August 18th, 2022
Home | Log in!

On Top Shelf
Tracy WolffTracy Wolff
Fresh Pick
ANCIENT DESIRE
ANCIENT DESIRE

New Books This Week

Latest Articles

Video Book Club

YouTube

Slideshow image


Since your web browser does not support JavaScript, here is a non-JavaScript version of the image slideshow:

slideshow image
A mysterious story of inter-generational trauma.


slideshow image
For a woman obsessed and a killer in her shadow, remembering the past becomes a mind game in a novel of psychological suspense


slideshow image
Danger and Mistletoe are a Deadly Combination


slideshow image
Danger and Mistletoe are a Deadly Combination


slideshow image
Vicious evil stalks two Guardians of Eternity, waiting to attack where they never expected . . .


slideshow image
New state. New job. Same inner demons.


slideshow image
A shapeshifter and member of the Blackfoot tribe, rescues a beautiful woman, but the signs in the stars tell him her arrival in his world is not accidental.


slideshow image
Must he kill her to punish the murderer?


slideshow image
He can only marry royalty or a native Bellerivian, and she is neither.



Hot Hot reads in August


Barnes & Noble

Fresh Fiction Blog
Get to Know Your Favorite Authors

Fresh Fiction Reviewer Profile | Karen Siddall


E Is for Evidence & F Is for Fugitive
Sue Grafton

AVAILABLE

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Powell's Books

Books-A-Million

Indie BookShop

Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Mysteries

August 2022
On Sale: July 26, 2022
656 pages
ISBN: 1250848601
EAN: 9781250848604
Mass Market Paperback
Add to Wish List

Also by Sue Grafton:
E Is for Evidence & F Is for Fugitive, August 2022
A Is for Alibi & B Is for Burglar, December 2021
Y is for Yesterday, December 2018
Y is for Yesterday, August 2018

facebook

Here at Fresh Fiction, we love book chat, and we have a lot of reviewers with fierce opinions about the authors, characters, and books they love (and about the things that drive them crazy). This is one in a series of reviewer profiles. Hopefully, these will give other readers ideas about what books to add to their TBR lists, as well as spark some conversations.

The Rock Hole by Reavis Z. Wortham

What qualities make a book super satisfying for you – characters, dialogue, setting, mood? Does it depend on what genre the book is? Any examples?

All these elements are important to me but especially characters that I can get behind and hope that things work out for them. If it’s a mystery and there is a Texas peace officer involved, I’m more apt to like a book, but it must be believable and realistic. I read with a very critical eye in this genre.

I love a fresh setting, too, but right now, I find myself attracted to books set in wide-open, unsettled spaces – Alaska or Texas or Oklahoma. But if a book has a setting in Texas, I will pick it up.

My favorites are Reavis Z. Wortham’s Red River Mysteries, C.J. Box’s Joe Pickett series, and completely opposite to all the above – David Rosenfelt’s Andy Carpenter series and Richard Osman’s THE THURSDAY MURDER CLUB.

Down the Hatch by M.C. Beaton

Are you a reader who has favorite “re-reads”?

No, I rarely re-read a book unless it’s to get back up to speed on a series I haven’t picked up in a while. For example, I decided to pick up Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Milhone series a couple of years ago. I started listening to it on audiobook, starting with A IS FOR ALIBI. I listened to the entire series while driving around the rural counties south of Fort Worth and Dallas while working. I did the same with M.C. Beaton’s Agatha Raisin series.

 

If so, what makes a book a re-read for you?

As I mentioned, I re-read to refresh myself when catching up on a series. The next series I’ll probably tackle will be M.C. Beaton’s Hamish MacBeth series and Dana Stabenow’s Kate Shugak series.

Something's Guava Give by Carrie Doyle

What makes a good character for you? Some readers must “like” or find a character likable in order for them to enjoy a character. Some don’t feel a character has to be likable to be interesting. What about you? Favorites?

Basically, characters must be good people for me to enjoy them. I like a witty character but not necessarily a snarky one (however, a lot of time, they are.) I remember reading the first Agatha Raisin book and being somewhat appalled at Agatha’s personality, manners, and attitudes. But she is a good person at heart, and she definitely won me over by the book’s conclusion. I’m getting the same vibe with Carrie Doyle’s Trouble in Paradise! main character, Plum Lockhart.

Cress by Marissa Meyer

Favorite villains?

“KHAAAAANNNN!” (I’m serious about that and am *really* hoping anyone reading this is a Star Trek fan.)

For others, I have to reach way back to Charlaine Harris’s Southern Vampire/True Blood series when Eric Northman was the bad guy, Kim Harrison’s Hollows series and the demon, Algaliarept or “Al”, and Marissa Meyer’s Queen Lavanna from her The Lunar Chronicles.

 

Any books you took a chance on, that you otherwise might not have normally read, but turned out to be amazing?

Quite a few are directly due to Fresh Fiction! The three that immediately come to mind are:

Seriously, my TBR pile isn’t getting any shorter, and Amazon loves me because of books I’ve found via the Fresh Fiction.

How the Penguins Saved Veronica by Hazel Prior

Has a book ever made you cry? If so, did you still enjoy the story?

I am an emotional reader, a sucker for poignant moments, and easy to manipulate. Yes, I still enjoy the story. My husband knows not to worry. However, the dog better not die.

 

Are there any supporting characters you wish an author would devote an entire book to?

SO OFTEN. I enjoy those romance series with sisters or friends that appear in book 1 and then get their own story down the line.

 

How do you feel about an author killing off a favorite character, or one you felt invested in?

Funny this. Years ago, my husband and I started watching Korean television, and it turns out Kdramas are the most compelling television ever. However, those scriptwriters are not afraid to kill off even the LEAD character. In fact, sometimes, EVERYBODY dies. (I’m looking at you, Dae Jo Young.”) Still, it was always shocking – real what-the-heck-just-happened moments! I feel the same when it happens in a book I’m reading. Sometimes there’s grieving involved.

 

Without naming names (specific authors or titles), what are some things you dislike in stories?

Not mentioning any names, but my pet peeve is an adult character that can’t adult and is proud of it. (Doesn’t cook, doesn’t pay their bills, can’t replace their rattletrap old clunker. I can buy maybe one foible, but multiple issues feel like an affectation, and it bores me.)

“Really? All you can make is a peanut butter and pickle sandwich? You’re how old?” That was interesting in ONE book, one time. But that’s it.

To all the rest of you authors - It’s been done.

To death.

Please.

Karen Siddall is a reviewer at Fresh Fiction. You can find more of her articles and reviews here.

 

 

Comments

No comments posted.

Registered users may leave comments.
Log in or register now!

 

© 2003-2022 off-the-edge.net  all rights reserved Privacy Policy