I’ve just taken a look at books I read in May and June so far – 32 books, written by 18 authors. Probably somewhat skewed by the fact I had a Eloisa James mini-glom (seven books).
Anyway, out of the 18 authors, five were new to me:
- Jacqueline Winspear (post-WWI mystery series) – The first book was an impulse buy, mainly because the latest book had just come out and was prominently displayed on one of the front tables in Borders. So I picked it up, read the first couple of pages, realised it was part of a series, bought the first book, loved it and bought all the rest. So there you go – position matters! Oh, and it helps if the entire series is available as well…
- Laura Lee Guhrke (historical romance) – “And Then He Kissed Her” was getting rave reviews all around the internet. So I bought it – and was not disappointed. Loved the whole “girl-bachelor” storyline and the chemistry between the h/h. I’m slightly hesitant about getting her backlist (as there were mixed reviews on her previous books) but I’ll definitely be getting her next book “The Wicked Ways of a Duke” (January 2008).
- Jill Churchill (Cosy mystery) – Again, came across her books while browsing through the Mystery section in a bookstore. She writes two series, “Jane Jeffry” (suburban single mum series) and “Grace and Favor” (Depression-era brother/sister series), and I bought the first book in each. Of the two, I preferred the “Grace and Favor” book – maybe it’s the setting that appeals to me more – and have ordered more in the series from Amazon.
- The books of the final two authors, Margaret Ball (SF) and Rob Thurman (urban fantasy), were unfortunately a bit, well, blah. Ms Ball’s book “Disappearing Act” was okay, but nothing special. As for Ms Thurman’s book “Nightlife” – I struggled to finish it, and ended up flipping through the last half. Interesting premise (two brothers, one being a half-demon), but it just didn’t capture my imagination.
So out of the five, I loved one, and liked another two. Pretty good going, I think.
As an aside, I’m listening to the Wimbledon coverage in the background – or rather, the non-Wimbledon coverage, as it’s been raining for the past three hours. After lots of chat about the new-look Centre Court (no roof this year), Andy Murray’s wrist injury and last-minute withdrawal, Federer, Nadal, etc, the BBC presenters have finally resorted to re-screening the French Open final. I bet they’re using up all their “filler” on the first day!