I started Barbara Cleverly's third Letty Talbot mystery "A Darker God" over the weekend but it just wasn't holding my interest. Too many characters, too much long-winded dialog and too little character development. So I jumped to Rowling's "A Casual Vacancy." Pribably a big mistake since I'm about 75 pages in and the most sympathetic character is the dead guy. It moves along though so I'll probably hang in for a while, but I'm missing the charm of the Harry Potter books. I did like the Kate Carlisle bookbinder's mystery enough to hunt out the next three on the book swap site. And I have Steven Saylor's "A Gladiator Dies Only Once" collection of Gordianus the Finder short stories.