The mystery I'm reading right now doesn't have it. The descriptions are artful, the plot moves along, the situation is unique and interesting. But I feel the author's hand on my shoulder, pushing me along, trying to make me believe what she needs me to believe in order to get to her conclusion.

Characters say things that sound, well, out of character, and I hear her yell, "THAT'S A CLUE, READER!" People explode with anger, blurting out their secrets when they should be cautious and subtle. Several minor characters can't seem to decide what their own personality traits are. The protagonist has already told me twice how beautiful she is ... and I'm supposed to like her?

Finally, everyone in the book except the protag, her ethnic sidekick, and the wrongly-accused client is nasty and not afraid to show it. I can't help but think that if there were that many overtly mean-spirited people in one spot for long, the earth would open up and swallow them in pure self-preservation. I also hope the people of this author's state don't read her books: the Chamber of Commerce would cringe at her slamming of the whole state's morals, legal system, and inhabitants.

Will I finish the book? Probably. Will I read another by this author? Probably not. Good authors paint images that make us believe the people and situations are real, no matter how outre they may be. Second-rate authors try to force us to accept their view of the world, and their characters are cartoonish stereotypes, spewing bad dialogue and doing unreasonable things to move a clunky plot along. Second rate doesn't get a second chance from me; there are too many good authors out there.

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Comment by Peg Herring on February 4, 2010 at 10:26pm
Our Jon Is Right On! (repeat many times)
Comment by I. J. Parker on February 4, 2010 at 8:03am
I'm in a grumpy mood today. People must have bought goodly numbers of that person's books. When publishers don't care what they publish as long as an author sells, then that is all you'll get.
Me, I toss them. But then the crap I toss comes from the library and is free. Only, I haven't really found much worth reading lately.
Comment by Jon Loomis on February 4, 2010 at 3:11am
I can't help but think that if there were that many overtly mean-spirited people in one spot for long, the earth would open up and swallow them in pure self-preservation.

And yet the congressional Republicans still waddle about, unswallowed. How can it be so?

Sorry--couldn't help myself.
Comment by Dana King on February 4, 2010 at 2:49am
That's right, BR. It was a book that MUST be published. ;-)
Comment by B.R.Stateham on February 4, 2010 at 2:19am
But the amazing thing? The book was published by a publisher who thought it was the cat's meow. Go figure.
Comment by Dana King on February 4, 2010 at 2:06am
I'd much rather read a book where the author trusts me to figure a few things out, or allow certain actions to be assumed, than one that spells everything out so I'm a passive observer to the story.

By "allow certain actions to be assumed," I mean I don't need to be told how they got back from the restaurant to Edna's house if Ricky drove them over there. Tell me they're back at Edna's; I can figure out how they got there. Unless, of course, it was different from how they got there.

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