I confess. I am a cheater.
When I read a mystery or suspense novel, meet the main character and find I like the person in the book, then meet the nemesis and fear for the main character I have to cheat.
I can’t help myself. I go to the back of the book to see who is still alive at the end.
The thought of the author killing off the main character is not something I want to find as I go along to the end.
When Joe first saw me cheat he was taken aback. He flat told me I ruined the story by doing that. There have been a couple times Joe has admitted to me that he “almost” looked in the back of the book. He has such strong character and I am weak.
I have recently begun reading Kathy Reich’s “Death du Jour” and am not far in the book so I have no idea what is in store for Temperance Brennan, the lead character.
Audiobooks are helpful to pass the time while driving mile after mile. The major downside is it is not easy to cheat with an audiobook as it is an actual book.
I’ve been listening to unabridged Michael Connelly books featuring Harry Bosch. 13 hours of listening pleasure, or suspense torture as the case may be.
Mr. Connelly has a style of writing that is very close to the chest. He doesn’t dole out hints or tidbits along the way. His Harry Bosch is a Homicide Detective. You, I, get involved in Harry’s personal life and his crotchety personality as he is assigned to a homicide. Mr. Connelly takes you through the creation of a “Murder Book” without putting you to sleep with the form numbers and minutiae of the process.
As thoughts occur to Harry, which turn into clues, you get taken along in his investigation or interviews. You find out which clues or tidbits are dead ends and which lead to the next thing. Harry often finds himself in more trouble with his department heads than with the criminals.
Right now I am listening to “The Last Coyote”. Harry is investigating a 30 year old murder that has been unsolved. The murder of his mother when he was 11 years old. I am itching to get to the back to see if he does find out who killed his mother and what kind of mayhem that causes.
Guess I’m stuck with finding out as the story unfolds 😦
We are on our way to Opelousas for the last two Walmart trucks. Joe will be driving them. I will have nothing to do except take some photos and find out if Harry does solve this case.
Enjoy your Friday – Leslie