Thank you for writing beautiful mystery novels that, while they have good mysteries, have wonderful characters; the people make your books, not the mysteries. Thank you for keeping those characters in character over time, neither requiring them to remain static nor growing them in ways that don't make sense (a trap that too many writers of formerly excellent series fall into). Thank you for making your two worlds collide in slightly self-mocking, meta, lovely fashion. And thank you for making me cry at the end of your latest book.
a grateful reader
p.s. I read on your blog that it's going to be 2008 before we get another Mary Russel book? I weep. Please don't wait another 6 years for another Kate. I guess I'll make do with standalones in the meantime.