It’s The Holidays. How About A Good Book?

A book for the new year. What a great idea. I can’t think of a better way to start the new year than to indulge in a good read, can you? After all, it’s the perfect way to spend a little time in a comfy chair, complete with a cup of coffee, or tea if you prefer, and indulge your imagination. Maybe you’ll even get a new pair of slippers for a gift. What better way to try them out than to put them on and curl up in front of a cozy fire with your new book.

Reading has long been my favorite hobby. I started reading mysteries when I was in early elementary school. I moved through all the Trixie Belden/Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys books in no time. By the time I was in third grade I had graduated to the Queen of Crime, Agatha Christie. Occasionally the library didn’t have any Christie books I hadn’t read, so I spread out to Rex Stout and, sometimes, Erle Stanley Gardner. Why mysteries? Probably because I started by picking up the books my dad read. Whatever he wasn’t reading was readily available for me, on the desk next to his chair.

When I moved out on my own, I continued to read, although not as voraciously. Life has a way of encroaching on reading time, especially when you are just starting out as new employee, or a newly married, or recently relocated to an entirely different state and city. All of those things I did, but they didn’t stop my reading, just slowed it down a bit.

Now, I have more time than most people, and I indulge it with opening up a book and getting lost in the pages. Where other people watch television, with a few notable exceptions, I prefer to read.

For the past year I’ve been searching for new authors who would engage me as much as the old masters used to do. I’m happy to say I’ve found more than I can keep up with, so I won’t even try to name them all. However, I will tell you about one who has a new book that is scheduled for publication on December 29th. The author’s name is Edwin Hill and his newest book is Watch Her. I was fortunate enough to receive an advance copy from Kensington Books for review, and enjoyed every minute of the read. It’s the third in the series, and I’ve read all three, even though it isn’t necessary for you to do so in order to enjoy the mystery written here. I do think this is the best of the series, and that’s saying a lot; and if you enjoy series you may want to begin with his first book. Any way you approach these books, if you enjoy a well plotted, mystery full of fully developed characters, you’ll want to read this series. Here’s the link to my review which you can find in the on-line magazine

So, now you have a recommendation for when you are ready to kick back, put your feet up and relax. Excuse me while I go back to my book. Happy Reading.