This is a Good Book Thursday, May 9, 2024

I’m reading Bob’s revision of Arresting Anna (remember that one? the pick up in Vegas that led to the FBI art crimes unit?) and making notes. We’re thinking about doing a series on art crimes with a mixed community of agents, consultants, and general miscreants, but that’ll be next year. Tonight, I’ll be reading Bob’s revision and continued writing on Very Nice Funerals with the idea of finishing it, or at least coming close because I’ve been a real drag on this collaboration lately and I need to stop up.

I also kind of want to reread some Michael Gilbert and, if I can get my TV moved and hooked up again, watch some Leverage, which Bob was not impressed with but which I adore. I think art crimes novels with a Leverage vibe would be great, so I have to do my research.

What research/books did you read this week?

This is a Good Book Thursday, April 18, 2024

Last week was six kinds of awful, so I decided to put my mind on something completely different, a very old book I’ve been working on for a very long time called You Again. It’s my homage to the country house murder mystery, especially Agatha Christie’s versions of it, so I reread The Hollow and my fave, 4:50 to Paddington. Then I went on to Marsh and Overture to Death; next up: Death and the Dancing Footman. I’d already read all of these long ago so I know who the murderers are, which means I can watch while Christie and Marsh duck and swerve their ways through the plots, playing fair with all those fascinating characters. It’s a master class in mystery writing, or would be if I started taking notes. The biggest lesson so far, which was not a surprise: It’s the characters, stupid. You’d think it would be the plot, but it’s the characters that make it work.

So what did you read that was enjoyable this week?

This is a Good Book Thursday, March 28, 2024

I’ve reached the last in the Aaronovitch Rivers series, one I’ve only read once. I was a little confused the first time I read this one, so this is a fun reread. Well, he’s always fun. It’s been interesting from the PoV of somebody now writing series to see how he’s arced his protagonist. Peter Grant has matured from a wet-behind-the-ears new cop to a ranking officer, from a guy with no moves to the father of twins, so of course the stories have changed. But Peter is still the smart-mouthed smart guy he always was, so I’ll continue to read him no matter what. Especially to see how the twins turn out since the love of his life is not exactly . . . human. So much fun.

What did you read this week?

This is a Good Book Thursday, March 14, 2024

This week I read and revised the completed draft of Rocky Start and the second act of Very Nice Funerals. And wrote the fan fiction equivalent of egg cup shorts. It’s weird: when I try to be focused and organized, my creativity dies. When I find demonic egg cups, I can’t write (very short) stories fast enough. Too bad there’s no money in egg cup fiction.

What did you read this week?

This is a Good Book Thursday, February 29, 2024

Welcome to Leap Day, your extra GBT for February. I’m not leaping, just re-reading because I can do that in snippets without losing the plot, most Aaronovitch this week, but also Pratchett’s Mort because it’s on sale for $1.99 right now. I already had it, but once I saw the cover, I had to read it again.

What good books did you follow the plot on this week?