Report from the MountainsFebruary 4 | Posted by editor | Opinion Tags: Bette Sherman, Guest Column
Guest column by Bette Sherman
From the Dusty Bookshelf
I am in the process of reading David Baldacci’s The Sixth Man. This is another Sean King, Michelle Maxwell that involves twists and turns that keep the pages turning.
I would love to crawl into some of author’s minds; especially mystery writers. Romance and novels travel along like an interstate highway. The scenery is pleasant, the plot is predicable, and the journey from beginning to end is a fairly straight shot. (Please don’t get me wrong, I like a good romance and novel.) A mystery novel is like a mountain road, full of twist, turns, switchbacks and oops. The mind that creates that type of story is wired in an altogether different manner.
You don’t know who the bad guy is till the very end – and don’t go peeking because the last few lines don’t tell you a thing.
I’m now reading A Fountain Filled With Blood – Julia Spencer-Fleming.
She writes a series set in the little town of Millers Kill in the Adirondacks. A mystery that isn’t gory or graphic. There’s a married chief of police and the Episcopal lady priest who have an unspoken attraction plus whatever crime. I suspect this is more of a ladies book, I have enjoyed them.
For those of you who were born and grew up in, or close to, my era and who looked up to the same set of ‘heroes’ as kids, there goes a little bit more of our history and the relevant artifacts. We still have our memories though.
Bette Sherman is a favorite of the Georgia Mountain Beacon and is a regular contributor. She is retired and is a pet-sitter who loves to write.