Lee Goldberg's "Diagnosis Murder" series are the Hershey bars of the mystery genre. They're fast-paced, traditional mysteries that are meant solely to entertain and keep alive the memory of the TV series starring Dick Van Dyke as the crime-solving Dr. Mark Sloan.
Suicides haunt the fourth novel in the series. Dr. Sloan has as patients an actress who has beaten cancer several times but who refuses to quit smoking, and a woman who he saw jumping from a fifth-floor window but survived. Both resist Mark's efforts to help them, and he wants to know why. In addition, his son is investigating the death of a publisher of an extreme-sports magazine, who died from a knife in the chest during a parachute jump.
Goldberg was a producer on the series, so he has a thorough knowledge of the characters. Like their TV counterparts, they banter, argue and sass each other, sometimes sidetracking serious conversations into something that sounds like, well, a TV show. There's Steve the detective, caging bear claws from a baker visiting the injured jumper, or a conversation stopping dead because someone says "hinky" ("I watched a lot of seventies cop shows" / "That explains your hair.").
Those who like their mysteries earnest will crab about realism. I find these quirks human. Maybe its because I like bear claws.
"Waking Nightmare" is a tightly plotted mystery that contains several plot twists and series of false solutions in the Agatha Christie tradition. Goldberg effortlessly carries over the flavor of the series to the written word, so if you liked the show, you'd probably like the books.