Rainer Maria Rilke

"Live a while in these books, learn from them what seems to you worth learning, but above all love them. This love will be repaid you a thousand and a thousand times, and however your life may turn,-it will, I am certain of it, run through the fabric of your growth as one of the most important threads among all the threads of your experiences, disappointments, and joys."--Rainer Maia Rilke

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Monday, July 2, 2012

Don't Judge the Whole Series by This First Attempt

Artscape:  Ike Schwartz Mysteries by Frederick Ramsay

Ike Schwartz has retreated to his hometown in sleepy Virginia to 'semi-retire' from the FBI and serve as the local sheriff.  Normally, nothing exciting happens around town but when a multi-million dollar art heist occurs at the local college with 2 kidnapping victims and a murder, Ike knows he has to dust off his skills and put his private pain behind him.

Local college president Ruth has no intentions of turning over the case to bungling local law enforcement.  Soon, sparks are flying between the two as they race to solve the case before the FBI takes over and before the college loses a lot of needed funding.

This book is first in a series about Ike and Ruth.  I decided to read this because I had actually read a later book in the series and loved it and wanted to start at the beginning.  Honestly, I was a little disappointed.  The later books in the series are much more well-written and engaging and this one seems like an early first draft.  With that being said, I did actually like the book.  It is a light-hearted mystery that a lot of cozy fans will enjoy.  The background romantic tension and history of Ike is interesting.  The book is told from a variety of viewpoints, which threw me a little, but helps keep the action plugging along.

Don't judge the whole series by this first attempt-keep reading.  They get much better!

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