Niche Series Abound

I read a lot of reviews and book announcements and I can’t keep track of all the new series that seem be aimed at very specific audiences. There have always been the Southern Cozy mysteries, or the Scandinavian police procedurals. Lawrence Block has a gentleman burglar mystery series.  And for awhile  you have been able to  find quilting mysteries, knitting mysteries, antique store mysteries,  cooking mysteries and even shopping mysteries.

The newest books seem to be created by a sort of “Mad Lib” approach to plots. Sandra Hill has written a romance called Kiss of Pride about a Viking Vampire Angel. Diane Kelly has written a series about an IRS agent with bad hair (the one in the system is Death, Taxes and a Skinny No-whip Latte.)

What combination of subgenres would you like to read? Or what can you imagine? You could combine time periods, places and professions as well as idiosyncracies.

Meanwhile try some of these good niche series:

Victoria  Thompson‘s Gaslight era midwife in New York City

Ariana Franklin‘s female coroner in Henry II’s England

Margaret Maron‘s North Carolina female judge

Arthur Upfield‘s half-cast Australian aboriginal detective

Great Expectations and Mister Pip

We didn’t really get a chance to talk about the movie/book combo after the movie on Tuesday, but we could continue the dialogue online.

I did look up Great Expectations in a book I have that summarizes the classics chapter or section at a time. Estella becomes a widow after 11 years and then is impoverished except for the old house. Pip had saved Miss Haversham in the fire, though she does die afterward.

I wonder how “Mister Pip” retold the book to his class. And what parts did they remember? I remembered the spontaneous combustion, the wedding cake, Joe, and the “Aged Parent” which is the clerk’s father.

Perhaps the estrangement of generations and the placing one’s hopes on the next generation what drew the children to the story.

What do you think?