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Marian Allen - 02:00pm Aug 21, 1997 PST(#24 of 1002)

I love Lynn Hightower's *Alien* series, starting with *Alien Blues*. They're slightly futuristic, but very gritty and real-feeling.

Dick Francis is another favorite--never read a bad Francis book.

Barbara Michaels writes a good romantic mystery. They usually don't make much sense, when you sit down and analyse them later, but they make for a great ride. MA

Julie Kelley - 11:03pm Aug 22, 1997 PST(#25 of 1002)

Forget Barbara Michaels read Elizabeth Peters (same person). The Amelia Peobody series is a romp, great characters. If you have never read Peters everything she has written under that name, in my humble opinion, is great except The Night of 100 Rabbits which stunk. The newest in the Peabody series is The Hippopotamus Pool but to do them justice I suggest starting with the first one and working through them in order. There are only 8 Peabodies so far. I think.

Marian Allen - 10:02am Aug 23, 1997 PST(#26 of 1002)

Now, I liked *Night of 100 Rabbits*, but I think it's because I read it when I was a teenager. It was different from the helpless-maiden- in-distress-saved-by-handsome-hero-type romances I had been led to expect. I reread it a few years ago, and it wasn't great literature, that's for certain, but I still enjoyed it, as sort of a prototype for Amelia and Emerson. I've read all of the Peabody books, and everything I can get hold of by Peters and/or Michaels. Have you read the Vicky Bliss books? MA

rhoda holt - 09:22am Aug 26, 1997 PST(#27 of 1002)

I am glad that other people like to read Sue Grafton's books. I haven't got too far in the alphabet yet, but I'm working my way through. Someone said that she is getting boring????? R

Jasmine - 02:45pm Aug 26, 1997 PST(#28 of 1002)


I'm in the middle of Grafton's J is for Judgement--my first Grafton book. I had to start in the middle of the alphabet because i borrowed it from a mystery fan-friend who didn't have the rest. I like it so far. She's very descriptive, sometimes for no reason. I mean, who needs to know exactly what the parking lot looked like?! But I like the female slueth, Kinsey. Any recommendations on other really good Grafton books?

David Oliver - 03:21pm Aug 26, 1997 PST(#29 of 1002)

One of my newest favorites is Dennis Lehane. I have not yet read his latest _Sacred_, which I picked up at a book signing (I had never been to one before). He has two previous books, _A Drink Before the War_ and _Darknes, Take My Hand_. His two main protagonists, Patrick and Angie, are very likable, the plots very intriguiging. The setting is Boston, which is a somewhat unusual, as LA and Miami (and New York) seem to be the latest fashion.

Cathy Schuchman - 08:41pm Aug 26, 1997 PST(#30 of 1002)

I'm almost through Ann Perry's Weighed in the Balance, the most recent of her "Monk" series. This is a true puzzler. There is not a lot af action in her books, just good hard dectective work done on the part of both William Monk, agent of inquiry and suffering from amnesia and Hester Latterly, a nurse recently returned from the Crimea who worked under Florence Nightengale and has to battle old streotypes of nurses. This book brings Monk more of his memory back but still in tormenting snatches. His trip to occupied Venice makes you feel like you are there as he tries to find who could have killed a prince of a small European principality on the verge of being swallowed up by Prussia and the new Germany being formed. I am glad to see that Monk is beginning to acknowledge to himself Hester's good points and that he just might be a bit harsh with her at times. Is it because he is afraid of not being able to come to the rescue of a loved one? This series only gets better.

Julie Kelley - 04:31am Aug 28, 1997 PST(#31 of 1002)

OK, I confess it was I who said Grafton was getting boring. I've read them all and I think her plots are getting thin. Also I fibbed, "Seeing a Large Cat" is the latest in the Elizabeth Peters Amelia Peabody series, just came in the mail yesterday. Marian, I also have read most of Peters, none of Michaels. I thought her writing about marijuana in 100 Rabits was dopey (couldn't help myself) and ill informed. I too enjoy Vicky Bliss. Earl Emerson has a new one out, it's a Mac Fontana, can't remember the name of it, will post when I get it from the book club!

Marian Allen - 09:36am Aug 28, 1997 PST(#32 of 1002)

Julie -- '"Seeing a Large Cat" is the latest in the Elizabeth Peters Amelia Peabody series,' Wow, wow, wow! A new one to look forward to reading! Does it feature "de cat Bastet"?

As for ANYTHING in a Barbara Michaels book making sense, I don't expect it. I don't think she writes with any respect or consideration for making sense. She just wallops out a good rollicking story with the same general repertory company of characters. She has another series heroine we haven't mentioned, Jaqueline something, who knocks out best-selling romances that way; I suspect she's Michaels in thin disguise.

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