Tonight I should be able to finish a book I started this
weekend, The Piano Teacher by Lynn York. I have no idea where I
heard about it. I had it written down in my "book" I carry to
the library and book stores to check for titles. It is sort of a mystery
but more of a story about life in a small southern town. I hardly ever
read southern fiction because I normally do not enjoy the plots,
characters, etc. However, I am finding myself reading more southern
fiction in the mystery genre. These authors tend to do a better job of
making the setting southern but not over whelming the book with it.
Miss Wilma is the small town piano teacher. Widowed for 15 years after
her husband commits suicide, she comes home one day to find her estranged
daughter, Sarah, and granddaughter sitting on her front porch. After he
daughter ran off to New York with her soon to be husband who she
"had" to marry they then relocated to Santa Fe, NM. Not long on
Sarah heels is her husband, Harper. Wilma now has a house full of people
including a "friend" of Sarah's, Jonah whom Harper gave a ride
out from Santa Fe but had dropped him off just outside of town.
The setting is a fictional town about half an hour or so away from
Winston. York features various towns and landmarks in the book including
Pilot Mountain, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Wake Forest U., and R.J. Reynolds.
Just after the arrival of Harper and Jonah, a local sheriff is shot down
in cold blood just outside the town by his own gun. Jonah is picked up for
the murder after being caught camping near where the body was found. After
releasing him from jail without cause, he goes in search of Sarah at her
mother's house. I don't like to give much of the story away but as the
investigation into the murder unfolds Wilma learns some damaging evidence
against a long time town rival. If you like small town, southern fiction,
you will like this book. As the saying goes about movies, this book is definitely
a "chick flick".
And, speaking of talking about books. Last week I had e-mail from an
author whose book I had discussed earlier in the week. He "googled"
himself right to my journal page. We exchanged a couple of e-mails. I
mentioned to him one of the reason I do my journal page is to share the
books I read with others and to get suggestions from my readers about
books. The other reason is to give some publicity to what is known as
"mid-list authors". While Bob and I both read a few authors who
are knows as best selling or big name authors, the majority of the
mysteries we read are from mid-list authors. They get very little of the
publicity pie and deserve much more. Very often their books are better
then the mega authors getting all the publicity and advance pay checks
because of their name.
Being married to an author, I know how much blood, sweat, and tears
goes into the writing of any book that makes it to the store shelves. I am
sure, like Bob, these authors don't get paid nearly per hour what they put
out in effort but do it for the love of writing. The least I can do is
discuss their book and hope others discover some of the authors I have
come to enjoy.
Guess I better wrap this up. I have been to the gym for double step
class. It was not too long ago I could not even do single step but am very
proud of the fact I have finally caught on to the various patterns and can
now do the double step class.
Have a great week.