As lazy as it is to write a post recommending you read something else, I’m going to do that today. Because you all grant me the courtesy of your time and I owe you the favour of telling you when I’ve found a really wonderful thing to read.
I used to read mysteries compulsively. They were the first genre I got sucked into (thank you, conglomerate-masqurading-as-Carolyn-Keene) and they’ve been the genre I’ve read the longest. Since mystery and western are the two genres I don’t write they’re also the two genres I can best escape into when I’m working on a piece of fiction. I did, however, get burned out on mysteries about four years ago and have read only a handful.
Until two weeks ago.
I know I’m late to the party, but I’ve discovered Ann Cleeves via Doctor Who of all things. * Her work is a breath of fresh air in the cozy mystery genre and I’ve enjoyed the Vera Stanhope novel available to me very much. I hope that more become available stateside as the show catches on via Netflix.
But the Vera Stanhope mysteries aren’t the books I’m begging you to read. Yes, they’re fine things. But the real work of literary art is the Shetland Island Series.
Brilliant writing, compulsive reading. I can NOT put these books down. Let me put it this way….when you have to tear yourself away from a book to go into Disney World you KNOW it’s a good book. And there are FOUR of them. (Five in Britain, and five eventually here.)
Please read them. Please.
*Her mysteries featuring Vera Stanhope are now serialised on ITV and produced by Elaine Collins who is the wife of the newest Doctor Who, Peter Capaldi.