Stuart Pawson’s main character Inspector Charlie Priest is one of my favourite detectives. He’s an art graduate who loves hill walking and one-liners and solving crimes. Pawson writing makes me feel like I’m in Yorkshire. Or back in Yorkshire…we visited in 2005 and loved it there. Pawson captures perfectly, I think, the feel of the Yorkshire countryside and the taciturn humour of the people.
|Me and a “friend” in Yorkshire July, 2005.|
John Harvey’s novels are set in Nottingham and feature his Polish detective Charlie Resnick. Like the other writers I’ve talked about here, Harvey creates complex characters that we care about. There is a new Resnick novel out this year that I have yet to read. Darkness, Darkness is, according to Harvey, his last detective novel. At 75 he thinks he will stop writing and do other things. I’m sad to see the end of the series but…. I can’t really blame him.
As I was searching for info on John Harvey today I read that the BBC made some of Harvey’s books into TV movies starring Tom Wilkinson as Resnick… way back in the 90’s! How did I not know about this?
Ah well… with no more Resnick books in the offing, Hubby and I can now look forward to watching the BBC series. The combination of Harvey’s writing and the acting of Tom Wilkinson is sure to be great.
It seems odd to be talking (and reading) about murder on such a lovely day. After waiting so long for spring … and whining so much about it on this blog…you’d think that I’d be out there…soaking up the heat and the sunshine.
But I’m stuck in the house with my nose in a book. Just like when I was a kid. Yep…. it was ever thus. Right Mum?
Maybe in the fall I’ll get back to reading more “literary” fiction. But for now…. I’m addicted to murder. And all the great writers out there who produce quality mystery novels.
What are you reading ?
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