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If you love to read then you love it when you find an author with a big backlist: plenty of books to search out and devour. Sometimes I can’t stop reading until I’ve devoured everything he or she has written. Sometimes I space out my reading so that I have something I know I can count on because the author, the story, the repeating main character is that intriguing. Here are some I’ve enjoyed:
The Chalk Girl is by New York Times best-selling author Carol O’Connell who has won a wide fan base with her popular novels starring NYPD detective Kathy Mallory. In The Chalk Girl, a little girl is abandoned in Central Park—with her uncle’s body in a tree not far away. I love the bizarrely broken character, Kathy Mallory, and all the people who love her despite her many flaws.
In Judas Child, Carol Oconnell weaves a story full of rich prose, resonant characters, and knife-edged suspense. Just days before Christmas two young girls disappear from a local school. 15 years, exactly the same thing happened when Rouge Kendall’s twin sister was murdered. The killer was found, but Rouge now a policeman wonders: was he really the one? A former classmate named Ali Cray, a forensic psychologist with scars of her own says the pattern is the same: a child called out to meet a friend. The friend is the bait, the Judas child, and is quickly killed. But the primary victim lives longer. . .until Christmas day.
Sacre Bleu I’ve read everything Christopher Moore has written. In this novel Moore takes on the Great French Masters. This magnificent “Comedy d’Art” is part mystery, part history (sort of), part love story, and wholly hilarious It follows a young baker-painter as he joins the dapper Henri Toulouse-Lautrec on a quest to unravel the mystery behind the supposed “suicide” of Vincent van Gogh.
Lamb was the first book I ready by Christopher Moore and I was hooked. No one knows about the early life of the Jesus, the missing years — except Biff, the Messiahs best bud, who tells the story. If you can look past it’s irreverence, you’ll find this story surprisingly thoughtful.
Lisey’s Story by Stephen King. Everyone knows who Stephen King is. I started reading him as a teenager and I’m still reading him. He may be the most prolific writer ev-ah. If you’re a fan and you missed this novel, go and find it. If you’ve never read a Stephen King novel, I think it’s Stephen King’s best book. Certainly it is an extremely powerful story full of madness and love. Lisey Debusher Landon lost her husband, Scott, an award-winning novelist, and a very complicated man. Now Lisey’s must face Scott’s demons as her attempt to sort through the her husband’s papers becomes a journey into the darkness he inhabited.
The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig is, like most of Doig’s books, set in rural Montana, which is where Doig is from. “Can’t cook but doesn’t bite.” So begins the newspaper ad offering the services Rose Llewellyn an “A-1 housekeeper, sound morals, exceptional disposition” The ad grabs the attention of widower Oliver Milliron. And so begins the unforgettable season where ever-whistling Rose and her font-of-knowledge brother, Morris, educate Oliver, his three sons, and the rambunctious students in the region’s one-room schoolhouse. If you fall in love with Ivan Doig you’ll be thrilled to learn that there are plenty more where this came from.