Hey everyone! Sorry for being quiet this week. Ugh, it's all been work, work, work. I hate calling patients with a passion, sigh. Anyway, after I did the monthly reads post, I wanted to write one about the Rizzoli & Isles series :)
One of the biggest discoveries I made thanks to RWA this year was the Rizzoli & Isles series by Tess Gerritsen. I've heard a lot of good about Ms Gerritsen's books, but have never really give her books a try. I enjoy mystery, but it's not a genre I read very much. I tend to read romantic suspense instead, just because, well, it has more romance in it LOL.
Anyway :) Ms Gerritsen was one of the speakers at the Opening session. During the session, she spoke a lot about the storylines and the characters and it got me curious :) Then I realized she was the author that Wendy bought in hardcover LOL. Hey, that's a big endorsement right there. So when I came home, I hunted down the first season of Rizzoli & Isles. There's a few reasons why I went with the TV series first instead of the books... First, it was easier to find 10 TV episodes than 6 books and also, faster to go through LOL. And while TV adaptations are never 100% accurate, I thought it'd gave me a feel about the characters and whether or not I'd want to try out the books.
In the end, both the books and the TV series are worth a shot :) The TV series is fun and enjoyable. The highlights are definitively the characters and the chemistry between Jane and Maura. The case-solving aspect is so-so... but some episodes definitively stands out such as the pilot episode and finale of the first season. As for the books? It is true that the characters and relationships are not stagnant. However, the real reason I would read these books would be for the plot and mystery. Ms Gerritsen is a great author - the writing is solid, the characters are developed and what they go through feel real, but it's her storylines that take the prize :) Her books are simply filled with twists and turns making them very gritty and thrilling. So far, my favorite books are Vanish and Body Double with The Keepsafe coming very close behind :) If you enjoy mystery books, you'll definitively want to give this a try :)