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A Wink March 7, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Books & Movies, Magick & Mystery.

I seldom recommend novels to neighbors and friends.

Even if I’ve read something worthy of a recommendation, tastes in reading material tend to be somewhat personal.

That said, I saw 3 tennis players at the clubhouse last week.  Ellie F. was in the middle.

“Ellie, do you enjoy reading murder mysteries?”

“Not really.”

“I’m reading one about a murder at the U.S. Open.  It’s not too gruesome.”

Ellie perked up at the description. “What’s the title?”

“Drop Shot by Harlan Coben.”

“That’s amazing.  My brother used to play tennis professionally.  He’s mentioned in that book.  I’ve been meaning to read it.”

“What’s his name?”

“Tim Mayotte.”

I agreed to toss the book her way on completion.

I finished the book yesterday.  Tim is mentioned on page 26.

Aah . . . that’s synchronicity!



1. rivergirl1211 - March 7, 2019

Love Coben! I’ve read all of his, though I’m not as fond of the Myron Bolitar series as his stand alones. Waiting for his newest right now, releases March 19th!

nrhatch - March 7, 2019

Drop Shot spotlights Myron Bolitar . . . center court.

2. joyroses13 - March 7, 2019

If I read a mystery I have to read it quickly for I get too curious and get tempted to jump to the end, but I don’t, I just don’t put the book down! And it better not leave me hanging at the end for a part 2!

nrhatch - March 7, 2019

I’m more patient these days . . . allowing the plot to unfold one page at a time. That said, if I’m not enjoying the writing, I flip to the back, tie up the loose herrings, and toss it on the donate pile.

joyroses13 - March 7, 2019

Ha Ha 🙂 But good for you in being more patient.

3. Jill Weatherholt - March 7, 2019

Years ago, a friend recommended one of Corben’s books. I’ve read several and they are always page turners.

nrhatch - March 7, 2019

I’ve been reading a string of “bad books” that didn’t capture my imagination or enthusiasm. I might get through them, but it feels more like a slog than a pleasant romp.

Drop Shot didn’t get bogged down on details I don’t care about (like the color of the curtains), but the “implied violence” was a bit much for me. Good ending.

But the best part about reading it was the chance meeting with Ellie and the chance mention of the book (something I almost never do) ~> wink! 😯

4. Joanne Sisco - March 7, 2019

I’m terrible at reading mysteries. I confess it is my usual practice to read the ending at some point and then go back to read the middle.

joyroses13 - March 7, 2019

You sound like me! I don’t look ahead but I gotta keep reading to know what happens! Curiosity can drive me crazy at times.

Joanne Sisco - March 7, 2019

I can appreciate that. I’m trying to watch an Agatha Christie movie on Netflix and it’s making me crazy because I can’t really leap ahead like I do with a book 😏

joyroses13 - March 7, 2019

LOL! I feel for you!

nrhatch - March 7, 2019

At least Agatha Christie’s ending are worth waiting for. 😀

Kate Crimmins - March 7, 2019

OMG! I love you! I have often read the last few pages to take the suspense out of reading it so I could just enjoy the writing!

nrhatch - March 7, 2019

If I could flip through the pages of my life to see the ending, I would do it in a minute! But with most “page turners,” I’m content to allow the plot to unfold one page at a time.

Joanne Sisco - March 7, 2019

That’s me exactly! How can I possibly enjoy the story when I’m in too much of a hurry to figure out who-did-it?! That’s why I prefer detective shows where you know who the guilty person is from the beginning and the story is about how they were caught.

Kate Crimmins - March 7, 2019

Me too!

5. Tippy Gnu - March 7, 2019

I’ve never read that novel, but I once read a tennis romance entitled, “Courting Love” by Lotta Kissing. I was 30 or 40 at the time.

nrhatch - March 7, 2019

Game. Set. Match. 🙄

6. Ally Bean - March 7, 2019

That’s cool. I don’t know that I’ve ever met anyone who was mentioned in, or knew someone who was mentioned in, a book. You do run with a highfalutin crowd!

nrhatch - March 7, 2019

Absolutely! I knew that Ellie loved playing tennis and watching the U.S.Open every year. I didn’t know that 2 or 3 of her brothers had played professionally. When I googled Tim Mayotte, I saw that he’s played matches with Boris Becker, John McEnroe, and Jimmy Connors.

BTW: One of my college roommates is a billionaire with a private jet. She used to be married to the US Ambassador to the Netherlands. She has homes in Hollywood and Aspen. I have been invited to neither. 🙄

Ally Bean - March 7, 2019

Amazing, both paragraphs. You never know, do you?

nrhatch - March 7, 2019

Life takes some interesting twists, turns, and lobs!

7. anotherday2paradise - March 7, 2019

I love a good mystery. Your friend will definitely enjoy reading this, that is unless her brother is either the murderer or the victim. 🤣

nrhatch - March 7, 2019

Tim’s safe ~ he’s a bit player in this plot. 😀

8. Debra - March 7, 2019

That was a very fun and unique connection! I love a good mystery, but as familiar as Harlan Coben is by reputation, I don’t think I’ve read his books. I always enjoy a book recommendation. 🙂

nrhatch - March 7, 2019

Drop Shot was OK . . . but I won’t be hunting down anymore Harlan Coben books. The main character, Myron Bolitar, is a bit unbelievable:

Pro Athlete
CIA operative
Harvard Law Grad
Agent for athletes
Martial Arts Expert

9. Behind the Story - March 8, 2019

That’s quite a coincidence, especially since you don’t usually expect real people to appear in a fictional story. It must have been fun for Ellie.

nrhatch - March 8, 2019

Recommending a murder mystery to a casual acquaintance is not the norm for me. When Ellie told me her brother was mentioned in the book, I thought, “Aah . . . there’s the why!”

What would have been cooler still is if she did NOT know her brother was mentioned until she arrived at p. 26. 😯

10. Jacqui Murray - March 8, 2019

Well that’s what that word means. Love it when a nonplan works.

nrhatch - March 8, 2019

Thanks, Jacqui . . . I love getting the sense that some of life is orchestrated from behind the veil. 😀

11. L. Marie - March 8, 2019

I’m in the mood for a mystery! Thanks for the recommendation!

nrhatch - March 9, 2019

See Comment #1, LM ~> Harlan Coben’s “stand alone” books might make better reads than the Myron Bolitar series . . . and there’s a new one coming out soon.

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