Not enough sunlight? Because certain popular Nordic authors can be a bit depressing. After Stieg Larsson, followed by Amaldur Indridason for a chaser, life looked rather bleak. Fortunately the library was there for me, and one of our top professionals was available to see me. “Bill”, I said, “I feel depressed after too much Nordic fiction. I need a prescription for an invigorating read. The type where the good triumph and the bad are punished in a timely manner. ” The Reader’s Advisory Doctor looked thoughtful… I added hopefully, “An author like Turow, Sandford, Martin Cruz Smith? And it has to have some humor and/or romance to offset all the grisly murders. ” Our RAD looked grave, considered, and then left suddenly, coming back to present me with what turned out to be the perfect author for my condition: P. J. Tracy, (a mother-daughter team), who write the MonkeeWrench series of mysteries. Each book in the series seemed to get better, so I ended up reading them all. “Who’s on first” is often a problem for me, so I always use our Evergreen catalog’s feature, “Recommendations” link, which lists all the books in a series in order, and also has handy “readalikes”. Have to read those reviews too– BookBrowse is a nice source.
So don’t buy one of Seasonal Affective Disorder light sets just yet. Spring is supposedly here, and the reader’s advisory staff doctors are always “IN” at GRPL.