I never grew tired of Morse, for instance. Dexter seemed able to give him interesting cases and forged a character that had dimension to him. But other series characters have grown tired for me. Not to mention names here but 26 books about the same sleuth may be too many. I think the important thing is to have a character change over time, to have the world change with them. Also to give them enough traits to make them human. Too many books rely on having them drink too much, be divorced, be grumpy, like jazz. Oops, I have described Morse, haven't it. But he liked opera. Whew!
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Coming February 2018
HUNGER, Roxane Gay THE MARSH KING'S DAUGHTER, Karen Dionne LOVING DAY, Mat Johnson THE SECRETS SHE KEEPS, Michael Robotham HILLBILLY ELEGY, J.D. Vance SUNBURN, Laura Lippman THE SISTERS CHASE, Sarah Healy IN A LONELY PLACE, Dorothy L Hughes UNDER THE HARROW, Flynn Berry MORNINGSTAR, Ann Hood THE RED NOTEBOOK, Antoine Laurain A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW, Amor Towles LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE, Celeste Ng LILLIAN BOXFISH TAKES A WALK, Kathleen Mooney THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY, Louise Penney
Patricia Abbott is the author of more than 125 stories that have appeared online, in print journals and in various anthologies. She is the author of two print novels CONCRETE ANGEL (2015) and SHOT IN DETROIT (2016)(Polis Books). CONCRETE ANGEL was nominated for an Anthony and Macavity Award in 2016. SHOT IN DETROIT was nominated for an Edgar Award and an Anthony Award in 2017. A collection of her stories I BRING SORROW AND OTHER STORIES OF TRANSGRESSION will appear in 2018.