The following is an Amazon review on the Meredith & Hodge series by Susan Haughton. When I receive this sort of feed back, it really does make me work even harder not to disappoint with future efforts. I previously believed that a good review may make one relax a little, as it indicated that you had managed to get it right. With me it has the opposite effect. Whilst I am of course delighted to receive such kind words, I’m now even more determined not to let readers down. Thanks Susan.
Review: As a personal choice, I usually prefer books that are relatively lengthy and meaty in content, as well as rich in character development. I like to say they are “densely written,” meaning there is a lot of great content and are not books you can race through in a sitting or two. Both Misplaced Loyalty and Ill Conceived delivered in spades on that score.
The character development for me was absolutely top notch; I have rich visuals (in my head, of course) of the characters and feel as if I know them intimately. I absolutely love both Patsy and Meredith; both are well defined characters with strong personalities and I am chomping at the bit to read the next instalment to see how things continue to develop with them. Many of the supporting characters are also appealing and have their own distinct personalities and quirks.
I feel as if I am right in the middle of the action with them.
In addition to the excellent character development, the plots in both books (Misplaced Loyalty and Ill Conceived) kept my interest – these are the kinds of books you eagerly anticipate picking up whenever you can steal a few minutes to read.
A fan of Martha Grimes, these books remind me of her Richard Jury series, which I thoroughly enjoy. From me, that’s high praise.
So kudos to this author who has brought Hodge and Meredith to my life and given me a series I can read for years. I eagerly anticipate the next instalment as well as all of those to surely follow.