I will always have a reverence for the classic V-tailed Bonanza... there is just something about it.
But I have been torn by the what plane question myself.
Don't overlook the Cherokee 235/Challenger/Dakota... it has been overshadowed by the C-182 Skylane, but can cruise around 140kts and lift a decent load.
The Socota singles are not too bad, very roomy inside. Next to the Commanders they have the widest cabin in a 4-place single.
I also love the Saratoga... whether a fixed gear, retract, turbo or not it has to be one of the most versitile planes out there. HUGE cabin and they hold their value like crazy. Nearly matching the prices of model 36 Bonanzas, but bigger albeit slower. If all things were equal a 'Toga II TC would probably be my first choice.
The Mooneys are nice, the newer the better, wicked fast, but quite tiny inside... the long cabin models are a bit better, but still narrow as a Bonanza.
If you want to look at new planes, go check out the new Cessna Turbo Skylane... very impressive performance numbers... 160ktas at 10,000' with the gear dragging in the breeze... not too shabby.
Stop drop and roll will not save you in hell. --- seen on a church marque in rural Virginia