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Reader interview: Mystery stories keep printer’s daughter busy

Saturday, February 23, 2013 - 12:01 am

Editor's note: This week's Page Turner reader interview is with Peggy Heinze, a specialist in Outreach Services with the Allen County Public Library.

“I read lots of mysteries. I used to read Agatha Christie's novels; now it's books by Harlan Coben, Linwood Barclay and James Patterson. Patterson's books go really fast: There's so much white space with his short chapters. I have read everything Mary Higgins Clark wrote! And I'm a Sidney Sheldon fan. I've read several of his novels, and I think 'If Tomorrow Comes' is my favorite.

“We're all readers in my family, and my daughter said that, on every vacation, one must read at least three books. I am not a history buff and don't want much depth. I browse first before settling on the next read, but I have a hard time walking by that quarter-a-book rack in the Great Hall (at the main library).

“I have lots of books from the old book sales at the library, too. I never reread a book; when I've read it, that's it. I never read a book over again – but I have to finish every book I start. Some are not worth anything, but I'll finish them. I must get over that.

“I have never read a Danielle Steele book; they are always on the best-seller list, but I think it's the same story over and over again. I read fluff. I read to relax. And I'll take a magazine on a trip. But I haven't tried a Kindle or Nook.

“I'm a printer's daughter. My dad had his own presses, and I used cold type for my high school graduation invitations. I like the feel of a book in my hands. I used to drive a bookmobile, too. And I always read to my daughter and son.

'Now I'm reading the same books to my granddaughter. She loves 'Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle,' who smells like sugar cookies and doesn't like to go to bed at night; I think her house is upside down, also. I have four books in the 'Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle' series, which was written by Betty MacDonald, and Alexandra Boiger is the illustrator.”