Book Review of One Dog Night

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Just finished reading this delightful story by David Rosenfelt.  I can tell a book by its cover, mainly, the inner jacket cover and Mr. Rosenfelt’s photo.  I recalled seeing his photo from another book of his that I enjoyed, so I picked this one up and didn’t want to put it down until I was finished with the read.  He had me laughing out loud at his dialogue.  Laughing is good medicine and I appreciate it when I find it in a book.  He brought characters to life that I cared for and there were consistent twists and turns to make the outcome uncertain. The roots of the intrigue went deep, pun intended and you will recognize  it if you read the book!

Reading mysteries is good exercise for the mind and  suspense is a part of daily life, especially when one tries to live in the moment.   Even though dealing with suspense on the page is easier than real life, reading about suspense counts as practice for daily life, as no story is really new in the human experience.  It is good to have adventure with people whom one cares about and this book delivers adventure and laughs and caring.

I’m writing a mystery

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One of my most satisfying pleasures in life is to read a good mystery.  I read mysteries all of the time, often two or three a week. I have wanted to write a mystery since the 1980s, however, I could not seem to get over the hurdle of killing someone, even through a novel.  In this last year, there was an energetic opening to write fiction and I walked right through it.  With the support of my regional Sisters-in-Crime chapter, I worked on my first mystery almost daily for about six months. I finished the first draft and then put it aside for some months.  I have picked this project up again and am now working on draft two.  I do not know how many drafts it will take to bring to completion; I do know that I am in for the long-haul.

Writing fiction is a lark.  The central character is an intuitive like me and while I have direct life experiences to draw from, I am learning from this fictional character. The story tells itself and the characters reveal themselves without my having to think about it.  It feels like imaginary play and I am fully engaged with the process. The working title, Sins of the Father,  came to me and I had no idea what it meant until the end of the first draft.  Then it made perfect sense.  Writing a mystery is like majic unfolding in one’s working life.

I will use this space here, under Mystery in the Works,  to share with you my process with this first novel. Stay tuned for surprises, suspense and the occasional excerpt.


Book Reviews

I read mysteries all the time, one of my favourite things to do for rest and relaxation and replenishing self.  It helps that I live in Cincinnati, Ohio which has one of the best library systems in the United States.  There is always a great selection of new mysteries to check out, no matter what branch of the library I visit.

Today’s review is of Michael Connelly’s The Drop, which I find to be a thoroughly enjoyable read.  It held suspense, compelling enough to wonder what was next, yet not harsh on the heart.  The  layers of vulnerability within this work show up  between protagonist Bosch and his current partner, Chu, his romantic interest, Hannah, and Bosch’s regard for the criminals involved in the plot.  The intrigue between Bosch and his past partner, Kiz,  also speak to change within relationships and transparency. The ebbs and flows of the characters and plot lines in this work present the dynamic friction within relationships that strive for coherence and respect. Connelly’s The Drop seems to me to be a moral of what it is to attempt  to live a life true with one’s self and one’s equals and how this all relates to parenting an individuated child.