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Reader sticks to list of authors she wants to read

Saturday, May 11, 2013 - 12:01 am

Editor's note: This week's Page Turner reader interview is with Bessie Makris, a librarian in Readers' Services at the downtown Allen County Public Library.

“I make lists of authors I want to read and choose from them. I'm fanatic about my lists. Right now, I'm reading Tim Dorsey's latest book, with his character Serge Storms. His stories are set in Florida, and his writing reminds me of Carl Hiassen's style. It's fun.

“Serge is a psychopath and hyperactive, and he has a friend named Colman joining him on his capers. Some titles of Dorsey's books are 'Nuclear Jellyfish' and 'Orange Crush.' He writes screenplays with convoluted plots. The studio is corrupt, and the leading lady is kidnapped. The first of his books I read is 'Florida Roadkill,' which was really funny.

“I am alternating Dorsey's books with the Jack Reacher novels. I heard that Tom Cruise was going to be Jack Reader in a film and wondered how that would work out; Reader is 6-feet, 5-inches tall! Anyway, the author of this series is Lee Child.

“'Killing Floor' is about a West Point grad who became a major in the military police, but he left under a cloud. He started to travel via bus. When he was eating breakfast, he saw a policeman he knew was coming for him, even though he had just gotten off the bus, and he knew he'd be arrested. The story is very violent — and good reading.

“A third author I like is Jacqueline Winspear. She has a female detective named Maisie Dobbs. The stories are set after World War I. Maisie is the daughter of a housekeeper in an aristocratic household. The employer likes Maisie and sees that she has a good education; she goes to Oxford, one of the first women to be admitted there, and becomes a nurse.

“A mentor she had along the way had a detective agency, and Maisie set up her own in London after working with him. One of the books with Maisie is 'Birds of a Feather.' You know that during World War I, a man who didn't serve was often given a white feather — a sign of cowardice.

“In the book, a feather appears at the scene of a crime, and, because she had been on the Western Front, she (Maisie) knew about the feather and its meaning, and she knew how to deal with shell-shocked soldiers. There are 10 books in the series, and they go through the 1930s.

“I enjoyed Lisa Lutz's Spellman series about a detective in San Francisco; it's also funny. Then there's book character Stella Hardesty, a battered woman who snapped and killed her husband; she got off. It's a series that includes 'A Bad Day for Sorry, 'A Bad Day for Pretty,' and other bad days. They're by Sophie Littlefield. I have no favorites that I read over and over again. In fact, I don't think I've ever re-read a book.”