"" Writer's Wanderings: Help! I'm Caught In The Middle Of A Book Series!

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Help! I'm Caught In The Middle Of A Book Series!

It's my own fault. I admit it. I enjoyed an Anne Perry historical novel so much about a young barrister in London that I decided to start at the beginning of the series that preceded him. Perry wrote a whole series based on the young man's parents. Little did I know when I started the first book and got involved with the characters and the setting and of course the mystery that it was going to be a long trail to follow.

The Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series I discovered midway through the fourth book is 36 books! I am currently on number 13--not even half way, and I can't stop. I have fallen in love with the era and the characters. Charlotte is a bit of a rebel in a very structured and prim London society. She married beneath her when she fell in love with Thomas. Thomas is an inspector with the police department and Charlotte (and her sister who married above her station) often get into his cases and help him with the solutions.

I've become so involved in the stories that I can't help but smile when some things happen to the characters and then say, "Oh no, Charlotte, you wouldn't" when she gets herself into situations. The murder mysteries are always quite different. I can't imagine how Perry comes up with so many different scenarios and plots. Book #12 had me going and ended with quite a surprise.

Looking for some reading indulgence? With real travel curtailed, we can at least travel back in time and to another place. I'd recommend Perry's series for the stories and the characters. On occasion, I find a few writing faults but it doesn't take away from the adventure

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