Saturday, June 23, 2012
I subscribe to Mystery Scene magazine and was attracted to an ad for novels by M. C. Beaton. A series of novels who's central character is Hamish Macbeth, a police constable, in the Highlands of Scotland.
I had the pleasure of a self-driving vacation in Scotland several years ago. I'm sure that I must have visited the quaint village of Braikie.
The book is more of a cozy mystery than a thriller like I normally read. It is a delight.
Saturday, June 16, 2012
I blogged about this debut novel last year when Leonard gave me the opportunity to comment on his then unpublished novel.
It was very interesting to me to see how he used the comments of myself and others to craft the final draft, now published.
It is a good read and I recommend it.
Saturday, June 9, 2012
I absolutely love the Jason Bourne character. I read all of the Ludlum Bourne novels and have been reading the continuation Bourne novels by Lustbader. I like Lustbader and have been a big fan for years.
But I'm going to bitch about this one. (See previous posts [ I, Sniper and Nothing to Lose] reference to me being grouchy lately.) While I like the wild ride most Bourne novels provide, is it too much to ask for a little character development arc? It seems to me that with each new book Jason Bourne becomes a bit more of a cardboard movie poster.