Tastes Change – Try Something Old by The Stereotypical Librarian

Horseradish, as a kid just the smell of it could send me running in the opposite direction but as I matured the taste of it on my sandwich is delectable.  Just as a person’s choice of condiment changes from ketchup to horseradish perhaps their reading taste should also change.  Make your reading selections more flavorful with some savory authors you haven’t read, lately.

If you like Elly Griffiths and her archeologist Ruth Galloway mystery series you might enjoy reading Elizabeth Peters and her Egyptologist Amelia Peabody mystery series.  Both authors use the feminist point of view but Ruth has her DCI Nelson and Amelia has her Emerson.  The Last Camel Died at Noon, The Ape Who Guards the Balance are just two of the intriguing titles in the Amelia Peabody series.  Elizabeth Peters has a PhD in Egyptology making these books educational as well as fun to read.

Have you been waiting to read the newest book about Stephanie Plum Twisted Twenty-Six written by Janet Evanovich?  It will be out in November 2019.  Perhaps to fill the time you could be reading about that other Jersey girl Mrs. Emily Pollifax written by Dorothy Gilman.  Stephanie is from Trenton, New Jersey and is not the greatest bounty hunter and Mrs. Pollifax is from New Brunswick, New Jersey and is not the youngest CIA agent.  Fun and mystery ensues in both these fabulous series.

Okay, so you love James Patterson who has a new book out every twenty minutes with short snappy chapters filled with action that no other author can compete with.  However, just once this year and just for me please try one of these meatier authors who actually develop multidimensional characters along with their action.  Let’s go back to the British mystery writers Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie to see if their characters of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor John Watson or Miss Jane Marple and Hercule Poirot can give Alex Cross and Michael Bennett a run for their money.  Clearly, Cross and Bennett have been huge money makers for Patterson with both books and film but will they have the longevity and cult like following that the British authors have enjoyed?    You might be surprised to find some of the Alex Cross titles sound very similar to some of the Hercule Poirot titles One, Two, Buckle My Shoe or Pop Goes the Weasel, Hickory Dickory Death, Four Blind Mice all inspired by nursery rhymes.  Could it be that even James Patterson is a fan of Agatha Christie?  Pick up A Study in Scarlet or maybe The Murder at the Vicarage and see what you think.                 

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