Skip to main content

View Diary: Monday Murder Mystery: Lia Matera (45 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  Thank you so much for this diary, Susan! (8+ / 0-)

    I love your Monday Murder Mystery series (as you must know, since I hang out here commenting most Monday nights). But this post, obviously, is very very special to me.

    The reviewer who hated the "snide political insertions?" I hate to ruin people's cruises, I truly do, but Amazon offers a "Look Inside," my web site has opening chapters of each book, and the ebookstore description of this one mentions the protagonist working for activists at "the job of her left-wing dreams." Absent blinking neon, I don't know how else to offer a "Snide Political Insertions" alert.

    For me the great thing (and depressing thing) about setting Champawat in 1918/19 was the modern-day parallels. ("Now with more Political insertions, less Snideness!") The tension between Democrats of that era and those farther to the left was all too familiar. (And speaking of depressing... so was their msm's handling Seattle's general strike.)

    Fwiw, my personal favorite of the Willa Jansson ebooks is Prior Convictions, and of the Laura Di Palma books, it's The Good Fight or maybe Face Value. (Simon & Schuster is bringing out the other 4 in these series as ebooks over the next year. But I haven't read them in such a long time that I barely remember them. They may or may not be cruise-ruiners.)

    Anyway, it must be Monday night because I'm blathering in the comments here... But truly, thank you so much, Susan. I love all the RBL diaries, I love this community, and I am beyond touched by this.

    "A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul." George Bernard Shaw

    by scilicet on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 07:24:50 PM PST

    •  One of the advantages that I have here is that (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      scilicet, Aunt Pat, hazey

      since I am not a real reviewer, I don't have to write about books that I don't like. When I compiled my list last week that struck me once again. This is a fun series for me to write because it allows me to share books that I enjoy.

      And I love the Ella series and am really looking forward to more of her. In the meantime, I am planning on spending time with Willa and Laura.

      Thanks for books that are so much fun to read.

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

      by Susan Grigsby on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 07:38:05 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  what I love about reviews here (3+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        Susan from 29, Portlaw, hazey

        is that I can tell if I might like the book. Sometimes when I read reviews in magazines, I honestly don't have a clue. I've written down more titles recommended from diaries and comments here than from any other source. I'll bet that's true for many if not most of us.

        I'm so glad you liked these. And I think it's great you stick to reviewing books you like. I try never to look on Amazon or Goodreads or Barnes&Noble--too late to address criticisms, and some can really sting. A friend of mine points out that no matter how bad a review is, though, it's not going to mention the author's hips or housekeeping, so it could be worse.

        "A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul." George Bernard Shaw

        by scilicet on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 09:19:36 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site