Saturday, April 22, 2017

SERIES: up to date on a few series

I've got myself caught up on a number of excellent series this year. Now to wait for the next one in each, but I also have room in my reading for a few new series! 

Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith
#2 Silkworm 
#3 Career of Evil  (audiobook)

Why I like this series? 
Cormoran and his 'assistant' Robin and just so wonderful together. I really, really like Robin and how she is determined to work for Cormoran. Career of Evil ended on a bit of a cliffhanger, so hopefully the next book, Lethal White, will be released some time in 2017. The mysteries are revealed through private detective work, and are fascinating. The London setting is perfect;  JK Rowling has done a fabulous job with this detective series!

Will Trent series by Karin Slaughter
#7 Unseen 
#8 The Kept Woman  (audiobook)

Her last two books have been stand-alones, so I wonder if this series is at its end? Will and Sara can be frustrating as they have so much baggage from their earlier lives, and each makes a lot of assumptions about what the other is thinking. The boss of the GBI (Georgia Bureau of Investigation) Amanda, is a great character, a super tough woman who has a soft spot for Will. This series has some backstories that get revealed as the series progresses, so I would recommend reading this one in order.

Benny Griessel series by Deon Meyer
#5 Icarus 

Such a well-written series! Set in South Africa, Benny Griessel is a police detective, and so very damaged as he fights his sobriety hard in this book. The supporting characters are also well-developed and the plot moves along lickety-split. In fact, the first Meyer book I read was literally Thirteen Hours, and the suspense was crazy. 

The plots are also topical - here the owner of a web based company that supplies alibis for its clients who are fooling around, is found dead. Clearly, plenty of suspects. There is also a parallel story happening of a wine-maker telling a family story to a lawyer.