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What (or Who) Should I Read Next?
 
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Julie Stepanian - 12:28pm Dec 7, 1998 PST(#267 of 1002)

Hey, mystery lovers. Anyone frequent the Victoria Holt section of the library?

I have been reading these books for years, and I doth love them!

There are at least 20 novels she has written. Her books usually feature a young heroine back in the Victorian days, between the 1800's and the early 1900's. It is period-oriented and this makes it definately interesting. Her heroines read you their story, as if out of a diary, getting you caught in the thrilling and suspenseful story line. Many of them start their story in their teens, and you can read about their "coming out" balls, dances, as well as the guys that try to get these gals. It can be very romantic.

In addition, her novels portray key events of the old British history. Some of these have to do with:

Hong Kong Australia India Germany (in it's "Prussia" days) Egypt France Welsh Country

Read about a young English lady who's life quickly becomes entangled with the culture of China and the mystery of a rare artifact called the "Kuan Yin"...in The House of a Thousand Lanterns (I just finished it) I give it a 9/10

My favorite one is the story of a young bride who finds herself in the middle of a deadly curse/mystery on her new rich husband's family, which involves her as a "Bride of Pendorric" and the curse that goes with it...in The Bride of Pendorric

Other titles worthy of note are: The Judas Kiss (my other favorite) The Shadow of the Lynx

The Night of the Seventh Moon (an intriguing story about what happens when one very lucky woman gets married to a nobleman--and what happens when she wakes up!)

The India Fan The Captive (this is a famous one of hers) The Shivering Sands (my first of her novels) The Snare of Serpents

The list goes on, and there are too many to list. All of you teenage girls out there, if you appreciate or wonder what it is like to be a teenage woman growing up in Victorian England and want to be a part of a romantic, suspenseful novel of delightful mystery...do yourself a favor and read a book of hers.

GET STARTED: You might start off with the book THE BRIDE OF PENDORRIC !


BettyMilton - 05:56am Dec 8, 1998 PST(#268 of 1002)

anyone looking for a new writer? I found Annie Griffins first book,A Very Eligible Corpse,gave it a try,what a treat!!!Good story and laugh out loud funny. I can't wait for her next book.Try this one !!!!!!!!!!


Dawn Dowdle - 10:32am Dec 9, 1998 PST(#269 of 1002)

Has anyone read any of Jonnie Jacobs? I just read "Murder Among Neighbors." Great BOOK. Love this series. Can't wait to read others. She has another series as well that I hope to try. Let me know if anyone else has tried either.

Also just started "Merchant of Menace" by Jill Churchill (first book of hers I've read) and am really enjoying it.

Thanks for all the great suggestions of authors to try.


Marsha Francis - 09:06pm Dec 14, 1998 PST(#270 of 1002)

Dawn, I've read all of Jonnie Jacobs books, and they are consistently good. In some ways, her characters remind me of the ones in Jill Churchill's series (by the way, congratulations on discovering her) because they are less like characatures and more like real people. Jacobs isn't as funny as Churchill, but I really look forward to more from both of them.


Dawn Dowdle - 05:47am Dec 15, 1998 PST(#271 of 1002)

Marsha, I agree. Jill Churchill reminded me of Jonnie Jacobs. LOVE BOTH!

Have you ever read Claudia Bishop? Who else do you like?


simmi - 10:23am Dec 15, 1998 PST(#272 of 1002)
I don't suffer from insanity. I enjoy every minute of it.

I just finished reading "Beyond Recall" by Robert Goddard. I highly recommend it. Very good plot and a definite page-turner. Can anyone recommend any of his other books?


Julie Kelley - 01:54am Dec 19, 1998 PST(#273 of 1002)

Help!! Is Jonnie Jacobs a regional author? Never seen her books on the shelves. I love Jill Churchill. I highly recommend Janet Evanovich if you like entertainment. Her fourth book was hysterical, had to go in the other room to keep from waking hubby up the night I read it from cover to cover and laughed til dawn!


Dawn Dowdle - 05:57am Dec 21, 1998 PST(#274 of 1002)

Don't think Jonnie Jacobs is regional. She has 2 series out. Only a few books in each I believe. Worth hunting down. I've only read 1 of the Kate Austen series but LOVED it. Have another in the series on hold at the library and have one from her other series waiting to read.

I too enjoy Churchill.


Jules Lahm - 07:00pm Dec 21, 1998 PST(#275 of 1002)

For all you avid readers there's a new book site to check out www.bamboogrovebooks.com and author Trevor Meldal-Johnsen has his novel "Always" back in print, which was an international bestseller. I have recently read the book and really enjoyed it. It's a romance/mystery/thriller and the theme is reincarnation. It would appeal to both men and women and is well worth checking out. If anyone has read this email me or let me know if you do as I would love to discuss this with someone. Happy reading!


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