Re: Another Newbie Here
- From: "Mark Alan Miller" <mamiller@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 1 May 2007 13:01:01 -0700
"Jean" <pocogal@xxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
I have been lurking here for a couple of months and find you all very
interesting and informative. I have gotten some good incites into (new
to me) authors and books.
Have a question, please. I just came across the bibliography of
Elizabeth George and many of the reviews by her admirers. She sounds
good to me and would like to know the opinion of the Rams.
Started out as very old-fashioned faux-English mysteries with a stuffy
aristocratic detective, his injured scientist best-friend, and two women
inexplicably connected to both men in a variety of ways. The plotting was
sound, but the characters with their endless angst were silly and hard to
care about. Sergeant Havers, the working class sidekick to Inspector
Lynley, grew in prominence as the series progressed and her more realistic
circumstances were easier to take, though her knack for foolishly rushing
around doing exactly the wrong thing grew tiresome. I would probably still
be reading the series if they hadn't grown steadily in both length and
wordiness. The early books were long, but had enough story to fill them.
The later books seem padded. This all may sound like I hate the books, but
I don't. George is not without her virtues. She can be long-winded, but
she is a fine descriptive writer. And the stories are intriguing and
substantial. She's more ambitious than most writers and sometimes that
works against her. But she's never ordinary.
Mark Alan Miller
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