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Subject: Dear...(add your commendations, criticisms, general comments here)
Date Posted: 5/18/2009 9:28 AM ET
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The Love & Romance forum has a similar thread http://www.paperbackswap.com/forum/topic.php?t=122538 (thanks, Willa!), and I think we could use something like this in the Mystery & Thrillers forum, too. So, let 'er rip!!

Dear Karin Slaughter:

Almost two years have passed since I read Beyond Reach, but the anger and disappointment that overwhelmed me in regard to the book's utterly unexpected ending remain with me still. I am now patiently awaiting the July 14 release of Undone and can only hope that you will somehow be able to redeem yourself in the eyes of your readers.

 

Date Posted: 5/18/2009 2:54 PM ET
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Dear Denise Swanson

 

You need to get more original plots.  I knew not only who did it but why they did it by page 19.  It was been-there-done-that.  I know you can do better than that!

 

Dear Harlen Coben

 

You too.  I gave up at page 100.  How obvious can it get?  You would have had o not read any thrillers in last 15 years to not see that one coming from a mile off.



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Date Posted: 5/18/2009 4:00 PM ET
Member Since: 12/19/2007
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Dear Stephen White,

Why do we have to hear about Alan going pee and washing his hands four or five times per novel?  I understand verisimilitude and all that jazz but seriously? Taking a leak every 40 pages?  I think we've got it!

Date Posted: 5/18/2009 4:36 PM ET
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Anna!  Exactly!!!!  I'm tellin' 'ya, I would have smacked her if I could have reached her!  Maybe that is where the title "Beyond Reach" came from!

Date Posted: 5/18/2009 6:08 PM ET
Member Since: 8/10/2005
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Oh my, this is great! I could write fistfuls of letters! Let me think...

Dear Peter Robinson,

I love your Chief Inspector Alan Banks series, but we don't need a blow-by-blow account of his lighting every cigarette and pouring/drinking every pint or glass of whiskey. The man oughta be dead by now as often as his vices are described in detail. Thanks!

Although I suppose it could be worse--we could then have him peeing his drinks out like Stephen White has his character do. The whole book would be drinking, smoking, peeing and coughing! LOL I've never read a Stephen White book and I'm not sure I want to now!

Cheryl

 

Date Posted: 5/18/2009 7:30 PM ET
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Dear Joanne Fluke:

If I have to read even one more "dessert" book in which the Hannah-Mike-Norman triangle remains unresolved, I am going to be forced to take one of your Blueberry Muffins and........

Somewhat respectfully,

Anna

Edited due to un-cozylike language.

 

 



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Date Posted: 5/18/2009 7:59 PM ET
Member Since: 9/30/2006
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Anna ~ don't hold back - let us know how you really feel about Joanne Fluke!  :)   I have to say, I agree with you - have the woman choose one of these poor guys.  If she is at all smart, which could be debatable - she'll choose Norman. It would serve her right if they both dumped her!!

Dear Sammi Carter~

I enjoy your candyshop series.  I was disappointed however, by the last book I read -Goody Goody Gunshots- in that  foul language appeared with much greater frequency than the other three.  I hope this will not continue.  It's not needed.

Joy 

 

 

Date Posted: 5/18/2009 8:12 PM ET
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Dear Julia Spencer Fleming,

I love Russ Van Alstyne.  Truly.  But what's up with the bridge of his nose that he needs to pinch it at least a dozen times per novel?  Maybe he should get that looked at.

 

Sincerely,

An avid Russ/Claire fan

Date Posted: 5/18/2009 8:32 PM ET
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Dearest Husband:

Honey, after almost 30 years of marriage, I'm sorry to have to tell you this, but I've been lusting in my heart for another man. His name is Joe Morelli.

He's a detective with the Trenton PD. He lives in a little house on Slater Street with a big orange dog named Bob. With his buns of steel, he looks great in jeans, a uniform or in even less clothing. Oh, he also has a scar through one eyebrow and an eagle tattoo on his chest.

If he wanted to handcuff me to anything, I probably wouldn't protest.

Your wife

 

 

 

 

 

Date Posted: 5/18/2009 8:40 PM ET
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Uh, you're gonna hafta fight me for him, Anna.  Ranger.  Meh.  Give me Morelli.

Date Posted: 5/18/2009 10:10 PM ET
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Sigh. I think Ranger or Morelli would make my toes curl on a warm night . . . :-)

Date Posted: 5/18/2009 10:13 PM ET
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So both you girls are "cupcakes" and not "babes" huh?  Me, I've had a crush on Jack Reacher for years.

