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What (or Who) Should I Read Next?
 
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D. Lynn - 03:25pm Jan 1, 1998 PST(#110 of 1002)

I like Ruth Rendell's Inspector Wexford series; some of her psychological suspense novels, and those written as Barbara Vine, are just too weird for me.

I thought Road Rage was particularly good. Wexford's personal involvement in the case led to great character development. A good friend was just lukewarm about the book, though. Anyone else read it? I found the family dynamics realistic and touching.


Michelle Grudzien - 03:26pm Jan 1, 1998 PST(#111 of 1002)

My husband and I were at the Black Orchid in N.Y. and the owners recommended Fade Away to my husband as a sports mystery. Not being into "sports mysteries" I put off reading it until one night out of desperation I picked it up. Wonderful mystery, wonderful characters. I could hardly wait to pick up his other books. I love the endings. Very satisfying, especially Fade Away. I have recommended this book to many other mystery fans and all have gone back for more.


E. Dahn - 07:55pm Jan 2, 1998 PST(#112 of 1002)

Right now, I'm really enjoying Martha Grimes's Richard Jury/Melrose Plant series. I just read the latest one, _The Case Has Altered_, and the quality of her writing is still excellent. Her characters are especially marvelous. I am eager to read more. Has anyone else read her?

I also recommend Anne Perry's William Monk series set in the Victorian Age. She too has complex characters. She never fails to surprise me at the end. Lovely writing.


Michelle Grudzien - 09:19pm Jan 2, 1998 PST(#113 of 1002)

To E. Dahn:

I have all of Martha Grimes books and have been an advid fan for years. Her characters are wonderful, what would we do without Aunt Agatha and Sgt. Wiggins. I also enjoy Anne Perry. If you like Martha Grimes you might try Deborah Crombie, her Superintendent Duncan Kincaid reminds me a lot of Richard Jury although she doesn't have as many of the comical side characters.


Julie Kelley - 02:59am Jan 3, 1998 PST(#114 of 1002)

Just finished War & Peas, loved it as much as all of Churchill's other books. Light entertaining, books, well written, characters that seem like friends even though my life doesn't in the least resemble theirs. I am always one book behind because I wait for the paperbacks.

I did get the hardcover of Martha Grimes "The Case Has Altered". I will read it next. I like her earlier books better than the last couple.


Julie Kelley - 05:17am Jan 7, 1998 PST(#115 of 1002)

OK, I fibbed, I didn't go on to Martha Grimes next. I liked the first Janet Evanovich book so well I went right to the next one. Do any of you ever think up reasons not to read so the book doesn't get finished too quickly? When I am reading one I really like I tend to do this. I do have one criticism of Evanovich. I am a target shooter. I do not like guns and shooting to be treated lightly. The way Ms.Plum got her first gun and treated it goes against every rule of gun safety.


kim steelman - 02:52am Jan 13, 1998 PST(#116 of 1002)

Just finished the new Jill Churchill 'Fear of Frying'. Don't you love her titles?! It was very good. I think it is the best so far. Her development as an author is so evident.

kim


allipat - 02:45pm Jan 13, 1998 PST(#117 of 1002)
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If you haven't tried any Joan Hess light mysteries and you like them to give you a smile, be sure and read her Madody Arkansas series. I fell in love with her characters. These aren't bloody and we don't much care for the deceased so all the fun is in solving it. She also has another continueing series on Claire Malloy. These are my daughter's favorite. These are all wonderful for bedtime reading. They won't give you nightmares, but might give you a smile. Still waiting on the next Janet Evanovich book. Love that girl.


Julie Kelley - 12:44am Jan 14, 1998 PST(#118 of 1002)

I look forward to her every book! Unfortunately I have to wait for the paperbacks because there isn't a library within 60 miles of me. At least I have "Fear of Frying" to look forward to. If you like amusing, which you must, have you read Charlotte McLeod/Alisa Craig? She is a crack up too.


kim steelman - 11:53pm Jan 15, 1998 PST(#119 of 1002)

Yes, I have read MacLeod/Craig and enjoyed them. You might try Earlene Fowler. She has 3 out, all in paperback--'Fool's Puzzle', 'Irish Chain' & 'Kansas Troubles'. All of the names derive from quilts. I liked these enough to stay up all night Tues reading them (and still went to work-I am so foolish). And she even gets to keep her man so far! If you haven't tried any of Sharyn McCrumb's yet, Biba Elliot and I have been discussing her in the authors category. We really have liked her books.

kim


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