“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again,
there is no use in reading it at all.”
― Oscar Wilde
A winter weekend with nothing planned. The family was all away and my son and his family had the dreaded lurgy, so what to do but settle down and read.
I decided to reread some of David Bishop’s books, in particular, the Linda Darby series. I was introduced to this author last year when recuperating after my Adventure, and since then have read several of his books. Isn’t it great how when you reread a book even one year later, you decide you like it even more than the first time round?
I won’t review these three books here but will do so on my other site in the next few days. But as a taster –
In the first book The Woman, we meet Linda Darby, a 30 something single woman. She has been married to and divorced from a scoundrel about whom we know very little. She subsequently meets and marries her second husband who, unfortunately, is killed while on a secret operation somewhere.
In an attempt to get over this loss, she settles in a small seaside town on the Oregan coast and here her adventures begin. She is a day trader and this allows her to work from anywhere. She keeps to herself and her only real friend in this town is an elderly widowed woman who runs a consulting business, which we later find out, has no visitors, is not listed in the phone book and sends and receives missives only by courier.
Linda’s quiet uneventful life is disrupted when one night out walking she is attacked by two men but is saved by the intervention of a third man. This third man disappears and the next day the newspaper reports the murders of the two men. And then the day after that she learns that her close friend has been tortured and killed, leaving a letter for Linda that will change her life and her whole being, making her think and act in a completely different way.
And through it all, she is helped, rescued and protected by the mystery man, Ryan Testler.
This is a fast moving and intriguing book, that makes one (or at least me) want to read more of this woman and her adventures.
The next book in the series is Hometown Secrets and it is followed by The First Lady’s Second Man.
I hope I have encouraged you to read some of Bishop’s stories. There are two other series I have read – The Matt Kile Mysteries and Jack McCall Mysteries. But I shall leave them to reread on another weekend with nothing planned and nobody home.
PS, Of course, all of these books are available from Amazon. They are one-sitting reads and so good for a lazy weekend.
And I found this on Pinterest. Thought Baldacci was spot on.
PPS We’ll get back to The Murderer and The Detective just as soon as I have worked out where to from there.