. . . when you discover a new writer – and find that they have written a whole series of books. This is what’s happened to me with Laurie R. King and her novels featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes. I read The Beekeeper’s Apprentice while I was on holiday, and I’ve read the second, A Monstrous Regiment of Women, and the third, A Letter of Mary, since I got home. The next, The Moor, is waiting on the shelf. There are twelve books in all and the temptation is just to gobble them down like a box of chocolates. I’m resisting that – and not only on grounds of expense (the local library has only one on the shelves). They are best saved up as treats for when the comfort of reading about old friends is required.
There is something so reassuring about a series and I am always on the lookout for a good one that I haven’t yet read. I’ve just ordered a copy of Gail Bowen’s first novel, after seeing her recommended by Moira over at ClothesinBooks. (For some reason I am not being allowed to paste a link, but she is easily found via Google.) I’m pretty sure that if Moira likes a writer, I will too. I hadn’t heard of Gail Bowen, perhaps because she is Canadian, but she sounds right up my street.
Other suggestions would be very welcome. Is there a writer you like who might have slipped under my radar?