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  •  hi...sorry to be late... (7+ / 0-)

    Hubby and I left the cave to see grandbabies and then ate out with a gift card.

    We all see different things in mysteries and characters which is fine.  I also understand that some books in a series are weaker than others.

    I just fell in love with Bess and her independent spirit.

    I guess I allowed for various shortcomings just to see Bess at work.  I don't seem to have many mystery heroines besides Bess and Maisie Dobbs.  I did like Mrs. Polifax and I used to like VI and Kinsey.

    I wonder if it is harder to write a female investigator?

    Thank you for an interesting diary and for making me think.

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    by cfk on Mon May 14, 2012 at 07:32:13 PM PDT

    •  Sorry to be late in my response, power went out (4+ / 0-)
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      again and then I fell asleep.

      I liked Bess in the first book, but the coincidences in the second one kept drawing me out of the story and making me realize that I wasn't really in WWI London or France or Little Sefton.

      So far I am liking Maisie, but I can see where the New Age type stuff could turn others off.  I also like Anne Perry's Charlotte Pitt and Hester.  

      Good question about female investigators, though.  Hmm, may have to give that some thought.

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      by Susan Grigsby on Tue May 15, 2012 at 11:15:22 AM PDT

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    •  Just occurred to me that next week's diary is (3+ / 0-)
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      about three women from the same era, Mary Russell, Maisie Dobbs and Lady Rose Summer.  

      "I cannot live without books" -- Thomas Jefferson, 1815

      by Susan Grigsby on Tue May 15, 2012 at 01:37:36 PM PDT

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    •  It may be harder for a woman to achieve (2+ / 0-)
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      the level of gravitas or respect as a detective that one affords to a man. How sexist is that! On the other hand, there are so many good female sleuths, it seems once they show their brilliance it's a piece of cake. Do they have to be more brilliant than their male counterpart?

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      by Gorette on Tue May 15, 2012 at 03:09:35 PM PDT

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