As any of you who regularly read my posts would know … ”my name is Julie Forbes and I’m a book-aholic!”
Being a ‘hater’ of reality television, there’s very little reason to turn the tv on these days, so I spend my evenings with my face firmly planted in a book. I’m a like a kid in a candy store when I discover one of my favourite authors is about to release a new book. To me, the characters are like long distance friends who I welcome back into my life, and reading each new story is akin to finding out what’s been going on in their world recently. I ‘live’ with them throughout the book and when I’m finished, feel sad that I won’t hear from them again for a while.
I’m often asked who I like to read, and the answer is … just about anyone, but I will confess that I do love a good detective story.
This month I’ve been on a roll with some of my favourite authors – I’ve just started reading the new Faye Kellerman “Predator” which features Los Angeles Detective – Lieutenant Peter Decker and his wife Rina Lazarus (and recently re-reading Blindman’s Bluff and Hangman). My previous book was Daniel Silva’s “The English Girl” featuring Gabriel Allon and prior to that a new author – Robert Galbraith - “The Cuckoo’s Calling” - who I only found out today, is one of JK Rowling’s pseudonyms!
I’ve been trawling the internet this afternoon and am very excited (yes, I know – I need to get a life!!) to find out that two of my absolute favourite authors are releasing books soon – Louise Penny whose character - Inspector Armand Gamache - is the type of person who inspires me to be good and kind (he’s the complete opposite to the archetypal police character one generally reads about), and Pat Conroy who is finally putting out another book. I have to say, his books are the most beautifullycrafted I have come across – his words create amazing pictures in my mind - and I have read many of his books several times – The Prince of Tides. Beach Music and South of Broad to name a few.
Who else do I love – let me introduce you to some more of my ‘friends’ … Jonathan Kellerman (husband to the aforementioned Faye Kellerman – what a talented team) with his forensic psychologist Alex Delaware series. Alex - along with his girlfriend Robin Castagna – maker of fine stringed instruments; their cutie French Bulldog Blanche, and LA Detective Milo Sturgis – can always be guaranteed to get involved in something ‘interesting’! Donna Leon - whose ’leading man’ Commissario Guido Brunetti – can take me through the city of Venice as he solves yet another mystery. I also love Michael Connolly’s Heironymus (Harry) Bosch character, and for a bit of sex appeal, Lee Child’s Jack Reacher will always put a smile on my face (unlike the casting of Tom Cruise as the film character – what a disgrace!) And not to forget Jeffery Deaver with the incredibly clever Lincoln Rhyme and his talented side kick Amelia Sachs.
In need a bit of light humour – you can’t go past Janet Evanovich. Want a good ‘chick-lit’ book – Cathy Kelly or Sheila O’Flanagan. After something with a touch of the supernatural – Tara Moss’ Pandora English series of books is great, I’ve just discovered a new author – Jodi Taylor (Just One Damned Thing After Another) who is fabulous and so is Adina West’s ‘Dark Child’ series. This story originally came out in a series of short novellas - fortunately you can now buy the complete’ book’ as an omnibus. As an interesting aside, I emailed Adina to (a) how much I enjoyed her books, and (b) to mention, that as a voracious, I was frustrated at having to wait a month for each new book to come out. As the five books made up the complete story, it was like reading a couple of chapters and then having to wait a month for the next chapters. I was very impressed to receive a personal email from Adina within 24 hours – and will be (as they say in the classics) waiting with anticipation for her next book.
There are hundreds of authors that I haven’t mentioned – quickly looking through my bookshelves, iBooks and Kindle the following names jump out at me due to the quantity of books I have by each of them - Zoe Sharp with her Charlie Fox character; Kathleen Tessary (3 of whose books I reviewed recently), Barbara O’Neal, Deborah Harkness, Jo Bannister, Alafair Burke, Linwood Barclay (always a fabulous twist in his books … plus he’s just released a new book this week), Roisin Meaney, Jennifer Crusie, John Lescroart, Ian Rankin, Josie Brown (and her hilarious series “The Housewife Assasin”), Kate Morton, Jennifer Weiner, Patricia Cornwell, Veronica Henry, Dennis Lehane, Marian Keyes, Susan Duncan (the exquisite Salvation Creek books), Stephanie Bond, Barbara Samuel, Joseph Kanon, Harlen Coben, Sue Grafton and Barry Eisler - I could go on forever, but if you’re looking for someone new to read, you can’t go wrong with anything by these authors.
So it’s time for me to head off and put my feet up, get a cat on my lap (actually it’s a cold afternoon, I may need two cats), pour a cup of tea, grab a tim tam and get stuck back into my current ‘read’. I hope you get time to meet some of my friends and spend some time with them. And don’t forget to use a book mark – no dog ears please!