gotta try this, although my mind is saying "dildo Falco"
M.C. Beaton's Hamish MacBeth series (Death of a ....) - contemporaries set in a small Scottish village. Also her Agatha Raisin series. Light and funny, but definitely mysteries.
Historical mystery authors and quite good - C.S. Harris and Kate Ross (she only wrote 4 before she died young - I'm on #3 now); Deanna Raybourn.