On the light side, I found some old Perry Mason books in a box I got when Rick moved last. Perry is dashing, Della is smart, and the perps get what’s coming to them. I read The Case of the Foot-Loose Doll, The Case of the Empty Tin, and The Case of the Green-Eyed Sister. They were fun, but I decided that they could be passed on out of my life to give other people fun, too.
My personal jury is still out on James Patterson (link to all his books on Amazon). Syd loaned me Cross Country, which is the first of his Alex Cross books I’ve read. I can’t say I was super impressed, but I have another one on the to-read shelf. I just didn’t buy into the characters. Second Chance, Third Degree, and Fourth of July, however, were somewhat better. I was a little appalled that one main character got killed off and immediately replaced with another from one book to the next. I’m not going to go out of my way to read more after the one on the shelf. For now, I’m keeping them, although as I write this, I’m thinking maybe that’s not a good decision.
I love Elizabeth George (link is to her stuff on Amazon because I am lazy and don't want to make individual links for all the books I read). Almost as much as I love Dorothy Sayers, but not quite. I love it when I start reading someone after she has written a bunch of books because I don’t have to wait. I have a few more on my shelf, but this time I read Well-Schooled in Murder, Payment in Blood, In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner, A Traitor to Memory, This Body of Death, A Suitable Vengeance, For the Sake of Elena, Missing Joseph, Playing for the Ashes, In the Presence of the Enemy, and Deception on His Mind. They all rock. Go read them.
Finally, I read Rutland Place by Anne Perry. The books are lighter in every respect than George’s (a mere 217 pages, compared to George’s tomes!). I like the characters and find the historical nature of the books soothing.