Monday, January 25, 2010

Sue Grafton delivers with her latest - "U is for Undertow"

I met Grafton's character Kinsey Millhone 10+ years ago, rushed through the series to catch up to where the series was up to in the alphabet. I then, as many fans did, waited patiently for each of the successive offerings from Ms. Grafton. Going back a couple of letters ago, I began to feel somewhat obligated rather than excited to read the books as they came out. Happily, I can state that "U is for Undertow" has brought me back into the fold. The story line bounces back and forth between Kinsey's current time (which is the eighties) and to the sixties. Grafton successfully weaves the case Kinsey is investigating along with her personal quest for answers about family matters that have long been kept from her. I loved the book and am looking forward (again) to the next expected book - "V is for something".....

Monday, January 04, 2010

Coben Style Authors

Having read (and loved) all his stand alone works, I'm eagerly awaiting Harlan Coben's next novel, "Caught," which is due out early this year. In the meantime, I've been on a frantic search for an author who has Coben's ability to keep me guessing until the very end. Through my search, I've found two great suspense authors, James Siegel and Linwood Barclay. I plowed through Siegel's "Derailed," "Detour" and "Deceit" within the matter of a week, disappointed that he had no newer works to turn to. Then came Linwood Barclay. I'm in the process of reading "Too Close to Home," with "No Time to Say Goodbye" and "Fear the Worst" waiting for me. So far, "Too Close to Home" is a book that only the onset of slumber has been able to pry from my hands. For any Coben fans who, like me, are impatient for "Caught," I highly recommend taking a look at either of these two authors. You won't be disappointed.......