Reading, reading, reading
Yet I haven’t posted a crime fiction book for you to dive into. The reason simply put, is what I have read to date just hasn’t made the cut, hit the mark or any other cliché you can think of for an answer.
The books haven’t all been by debut authors some have been by established, best seller authors who were new to me.
Overall they were disappointing:
- Characters with little depth
- Storyline that lacked imagination
- Endings that ran out of steam
Sometimes it was just a matter of them not having the grit and stickiness that I like. A certain twist of phrase that your mind goes back to after you’ve turned the page. The kind of prose that lingers on the palate like a beautifully aged cheese or snaps your eardrum like a firecracker.
There was a time when I would always finish a book and never set it aside. No longer. I give a story a good chance, a really good effort before I close it and move on. I owe it to the author and to myself. Some books are slow to start but they must develop like a negative in a chemical bath and turn into something you can’t wait to see.
Back to reading, reading, reading.
How long do you give your murder mystery books? Do you finish a crime novel even if it’s not meeting your needs as a reader?