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Beverly Cleary passes away!

Beverly Cleary, author of the Romona Quimby books, passed away this past Thursday at the age of 104.

I was not aware that the author made it to 104. I remember reading some of the Romona Quimby books during my childhood. I also found out the author was a trained librarian. I did not know that either (or if I did, I completely forgot it). It’s such a shame the lose such a great author but sending positive thoughts to the family during their loss.

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4 authors you’ll fall in love with if you love a good mystery!

It’s that time of year where I love to sit down on the couch, covered up in a warm blanket and have a good mystery novel in my hands. Here are some authors you’ll find you may enjoy if you like to read a good mystery…

Frances Duncan = You should be reading his Mordecai Tremaine series if you’re an Agatha Christie fan. I have all of the books on my Kindle Fire. I’ve read the first couple of books already but I need to read the other ones.

Ruth Ware = The first book I read from this author was “In a dark, dark wood” in paperback form. The latest book I’ve read from this author was “One by One” on my Kindle Fire. I’ve also read “The Woman in Cabin 10” (in paperback). You guys seriously need to read some of this stuff if you like a good mystery.

Wayne Hancock = His works (the ones I’ve read so far) include a bit of crime fiction into his mysteries. If you like the classic “whodunit” then you’d probably enjoy reading some of his books.

Agatha Christie = Known as the queen of mystery, this is probably not a surprise she ended up on this list. I started off reading “And Then There Were None”. Then I read “Hallowe’en Party” and “Murder on the Orient Express”. I’ve got another book on my shelves that I plan on reading (it’s in my “to be read pile”) called “The Last Seance”.

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Author Spotlight (Chapter 5)

Stephen King has become one of my favorite authors. I actually started reading literature written by his son before I started reading his stuff. The first thing I read of his was “Carrie”. I’m in the process of reading his Dark Tower series. I’ve read the first book and I need to move on to the second one. Right now I’m in the middle of reading “IT”. It’s a good book but it’s quite a long read. I have a couple of his other works that haven’t been able to read yet, such as Misery and Cujo. I know, I know…..I need to get reading.

What have you read by Stephen King? What is your favorite? Which would you recommend?

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Author Spotlight (Chapter 4)

J. K. Rowling is one of my favorite authors. She is best known for writing the Harry Potter series. Since then, she has written an adult book called “The Casual Vacancy”. She has also written the Cormoran Strike series under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. I’ve read the Harry Potter series and I’m in the process of collecting the illustrated editions so that I can re-read the series again with illustrations. I’ve also read “The Casual Vacancy” when it first came out. It was pretty good but I enjoyed the Harry Potter series more. The crime fiction that she is currently writing, I have the first three books so far but I haven’t read them yet. They are on my “to-be-read” list.

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Author Spotlight (Chapter 3)

This is author Joseph Hillstrom King, however, he writes under the pen name of Joe Hill. He is actually the son of Stephen King but I didn’t know that until after I had already started reading some of his work (and because he writes under the pen name). I started out reading his comic book series “Locke & Key” that he did with Gabriel Rodriguez (the illustrator). I very much enjoyed the series despite the fact that I don’t normally read comic books (it’s for mature audiences only though) but that was ultimately what got me hooked on this author to begin with. Since then, I’ve read “Heart-Shaped Box” and “NOS4A2” which are both excellent reads as well. I’ve got some of his other works but I haven’t had a chance to conquer them yet because I’ve got so much on my “to be read” list that it’s not even funny. If you are someone who likes horror and/or dark fantasy, then this is definitely an author that you’ll want to check out!

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Author Spotlight (Chapter 2)

Joseph Delaney is a British author of typically fantasy novels. He retired from teaching pretty quickly into his career as an author. The first books he wrote under his real name was the Last Apprentice series as they are known in the U.S. (it’s known as the Wardstone Chronicles in the U.K.). That story continues in the Starblade Chronicles, however, you don’t necessarily have to read the Last Apprentice series to understand what is going on in the Starblade Chronicles. I’ve already read all of those books so far. His Aberrations series, I’ve got the first one on my Kindle Fire but I haven’t started reading it yet. His Arena 13 trilogy…I haven’t been able to find them in my local bookstore yet. I’ll probably have to either order them or see if I get get them on my Kindle.

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Author Spotlight

I wanted to take a minute to talk to you about an author by the name of Wayne Hancock and some of the novels he’s written…

“Gotcha!” (A Murder in Warrensburg) was the first book I read. Then I went on to read “Along Came Bill” (Another Murder in Warrensburg) and “The Hard Way” (book 3 in the Gotcha! series). Once I read those, I read “The Vampire Rebellion” (this doesn’t have anything to do with the Gotcha! series). I do have “The Vampire’s Revenge” which is a follow up to the Vampire Rebellion novel but I haven’t gotten to read that book yet. I also have the novel “The Unlikely Predator” but I haven’t gotten around to reading it yet either (unfortunately). I also have the novel “Off To War”, which is suppose to be the 4th novel (and the conclusion) in the Gotcha! series but I haven’t read that novel yet either. I know what you’re thinking….I need to get reading and I do plan on reading these books. I just have so many books to read and I just wish I had more time to devote to it. There are other books that this author has written but I haven’t purchased them yet because I want to finish reading the books that I’ve got. His crime novels are perfect for people who like the classic who done it type novels. If you are looking for something more from the fantasy novels then you should take a look at his Vampire’s Rebellion and Vampire’s Revenge novels. If no one has these books in your area, I’ve noticed that you can order them on Amazon. I would check this author out if you haven’t already.