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Sam Sattler

i've been an Elmore Leonard fan since the eighties when I stumbled upon a couple of his books that were set in Detroit. I've been re-reading some of his work in the Library of America volumes and find that some hold up better than others. But he was a master of his genre, no doubt. And Hollywood loved the guy.

Did I understand correctly that you read more than one mystery at a time? Not sure I could keep all the plot elements straight if I tried that. I read four or five at a time, but I have to make them different enough from each other in order for me to be sure that I'm getting the most out of them.


What's the Australian aviatrix title? Sounds intriguing.


I am getting 52 Pickuo, I hope the is a godd read? I have never read any of his books and that seems to be sn earlier one. I normally don’t read more than one mystery at a time but as I have been reading the Sue Grafton books book to back I wanted something else without taking a break with Kinsey so I have been reading a Carola Dunn Daisy Dalrymple book which is set in the 1920s in England. It is very much a cozy mystery. Okay and I admit to dipping into an Agatha Christie standalone from the early 1930s, but have not quite committed yet. I totally get not wanting the stories/setting to overlap! I love Kinsey but want a little variety ehile I work my way through the alphabet!


The book is called The Fabulous Flying Mrs Miller by Carol Baxter. It is published by Allen and Unwin and I hot it from the Book Depository. It sounds great! She was an aviatrix from Melborne in the 1920s.

Sam Sattler

Where are you on the Kinseys? I've got the last two to go and still can't believe she didn't live long enough to make it through the whole alphabet. 52 Pickup is one of the earlier Leonard books and I really loved it the first time around, but when I re-read it some of the shine was off. Probably just me, though, and part of the normal evolution of reading taste that we all go through. I really didn't think the story so much showed its age; it was more like I got more tuned into the more sophisticated Elmore Leonard plots that came later on.


That's my standard state of being: thinking about what I should/could be reading! Recently I was browsing in a library branch which has a lot of Deborah Moggach's books and I was surprised by the span of her career. I've only read one, maybe two, and thought her quite engaging, but I've yet to go back (and it's probably been more than a decade by now - sheesh).


Funny, but my first reaction to The Death of Mrs Westaway was very similar to yours. The beginning seemed to spend way too much time justifying her decision to accept the invitation. I didn’t need all that explanation. But I liked the section when she is on the pier doing her fortune telling, so I’m going to give it another try. Leonard Elmore is worth checking out — I loved many of his books when I read them, but don’t remember titles off the top of my head as it’s been awhile. If you like 52 Pickup, there are more.


I see that you have so many directions for your reading! As for your question about Japanese non-fiction, it's not as popular as fiction, so I was intrigued. I would suggest Haruki Murakami, "What I Talk About When I Talk About Running", which I loved even though I loathe running. If you want some vicarious travel account, I suggest Looking for the Lost: Journeys Through a Vanishing Japan
by Alan Booth


I am up to letter K with the Grafton books. J was okay but it didn't quite grab me like most of the other ones. However, I don't want to put K down! As for the Leonard books--maybe it is good that I am starting with the older ones first and they will get progressively better. Sometimes that is the nice thing about reading an author's works in order--hopefully they improve with time!


Deborah Moggach has quite a backlist of books, doesn't she? I have read three or four now and they seem to often be quite different from each other. I need to get back to her. I have been thinking a lot lately of a number of (mostly women) writers whose work I have enjoyed and want to continue reading. If I am not reading a book I am likely thinking about what I want to read next or need to get back to as it sits on my reading pile. And then there are library books to pick up later....


I am glad I am not alone in not being quite drawn into that Ruth Ware book. It must get better as the reviews are very impressive. But the self doubt of Hal was just grating on me to the point of me not wanting to listen to her anymore. Sometimes a story needs a little time to get moving, I guess. I have never read any Elmore Leonard, but I just got a copy of 52 Pickup. It does look like he has written quite a lot. I like the idea of going by the titles that Library of America has published--I figure they must be picking good titles as a survey of his work. At least I will start there and see how it goes.


Thanks for the ideas! I saw that Murakami book, and I am sure my library has it but then, also not being a runner and never likely to take it up now (though I am happily a very good walker) that it would not be of interest to me. I will look for it now, however. I saw books by Alan Booth--I have been browsing but so far only bought a few books--I have a few nonfiction titles and have started Nisei Daughter by Monica Sones, which is turning out to be really very good!


You are so charitable in saying that sometimes a story needs a little time to get moving. My reaction while reading Mrs Westaway was that what the beginning needed was some editing. Too many unneeded words :). You’ve made me curious about the Library of America and Elmore Leonard. I’ll have to see if any of the titles ring a bell


I am probably more so than I really should be. It was off putting enough that I returned the library book. I will try again some other time but for now there are so many books on my reading pile that I am actively enjoying--why start something that has sort of annoyed me from the first few pages. Elmore Leonard is waiting for me, but for now I am happy that I started the second Ruth Galloway book! Have you read those? I really am enjoying this second book!

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