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Subject: Starting a new mystery after reading a REALLY good one...
Date Posted: 4/17/2009 11:05 AM ET
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Do you have trouble reading another book after finishing a REALLY good one?

This always happens to me.  I finish reading a well-written mystery.  A day or two later try to start another book.  I never like the next book!  I try to pick something different from the one I loved so that I don't compare plots too much (for example, if I just read a police procedural, I will read a cozy, or a historical).  Sometimes I will pick a new genre, but the next book never seems to be "good." 

I finished reading The Likeness by Tana French.  Excellent!  Two days later  I started to read A Deady Yarn by Maggie Sefton and could not get into it, even though I liked the first two in the series.  What gives?

Any advice?


Kim (Mistry) -
Date Posted: 4/17/2009 12:39 PM ET
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 I find this happens to me a lot.   I usually try to read something completely opposite of what I've just read.   Like I just finished an historical mystery, and it was really good. So I opted for a Vampire type book because it was so different.  It's sometimes the only thing that keeps me reading, or else I have to wait 3 or 4 days to find a book I like!

Date Posted: 4/17/2009 3:41 PM ET
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I try to read a book by an author I know to be really good.  Kind of like a comfort read. Example; I just finished reading State of the Onion which I thought was marvelous.  Now I'm reading a Murder She Wrote, the new one, Madison Avenue Shoot.  Works most of the time for me. 

Date Posted: 4/17/2009 8:56 PM ET
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I tend to "mix it up" a lot. If I've just read a really great mystery, I will pick up a fantasy book or historical fiction or something, rather than pick up another mystery right away. Or at least a mystery that's a bit 'different'....I read everything from cozies to hard-boiled, so if what I've read was, for example, a British police procedural book, then I will likely choose something way different from that like a historical mystery or a cozy. But yeah...a really good book will leave you with things to think about long after you're done!


Kim (Mistry) -
Date Posted: 4/18/2009 1:47 PM ET
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Joy, I loved State of the Onion!!!  I've got the next one on my library list because I don't want to wait for it to come up on my WL :)

Date Posted: 4/18/2009 6:53 PM ET
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I have the same trouble.  I recently finished  Long Lost  and I have since picked up and put down four books because I just couldn't get into it.

Date Posted: 4/18/2009 7:15 PM ET
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I'm having this problem right now. I finished the last Nancy Martin a few days ago and picked up the first 2 Joanne Fluke titles from the library. After the Blackbird books I'm having a more difficult time getting into the first Fluke book than I thought I'd have, though I'm going to stick with it as I'd like to read the whole series.

Usually after the high of a great read I try to reread a comfort book to transition to a new book,

Edited to correct punctuation.....

Last Edited on: 4/18/09 7:16 PM ET - Total times edited: 1