New crime in paperback

I’ve posted quite a bit today, but there are one or two things left that I can’t resist sharing.

First, from Associated Content (the blog where the ads are sometimes better than the posts), A Feminist Critique of Children’s Story Heroines. Subtitle: "from detectives to whores, the characters who teach our girls to be women". Well, I don’t know of any whores in children’s stories, and please don’t correct me if I am wrong. In fact, the article compares only two book series, the Nancy Drew stories and something called Gossip Girl. So the title and subtitle are misleading, to say the least.

Unlike Jenny D, I am very keen on Denise Hamilton’s books — I like the combination of female journalist heroine, California (the spiritual home of crime fiction) and the immigrant themes that pervade the books. I haven’t yet read Savage Garden, it is either not quite out in paperback in the UK yet or is and is waiting to be moved up from the "saved until later" category in my Amazon basket — more than 100 previous books in this category are in my cupboard at home (my non-virtual MySpace at home is one bit of a cupboard), and that’s not counting the many groaning bookshelves in my house. I see from Paperback Mysteries that Hamilton’s latest, Prisoner of Memory, is about to come out in pbk in the US — in anticipation of which, Dick Adler reprises his review of Savage Garden.  I’m looking forward to reading this one, I do like the Eve Diamond character, though I’m sure Jenny D is right about the plot weaknesses. One of the advantages (?) of a failing memory is that you can’t remember the plot flaws by the time you get to the end of a book;-).

The Denise Hamilton post linked above is a bonus for me — the Paperback Mysteries post I was gong to highlight before I saw it is one about a book called Roosevelt’s Law, which looks fantastic if you are, like me, an addict of legal thrillers (Philip Margolian being my top favourite). The other night I received a phone call from one of the book clubs from which I am on cold turkey. Every six months they call you and offer you six books for a penny each if you’ll rejoin. As I took the call this time, my heart sank (thinking of aforementioned cupboard, etc). But I was saved — all they had on offer this time was James Patterson, so I wasn’t remotely tempted (as late JP is awful, a pale imitation of his early books). With blogs of the quality of Paperback Mysteries, It’s a Crime, Eurocrime and so on, a cure for addiction was never so easy – the virtual recommendations just stack up, leading to a nice sense of security until the UK paperback is out and/or my reading pile is a bit lower (as if!).

Talking of piles of unread books, one title in mine is Victoria Blake’s first novel, Bloodless Shadow. She’s now written three, all of which are rounded up by Eurocrime in a useful, readable post. Another author I am looking forward to trying, when time permits.

Sad news for library lovers is the Price Waterhouse report, which Tim Coates of Good Library Blog knew wouldn’t be up to much, and he was right. Here is Tim’s take on what the report should have said.

If, like me, you always feel you need a kick start to actually do anything, particularly after the various stresses of the week, here’s some motivational suggestions from 43 folders. Hmmm, all sounds very sensible, but translating into action? That’s another matter.

OK, that’s it, closing down for the night now.

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4 thoughts on “New crime in paperback

  1. Yesterday in the library where I work, there wasn’t a single James Patterson on the shelf and when one came in (Mary, Mary) it went out again on a reservation almost straight away. Normally there’s a good 18″ worth :-). I hugely enjoyed reading ‘Jack and Jill’ a few years ago but haven’t read any more for some reason, though I’ve seen both the films.

  2. I seem to recall that Jack and Jill was one of his earlyish Alex Cross books, Karen? If you were to compare an early Alex Cross book with the most recent one or two, you would think that the same author could not possibly have written both. (You might be right at that.)

  3. I think J & J is the third. The fact that it’s now a Patterson factory has put me off a little. Have you tried the ‘Womens Group’ series – I can’t remember the name. I think they have a number in the titles.

  4. Yes, I’ve read those Women murder club books — well, the first three. The first was quite good but the most recent was so flat and mechanical. I am afraid all JP’s books are written by robots these days, unfortunately, as I used to like them a lot.

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