Note: This post was written in June 2011. Since then I got myself a kindle.
The kid has her own Kindle, heavens be praised. I get the android to myself finally. The saga of female authors continues.
1. Cleo Coyle: Through the Grinder After the third book in the Coffeehouse mystery series, what makes you continue to read the series is the curiosity of what happened to the hero(ine) whose love life runs on a parallel track. So, that way, it is not really a mystery series but a romance series with some poor mystery thrown in for variety. It gets irritating after a point. I mean, if it takes one mystery to meet the guy, second mystery to befriend him, third to sleep with him, fourth to break up and fifth to get back together and so on, it is quite the soap opera. The mysteries are pretty banal as well.
2. Isabel Allendale: Kingdom of the Golden Dragon The golden rule of writing is this – “Write from experience, not hearsay”. I am sick of non-Indian writers, associating India with cows, snake charmers and dirt. Writers, aiming to write stories with an Indian context – remember this – Cows are banned from roaming the roads in metropolitan cities (such as Delhi, where Allendale’s dead cow stumps traffic), an average Indian has not seen a snake charmer in twenty years and so on. I do not have first hand information on Tibetan monks, so refrain from making statements here, but I suspect Isabel Allendale mish-mashed stuff she found on some third rate, pseudo-nationalistic, pseudo-religious, pseudo-scientific website about Tibet and came up with all the various mystical stuff in her story. Throw into it South American mumbo jumbo of totemic animals, sorceress and People of the Mist, you have a rotten union of James Rollins-J.K. Rowling whatever.
3. Barbara Cleverly: The Last Kashmiri Rose A refreshing mystery, set in Colonial India. The historic setting is near perfect (not that I would know firsthand; only from information passed down through generations..) and the mystery itself, intelligent and almost practical. The style is engaging, the mystery compelling, romance subtle and no where does the story sag. And NO COWS. Hallelujah !
4. Lyn Hamilton: Archeological Mystery4 – Celtic Riddle I am sure people interested in Celtic/Irish mythology/history will find this book very interesting. For me, it dragged a bit because I do not know much history/mythology other than Indian and it seemed too much effort to understand the background stuff to understand the book. Nevertheless, I read it skipping pages here and there. So, I can’t really comment much.
5.Louise Penny: Still Life The closest to Agatha Christie. Murder in a small hamlet. And how it is solved. Expected murderer, and good logic. Thankfully, the detective does not fall in love with someone ! Well written. Engaging.
6. Earlene Fowler: Fools Paradise Good story. A little sagging in the middle, the detective falls in love with the policeman. Is this some kind of the in-thing?
I think I will take a break from books. Forced. I have a big deadline coming up, and a one week trip around which I need to work. The heat is draining, the kid and dude’s vacation mood is rubbing off on me and the brain is simply refusing to function. The panic is growing, hopefully all the adrenalin should help me start.