What are we all reading in 2021?
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Retirement village inmates, Elizabeth (retired spy), Joyce (ret'd nurse), Ron (ret'd Unions boss) and Ibrahim (ret'd psychiatrist), enjoy trying to solve cold cases (from files belonging to Penny (former police Inspector), founding member of the club, who now lies comatose in hospital. Things take an upswing (!) when the owners of their village are murdered...
Quaint, amusing, poignant at times. I did enjoy this start to my reading year. 4.5★s from me.
Next up is classic Christie, Poirot's 23rd outing, in Evil Under the Sun.
(Apologies for having to 'bold', Touchstones are not working for me.)
Supt. George Gently of Scotland Yard, takes a holiday in the Scottish Highlands with his girlfriend, his sister and his brother-in-law, and of course there just has to be a murder...
The more I read of this series, the more I enjoy it.
HM Queen Elizabeth II, (ably abetted by her assistant private secretary, ex-Horse Guards, Rozie Oshodie), solves the puzzle when an overnight visitor at Windsor Castle is found dead next day.
Sarah recalls her life story, finally solving a mystery that had intrigued her since childhood.
Her earlier Dublin Squad series was much more gripping than this work.
A light and entertaining mystery. The Thursday Murder Club consists of four people in their late seventies, who live in a retirement complex. (Osman calls them pensioners, but you would not get away with this in Australia because the self-funded retirees would be very annoyed.) Joyce was a nurse, Elizabeth a spy, perhaps, Ibrahim a psychologist, and Ron a militant trade union leader. The founding member, Penny, was a police officer who provided the files of the unsolved cases that the group investigates, but she can no longer participate. When one of the complex's business partners is murdered, the club members are delighted to have a real-life murder to investigate.
The book was a tiny bit twee, but entertaining and good-hearted, so I enjoyed it. The retirees were satisfyingly capable people, with individual personalities.
From the author of Prime Suspect this one features not Jane Tennison, but Anna Travis, a detective on the search for a young man who appears to be missing although not reported as such. I have enjoyed all of La Plante's novels and this one was no exception. Gritty, grisly, but a good mystery that kept me guessing right to the end.
>15 ted74ca: I have Moonflower Murders on my wishlist. There is a long waiting list for it at the library so it may be a while before I get to it.
A bit of an oldie (1951), featuring 13-year-old Dominic, who is determined to find clues to a murder in order to help out his father, a village police Sgt.
Scotland Yard's Ch Insp Charlie Woodend, a grizzly 'northerner', eats sergeants for breakfast, but when he and eager, young, ex-grammar school, DS Rutter are sent to investigate a murder in a small village, they get on surprisingly well.
This is what can happen when a top cop's son plans to marry an influential criminal's daughter. Peter Diamond was to keep an eye on the convict while he attended the wedding in case one of his enemies tried to bump him off but it turned out that the murder victim was someone else. Lovesey writes a good police procedural and Diamond is always worth a few good lines.
The bride's cat was named Claude, an appropriate feline name even though he kept his claws sheathed.
The entire series was a lot of fun but this entry was the best. I've heard there will be no more in the series and that's a shame because housemaid Jane Bee and Her Majesty make a terrific pair of sleuths. I loved the setting and background story of Windsor Castle and the Knights of the Garter. By including details of pomp and protocol it was a tad lengthy for a cozy mystery, but it was well-written and I wouldn't remove a word.
If I had noticed any tags for this book it would have put me off reading it. I'm glad that didn't happen because it was a gripping story of a boy who wanted to find the site where his long dead uncle was buried by a pedophile. This would improve his status at home and make his Nan happy. In the course of the story, the boy contacts the killer in prison hoping to trick him into identifying the spot. Instead he inadvertently identifies himself. Bauer is successful at getting inside the head of the most repellant character without being graphic, as well as creating a believable twelve-year-old boy.
This was Bauer's debut, gripping and chilling, a story that doesn't flag on the suspense throughout. I will definitely be reading more by this author.
A Nice Derangement of Epitaphs - Ellis Peters 5★s
Staging Death - Judith Cutler 4.5★s
"If Moscow rules meant watch your back, London rules meant cover your arse. Moscow rules had been written on the streets, but London rules were devised in the corridors of Westminster, and the short version read: someone always pays. Make sure it isn't you. Nobody knew that better than Jackson Lamb. And nobody played it better that Di Taverner."
The "slow horses" spending their days at anonymous Slough House instead of the eminent headquarters, are the disgraced bunch of MI5 spies shunted to the bottom of the list, and given the epithet because they botched an op, or are lacking in trustworthiness. They all want to be back in action instead of getting the thankless mundane jobs passed down to Slough House. River Cartwright believes he was set up but can he prove it or will he have to wait until his time at Slough House has been served, if there is such a time?
No foreign agents or international espionage, this was purely in-house and the action progressed at a clip. I don't remember ever reading such an entertaining and gripping spy novel, it was fantastic.
The Mysterious Mr. Quin - Agatha Christie 4.5★s
Midwinter Murder - Agatha Christie 4★s
Problem at Pollensa Bay and Other Stories - Agatha Christie 4★s
The Mushroom Man - Stuart Pawson 4.5★s
A Spot of Folly - Ruth Rendell 3.5★s
‘Midwinter Murders’, ‘Problem at Pollensa…’ and ‘A Spot of Folly’ were all collections of short stories.
I’ve quite found my taste for Christie again.
Oh, this was a close call for Rebus! A couple of close calls actually. Rankin had me hanging on every word with this novel. Mind you, he manages that often. It was a complex plot involving an old case, Big Ger, naturally, and a classroom of cops needing a refresher course. Although Rebus steps out of line at times, he's straight and the person you would want on your side.
Wishing everyone here a Happy - and Healthy - New Year!
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