Gifts and Talents — Rum and Choke Is Out!

The gift of friendship is so important in Rum and Choke whether it’s new friends, long time friends, or friends who aren’t who they seem to be. Do you have a favorite fictional friendship?

Julie: Congratulations Sherry! I can’t wait to read Rum and Choke! Fictional friendships? There are SO MANY. This year I read the Veronica Speedwell series, and her friendship with Stoker is wonderful. In Pride and Prejudice Charlotte and Elizabeth’s friendship is lovely. Poirot and Hastings, Amelia Peabody and Evelyn, the members of the Thursday Murder Club–crime fiction runs on great friendships, don’t you think?

Liz: Yay, congrats, Sherry! I agree with Julie – there are so many. I also love the Thursday Murder Club peeps. And Jessie’s Beryl and Edwina duo! So fun.

Edith/Maddie: I’m so excited for the new book, Sherry! I like the friendship between Joaquin and Chloe, for starters. Lucy Burdette’s Haley Snow and Miss Gloria have a great friendship in the Key West Food Critic series.

Barb: Congratulations, Sherry! I can’t wait to read Rum and Choke. Jessie’s Beryl and Edwina immediately spring to mind as fictional friends. I also love friendships between professional sleuths, like Reg Wexford and Mike Burden, or Thomas Lynley and Barbara Havers.

Sherry: Thanks so much! First, I think all the Wickeds have wicked good friendships in their books. Each take is so different and complex. I know I’m like a broken record with this, but I love the friendships in my beloved childhood Betsy-Tacy book. The series runs from the time they meet in first grade to their adult lives and weddings. I love the friendships in Kellye Garrett’s Detective by Day series and the complicated relationships in Mick Herron’s Slow Horses series.

Readers: Do you have a favorite fictional friendship?

18 Thoughts

  1. While all series do contain friendships, I think one of my two favorite friendships would be the one between Spenser and Hawk. It’s definitely complicated but they are generally loyal to each other and their banter is always great.

    The other friendship I like a lot is in Ellen Hart’s Jane Lawless series. Jane and her best friend Cordelia are mismatched in personalities but they are definitely the best of friends.

  2. I agree with many of the listed fictional friendships.
    Having recently read a new Robert Crais book, I have to say the friendship between Elvis Coke & Pike has been one of my faves for over 30 years.

  3. Honestly, when it comes to book friends, my favorite is the one I’m reading at the time. However, there are some that I just can’t wait for the next visit. It’s like anticipating a dear friend’s visit when you haven’t seen them in some time. And then you’re sad to see the visit come to an end, but you’re thankful knowing they will come visit with you again.
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  4. I’ll echo the posts above and add Longmire and Henry. Their friendship has a depth of emotion that is usually absent from literary guy friendships.

  5. My mind immediately went to a TV show – the characters in White Collar all have such fantastic friendships/relationships. That was a huge draw of the series to me. Yes, the plots were fun, but I just loved watching the main characters interacting.

      1. There was a time when every time the USA Network had a new show starting, I would automatically watch it. Their shows really were that good. I miss those days. I really need to rewatch my DVDs of those shows.

  6. There are so many. I would have to say the friendship between Hannah Swenson, Mike Kingston and Norman. Happy book birthday. Happy New Year. God bless you.

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