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cathy

I bogged down in the middle of Kinsey's alphabet, but rallied right around O or P & liked the rest of the series. How sad we'll never get a Z.

Just started the Elly Griffith's Ruth Galloway series but since my library doesn't have them all, I'm not reading in sequence. I think that's a mistake & have requested the earlier ones that I've missed.

LizF

I think all long running series have their flat spots with stories which don't quite engage the reader. I don't recall that with the Kinsey stories but then it has been a long time since I read most of them so I could have just glossed over it!
I have never managed to get along with Alexandet McCall Smith's books, much though I would like to as I know a lot of people who love them. I have tried three different series but have yet to get more than a quarter of the way in before giving up. Don't know what it is - maybe I just don't like light entertainment in books any more than I like it on TV!

Daisy Dalrymple has passed me by too - probably for the same reason although I read a few of the Dandy Gilver books which are along the same lines and quite enjoyed them so who knows? I know what you mean about the over-use of certain words though; it's as though the writer wants to use a bit of period 'colour' but only knows a few phrases which all gets a bit boring after a while.
A book that got period language exactly right is Dear Mrs Bird by A J Pearce - definitely one to look out for if you want to read about WW2 London.
Glad you are enjoying the Ruth Galloway - I have enjoyed all Elly Griffiths' books both crime and the Italian family books she writes under her real name of Domenica De Rosa - and having met her very briefly at the Harrogate Crime Festival a few years back (the signing queue was HUGE) she seemed as likeable as her characters.
I loved I Let You Go and the twist caught me out - it is the sort of book that keeps you up until you have finished!

BuriedInPrint

What a terrific stack of mysteries. You really do make me want to gather up a stack and fall in!

Danielle

The only upside to Sue Grafton's not having finished the series is the idea that Kinsey is still out there somewhere living her life and investigating. I will be curious to see where she ends up as I get closer to the end of the series. I actually am happy that things will not be all tied up neat and tidy. But I know what you mean that there is just One letter left! I liked K but the book or so before was just okay. I am not sure about L yet. I have not properly started it (finishing the second Elly Griffiths first). I have a feeling that you might want to at least read the first few books in order as the first one ended with a sort of personal cliffhanger--though you'll already have gotten that little twist out of the way!

Danielle

I think if you approach Alexander McCall Smith's Isabel Dalhousie books more as light fiction, they might work better? I had mixed feelings about it to be honest. I like cozy-ish mysteries, but that one just was sort of okay. I liked Isabel a lot, but maybe not that kind of sleuthing. And while Agatha Christie is not technically cozy--I guess I always thing of her as more traditional mysteries without the edgy rawness some crime books have. Maybe that is as cozy as I like to get. I don't know what to do about Daisy Dalrymple. I loved the first books--I just read #9 and that is the one that was more of a slog than an enjoyment. I have almost all of them, though, and hate the idea of giving up along the way. They are fun reads, but that last one was a little too twee, if you know what I mean. I like the Britishisms, but a few go a really long way! So, we'll see. Even the so-so Kinsey books are still pure enjoyment and she is such a hoot, if the mystery aspect is not as strong as other stories, I still enjoy them. I am thoroughly enjoying the second Ruth Galloway book I have been reading and plan on continuing on--I have the next two books on my pile! And you mentioned her Italy books, and I bought a couple of those some time back as well. Really need to pick up one of those soon. I recently bought Mrs Bird at the bookstore as it just came out here in paperback, so that is waiting. And as soon as I finish with Ruth I will properly get going with I Let You Go. So many good books on the go (and ready to read)--I wish I had more reading stamina at night like I used to--able to stay up well into the night, but now I might manage a page or two and then I have to give up and turn off the lamp. I get up too early these days.

Danielle

You should! I am still not caught up with you with the Kinsey Millhone books, but I am making good progress.

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