Ahhh… I spent the weekend reading. Not only did I devour That Old Flame… but I also polished off several books in the Annie’s Attic series. Basically Blogless Susan had warned me they were a little weak in the middle of the series, and they are, but they’re still pleasant reading. It still fascinates me that the Attic series is written by different authors. Sometimes, the tone feels different, but the characters never do.
That Old Flame… is something else. If you prefer serious, “real” literature, skip it. But if you like ghosts, cliched plots and stereotypical characters in a hard-to-put-down book, it’s a happy must-read. I loved it, but then I happen to believe our own firehouse is haunted by its first chief – my father – too.
Susan asked if it was true to the technical side of the fire service. Mostly, it was. There were a few mistakes, but not so much so that I couldn’t enjoy the book. The author did capture the camaraderie and trust that are key elements in the fire service, and even dabbled in the “what if” when one (or more) member of the team isn’t fully trusted.
I don’t want to give spoilers, because I think several of you might enjoy this book, but another thing I *REALLY* liked is that the book ends with another mystery, and leaves several unanswered questions. I like a series that builds anticipation and keeps me coming back for more, especially when it doesn’t take itself too seriously.
Did you get engrossed in anything this weekend?