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She enjoys suspense of mystery, murder tales

Saturday, June 22, 2013 - 12:01 am

Editor's note: This week's Page Turner reader interview is with Susan Alderman, the marketing specialist/special projects manager at IPFW.

“I am finally reading 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,' a book that has gotten a lot of critical acclaim. The author is Stieg Larsson. I am reading it on my Nook and have the collection of all three of the 'Girl' books. I hadn't read them or seen the movies, and now I'm about 150 pages into the first one.

“The first few pages set the scene: An old man celebrating his birthday, on which every year he has received a flower that is framed but there is no address. We don't know who the flowers are from. Next is a journalist, who is being sued, and he thinks he is being framed. Then we meet the girl, an investigator, and she is starting to investigate. I like it already and know it will hold my attention.

“I love suspense mysteries, murders, but not 'creepy crawlies.' Dean Koontz has written some books that are good, especially the 'Odd Thomas' series. There are ghosts, and it's super mystical with a mystery to be solved. Other of his books can be about something paranormal or a bit off, and I like that sometimes — in fact, I like almost everything that is well written. Now I'm waiting for a good one this summer.

“I've never read Stephen King, and I don't like the movies based on his books. 'Cujo,' 'Christine' — I think they could happen, maybe. I did see Jack Nicholson in 'The Shining.' I like Clive Cussler, and I've liked the movies based on his books, as well. They take you all around the world. They're a little weird, a little fantastical — and, yes, they could happen.

“I read Nora Roberts' books, and I like Nancy Martin, especially her 'Blackbird Sisters' series. I can read one of her books in an evening. I really liked 'How to Murder a Millionaire.'And I love Janet Evanovich and (book character) Stephanie Plumb. What a set of characters! I've read all of her books.

“I like David Baldacci, whose books are fast-paced. They may be 2 1/2 to 3 inches thick, but you get into them and don't realize how all those hours have gone by. They are not light — something has gone wrong or there's a rogue group — but there's always the triumph of good over evil.

“I've read Tom Clancy's books for years and think Harrison Ford does a good job as Jack Ryan.And now I'm reading a series by Joanna Fluke. It's about a young woman who runs a bakery in Minnesota. She has a nose for murder. I have found and tried some of the recipes in her books.

“If it's well-written, I'll enjoy it.”