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
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
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
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.