What are you reading in 2018?
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Just finished Splinter the silence by Val McDermid
My review is here: https://www.librarything.com/work/16141744/reviews/149109305
Kate Shackleton lost her husband during the war - he may have died, or he may be living in an oblivious state somewhere, the result of an enemy shell, Kate has never been able to find out for definite, but her own investigations have led to her carving out a career as a private investigator.
I'm enjoying this series. If anyone is interested in giving it a try, I think I'd recommend reading this series in order, simply because Kate is still looking for answers regarding her husband, years after the event. (First in the series is Dying in the Wool).
My latest read was Sure and certain death by Barbara Nadel that earned a 4.5 star rating.
This mystery has an out-of-the-ordinary plot. In London, during the Blitz in 1941, Hancock, an undertaker of Indian origins - therefore considered an outsider even though he's a Londoner - is tasked with burying victims that have been mutilated and found in bombed ruins. But when he discovers his sister has something in common with them, he is anxious to prevent her from becoming another casualty. The method is somewhat gruesome, but the London patois and humour keeps events light. Nadel has done a top-notch job of describing wartime conditions. I enjoyed this one a lot and will be reading more from Nadel.
Plotting against the English monarchy and personal shocks for St. Cyr make for an enjoyable story in this ongoing series. I shall be reading more of the series, keeping strictly to series order as St. Cyr's own story unwinds. 4.5★s from me.
(First in series: What Angels Fear)
In book 1, A Cotswold Killing, 42-year-old widow Thea Osborne had taken up new employment as a house-sitter and soon found herself embroiled in a murder investigation. House-sitting job number 2 quickly goes the same way...
Both books were 4★ reads for me. I look forward to continuing the series.
1951, in the English seaside town of Brighton, Mirabelle Bevan (late 30's in age, I think) works as secretary in a one-man (and his secretary) debt-collection agency. One day, her boss reports in sick and in need of a few days in bed to recuperate. Shortly after, Mirabelle takes an instruction from a new client for the agency to chase up a large debt for him and, the office being quiet, Mirabelle decides to take it upon herself to do some preliminary investigations to give her boss a head start when he returns. Of course the 'preliminary' soon goes out the window! But Mirabelle used to have a desk job in the Secret Service during the war, which gives her a thorough 'theoretical knowledge' of how to look after herself, which seems to be quite sufficient...
Along the way, Mirabelle befriends the effervescent (and quite rarely for Brighton at that time - black) secretary, Vesta, who works for the insurance agency next door.
Although I found some parts of the plot a tad unlikely, I did enjoy the story and look forward to reading more of the series, 4.5★s.
I just finished Season of Snows and Sins by Irish author Patricia Moyes. Set in a ski resort in Switzerland and written in 1971. I enjoy those old-style mysteries.
This was the charming Inspector Ghote's first investigation since he was promoted to the Bombay Police Crime Branch, not quite what he anticipated, but a small victory might be the beginning of a fine career.
If anything, the excellent audiobook narration by Sam Dastor improved Keating's original work.
If I'm trying an author for the first time, I tend not to worry about series order, as all I'm after is an idea of whether I'll like their writing.
An excellent debut from Tudor. This coming-of-age story that alternates between 1986 and 2016 was told by Eddie, a twelve-year-old in 1986, about his group of friends whose life stories and secrets are revealed as the story progresses. Their childhood practice of leaving messages for each other using chalked stick men was used to indicate the location of a dismembered body. This is a tantalizing, dark story, whose plot is revealed gradually. My interest was captured and held from the first page to the last.
She has another series that I haven't tried yet, plus a couple of standalones. Plenty for me to look forward to, :)
Relentless is aptly named and is exactly that: relentless action from beginning to end - I had to keep putting the book down to take a breath and digest what was happening, lol.
Salesman, Tom Meron, has his life turned upside down when he receives a phone call from an old friend...
4★s from me.
I also read The Golden Child by Penelope Fitzgerald
A London museum has installed a priceless exhibit, including a gold-covered mummy of a child, that is drawing thousands of visitors daily. This is a murder mystery laced with satirical humour mocking the eccentric or self-important staff of the museum. Written in 1977, this spoof of the Tutankhamen exhibition at the British Museum was Fitzgerald's first work of fiction, and very entertaining.
I worked in a museum and can verify that some of those characters exist! (Not the murderers though.)
I enjoyed the bit that said they sold 15,000 get-well cards featuring the Golden Tomb! Yes, a picture of a tomb should make the ill get well soon! :))
I saw the tv series first, then read the books so I saw Iain Glenn who played Taylor in my mind when reading about Taylor. Iain Glenn didn't exactly portray Taylor without faults, but he was definitely more attractive than on paper. That's when I fell in love with him. :)
I was torn down the middle on this one, didn't enjoy the first 4 fifths but found the end well done. Enough so, that I'll probably give the series at least one more try. A decent 3.5★s for all that...
(Lots of historical content re Jack-the-Ripper.)
I will be eagerly searching the shelves of my local libraries for more of his books. 4★s.
Best wishes to all my LibraryThing pals, it's been a lot of fun sharing your reading lives this year.
One of my favourite writers with another Christmas mystery set in 1953 Brighton. It's hard to get better than this at Christmas.
A Snapshot of Murder 4.5★s
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