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    I'm in the middle of Philip Kerr's newest, Prussian Blue. Like all his books, it's incredibly well researched and the characters are phenomenal, especially the MC, Bernie Gunther. He writes the kind of books I aspire to write. Three thumbs up.

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    You can let go of my thumb now!

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    I just finished Harlan Coben's "Missing You," about a female police detective who never got over her fiance dumping her or her father's murder. When a friend "gifts" her with a membership on a dating website, she's appalled and intrigued to see her ex looking for love.

    I enjoyed it, although I was incredibly (and unreasonably) irked by a few editing failures that leapt from the page, like site for sight and ringer for wringer. Still, I always like his stand-alone thrillers.

    Maryn, not as fond of Coben's series
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maryn View Post
    I just finished Harlan Coben's "Missing You,"...Still, I always like his stand-alone thrillers.

    Maryn, not as fond of Coben's series
    Like you, I love his stand alone's best. Got a kick (different, though) out of his original Bolitar books. However, I find that since he started his YA series, his adult books have changed (not to my liking), and he includes references to the YA content that I don't get because I'm an "OA" (old adult) and don't read YA.

    Still love him, though.
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    Then you'll be jealous that I met him and spent most of an evening assigned the same table at the awards banquet of a now-defunct mystery convention. He's a very nice guy in person, unassuming and supportive of writers who have not had his level of success. Not all the pros in attendance were people I wanted to know better.

    I never got into the Myron Bolitar series. Like Janet Evanovich's series, it's funny and readable and just not my thing.

    Often I enjoy the subtle cross-references to his other books--or miss them altogether, I assume. When an author does that with a heavy hand, I detest it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maryn View Post
    Then you'll be jealous that I met him and spent most of an evening assigned the same table...Not all the pros in attendance were people I wanted to know better.
    Oh yes, I'm jealous. I suspect (could be out to lunch) that authors whose MC's express self-deprecating humor (as Coben's do) are themselves not overly self-important. Authors who don't see the world that way probably have a tougher time not letting success go to their heads. After all, how can you not think you're overly important when the world keeps telling you that you are?
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    Good point. I suppose the tone and voice of the narrating character is often close to the author himself/herself.

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    Rereading a bunch of Lee Child. If anyone wants to see the effectiveness of "less is more" in the sentence length department, he's your man. His short sentences don't seem choppy or abrupt or jarring. They seem to simply follow the pattern of how we think, which is often in incomplete sentences.
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    Now reading mystery shorts! Turns out May is Short Story Month, so the nice folks at the Short Mystery Fiction Society are posting links to members' stories (free to read) every day.

    Today's freebie is "They Die in Eight Minutes" by Yours Truly (so I've read it already), archived at Shotgun Honey.
    Recent story: “Darkness, Darkness” - A blind man is the only witness to a murder. Detectives sort through the clues he provides. In Mystery Weekly (July 2017).

    For more, visit my site Murder and Fries or my Amazon author page. Or check my AW Library listings in the Mystery, Short Fiction, and Humor sections.

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    Reading Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson. I can't believe how some writers (like Julia Claiborne Johnson) can hook me so thoroughly while telling a story that has virtually no visible plot. I mean, it's there (it has to be, doesn't it?), but it's basically a stream of daily happenings while she's nannying a very odd child. But it's told with such voice, it's fabulous.
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    I just finished The Killing School: Inside the World's Deadliest Sniper Program (good narrative nonfiction), by Brandon Tyler Webb and John David Mann. I'm now reading John Grisham's Camino Island.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mary Mitchell View Post
    I can't believe how some writers (like Julia Claiborne Johnson) can hook me so thoroughly while telling a story that has virtually no visible plot.
    Awesome review.

    I just read A Beautiful Poison, by Lydia Kang, and I give it seven zillion stars even though I don't normally do historical mysteries. It was amazing.

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