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  •  There are two characters I wish were real. (4+ / 0-)

    Delia Peabody from the In Death series, and Corinna Chapman, who has her own series.

    Peabody is smart, doing what she loves for a living, willing to learn, has a good sense of her own style, and loves people in general.

    Corinna Chapman is doing what she loves for her living, taking the good with the bad, and finding out that having to get up at 4 AM is about the worst she's got going.  The mysteries are not necessarily that light hearted, but the good guys win and have a mostly good time doing it.

    Strength and dignity are her clothing, she rejoices at the days to come; She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the law of kindness is on her tongue.

    by loggersbrat on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 06:35:12 AM PDT

    •  That's the kind of book I like myself, loggersbrat (4+ / 0-)
      The mysteries are not necessarily that light hearted, but the good guys win and have a mostly good time doing it.
      Emphatically, yes.  In fact there was a time when I read only mysteries, because I knew there would be (1) a plot, and (2) the good guys would win.

      I won't continue reading novels where the protagonist is half-mad on page 1 and descends into complete madness by page 837.  Too depressing.

      "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

      by Diana in NoVa on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 06:42:18 AM PDT

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    •  I'm also a big fan of Peabody. I smile everytime (3+ / 0-)

      I think of her trying to find her style now that she's a detective and isn't restricted by a uniform. Can't you just see her joy in wearing the pink cowboy boots Roarke and Eve (okay, Roarke, as we know how much Eve hates to shop) bought for her? I love Delia's loyalty and her sense of humor.  It's been fun watching the relationships develop between Peabody and Dallas and between She-body and MacNab. Hubba-hubba (eyebrows wiggle suggestively).

      I know I'd recognize Mavis from a block away; and I would love to hold sweet Bella, and have her "take a bow," just like mommy taught her.

      I'd like to have a party and invite Baxter, Trueheart, Feeney, Nadine, Mira and her absent-minded husband,Trina, Charles and Louise, Morris, Eve's boss, the Commander, Chief Tibble, and Summerset. Nixie and her new family. In fact, bring the whole crew. Eve and Roarke, of course, goes without saying.

      Oh, I can't forget William, aka Crack. I like how he teases Dallas about being a "skinny white girl." And I felt so bad when he lost his sister.  When Eve and Roarke plant a tree for her I thought that was a fantastic tribute.

      I would absolutely recognize any of them. Well, with the exception of one. I don't know who's the candy thief.  Do you?  I think there are several suspects. :-)

      I think it's partly because we learn about the characters over the years that we've been reading the In Death series, and partly the author's skill in writing believable characters, but I feel like I could easily talk with several of the characters. I think we'd get to be very good friends.

      What a great diary topic, Diana in NoVa, especially for today.  I've been up all night following the latest out of Boston, and it is quite frankly a relief to take a break. What could be better than thinking about some of my favorite books and eating delicious cinnamon rolls? Thank you very much.

      "In politics stupidity is not a handicap." Napoleon Bonaparte

      by citylights on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 08:48:52 AM PDT

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      •  Great to see you, citylights, and please ask me to (1+ / 0-)
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        the party!  Sounds like a good one.

        Interesting comment, too.  I will really have to investigate the In Death series.  I love mysteries!

        "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

        by Diana in NoVa on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 10:17:32 AM PDT

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        •  It starts with Naked in Death. (2+ / 0-)
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          There are 35 of them at this point, I think.  They are formula, but quite fun formula, with the occasional twist to keep things interesting.

          Strength and dignity are her clothing, she rejoices at the days to come; She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the law of kindness is on her tongue.

          by loggersbrat on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 04:05:13 PM PDT

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