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I love the word soporofic; have ever since first reading it in Potter's Peter Rabbit. I use it now and again for the pure pleasure of saying it, Danielle. Now, having read about Hotel Paradise, I will make a point of finding it and reading it. Thank you.


Isn't that a great word? And it's the sort of word that feels like it sounds, too. I love The Hotel Paradise and cannot recommend it highly enough--I hope you enjoy it as much as I have when you get around to reading it!


I know exactly what you mean when you call it soporific in a good way. I mentioned something similar once and nobody understood why i coud like a "boring" story. But that's not what I meant at all. In German we have the word einlullen it means to lull in English but that's more negative. It's a pleasant floating feeling.
I'm glad I already ordered my copy. I love it as well when a crime story is about so much more.


Martha Grimes has been on my radar for a while. This sounds like a good place to start. Thanks for the push!


I want to read this book. It sounds like a perfect, recover-from-the-school-year choice! Guess I'll have to plow through my current pile of library books (see tomorrow's blog post!) in order to get to this one :).

Debbie Rodgers @Exurbanis

I've had a copy of Hotel Paradise on my shelf for at least a decade, unread. I've been a little wary of Martha Grimes (no idea why) and I hadn't bother to check that this is the first in a series.

I'll have to take this off the shelf now, and move it to a reading pile! Thanks for the eye-opener. :-)


There are few things as wonderful as a well read and well loved book! You should see my copy of Pride and Prejudice. I fear I am going to have to rubberband it together one of these days!


I have read all of Grimes's Richard Jury mysteries (except the one that had animal abuse at its center). I think I read Hotel Paradise but can't remember (too soporific?)

I do think Grimes 'does' children brilliantly. I will give this one a try (again?).


I'm glad that didn't sound odd--it is not at all a boring story, but it is one that takes its time--so you get what I meant! :) Yes, a pleasant floaty feeling is exactly what reading this is like. It's not at all a regular crime story, yet there is a mystery at the heart of it--and it's so well done! You'll have to bump it up in your pile when you get it.


I have heard good things about the Richard Jury books, too. I need to pull out the first one as I have it on hand, but I love the Emma Graham books!


I am sure you'll be able to find a good used (cheap) copy of this--maybe even paperback swap would have copies? I very much recommend it and think you will like it. I am very much looking forward to starting Cold Flat Junction now--but like you I need to get through a couple of other books first.


I have a few (ahem) of those myself! No need to be wary of Martha Grimes--this is really a gentle sort of story and very well written. You can easily read it on its own, though there are now four books featuring this character.


I think we all must have a few of those--I can almost tick them off on my fingers! I've read P&P a few times as well--another very reliable and comforting book! My copy is in better shape than your it sounds like, however... :)


I was talking to a coworker today and she also has read all of the Richard Jury books--or is perhaps on the last couple--I know she has been reading them in order. I can see if you were looking for something a little more pacy and you picked up Hotel Paradise--it might be a little hard to get into. Maybe another try will work--sometimes timing is everything. I really need to try some of her other books as well--I know she also has written a book of short stories, too. Do give this one another go! :)


I can't think why Martha Grimes is such a familiar name to me, as I know I've never read one of her books. This sounds wonderful, though. I do love me a bit of crime!


She has written a whole series of mysteries featuring Richard Jury and the titles are all names of pubs if I remember correctly--have as yet to read one of those. Even though she is American it's not surprising that you've come across her--I think she is pretty popular on both sides of the Atlantic--and the Emma Graham books are great!

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