Imaginary Friends

I spent Labor Day weekend in Paris with Armand Gamache.  M was there too but we didn’t meet up.  K will be heading there later this week. Later we will thoroughly discuss our visit with our favorite imaginary friends.

All the Devils are Here was just released!  We are longtime Louise Penny fans and dive into her next book as soon as it is available.  It made me think about how much I enjoy revisiting characters created by my favorite authors.  These are the authors whose characters I love and I can’t wait for their next book to be released!

There are so many authors out there who write books featuring the same characters.  I have explored a number of them but keep coming back to my favorites. My love of mysteries with recurring characters probably goes back to the Nancy Drew books of my childhood.

  • Louise Penny and her Armand Gamache character is probably at the top of my list. 
  • I just finished The Order by Daniel Silva and always enjoy Gabriel Allon’s international adventures.  I like how Silva skates very close to current events in each of his books.
  • M got me hooked on the Angela Marson’s Kim Stone series set in England’s Black Country. She is an audible favorite.
  • And we have all been fans of Elizabeth George and the Inspector Lynley mysteries for years. When is she going to release her next book??
  • For some Nordic noir, we are fans of Camilla Lackburg and her series featuring Erica and Patrick (but pass on the Golden Cage – different characters).
  • And I can’t forget Sue Grafton’s character, Kinsey Milhone. Her alphabet series was one of my favorites and it was sad that Grafton died after writing ‘Y is for Yesterday’.

These authors write suspenseful and fast paced stories.  I am always torn because I can’t wait to find out what happens but am sad because they end too soon! And it seems to take forever for their next book to come out so I can see what my imaginary friends are up to.

There are other mystery writers that I have dabbled in over the years – Sara Paretsky (V.I. Warshawski in Chicago), Patricia Cornwell (Dr. Kay Scarpetta), Andre Camilleri (Inspector Montalbano in Sicily), Jo Nesbo (Harry Hole), Cara Black (Aimee Leduc in Paris) and Donna Leon (Commissario Brunetti in Venice) to name of few. I credit my real friend, JP, for the idea to match my reading to my travel itinerary.

But my favorites continue to be the ‘imaginary friends’ listed above.

‘Books, like friends should be few and well chosen’.

Rainer Maria Rilke

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