The writer is Myles Knapp – I swear I didn’t make that up, although I have every intention of stealing it for my Cool Character Names file. And one of the reasons I love this review is that Knapp gets what I wanted to do from the very beginning with Daria Gibron:
Write a typical, iconic “Action Figure” protagonist in the mystery/thriller/noir tradition, with one difference: Make him a her. Every rescue and leap-into-the-fray scene that a writer normally would give to his chisel-chinned hero, I get to give to my ever-so-slightly psychotic heroine.
How fun is that?
Knapp gets it.
“Adulting: How To Become A Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps,” is publishing this week from Oregon author Kelly Williams Brown.
Kelly comes out of newspapers, like I do, and formerly served at the Statesman Journal in Salem. She has a fast, trenchant wit and a keen eye for the foibles of the 20-something life.
You’d be insane not to pick up this book. Her blog also is hilarious.
My advice? Go. Buy. Hurry. Shoo.
Note: Kelly will be on “AM Northwest” from 9:10 and 9:40 a.m. today, Monday, May 6, on KATU
ReviewingTheEvidence.com fills a much-needed void by reviewing mystery and thriller novels. It was set up by Barbara Franchi in 2001 and now boasts thousands of reviews of mysteries and thrillers of all categories, thanks to dozens of reviewers from the United States, Canada, the U.K. and Australia.
My one quibble with this review? She says parts of the book are “a bit over the top.”
Ms. Van Herbruggen, if I may: a BIT over the top?
Yowza! What’s a fella gotta do…?