Books and other things

I've had trouble blogging this week. Partially because of the whole broken power cord thing. I usually combine my internet time with sitting on the sofa and Tivo time. And if I must choose, well, Tivo won this week!

So, a few things I have for you. I'm going out to get Shadow of the Wind right now, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, based on the review on Good Reads by my friend Amy. Amy has the BEST Good Reads reviews ever. I have found countless books thanks to her. Here's a snippet of what she has to say about this one (um, Amy, hope you don't mind a little cut and paste action here...)

It's full of spooky houses, foggy european streets at night, strangers in trenchcoats, beautiful mysterious women, and dangerous family secrets.

Sold!!! What's better than foggy streets and trenchcoats, I ask you?

Only a mysterious woman and family secrets!

Also, I've read a few books recently myself and am not nearly as good as Amy is about getting reviews up on GR, but, I will tell you here.. run, don't walk, to go buy Dog On It, a Chet and Bernie mystery, by Spencer Quinn. It's told from the dog's point of view. Yes, it sounds gimmicky, but it's hilarious. The dog's always getting distracted by she-dogs or donuts or cats and running off so you miss bits of dialogue. It's a great device and the characters are really likable. It's very, very low on the violence scale and has a sweet romance, but is low on heat level too. It is the dog narrating, after all.

And I read my first Jack Reacher novel. Where have I been, indeed. It's the best thriller I've ever read by a mile. I've heard he can be violent, but I thought this one, Echo Burning, was very low on violence for a thriller, no bad language, and still felt gritty and tense. Nicely done, Lee Child.


Marg said...

Shadow of the Wind is one of my favourite books ever! I am waiting very impatiently for this authors next book!

March 9, 2009 at 12:32 AM
Holly Kennedy said...

Hey Mystery Robin:

My apologies. You left the following comment (see below) on my last blog post and I haven't replied. My hubby is very ill and I've been so preoccupied/worried sick about him that I'm way behind.

I can't find your email on your profile, though. Can you email me at and I'd be happy to reply?

* So, Holly... it sounds like great advice, but here's what I'm really curious about. I feel like it takes me about a year to write a novel, maybe two if we're counting all the rewrites.

And that scares me!

Because it seems like once you get a bite, and you're published, you have to put out one novel a year.

So... how does that work?! Do you get faster? Can you take more time? Do you mind sharing how that's worked for you?

March 9, 2009 at 7:55 AM
Mystery Robin said...

Marg - thank you for stopping by! I'm so glad to know that you've read it and loved it too. I can't wait to get it!

Holly - thank you so much for commenting. I sent you an e. :)

March 9, 2009 at 10:58 PM
Sheila J said...

? I just came across your site and am thrilled to find a place that gives good reviews on books without "bad language". I am surprised how many books I start and have to put down because of language.

Anyway, I am actually wondering about writing. I noticed that you have notes from authors. I have a book planned out start to finish. The outline, the character's in-depth profiles, the locations and everything, but I am not a writer. Do you have any suggestions about finding a ghost writer?

March 17, 2009 at 2:29 PM
Mystery Robin said...

Hi Sheila! Thanks for stopping by my blog. :)

I'm not terribly familiar with ghost writing, but I'd probably poke around over on and see if there's someone there that would like to collaborate with you. My guess is that true ghost writing is usually done on a non-fiction book in a work for hire situation, like with a celebrity book. But that what your talking about might be more of a partnership.

Good luck!

March 17, 2009 at 4:08 PM

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