Wonderland: Robert B Parker

Pitch perfect — characters, setting, story and language — resonating like a tuning fork pitched to exactly the right notes.

I’m hoping to come across more of “Z” in my Parker readings

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Silent Night: A Spenser Holiday Novel/Robert B Parker

Sharp, short crisp dialogue without a lot of parsley added on just to fill the plate.

An earlier version of Elvis Cole detective series, complete with a tough lead character whose heart is in the right place and whose self-avowed comedic prowess is slightly misplaced; a sketchy silent partner who provides muscle when called upon; and a capable, ever-suffering, attractive female companion; all working to help those in need.

I still like Elvis better, but having Boston instead of the more common settings is appealing.