They're actually one of the few books I couldn't be bothered to finish! I found her style far too airport trash and had been hoping they'd be more genuine and insightful into the workings of MI6 etc Sorry!
I read all the ones now out in PB, largely because I like spy stories and was trying to write my own, and was attracted to idea of female lead, etc and reckoned Stella R must know more about espionage than me . I'm sure that's still the case BUT She doesn't write dialogue well - it's very clunky and wooden - and the stories are a bit samey and predictable after a bit. The later ones may have been slightly better than the earlier ones. I plan to reread them soon, in the interests of research! then dump them cos they really aren't that good and giving house/shelf-room to, IMO.
Actually Flubba I do agree they are airport trash, but I've loved them for it. Usually I go for something more, well literary ( sp) but once in a while I like to dis-engage the brain. ( and hate chick lit/ crime/ horror) Can you suggest other things that are trashy but not male dominated, such as Le Carre?
Oh, but I love Le Carré and hadn't considered the male domination of those kinds of books. I guess I was just frustrated by Stella's books because I thought she'd have meatier content ~ it was the kind of sentence along the lines of "he appreciated her slimline figure and sharp cut suit as she walked in" that drove me to giving up on them.
I have read one of the Stella Rimington books. I didn't think she was a very good fiction writer (dialogue, plot construction) though I'm sure that her descriptions of the methods used are probably fairly accurate! OK as an airport purchase/stuck in a holiday cottage for a wet week type read.