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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.


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.


Barbara Wale - 04:19am Jan 28, 1998 PST(#120 of 1002)

Hello Karen

Do you live in northern Ohio ? If so, you may be able to pick up TV Ontario (TVO). They have run all the Hamish M.series and are now re-running them ? I mention this because we meet so many people from Ohio at Rice Lake Ontario, where we have a cottage.They are the most friendly group, and seem to know all about "us". From reading your tastes in books I would like to recommend Minette Walters. She is American. but all her books are set in England. The characters are a bit weird, in the Barbara Vine fashion. The plots are excellent as is the writing. Please let me know if you try one of her books. Cheers !

Alex Dent - 05:25pm Jan 28, 1998 PST(#121 of 1002)

Anyone out there tried Janet Evanovict (sp)? Read her latest today ("Three to get Deadly") - not bad. Quite jokey and it's the first book in a while that has made me laugh out loud. Plot lacks a little in cohesion but fun none the less.


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