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More than once now, I've sat reading a book at home and, after having read a few chapters, suddenly found myself thinking, I know what happens next, I've read this one before. I've read so many now, it seems, I can't REMEMBER every book that I've read, that I've decided that I'm going to start, well, I HAVE, started, at A,B,C, in the fiction section, and I'm going to slowly work my way through them alphabetically.
Last weekend, I brought two from the same author home, on the assumption that if I enjoyed one, I'd probably enjoy the other. That author was Virginia Andrews. The first one that I chose to read carried the title "secret Brother" and I found it a page turner. Couldn't put it down, CAN'T put it down and I've almost finished it.

I know there's a forum here for what people are reading, book/writer recommendations etc. but I might just, mainly for my own benefit, my memory being what it is, list the books her, with a few comments, that I read as I go through them.

My other Virginia Andrews is titled "Sage's Eyes".

We shall see.

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And so, it begins:

VIRGINIA ANDREWS' ..........Secret Brother..................brilliant.
VIRGINIA ANDREWS'...........Sage's eyes.....................again... brilliant.
VIRGINIA ANDREW'S...........Rain........................... ... difficult read at times, raw and edgy, but it does pull you in and you just have to see it out to the end.

VA a definite "must read" for me and I shall be looking out for her books at my local libraries.

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M.C.BEATON's................Deirdre and Desire...................... A great read.
................Penelope goes to Portsmouth....... Ditto.
.................Beatrice goes to Brighton. Just another lovely lovely read.
.................Deborah goes to Dover
..................His Lordship's Pleasure.
.................Wellspring of Death.
................Dishing The Dirt.
..............Vicious Vet.
..........Something borrowed Someone dead.
......................................The Death of a Sweep. Inside the cover there's a list of twenty seven "death ofs". The Hamish Macbeth series.
These "goes to"books need to be read in sequence to be fully appreciated and, as luck would have it, I have done that. There is a common thread and a wonderful main character running through all of them.
Next stop "Deborah goes to Dover".
Again, brilliant brilliant brilliant, how could it NOT be? Y'know? Having read just a couple of chapters I found myself thinking "oh here we go again, same as same as", like those old status quo tracks, hear one and you've heard them all, but she did it again but if you ever come across these books, known as the matchmaker series, they really do have to be read in the order that I've read them.

M.C.BEATON's....................................Th e Taming of Annabelle WAS A DISAPPOINTMENT.
.................................................. .................................................. ......
M.C.BEATON:
Small, paperbacks, not quite in the same league a Andrews but, I'm sure, would be great company on a train journey.

Right now, I have a couple Beaton's out on loan, was pretty sure that I'd like these because I've already read two from her Agatha Raisin series and, although these are not Agatha Raisins , I enjoyed the first one and am happily reading the other, they are:

"Deirdre & Desire" and "Penelope goes to Portsmouth".
"Perfect Paragon..................... Another great read.

M.C.BEATON's " DEATH OF's ":

DEATH OF A LIAR....
DEATH OF A POLICEMAN....
DEATH OF A NURSE...
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JUDITH ALLNAT's............The Moon Field.
Not exactly one to rave about but a pleasant enough read. Would be an agreeable way to kill a couple of hours I think.

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JULIET ASHTON's........................................Th e Woman at Number 24. Fantastic, a real page-turner.

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CECELIA AHERN'S........................................... .... Postscript.......... BRILLIANT BRILLIANT BRILLIANT.

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CRESSIDA McLAUGHLIN'S ---------------------------------------------------- The Cornish Cream Tea Bus.......... another great read.

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ANGELA MARSON's.......................................... ................................... SILENT SCREAM.......
.................................................. .................................................. ......CRUEL GAMES.......
.................................................. .................................................. .......FIRST BLOOD.
DEBBIE MACOMBER's........................................ ..................................SLIVER LININGS...

DAVID BALDACCI's........................................ ....................................NO MAN's LAND.
.................................................. .................................................. .....THE FIX.
.................................................. .................................................. ..MEMORY MAN.
.................................................. .................................................. .The GUILTY.
.................................................. ...............................................THE TARGET.
.................................................. .................................................. .DIVINE JUSTICE.
.................................................. ............................................KING AND MAXWELL.

JAMES CRAIG's........................................... ................London Calling. A good read.

STEPHEN LEATHER's......................................... ................LAST MAN STANDING.
.................................................. .................................................W HITE LIES.

JONATHAN KELLERMAN's....................................... ..........................MYSTERY.
AND MY FAILURES I GUESS:

CANDICE BUSHNELL's " Killing Monica". I tried, I one hundred and thirty four pages, nine chapters tried, and it just didn't pull me, AT all.
CARLOS ACOSTA's " Pig's Foot ". Sorry Carlos. I stayed with this until the end and like, what the hell was THAT all about ?

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And the "not quite failures, but..." Ones where, okay, the build-up in some novel a bit, well, tedious, and then, with just a few chapters to go, it all comes together and you put it down.
Well, these are the ones where things didn't come together and I needn't have bothered.

Sorry writers....

Rowan Hisayo Buchanan's.......... STARLING DAYS.
Jessie Burton's..................... THE MUSE.

I think I shall probably skip the failures and just list my favourites and then, I ever get to XY and Z, I could just start over again, with ABC.

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Updated March 19th, 2020 at 04:07 PM by dither

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  1. Winston's Avatar
    V.C. Andrews was an interesting woman. Looks like her first book wasn't published until she was into her 50's.
    If you find anything attributed her written after 1986, it's from ghost writer named Andrew Neiderman. Poor Ms. Andrews died young, but her writing was so popular, it outlives her.
    If we could all be so lucky. Except the dying early part.
  2. dither's Avatar
    "Only the good die young eh" ?

    I thought that she might be American because of how some of the words are spelled. Her books, her writing, although I've only read two so far, is amazing. Like I said, I shall be looking out for her in my local libraries.

    And I may have done M.C.Beaton a terrible dis-service. Just finished "Penelope goes to Portsmouth", and, towards the end, although the one great lesson I'm learning from these wonderful writers is that there IS no end, you're simply left there wondering how the characters' lives play out and it's infuriating.
    As for both of those books, I could imagine myself at a journey's end, sitting in a railway station somewhere, reading on, not wanting to put either book down down until I'd finished it. Such is the pull of these writers.
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