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MELANCHOLY BABY, book 4 in Robert B. Parker's Sunny Randall series. Quite enjoying it, as I have the previous three.

I'd like to read those early 'Sunny Randall' novels. I've just finished "Blue Screen", ( which I found in a used book stall at flea market. ) This is the one where she meets Jesse Stone, possibly 5-6 in the series. I found it a very steady, good read with a feasible plot and good characterisations.  - Enough to make me search for the earlier ones. 

Ian Rankin, THE IMPOSSIBLE DEAD.   Good, not great.  Pretty much the feeling I've had for all but one of his books.  The one was great.  Still one wonders:  how did he become a # 1 Bestseller?  My guess would be total publisher support.

I didn't like his books either. I found them to be more akin to a road map rather than a narrative.

Yes.  Good point.  There is a hang-up among a number of crime writers for giving you street names and addresses whenever someone is driving somewhere.  It's become a cliche, I think.  Michael Connelly does it, too.  I did take notice that there is a lot less drinking in a Rankin novel these days.  His protagonist spent most of his time in a bar or pub in the earlier novels.

Really? I can't recall any times I gave street names of addresses. I am sure I've done it from time to time, but I think I usually leave those things out. After all, unless they are particularly important, why waste space on something the reader will likely gloss over anyway?

It may pass for research.  Or local color.

Perhaps, in moderation. Still, I can't think of reasons to use it to the point where it'd become anywhere near cliche. 

I read 'The Impossible Dead'  recently too, and my impression was very similar to yours, I.J ..

 -As to #1 best seller, I think that many readers (me for one) keep buying his books  hoping he'll soon get back to his 'Rebus ' style, which as you know was very popular with fans of gritty British fiction ! - ( As my Canadian wife recently remarked - "not many authors can get as gritty and grotty as the Brits"   -LOL )

There's been a bit of a flurry of local books out and about which is very good as it's freezing cold here although dry as a chip still. So I've been holed up inside reading Blackwattle Creek by Geoffrey McGeachin, Hell's Fury by PD Martin and Paving the New Road by Sulari Gentill as well as non-locals A Dark and Broken Heart by R.J. Ellory and The Namesake by Conor Fitzgerald.

I like Geoff's D-E-D series. Quite funny and parochial.

It is isn't it :) I think that was why I was so pleasantly surprised over The Digger's Rest Hotel when it arrived - these books are very different from the Alby series.

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