Re: What are you reading? (2010 edition)
posted at 3/14/2010 12:42 PM EDT
In Response to Re: What are you reading? (2010 edition)
ron, thanks. "Two Redheads" - the title is great. I'm always happy to support a local artist, so I will definitely look for that title. And the next one in July. Aren't recurring characters a mystery must-have? My use of "lowbrow" was probably too harsh. Anyone who can craft a beginning, an ending, and all the words in-between deserves kudos. To then get it published is a tremendous accomplishment. Local author Lisa Genova, author of "Still Alice" (a haunting story of a women's slow descent into early onset Alzheimer's disease), spoke at my library of the journey it took to get her book on the shelves. Rejection after rejection, until she finally decided to self-publish against all advice. Her extended family hawked the book from the trunks of their cars (I don't know if she was kidding about that) with the original cover designed by her husband to save $$. The book became a hit through word of mouth and was eventually re-published by a large publishing house. An undertaking not for the faint of heart!
Posted by MaisieFinn
Maisie - I like light mysteries, too, and agree that "lowbrow" isn't the right term for them; they're more like comfort food -sometimes you crave them and other times you want something more "gourmet" and other times something in the middle. My book group selections are often my "gournet" readings.
I just finished The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, which is one of those in-the-middle books, and one I recommend to mystery readers, especially those in the Boston area since it takes place in Cambridge, Marblehead, and Salem. http://www.physickbook.com/
"Light" mystery authors I like are: Nancy Atherton, MC Beaton, Rhys Bowen,Dorothy Cannell, Jill Churchill, The Clark family, The late great Philip Craig, Diana Mott Davidson, Dorothy Gilman's Mrs. Polifax series, Sue Grafton, Linda Barnes (set in Boston), Elliott Roosevelt (Eleanor Roosevelt mysteries), William Tapply, Margaret Truman, and Stuart Woods. All of these authors write (IMO) entertaining books that can be read in a relatively short timeframe and aren't so complicated that you feel like you should be taking notes.
p.s. I have Still Alice on reserve at the library, but it looks like a long wait. It is VERY popular with book clubs.