I love a good mystery. I recently finished reading David Baldacci’s Split Second. I read it quickly (having a large print copy helped a great deal), and I was entertained throughout the reading. However, Mr. Baldacci employed some gimmicks that didn’t fool me one bit. You don’t suddenly discover the murder weapon under the hydrangea bush because hydrangea turn different colors based on the nutrients in the ground. I call mystery books like that “suddenly” books. They are not so clever as they should be but present “suddenlies” every other chapter or so that don’t quite add up to inventive detective work. Give me a good mystery that makes sense and all of the discoveries lead to a clever resolution. John Grisham is another mystery writer who writes compellingly. My gripe with Grisham is that he chases rabbits that he never pins down. If you want to read good mysteries, read the novels of Nelson DeMille and Ken Follett. DeMille will not only give you a good, intellectual mystery story, but he will also give you a good laugh. Ken Follett will not only keep you reading for MANY pages, but he will also teach you the history of the world. I love to read. Join me, please.
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