Marguerite and I finally got to use our Starbucks gift certificates last week. We had to go to the post office first to pick up something for Mark and then we headed to the mall where I first got some fabric dye (black, for my still good but faded stuff), some pretty paper for origami, a Sara Paretsky (Php15) and a Veggie Tales activity book (complete and unused - Php25). We finally went to Starbucks where we spent Php285 (!!!) for two cups of gourmet milk. Don't judge. Gift certificates, remember? Marguerite and I sat ourselves down, sipped our milk and made and played with origami lucky stars.
Anyway, I got me a copy of "Windy City Blues", a compilation of short cases worked on by Paretsky's PI V.I. Warshawski. It included the story Paretsky contributed to "A Woman's Eye" a separate compilation featuring short stories written by the best women mystery writers (although also edited by Paretstky), my copy of which was destroyed in last year's flood. After Sue Grafton, Sara Paretsky is my favorite writer of detective fiction. I actually find their writing styles similar although for some reason, I enjoy Grafton more. I think it's because I find Grafton's prose more delightful, her humor less sardonic, and her characters more endearing. Anyway, that's just me. You're welcome to disagree. :)