Monday, October 11, 2010

10 in '10-Reading New Mexico

The Clovis Incident by Pari Noskin Taichert

In conjunction with the Cherry Hils Library Mystery Book Group (1st Tuesday of the month, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. ...all are welcome to attend!), we recently read The Clovis Incident. This book is the first in a series Ms. Taichert has written & we were lucky enough to have the author in person at the book discussion group!

The book was an Agatha Award finalist for Best First Novel & Tony Hillerman said The Clovis Incident had a "Great plot idea, well developed (and interesting) characters, lots of action, & best of all, Pari Noskin Taichert is a skilled & witty writer." We found it fun to read about places we recognized & had visited-in other novels amateur detective Sasha Solomon, a PR consultant, goes to Belen & Socorro. The Clovis Incident was full of references to Roswell & UFOs, which is always an entertaining topic. If you like quirky characters & humor, this cozy mystery may be right up your alley!

Pari Noskin Taichert is currently "working on the 4th Sasha book and...starting a new series featuring Darnda Jones, a singularly misanthropic and quirky psychic". Her advice to aspiring writers is: "Read. Write. Learn to edit yourself well. Learn to accept constructive criticism. Don’t be afraid to revise and rewrite. Let your work breathe and ripen before you send it out. Never, ever, give up."

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