A “classic” is defined as something “judged over a period of time to be of the highest quality and outstanding of its kind.” I don’t know what the “period of time” is for a book to become a classic. Ten years? Twenty? Fifty? The book I chose for this category is celebrating its 20th anniversary of publication this year. I read it five or six years ago and loved it. I first read a book by this author when I was in a women’s book club up in Colorado Springs. The two books could not be more different, so there is no formula to this author’s writing. I find all of her stories, in this series, as well as her other books, to be meticulously researched, wonderfully characterized, and darn good stories.
When I first started this book, I wondered if I would enjoy it because I confess I have not read the other classic books from which this one takes one of its main characters. I needn’t have worried. I was hooked from the first page and have followed Ms. Russell through her various adventures with her mentor and later, her husband, Mr. Holmes. She even has a Twitter account which I comment upon from time to time. Even the classics have to keep up with the times!