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Subject: Not really the place for this, but...any thoughts on Sue Grafton?
Date Posted: 1/4/2011 11:23 PM ET
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I just "inherited" a lot of Sue Grafton "ABC" mystery novels. I have never read her, and my TBR pile is OVERFLOWING. I need to know if I should give her a shot or if I should post these books. 

I like Harlan Coben, Lisa Gardner, Stuart Woods, and Nelson Demille. I DO NOT like James Patterson. So I'm wondering if I will like Sue Grafton????

Any thoughts or advice would be appreciated. Thanks bunches!!

Date Posted: 1/5/2011 1:53 AM ET
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I've never read her either, but I've always wondered the same thing.  I'll be curious to see what responses anyone has.

Date Posted: 1/5/2011 7:55 AM ET
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You might get more responses if you post this in the Mystery/Thriller forum.

Date Posted: 1/5/2011 10:45 AM ET
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I will say that I love this author and once I started reading her, I wish the whole alphabet was already finished.  I also like Harlan Coben, Lisa Gardner,  and Stuart Woods.

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Date Posted: 1/5/2011 10:57 AM ET
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I've read all of Grafton's and enjoyed them.  I would classify them more on the mystery side than thriller side.  More similar to Mary Higgins Clark than Lisa Gardner in my opinion.


Date Posted: 1/5/2011 11:19 AM ET
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It's funny you mentioned this, but I've read two of them this month.  I was given a unpostable "A" in a multiples deal, and read it in one sitting and really enjoyed it (not a long book).  I then plunged into "Q is for Quarry" and devoured it.   I personally didn't have a problem with not reading the series in order. 

I 'm not really a mystery/thriller fan, and don't read any of the authors mentioned.  But Sue Grafton is a good writer, and to me that is what counts.  I will definitely read some more.  

If anyone wants to try this author, I will send the "A" book free with the "Q" book.  My Q book is in very good condition.

Date Posted: 1/5/2011 12:48 PM ET
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Thank you all so much for your thoughts. Looks like my TBR pile just got larger!!  :))

Date Posted: 1/5/2011 3:52 PM ET
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I've read A - R in the Alphabet series and enjoyed them.  These are definitely more mystery than thriller. 

Date Posted: 1/10/2011 11:16 AM ET
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Thanks to the great PBS members for all of the advice. I am now officially a reader of Sue Grafton! 

Date Posted: 1/10/2011 1:45 PM ET
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Heather -

I am glad you are giving Sue Grafton a try. I use to read her but then moved on to different authors. I still collect her books as they come up but I have M through U to read now. I always liked her books - they were light, had some humor and the mysteries were good. I never read one I didn't like. I hope you enjoy them as well.


Date Posted: 1/10/2011 5:14 PM ET
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I read about A to H all in a row and I got really tired of them. So, I stopped reading them for a few years. Recently, I came back and read T and U and I really enjoyed them again.

So, my advice is that you may not want to read them all consecutively. But, I think that the series holds up well, with her latest books being as good as or better than the beginning ones.