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November 11, 2014


Jack Getze

I think almost all reviews offer the writer information, and I try to dismiss anyone's comments. Some are much better than others, of course. Nice to know you editor types read them, too.

My one quibble should be predictable: There are "stellar writers" and there are writers who, along with Elmore Leonard, believe if the writing sounds like writing, it needs to be rewritten.

I enjoy your thoughts.


Apparently, Kate Atkinson started as a literary (general fiction, non-genre) writer - she won the Whitbread prize in 1995 for Behind the Scenes at the Museum. Her first three novels appear to be general fiction - the Jackson Brodie mysteries not appearing until 2005.

I'd be curious what indicators you saw in her writing that suggested training in writing mysteries.

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