I love surprises and I love to read a wide variety of things especially if they are over 300 pages and beautifully written. The past attracts me like a magnet that I can't resist, notably the dark and tragic stories of the kind that the Russians excel in. To me the greatest mystery is people, and so I love psychological suspense and books with hidden puzzles or plots. I also enjoy wry, tongue in cheek humor of the Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket) variety, and like to read my favorite parts out loud. Because I'm a big music fan, I am always looking for biographies and memoirs about musicians.If you have read any good ones lately, let me know.
Old favorites include Dickens, Dostoevsky, Kate Atkinson, Margaret Atwood and Henning Mankell. Right now I am on a Boris Akunin kick and am enjoying my visit to Imperial Russia. Ask me for books with a strong sense of place and where the characters seem to leap off the page. I look forward to talking books with you.
For my Mystery Feeding Frenzy: The Inspector Chen mysteries by Qiu Xiaolong. Like his British collegue Inspector Dagliesh, by P.D.James, he is a sensitive poet who never the less is not afraid to risk his career or his life to see justice done. Death of a Red Heroine is book one in the series.
Newly Discovered: Unit One- a TV Danish mystery series that features ambitious and smart Ingrid Dahl as the leader of a mobile crime detection unit. (Rejseholdet -Danish title) Very habit forming.
Yay!- my hold came in: A God in Ruins newest title by Kate Atkinson a companion novel to her previous book Life after Life. Now, maybe she can can write more about one of my favorite detectives, Jackson Brodie!
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