Lorelei King IS Stephanie Plum. Her voices run true to each of the characters, which are nicely drawn by Evanovich. I can relate to Plum, her self-doubt, her neuroses - in other words, she's not superwoman, she's just another woman with issues, who happens to have the hots for two very hot men, a grandmother who should have her own TV show, a father who has retreated into his own tiny bubble to protect himself from the strange women in his life, a mother who believes pineapple upside-down cake cures everything. Every character in these stories is memorable, even those with supporting roles. I can hardly wait for the next Plum novel to come out!
I love the easygoing style of Walt Longmire, a small-town Wyoming sheriff who approaches problems methodically, with humor, and with heart. He is a laconic, slow-moving guy who approaches each case individually and does not easily give up when the going becomes difficult. His sidekick Henry, often referred to as "The Cheyenne Nation" is one of my favorite characters in fiction - almost, but not quite, the stereotypical stoic, wise Indian, with a superb sense of the absurd. The two men together are larger than the sum of each of them. I CARE about what happens to these two, and long after I've read the book, they stay in my mind. For me, that is the hallmark of an excellent read.
I first discovered Harry Dresden on TV - now that I've heard the book, I must say they did a decent job, but the TV show can't compare to James Marsters' narration of Harry Dresden nail-biters. I love the thought of "things" living right along side us, that we can't see, (It would also explain a LOT of unsolved mysteries) and that there is a special department of law enforcement which deals with these "things" when they break the rules. Butcher's characters, even the nasty ones, are nicely drawn, right down to Harry's sometimes stupid ways of thinking. If you like dark urban fantasy, you'll love Harry Dresden.
Agatha Raisin is definitely human. She can be petty, crabby, selfish - in other words, just like the rest of us. She is not a superhero in any sense of the word. Beaton writes with wry humor and spins an engaging yarn. I've read thousands of mysteries and thrillers, and I must admit, this story has a unique way of disposing of a body. If you enjoy British humor, you'll enjoy this one.
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