Even by the standards of murder mysteries, Sue Grafton's "M" is for Malice is a sad story. One I stayed up to finish reading; I wanted to complete it tonight, and I was on a good pace to do that. Overall I've liked the series, and the story's compelling as you hope murder mysteries should be, but -- how should I put this? -- well,
was my reaction more than normal.
(Yes, I decided the best way to convey my reaction was an emoticon.)
Anyway. An antidote to that will be nice. So a likely happy, quick read is on my night stand now: Axe Cop Volume 3. Yes, light and happy stuff about a cop who swings an axe and yells "I will chop your head off!"