I hadn’t been able to make it to the last two meetings of my mystery book group due to schedule conflicts so I was definitely looking forward to the discussion last week. We met to discuss Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King. Aside from discussing the story, which we all thought was engaging although not necessarily a mystery, we also talked about King’s writing style and books. I’ve read some of his earlier works, like Cujo, Pet Sematary, etc. but after I read The Tommyknockers I stopped reading King.
So my overall thoughts on Mr. Mercedes were that it had good pacing, a good set up and a couple of characters I quite liked. But, there were a couple of scenes that I just found disturbing. I guess I would recommend this if you are a Stephen King fan. If you like more cozy type mysteries you’ve been warned. Would I pick up another of his books. Sure, and while I hope it doesn’t take me 20 years to do so again, I don’t think I’ll be running out anytime soon for another one.
Next month we’ll be reading The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. I just ordered this one because I looked on my libraries website and there are 96 holds on that book. Yikes. I know this is the book of the moment and I’m afraid I’m already feeling a bit negative about it. Hopefully it won’t disappoint. Now the book I’m really looking forward to reading is Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death by James Runcie. That is our September choice.
So now to move on to a true mystery, I picked up The Ghost Fields by Elly Griffiths. I’m getting closer to the end and as usual Elly Griffiths does not disappoint. What about you, what mysteries are you reading?