Respect where it is due

What more can I say? We should pay crime writers more respect.

The past four books I have read are:

Diamond Dove by Adrian Hyland

The Coroner’s Lunch by Colin Cotterill

Darkness and Light by John Harvey

The Shadow Walker by Michael Walters.

All wonderfully insightful and mind-expanding. If you think crime-fiction writers don’t deserve respect, read those and then come back here and let me know if you still feel that way.

For the “must read” list

Link: Random Jottings of a Book and Opera Lover: Lisa Miscione.

After reading the above post by Elaine of Random Jottings, I clearly must read Lisa Miscione. From Elaine’s four-book review:

"The heroine of these books is Lydia Strong whose mother was murdered by a brutal serial killer when Lydia was only fifteen.  Now thirty years old she is a reclusive bestselling true crime writer and investigative consultant.  She goes by her instincts, what she calls the ‘buzz’  to sense when someone is lying or hiding something from her.  She and Jeffrey Mark, an ex-FBI agent work together.  He was the agent assigned to the case when her mother was killed and over the years he has kept an eye on her, watched her grow up, helped her through her college years and finally, fallen in love with her.  Though Lydia has strong feelings for him she is afraid to give way to them in case he, like her mother, is taken away from her."

Isn’t Elaine’s response to the commercial imperative wonderful?:

"I also love what appears to be product placement in all these stories.  Lydia writes with a Montblanc pen, she wears a Prada navy silk blazer to track down a murderer, slips her feet into her chocolate coloured leather boots from Gucci, puts a quick slick of Margella Borghese plum coloured lipstick on her lips, grabs her La Furla shoulder bag and off she goes. This is all impossibly glamorous and adds to the style of the books.  I mean ‘Lydia shrugged into her Marks & Spencer anorak, thrust her feet into her Clarks sandals, quickly smeared Boots No 7 peach lipstick on her lips, grabbed her Debenhanms handbag into which she placed her Bic Biro’  doesn’t have quite the same ring does it?"

Thanks, Elaine, you made my evening. I got kicked off your comments so I have made this post instead, in tribute.

The trial of Severus Snape

You are invited to witness the trial of Severus Snape, on 7-07-07, starting at 10:40 AM EST.

"The Leaky Lounge will host the trial of Severus Snape for the murder of Albus Dumbledore. Witnesses include: Draco Malfoy, Bellatrix LeStrange, Severus Snape. Don’t miss this day as we recap Harry’s six years at Hogwarts, and shed some light on the events at The Lightening Struck Tower. We’ll spend the day hearing various testimonies, with Rita Skeeter herself getting the witnesses’ reaction to being on the stand. After the trial, you will have the opportunity to decide the guilt or innocence of Severus Snape. This is an all day event, so come in when you can and relive Harry’s years at Hogwarts, and highlight Snape’s role in Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince."

Frank’s summer reads

From the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Summer reading: fun to functional.

For your warm-weather [Ha! interjects Petrona] perusal

Here is some suggested summer reading from regional writers, booksellers and others who love books:

Frank Wilson, Inquirer book editor:

Nostromo by Joseph Conrad. "The very humidity of the jungle is turned into poetry."

Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope. "Brings to mind expansive lawns in bright sunlight where supremely civilized men and women stroll and bicker."

Travels with a Donkey by Robert Louis Stevenson. "The perfect walking tour with the perfect companion, at the end of which you will surely shed a tear."

Le Grand Meaulnes by Alain-Fournier. "A gentle venture into pure magic."

Thanks to Dave Lull for sending me the link. The article there, by Karen Heller, is a good read, and there are many other recommendations of books, too.