I've just finished Death and The Running Patterer by Robin Adair - new author, competition winner for Penguin Australia, set in Colonial Sydney - very good. Then I inhaled Adrian McKinty's latest book - Fifty Grand which was absolutely fantastic. Now I'm about to start on an Advance copy of Peter Temple's next - Truth - which will be out in October.
Sorry to be boringly honest, but I'm currently reading my just-received copy of The Lost Symbol.
My pending list, though, is a little more varied. You'll be happy to know that I.J. Parker's "Hell Screen" is on its way from the vendor even as we speak, as is Sandra Ruttan's "What Burns Within", Jon Loomis's "High Season", Rick Mofina's "Vengeance Road" and Vicki Delany's "Gold Digger".
I trust my "pending list" redeems me from the shame of my "current read"?
The risk in writing a series is that the author begins to repeat him/herself. thereby producing an echo and not something fresh. (I did a series of four mysteries in the Mystery Club series but discovered that the the little old ladies who solved the crimes were becoming something of a cabal and one prominent member was turning awfully vindictive and not very likable. I think you have to like your detective, however flawed.) Parker, for instance, seems to have fallen into a pattern and in the Spencer novels comes too much to rely on snappy dialogue between Spenser and Susan and Spenser and Hawk. Parket can dash those off in a wink, but they're no longer fresh. reader like series because they become attached to the fictional characters. They may even think they are real, a problem I started to have with the Mystery Club SOlves a Murder. I kept wondering what one of the characters was doing after the end of the book, and of course he wasn't doing anything, being imaginary. I had to write "IS" about what is real and what is not to purge myself of this delusion.
Harley Sachs www.hu.mtu.edu/~hlsachs where you can read about The Lollipop Murder.