Every month, I walk down to the Covington Branch of the Kenton County Public Library to return books from last month’s trip and to get three more books to read. Don’t ask me why, but it’s always three.
For the past couple months, one of those three books has been one written by Patricia Cornwell. Most of you probably know she’s a crime novelist and a damn fine one.
Back in the early 90’s I read all those books about her main character, medical examiner Kay Scarpetta and loved every one of them. As a writer, Cornwell knows how to keep your interest.
But several years ago—maybe ten years ago—I decided I needed to read more literary books, so I more or less stopped reading Cornwell. I believe I really did need to read more of a variety of books, but it was kind of silly to think I needed to stop reading crime novels altogether. I’m glad I’ve finally wised up.
Getting back to Patricia Cornwell has been very enjoyable. I’m currently reading “Book of the Dead.” There’s Kay Scarpetta, her niece Lucy and my favorite character, grumpy cop Pete Marino. I’m picking up where I left off and having a lot of fun doing so.
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