book review(s): christine falls and the well of lost plots

I didn't realize it, but lately I've been reading a lot of mystery-type books.  My aunt Maggie recommended a series of mystery books to me that sounded interesting and a little bit different from my usual reading choices.Christine Falls by Benjamin Black (pen name of the Booker Award winning-novelist John Banville) is the first in a series of books about a pathologist in Dublin.  Late one night he comes across his brother-in-law altering the medical record of a dead woman.  When he investigates further he gets mixed up in a conspiracy involving his affluent foster family, an underground Irish orphanage, a Boston millionaire, and the future of the Catholic Church. I neither loved nor hated this book, but I would recommend it to anyone who likes mysteries.  None of the characters give you the warm fuzzies, but it wasn't so depressing that I stopped caring about what happened to them (as happened to me while reading The Corrections).  There are currently two other books in this series and another one to be released in July. The other book that I just finished was the third in Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde.  The Well of Lost Plots picks up with Thursday on her "vacation" in the book world (she's pregnant and having a hard time with the eradication of her husband). I'm not going to go into any detail about what happens, but I will say that I did not enjoy this book nearly as much as the previous.  I guess I was expecting to find out if she gets her husband back (after a botched attempt to rescue him in the second book).  It wasn't a total waste of time.  It was still entertaining, with entertaining characters and funny book titles (most of them are puns...I love a good, well-placed pun every now and again), but not as satisfying as I had hoped.  I probably won't read the rest...hopefully wikipedia will be able to tell me how it all ends.