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Trauma_Junkie is doing 33 things including…

Mention Excellent authors I am reading.

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Trauma_Junkie has written 10 entries about this goal

David Liss

I’ve read 3 books by David Liss. A conspiracy of papers, The Coffee trader, and also The ethical Assassin. The first two were “interesting” The Ethical Assassin was Excellent. In fact, I really had trouble not reading it all in one sitting. I’ll be looking for more from him. It was so interesting, and also kind of of my generation, so I could really relate…well, except for the assassinating part.

John Mortimer

Beloved author of the series on the ill behaved Barrister Rumpole. I don’t know how I missed getting to know Rumpole before, but I really enjoy the stories, light and easy, and I enjoy them as much when he loses or wins his case!

How could I have missed Nameless!

The “nameless” detective series, written by Bill Pronzini is really a great treat for me. Short and well written….like Simenon, but uniquely American. Unlike Simenon, as Pronzini goes much more in depth in his characters, Namlesses wife is a full character, unlike Mrs. Magreit.

anyway. worth reading!

Jamie Ford

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet.

What a compelling book. I read it in two days.

one of the book reviews states that it was strained, flat and relied on many cliches. There were some moments of strain and also of flatness, but I found the cliches to be not very cliche-y because we have to remember that cliches come from somewhere.

At any rate, I think it was an excellent read, I’m going to send my Mom a copy.

One thing I like is that it is a popular book that deals with the internment of many Japanese-American citizens during the War years. It’s something that most Americans don’t know about, but should. And now the book is on the NYT bestseller list.
So…strained or flat, or cliches, I say good on Mr. Ford. I’m impressed. a book worth picking up.

Jenny White

The Sultan’s Seal. Published in 2006, I picked it up in the Library this week. Really nice mystery set in Turkey. jenny White is a trained anthropologist who has special knowledge of Turkey and she shares that while still spinning and excellent Murder mystery at the same time. That is a pretty hard balance. I’m excited as she has a few more in this series!!!!

Leonardo Padura

Is a Cuban Author, published via The Bitter Lemon Press in England. This is a 4 part series dubbed “The Havana Quartet”. I gotta say that perhaps Padura can be a wee bit Verbose, making the mysteries a bit hard to digest, but…I always want to finish to find out what happens! The best of the Series in Published in the US under the title “Havana Fever” and that is the one I would recommend. The others are nice, but…if you are to pick up one Padura novel, Havana Fever should be it!

John Hart

I picked up one of his novels, The Last Child, by John Hart, at the local library. Initially I found the book a bit difficult for about the first 100 pages, but I think in retrospect it was because it was a book that I had to concentrate on a bit, rather than skim.

THis book is classified as both a mystery and a “thriller”. Whatever it is, it was REALLY well written. Engaging and real to me. It’s rare these days to find all of those things in anything labeled a thriller. Usually with a thriller novel the plot is contrived and the dialogue tedious and I figure out the ending by page 5.

Set in Modern Day NC, the story focuses on a twin brother and his missing sister, their mother and the detective that was deeply affected by the case. There are many many twists and turns and unexpected findings, but all that occurs is plausible and not just sort of made up to keep the story moving. The author is able to keep the reader on the edge of the seat and hoping, right until the very conclusion of the story, again a rare thing.

Congratulations to John Hart, for making my list of Excellent Authors! It’s not large, so he should feel special! (but probably the Edgar award he won is making him feel more special!)

Jennifer Haigh

I just finished “The Condition” which ostensibly was a story about a woman with Turner’s syndrome. It really was a story about a family, and one that seems to resonate with me incredibly. While the family in the story was not at all like my family, there were enough moments that are universal in family life, that I just could not put the book down. I found the relationships between parents and children and siblings as adults to be spelled out in beautiful clarity. Maybe not classic literature, but it allowed me a space to think about my own family and my own relationships with my sibling and parents, in a slightly different light. It is definitely worth a read.
What delighted me even more was to discover, that Jennifer Haigh is a Graduate of Dickinson College in Carlisle PA. I have absoloutely NO connection to the school, but grew up 11 miles from it, and spent countless hours in the library with my Dad (who does have some connections to the school).
It’s not often that I find a NY times bestseller that I like. THis one I like enough to recommend.

Edwidge Danticat

I discovered this writer at the local library.
She has 3 books published
The Farming of the bones
Krik! Krak!!

I just finished the Farming of the Bones. It was a fabulous story. Danticat employs the now very popular use of combining 2 stories into one which I usually dont like (Switching back and forth between chapters). But for some reason this works anyway.

I was fascinated and saddened by this work. But Excellent writing and good story telling.

I do wonder why nothing more has come out of this young lady She is 41 years of age and still living….She was originally born and raised for 12 years in Haiti, so I suppose since the large quake…she may become trandy again.

this goal

really has taken a back seat! But I have a Moment.

Alicia Gimenez-Bartlett.

THis is a female writer from Spain. She has three books translated into English that I am aware of: DOg Day. Death Rites. and one other. I’ve read all three. These are the sroties of a female detective with the odd name of Petra Delicado… and her partner, an older policeman, Garzon.

While all the regular decetive story elements are there, Gimenez-Bartlett is able to make the stories so engrossing that its hard to put them down. I rarely re read books, but found myself re reading sections of these.

You wont find this author in the supermarket reading aisle, and maybe not even at Barnes and Noble. The books are published by Europa Editions and are also well made with nice little dust covers.
I can highly recommend these books!

Adding a photo of this not so young crime writer in her element, sort of!

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