Beyond Expectations

I enjoy reading. For me, reading a good book is often the most relaxing or at least most enjoyable thing I can do. Sometimes it’s not relaxing, since i like to read murder mysteries, and some of those can create lots of tension. The tension or action packed book is not my favorite, although I’m not sure one single type of mystery is at the top of my list.

Reading Bench at one of my favorite coffee houses

What I do enjoy are books that have strong characters who are well drawn and enjoyable to hang out with, at least through the pages of a book. Of course a well-crafted mystery that gives me an opportunity to discover the culprit, hopefully before their identity is revealed in the book. Bonus points to books that put these wonderful characters in interesting towns and geographic areas and then give me the opportunity to experience a small slice of life there.

It’s not necessary that these places are exotic, or even a place where one might want to vacation. I simply want a town or area that attracts me in some way, enough that i could see myself living there, even though I have no intention of moving.

Put all that together with a nice, tight mystery and I’m hooked. Some books are so well written I can “see” the area around me, as well as the people who inhabit it. There have been several books that were so vivid to me, reading them was like watching a movie. When that happens, I just have to hope my mental images of cast and location are at least similar to the studio’s if a film is developed.

I recently read a book that really entertained me on all levels. The Man Who Wasn’t All There by David Handler was one of the most entertaining I’ve read in a while. If you’re looking for a book that is part mystery, part character development, part police procedural and all intriguing and fun I suggest you check it out. Click here to read my full review.

This book is scheduled for publication on April 1, 2021. That gives you just enough time to talk with your local bookseller about ordering it or check with you local library to make sure they’ve ordered it and put you on the waiting list. If you’re looking for something to read between now and then, check out some of the other posts here for ideas. For now, I’ll simply say Happy Reading.