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    I’m on a Mystery Kick

    It’s true. I’ve started reading mysteries. Harlen Coben’s the author and I have to say I’m addicted. This comes after years of reading romantic comedies. Or stories that really have to do with life.

    I got my first mystery by mistake. I usually read only large print, but this one I took out by accident and it was regular (small to me) print. It was called "No Second Chance." And from the first sentence, it really got me. Since I finished that book (squinting with the small print, but worth it all the same) I’ve requested other titles. This time in large print, so it’s easier on my eyes. What I’m reading mow is called "Darkest Fear." And let me just quote the first sentence, to show how he hooks the reader.

    "An hour before his world exploded like a ripe tomato under a stiletto heel, Myron bit into a fresh pastry that tasted suspiciously like a urinal cake."

    This first sentence, as with "No Second Chance," totally hooked me. Now Herman can have hours of peace and quiet except for when I need a page turned, which is often. He just needs to read nearby and be my page turner.

    Herman’s been hooked on mysteries for years. He’s read all Robert B. Parker, Sue Grafton, Lawrence Block (whom I met when he came to Mysteries on Main Street a few years ago), just to name a few. Now I can say I’m also hooked on an author.

    The thing about Harlen Coben is that he also adds a pretty insightful story surrounding the mystery. Herman asked me what author he is most like. I was unable to answer, as I explained to Herman, I’ve never read a mystery so I have nothing to compare it to.

    If I were to describe this author, I would have to say that he weaves quite a tale, which involves you with interesting characters and moves the plot along at a rapid fire pace. I’m already on page 99 after just starting it yesterday afternoon.

    There’s nothing like a good book in my opinion. I’ve taken out three of his titles as of yesterday at the Johnstown Public Library, which is totally accessible.

    Which brings me to my next point. Having an accessible library makes it fun and adventurous to go browsing through the stacks and make new discoveries in reading. They’re even getting to know me in Johnstown. They already know Herman. He keeps books overdue so often they keep a running account for him. Imagine my surprise when I went to take out my new books and they told me I had an overdue balance. Thankfully they’re humorous enough to know that Herman kept the books in his car too long, because I know I returned them at the proper date. The problem is, I return them via Herman. So when they go out the door, it’s all a crapshoot as to when they actually get to the library.

    So let me recommend the mysteries by Harlen Coben. If you get a chance, check him out.

    "Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"