I received a call from the library the other day. Some of the books that I requested through ClevNET had arrived and so I went to pick them up. It's always a mystery (pun intended) which ones have arrived and which ones haven't. This time I requested several (I don't even recall how many actually) and of those that I picked up, I received a first and a last of a series, but different series by the same author.
Both are by author Les Roberts. The first is An Infinite Number of Monkeys, which is Roberts' first novel, a Saxon mystery; the last is King of the Holly Hop, the last of his Milan Jacovich mysteries (and, I believe, his last novel that has been published, too). I will admit that I am one of those readers who tends to read nearly every book by an author if I find I like the style/story telling of the author. For example, I know I have read all of Sue Grafton's ABC... mysteries although, originally, not in order (of course, now I do as each is published as I recently heard U is for... will be out in December 2009!) and all of David Baldacci's novels, and perhaps a few others, but I digress.
I started reading Les Roberts purely by accident. At the time I was using the local library's computer access to meet with and help senior citizens pick out Medicare Part D plans. As a volunteer in my community's senior program, I made appointments with those persons whose names I had been given and then met with them. Most arrived early and waited for me to finish with the previous person, but once in a while, a person with whom I had an appointment was late or just didn't show.
Because I had never formally met my appointees, I had to watch for them to arrive through either of two doors. I took a vantage point where I not only could see all comings and goings, but had books available to read. During this six months of appointments, there was a display of Les Roberts mysteries, and I naturally picked one up, determined the order, and started reading the first in the series (I had learned from my mistake of reading E is for Evidence, followed by B is for Burglar, followed by whichever I could lay my hands on next, etc....to read them in the order written). Every week I would get a few pages in, and by then, decided to borrow them. It was only after reading a few that I realized that there were a previous series, the Saxon mysteries. To read or not to read...that was the question.
Well, this summer I decided to finish all of those, too. But, out of order, of course. Now, ironically, I have Roberts' first and his last novels. I think it is going to be interesting to see how his writing has evolved over time. How his writing has become polished. I also have one of his others, The Chinese Fire Drill. I'm not sure exactly where it fits in because it doesn't appear to be either a Saxon or Milan Jacovich mystery.
Add to that that I received a book, The Godfather Returns by Mark Winegardner, for reading my required number of books for the summer book read. It's a new novel based on the characters of the Corleone family originally created by Mario Puzo. Combining that book to the others I have stacked on my reading table and I think I'll be busy for a good while. Right now, I have eight books on that stack and am actively reading two, have the three Roberts' novels due in two weeks (without fines), and three that I haven't even started.
Oh yeah, the phone just rang...it was the library! I have a book waiting for me.
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