Thoughts 41-50

Nurmi Husa polymath@pacifier.com Thu Oct 9 21:42:09 EDT 1997

Great work! I've just bought Devil, and it's next on my list to read.

It's a pleasure to read good historical fiction, I look forward to your next book!


Lisa Firke dfirke@choate.edu Sat Oct 18 22:15:03 EDT 1997

Kate's readers who are also, like me, aspiring novelists may find the company of like-minded folk at the Mystery Writers' Forum, at http://www.zott.com/MysForum/.

V. Williams hickok007@aol.com Tue Oct 21 16:04:27 EDT 1997

I have just finished reading The Devil in Music,even after I read these postings. I am truely in awe of Ms. Ross' writing style and character development. Now it is only the agony of awaiting another year for Julien Kestrel to solve another crime. Stay Creative. Vernie

sedgwick heskett sedgwickh1@aol.com Wed Oct 29 00:16:24 EST 1997

one of the worst problems a mystery addict faces is that her favorite authors a) are dead, or b) write much more slowly than she can read. i am thrilled that kate ross is both not dead and also young--and has already written four books. this seems to be a promise of more to come, glory be! i have just finished 'whom the gods love', and i loved it. i'm in the middle of creating an online virtual community, teaching, and reading for my doctorate--so kate ross's books will come in perfectly right now. thank you very much for them.

J.W. O'Neill joneill@isinet.com Wed Oct 29 13:31:32 EST 1997

I find your mysteries to be literate and enjoyable. Your plots have deepened over the course of the series, and I find the characters to be interesting individuals themselves. Please note that I buy very few mystery authors in hardcover for what would seem to be obvious reasons (ie. expense, time, and quality) but I own all four of yours in hardcover which puts you into a category (of my personal choice authors) with P.D. James and Dorothy Sayers. I look forward to more of the Kestrel series.

noreen nedtime@aol.com Wed Oct 29 18:49:56 EST 1997

I have been a mystery reader from the age of seven (Happy Hollisters, The Hardy Boys, et. al.). Now as a thirtysomething adult I can easily say that Julian Kestrel has managed to totally capture my heart. This character has all that is good in men without evil. I read all four of Kate Ross' books within a weeks time. I need more Julian. As a avid fan I impress upon you to please quit your trial lawyer job and write full-time. Then we could have Julian twice a year. Thank you for your wonderful work!

sedgwick sedgwickh1@aol.com Mon Nov 17 10:26:19 EST 1997

this is my second comment, and i'm writing it after having now read Cut to the Quick and A Broken Vessel.

i especially like the dialect--it must be a lot of work to get that to sound authentic. and the descriptions of the sexual mores (if they can be called that) are fascinating, although i found the scene with 8-year-old emily pretty chilling.

my question (and i doubt i'm by any means the first to ask it) is: will kestrel get together with sally again? i like her, and her brother dipper. she's got guts and a good heart and she's smart.

anyway, i'm looking forward to The Devil in Music, and meanwhile am casting around for something to fill the mystery void.

sigh. if only writers could write as fast as readers can read!

many thanks, sedgwick

suzanne tynemouth stynemouth@mbln1.mbln.lib.ma.us Mon Dec 8 12:09:33 EST 1997

Kate - I loved The Devil In Music. You get better with each book. You revealed more about Julian in this book than you ever have. He's great. He's a real gentlman and I can't wait for the next one.

Jack Dougan jaypeedee@msn.com Mon Dec 8 21:56:37 EST 1997

I've just finished "A Broken Vessel" and have both "Cut to the Quick" and "Whom the Gods Love" near the top of my "read before year's end" stack.

I thought "Vessel" generally a good job. A couple of things surprised me, and I always enjoy a novel more when I find it departs from formulae. One surprise: Julian making the decision (or, perhaps more accurately, having it made for him)that his relationship Sally would become a sexually intimate one, even for just one night. Not that Julian comes across as a tight-a** -- he doesn't -- but, practically speaking, he had to be aware of some of the more obvious issues involved, not the least of which was a dose of something nasty, and nevertheless went ahead. Good Doctor MacGregor, no doubt having among his patients unfortunates undergoing mercury therapy would have been very worried indeed, I'm sure, if he had known things were to go beyond mild flirtation. On the other hand, the fling gave the kind of twist to the plot I like to see (even if I thought to myself as the deed was obviously about to be done, "Good God, you don't suppose he's going to, do you?")

Other characters were very "round," with respect to E.M. Forster's typology. Period touches lent believability and were not overdone. Maybe a biiiit too much street argot, but it all served to make the setting more vivid.

Just one minor cavil: disbelief was hard to suspend the longer Rawdon went on about it all upstairs at the Cockerel as he held a knife to poor Megan's throat. Given the development of his character up to that point, don't you think he would have been much more likely to just slash and run? Maybe with Fiske in tow? I can see how it all served as a plot device, but the Rawdons of the world aren't given to explaining themselves and their deeds in anything like that detail, at least not outside the back room of a police station.

So, are we going to see Sally again someday? Will her next incarnation be as a Bible-thumping Methodist social reformer? Or perhaps the madam of a up-market brothel -- the kind Julian's more careless friends look in on after a night of cards at White's?

I'll stay tuned.

Best wishes with all work in the future.


Richard Dutton pigrilo@worldnet.att.net Sun Jan 11 23:25:04 EST 1998

Sorry to here that you have been ill. I hope you feel better soon and are able to continue your writing.