Confession: I never used to like starting a new book series. I can't exactly explain why. Maybe I associated "series" with a certain kind of book, a book that I had tried to read as a child but couldn't finish. Or maybe I just didn't know what I was missing. I mean, I did devour The Babysitter's Club and Sweet Valley High books. As a reader of adult fiction, though, I didn't know there were so many options. Why didn't anyone tell me? Note: I do enjoy reading YA fiction, as well, but I'll save that list for another time.
Since the first book in a series is so crucial in terms of setting up the protagonist and her/his world, first books are inherently interesting (from my perspective as a writer and a reader). Even though I'm late to the party, here's a list of my three new favorite first books in a series.
Per the author's website, "Few details are known about Bonnie's life prior to meeting her infamous partner. In Becoming Bonnie, Jenni L. Walsh shows a young woman promised the American dream and given the Great Depression, and offers a compelling account of why she fell so hard for a convicted felon—and turned to crime herself."
I binged Becoming Bonnie in two nights and loved every minute of it. Historical fiction at its finest.
Also check out Side by Side, the second book in this series (I am anxiously awaiting its pub date).
Roxane Weary is the bad-ass detective I've been waiting for my whole life. I'm cool with sounding dramatic in this case. This book is worth all the praise I can give it. As the Amazon book description says, "The Last Place You Look is a head-on collision between an allegedly closed case and a tenacious, troubled private investigator who doesn't know when to quit." I couldn't agree more.
And the writing--precise and polished and so, so perfect.
What You Want to See, the second Roxane Weary mystery, is sitting on my shelf right now. I can't wait to dig in.
IQ is a modern day, "street-smart Sherlock," according to the New York Times.
This description from Joe Ide's website sums up IQ perfectly: "No one expects a kid from East Long Beach to have what Isaiah's packing--a blistering intellect, an incredible sense of perception, and some serious skills behind the wheel.It all adds up to one major advantage: When you come from nothing, nobody sees you coming."
I was not surprised at all at IQ's Edgar nomination. And you know I already bought the second book, Righteous. I will read anything Joe Ide writes.