Date Posted: 5/18/2009 10:18 PM ET
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Dear Elizabeth George,

Please, please, please get Lynley and Barbara back on track. I want more well paced, multi-layered mysteries with plot twists, red herrings, and great dialogue. Enough with the personal melodrama. Remember Well Schooled in Murder, Playing for the Ashes, and A Suitable Vengence? Those were great books!

Thanks,

A Faithful Reader



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Date Posted: 5/19/2009 4:55 AM ET
Member Since: 9/2/2008
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Dear Carolyn Haines,

Thank you for Revenant.  A mystery that I didn't solve in the first 10 pages let alone the first 100.  For the first time in a long timeI was left with a mouth hanging open wow to discover the bad guy.  I suspected, maybe, nah - oh wow!  

I hope you bring Mitch and Carson back for another round.

Geri



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Date Posted: 5/19/2009 10:01 AM ET
Member Since: 2/21/2008
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Dear Tana French,

Please, please, please write another book soon!  I know that The Likeness just came out last year and is yet to be released in paperback, but I love your writing! Keep 'em coming!

Dear Susan Hill,

Could you please talk to your publisher and renegotiate your contract for distribution rights in the United States?  I mean, does it really take 2 years from publication in the UK and Canada to reach the USA?  It's really hard for U.S. citizens to get to a Canadian bookstore and when they do, they get REALLY ANGRY when they find your new book is sold out!!!!

Dear Fred Vargas,

Please keep your current translator for converting all of your books into English.  She does an excellent job.  Thanks!

 

Deb

 

 

Date Posted: 5/19/2009 12:50 PM ET
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Dear Tim Cockey:

I really miss Hitch and Aunt Billie. Will we ever hear more from the proprietors of the Sewell & Sons Family Funeral Home in Baltimore?

 

Anna

 

Date Posted: 5/19/2009 1:39 PM ET
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Anna, I actually sent that e-mail (very much like it anyway) to Tim Cockey! We were e-mailing back and forth for awhile a few years ago and I was constantly begging him to bring Hitch back from his permanent vacation. LOL But he is concentrating on his series written as Richard Hawke right now I guess. That one is okay too, but I do really miss Hitch.

Cheryl

Kim (Mistry) -
Date Posted: 5/19/2009 6:21 PM ET
Member Since: 6/23/2006
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 Brenda, you've got great taste in guys!  I can take or leave Morelli and Ranger, but Jack Reacher leaves me breathless.... :D

Dear Diane Mott Davidson,

   Have you given Goldy a backbone yet? Has she figured out how to discipline her smart mouthed, self centered, brat of a son?  Is she still letting clients call at 6am to scream about chicken at their next event?  Why hasn't Tom answered the phone first and told whoever was on the other end to pound off and suck it up until at least 9am?!   I stopped reading your books because I just couldn't take it anymore.  Goldy is a doormat!  Make her be a big girl, a grown up, and maybe I'll come back.  Your stories,plots and recipes are wonderful, so make me want to come back to Colorado!!!

Date Posted: 5/19/2009 8:06 PM ET
Member Since: 2/27/2009
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Ah well my screen says it all.

 

Reacher Fan

Date Posted: 5/20/2009 1:55 PM ET
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Since I live 10 miles from Trenton and work 2 miles from there...y'all can have Morelli and Ranger when I'm done with them....LOL!!!

Date Posted: 5/21/2009 9:26 AM ET
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Dear Sharyn McCrumb:

Your recent NASCAR-based novels left me cold. Like many of your other fans, I yearn for the magic and mystery of the Appalachians and beseech you to return to the Ballad series.

Anna

 

Date Posted: 6/10/2009 2:54 PM ET
Member Since: 1/19/2009
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Dear Authors,

Please don't start the book with who the killer is, as it takes the fun out of guessing all the way through who it could be.

Knows the plot,
Amanda

Date Posted: 6/10/2009 8:51 PM ET
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I agree Amanda! I just read Eyes of Prey and Sanford started out the book letting us know who the culprit was. Kinda took the fun out of it for me.

Date Posted: 6/11/2009 9:19 AM ET
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Arrrgh. I have that on my TBR also. Defeats the purpose. Then your only reading to see how the killer gets caught, cause you know they will. Makes it a way to predictable book. I like the books that keep you guessing and make you want to flip to the back to see who it is because your too impatient to go thru the book

Date Posted: 6/11/2009 9:36 AM ET
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It wasn't a total waste . . .  Sanford did have a nice little twist at the end that was a surprise :-)

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