Susie Steiner Rocks

Folks, remember Susie Steiner, the author of the Manon Bradshaw series I gushed about a couple of years ago? Steiner released a new novel in the series (the third one)!

Yes, these are police procedurals but whatever. The books are so well-written and absolutely hilarious. Steiner’s very British sense of humor has had me wriggling on the carpet (I was reading while putting Klara to bed) for the past 40 minutes.

The first book in the series was about the protagonist hitting the age of 39 and realizing she urgently needs a husband and a baby. It was so good, and realistic, and funny, and once again good.

The second novel I vaguely remember being about her actually having a baby but Amazon stole that book from my Kindle and I can’t reread to make sure.

In the most recent novel, Manon is now 46 and is having a midlife crisis. And it’s funny and bitter as all hell at the same time.

I have interrupted my reading to give my muscles a rest because I can’t laugh so much without taking a break.

If you are a woman and you don’t enjoy the Manon novels, I’m not sure you are really a woman. Unless you have extremely refined artistic sensibilities and you only read high art type of books. I don’t think I’ve ever met a man who’d enjoy them, although that would be interesting to see.

11 thoughts on “Susie Steiner Rocks”

  1. “I don’t think I’ve ever met a man who’d enjoy them”

    Challenge…. accepted! (dependent on being able to find a novel in the series in any of the local stores that carry foreign language books).


    1. Gosh, I’d love to see what you think of it!

      One thing I don’t like is how the British writers in all genres think it is necessary to insert their inane and identical opinions on Trump into every book. And it’s only the Brits, it seems. I haven’t seen that in authors from Spain, Germany, or Latin America.


      1. // how the British writers in all genres think it is necessary to insert their inane and identical opinions on Trump into every book

        Those books are going to age horribly, aren’t they? If nothing else, thinking of long term effects should prevent writers from turning literature into an opinion column on the latest news.


        1. It’s also a big ef-you to half of the readers. OK, not half because you have to be of a certain social class to read for leisure but still.


          1. // OK, not half because you have to be of a certain social class to read for leisure

            Because poorer people lack time to do that? Energy?


            1. Energy primarily, ime. I have a very intelligent friend who loves reading, but she works 50 hours a week and she just can’t read at the end of the day. Same was true for me when I worked long hours. Now I’m reading more, but only on my days off, generally. And I’ve made an effort to make this a part of my life; most people don’t.

              And me and my friend are big readers. Most working class people are raised in families which do not value reading and they inherit this. However, “have to be in a certain social class” is a bit of an exaggeration, I know plenty of poor and working class people who read for leisure. But it is less common.


        2. “Those books are going to age horribly, aren’t they?”

          Part of me likes that, I sometimes enjoy reading books that have lost all cultural relevance. I remember enjoying the Hucksters on the burning issue of unscrupulous radio advertising in post WWII America featuring people criss-crossing the country by long distance train (with sleeping suites and dining cars) and the minutiae of radio sponsorship…


  2. More speech policing and bans on social media are coming:

    // Zuckerberg Loses $7 Billion as Firms Boycott Facebook Ads

    Companies from Verizon Communications Inc. to Hershey Co. have also stopped social media ads after critics said that Facebook has failed to sufficiently police hate speech and disinformation on the platform. Coca-Cola Co. said it would pause all paid advertising on all social media platforms for at least 30 days. Zuckerberg responded Friday to the growing criticism about misinformation on the site, announcing the company would label all voting-related posts with a link encouraging users to look at its new voter information hub. Facebook also expanded its definition of prohibited hate speech, adding a clause saying no adverts will be allowed if they label another demographic as dangerous.
    “There are no exceptions for politicians in any of the policies I’m announcing here today,” Zuckerber said.

    Saw the info in Russian here:

    From Russian post: “Initially, a campaign against Facebook called Stop Hate for Profit was launched by human rights organizations. They stated that for many years they had been trying to negotiate with Facebook about the moderation of the content, but were unsuccessful. The decision to start the campaign was made after the death of black American George Floyd “


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