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June 03, 2006

May Reads


(Explanation of the ratings)

18. Payment In Blood by Elizabeth George
Genre: Mystery
Rating: 4.6
Comments: The second Inspector Lynley mystery. I read the first a few years ago and loved it, but didn't manage to get to the second until now. These are great, but I'd recommend reading them in order and reasonably close together, because there is a lot of complex interpersonal stuff going on between the detectives and their associates, and I forgot some of the background between when I read the two books. I'm going to try to read the rest without such gaps. But these are classic complex British mysteries, riveting and intellectual. Highly recommended.

19. My Sister's Keeper by
Genre: Contemporary fiction
Rating: 3.6
Comments: I couldn't decide how I felt about this one. It was well-written and dealt wit hsome very interesting issues, but I agree with
Rachel that the ending was a cop-out. I also found several of the main characters to be really annoying, which may or may not have been intended by the author. I loved Salem Falls, so I was a little disappointed with this one. But I'll keep reading her, at least for now.

20. Queen of Babble by Meg Cabot
Genre: Chick lit
Rating: 4.2
Comments: As we all know, I love Meg Cabot, and this was her usual frothy fun. It started out a bit slowly, but then I got hooked, and it was a wild ride. I liked the main character, although she talked a bit too much about fashion for my taste (history of fashion was her field, though, so it was understandable). And the romantic interest was great. And, of course, it was hilarious.

Okay, I really feel like I finished something else in May, but I can't figure out what it was. That's what happens when I don't keep track as I go. Argh. I guess I'll add it in if I think of it later. Also, the unfinished books list is getting out of control. I'm going to clean that up in June. Really.

Posted by Kat at June 3, 2006 07:19 PM

A-ha! You were the one who recommended Meg Cabot to me! I just finished reading Size 12 Is Not Fat and quite enjoyed it. I was pleased that she didn't lose weight to get the guy (as happens in all too many novels of this genre) and also appreciated Ms Cabot's commentary in the afterword.


Posted by: Chris at June 3, 2006 07:57 PM

I really liked Elizabeth George but haven't read another one after Barbara Haver's star turn.

Posted by: Carrie K at June 3, 2006 08:23 PM

I want to like Elizabeth George, but they always seem to disappoint me.

Posted by: Kat at June 3, 2006 08:46 PM

The Roommate and I are currently watching the PBS Mystery (or more like re-packaged BBC) versions of Inspector Lynley and we're really enjoying them. I know she was planning to pick up the books at some point, too.

Of course, if it's British and it's a crime series, we're going to like it. Odd that neither of us can stand American cop shows...


Posted by: Allison at June 5, 2006 01:38 PM

I LOVE Elizabeth George! Have read all the Lynley mysteries, except... erm... the last two. Still waiting for them to get to Audible unabridged. Sigh...

Posted by: Lene at June 7, 2006 12:07 PM
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