blowing smoke from a pipe and peering through a magnifiying glass while saying "It's elementary, my dear Watson"?

Many writers have tried to emulate, imitate and improve on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's detective tales.  Check out the book list "Sleuthing Sherlock Holmes" for many different portrayals of the Great Detective. 

Jane Austen Over and Over and Over

What is is about Jane Austen?  If you have read her books over and over and over, maybe you are ready to try something a little different.  Her stories have been re-told and re-imagined in prequels and sequels and in various time periods and settings.  Her characters even make literary appearances as zombies and vampires.  Browse our new booklist, Jane Austen Over and Over and Over.

Books With Bite

Check out "Books With Bite," featuring vampires, werewolves and other fictional creatures that go bump in the night.

If you like "The Last Summer (of You and Me)" by Ann Brashares...

THE LAST SUMMER (OF YOU AND ME) by Anna Brashares covers the themes of sisters and family and love and heartbreak with poignancy and humor.

Two lists with similar stories are "A Friend in Need" and "Dating and other Disasters of Modern Life".

Some other books you may enjoy:

If you like books by Faye Kellerman...


If you like books by Faye Kellerman, you may also like...

Take a look at the Reading Room:
 

If you like "The Trouble with Mary" by Millie Criswell...

Similar Title: The Trouble with Mary by Millie Criswell
Original question: Is this humor or romance? I don't know but I like the
combination of the two. Also, there was good sexual tension without a
lot of graphic description. Can you recommend another author who
combines humor and romance? I also like characters from Italian families but that's not essential.

ANSWER:

"The Trouble With Mary" by Millie Criswell is a romance, but it IS
funny, isn't it? Do you know that there are three more titles by Ms.