Doing a bit of catching up….
This week's I've read:
Double Cross by James Patterson - Cross is back and taking on a couple of murderers…including Kyle Craig….again. Sure its far fetched and I was left wanting more explanation/background as to the motivations…but Patterson is a fun ride and Cross is a great character. It didn't have as much family interaction as I would have liked…that's what makes Cross one of my favorites and when that's lacking…the book usually suffers. But that doesn't mean I won't be back for more….
Then I read Now & Then by Robert B. Parker….a Spenser mystery. Ahhh….it was good to catch up with Spenser and the gang. I had just read the latest installment in his Sunny Randall series and it was good…but there's something about revisiting Spense, Hawk and even Susan (who by the way is Sunny's shrink). Like Double Cross…I thought the plot was a bit weak and didn't think the criminal's motivations made much sense..but at this point that not why I read Parker and definitely not what I like about Spenser. Its the relationships…esp. Spense/Hawk or Spense and any of his cop/tough guy buddies. Cracks. Me. Up! I would love to be able to hang out with that crowd….just to listen to the dry humor and quick witted back/forth they do. Good stuff. Looks forward to his next book…whoever the 'star' might be. (One thing I've never understood….just how old is Spenser suppose to be now? I mean…Parker's been writing them since the mid 70s and I don't think Spense was exactly a young chicken then)
Next up is The Golden Compass. I'm a bit weary…I like some fantasy but not if it gets so 'out there' that my little brain can't handle it. Guess we'll see…..