I know I just told you all about how I find some of the authors I decide to follow. If I read a mystery anthology, and there is someone who I like, I simply add him/her to my list of authors to read. Nothing complicated about that.
I also know that I just told you about two Christmas mystery anthologies that I was going to read. Well… I’m pretty sure of which author I will not be adding to my list of authors to read in the future!
I just started the second anthology last night. Sometimes, when I have a book of short stories, I read the authors out of order. I sort of pick and choose which author to read based on whether or not I’m familiar with the authors, if the titles catch my interest, etc. There’s nothing complicated about that, either. In this case, I decided to read the books in their correct order.
Last night, as I started the second anthology, I was a little “put off” by the reference of a special type of “inflatable” doll – on the second page of the first author’s novella. Hmmm…. Don’t get me wrong >>> I AM an adult! But, I do wonder why an author has to throw this type of “hook and bait” adult situation into his/her story so early. Is it to let me know that: “Wink, wink, we are all adults here.” I know I sound like a prude to a lot of people. I am using my “Would Ricky and Lucy do that ?” type of measurement, only substituting Agatha Christie and Ngaio Marsh for the “Ricardos.” Would you be more apt to finish an Agatha Christie mystery if she had spiced it up at the very beginning of her book, or thrown in a few expletives?
I continued to read the Christmas mystery novella, and actually finished it… just barely… And, “bare”ly is a good word to use in this particular situation… This novella features a young woman who gets up her nerve to ask a young man in her apartment complex out on a first date… I’m not going to write any spoilers here, but I will tell you one thing… Their “first date” is… I’ll leave it at “explicitly graphic”… That’s when I realized the reason for the “Wink, wink, we are all adults here.” on the second page of the novella — a warning of sorts.
Good grief!!! Wouldn’t you expect a publisher to lump the same type of authors together in an anthology? If I wasn’t familiar with two of the other authors in the anthology, I would have simply tossed the book, and not bothered to read the other novellas. I sure hope the editor didn’t make “my two authors” spice things up!