If there was one gain during our recent holiday for me personally, it was the discovery of Ian Rankin. I don’t mean that I found him hiding under the mobile home or anything, but I did for the very first time, read one of his Rebus novels, all instigated because of the terrible TV picture in the mobile home coupled with the lousy weather we endured all week. It just so happened that in the holiday parks shop, they had one of those paperback carousels which I duly inspected during one of our frequent visits for food stocks, and there in amongst the other paperbacks I came across Ian Rankin’s ‘Hide and Seek.’
Quite why its taken me so long to discover him as an author I have no idea, but, like most of us, I’m not in the habit of going into Waterstone’s or W.H.Smiths and spending hour upon hour scrutinizing every crime author currently available just to see who ‘grabs’ my attention. After a quick peruse of the synopsis of the story from the back jacket, I bought it and read it that day. It was so good I simply couldn’t put it down, and therein lies one of my biggest problems as a reader. If I like a book, if it grabs me, I simply can’t put it down and usually read it all the way through in one go.
It was the only Ian Rankin book available from the camp shop, so then I was left gagging for more! As soon as we were near a W.H.Smiths I was buying more books from the Rebus series, and have been enjoying them ever since. Discovering this crime series couldn’t have happened at a better time for me, because if the chemotherapy leaves me feeling tired and unwell, I can prop myself up in bed whilst I am transported to the darker side of Edinburgh and another gruesome murder for Rebus to solve.
It’s also made me realise that there are probably tons and tons of crime writers out there that I haven’t discovered yet, so maybe one of these days I ought to spend a day or two sifting through the shelves of W.H.Smiths so that I can discover them all! Right, I’m off now to read the next book in the series, see you all later ………