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Hawthorne and Horowitz…

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BOOK FEELINGS: I liked the last one so much I pre-ordered this! This semi-autobiographical series plays into the art of the impossible of any good alternative universe but equally, you know it could happen. I like the hints of reality, like the happenings on the set of Foyle’s War and the clear anecdotal joys of married life.

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Unlike this weird poem, haiku’s are a key part of the plot that shouldn’t be dismissed. There are some crazy and wonderful subplots which made me smile. Anthony’s interest in Hawthorne’s life is addictive and the shadow of ‘A Study in Scarlet’ that runs through is so evident but only noticeable when it is pointed out.

I found this really easy to listen to, Rory Kinnear’s voice has energy, good pace and tone. He adds humour and personality to the words, although it does bother me that it’s now his voice I associate with Anthony Horowitz’s inner monologue.

What links a delayed train, a horrendous murder, 182 and a bestseller? The truth is so easy and so right in front of you that you get taken on a journey to discover it’s not that at all. I really enjoy this partnership albeit fictitious so I do hope there’s another, even if Anthony doesn’t.

Happy reading

Late to the party on this one…

Happy New Year Dear Reader, its the end of my first full week back at work after a lovely break and I thought I would spend it with you. I know I am late to review this book, I am aware it has been out a long time but I didn’t want to read this during the hype.

BOOK FEELINGS: It’s NO secret that I love Harry Potter, and I really enjoy JK Rowling’s writing style so when I found out that Robert Galbraith was, in fact, her pseudonym I was excited. I tried to convince my book club to read the book but as we were all linked to the military and a lot of partners were in Afganistan at that time we postponed reading it until another time and apparently, that other time for me was 6 years later.

Last week I was working from home and finished my latest audible book and I found myself a little lost of what to listen to next. I wanted another crime thriller, I wanted something easy and as I looked through recommendations ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’ came up and I thought it was time.

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So what did I think? Well, I loved it. Obviously. It is everything I love all wrapped up in a mystery! An unconventional hero, full of faults and fairly unlikeable in many ways, an underestimated sidekick (because let’s face it, Robin, is much more than a secretary) and a killer who thinks they are too clever to get caught. The characters that hold up the plot like Guy Some, Tony Landry and the insufferable Matthew are fully developed and add to both the plot and the narrative.

I only saw the twist about 3 chapters before it was revealed, and I only got half the story. It is brilliant and twisted and so perfect. When Cormoran Strike is called in to look at the suicide of model Lula Landry, the world thought he was crazy. His temporary assistant, Robin thought it wasn’t going to pay her wages and couldn’t wait to get out but the case surprised them both. Strike has a personal connection to the family and thinks he’ll do John Bristow a favour, but this favour takes him into the very dark world of the elite.

Once you add a fiancee, an ex-fiancee and a long lost family into this, there is little hope of putting it down. I’m pleased I waited to read this as now I have 4 books to get through!

Its Sunday afternoon, so time for a Roast dinner and some more of the next Stike novel.

Happy Reading

Monastery, murder and madness with Matthew

 

BOOK FEELINGS: Hello Dear Reader, I know it has been a while but rest assured I am still reading. I have been reading new and wonderful things, since we last conversed I have had fun with witches, investigated a murderer’s son and with this book totally got lost in Tudor England. Close friends of mine recommended this series as ‘Sherlock Holmes type investigating set under the command of Henry VIII’ and although I like historical stories (see ‘The Chronicles of St Mary’s’ by Jodi Taylor) I wasn’t sure. Therefor it is time to admit I WAS WRONG!!

I downloaded the first 3 books as they were on offer on Audible (other audio books providers are available) and got started the next day. I had a 3 hr journey back to Oxford which was the perfect was to get started on this series.

REVIEW:

51p04gFS4IL._SX330_BO1,204,203,200_Matthew Shardlake is a hunchbacked lawyer working under the rule of Thomas Cromwell in Henry VIII’s new England. Ties to Catholic Rome and the guidance of the Pope have been severed and Cromwell wants the monasteries to surrender their land.

Shardlake has been sent to the monastery at Scarnsea on the south coast to investigate the death of a fellow commissioner. What he finds is the deepest deception, mad men and truth behind his own feelings.

There are many subplots in this to keep the story flowing, including a buddy romance, racism and the hidden fantasies of the monks, both sexual and financial. The Snow, Alice and Brother Guy ‘the Dark faced monk’ keep Shardlake in Scarnsea much longer than anticipated and as the bodies rack up, is he actually safe within the walls of the Monastery?

This book is captivating even if you know nothing about Tudor England. the drama, the adventure and the surprises keep you guessing right until the end.

I have started Book 2 so I’m off to listen. Happy Reading

Two girls went partying, only one came home.

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BOOK FEELINGS: Through this whole experience, I have tried to get into different books and went through solid 6 months of binge listening to Steampunk (see Gail Carriger and CJ Archer), I read some Autobiographies (On your marks, Get set, Sue…) and even reread Harry Potter for the billionth time. The truth is I love a mystery, there I said it, I am a murder junkie. Different authors bring different twists to the genre, Elly Griffiths adds the archeological element, Chris Brookmyre is witty but clever and Ali Carter is my new detective love. I did not expect this to be so good, so gripping or brutal, I didn’t expect to want to turn it off as much as I wanted to turn it up. I needed to listen to this…and yes it is a psychological thriller!!genre-map-genres1

REVIEW: ‘Their Lost Daughters’ by Joy Ellis was brilliant. I’m worried my review won’t do it justice, so many twists, turns, and wonderful characters.

This starts with a missing girl found dead, a drugged shoeless girl found on the fens and the relentless pressure of a cold case by Kenya Black’s mother. DI Rowan Jackman and his DS, Marie Evans are suddenly in the spotlight and tracking a series of illegal parties rife with underage drinking.

Jackman and Evans are trying to work out if the girls are linked, why a local legend is haunting them and who is responsible for the ‘children’s ward’!

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Rowan Jackman is honest, relentless and everything you want your detective to be; he looks after his team, works too hard and never gives up. Marie is astute, Amazonian and goes everywhere on a motorbike, she cares too much and wants to catch the killer just as much as Rowan. In this installment, local boy Gary joins their team and Rosie goes undercover with her great attention to detail crazy memory and baby face!

This team takes on a prolific case and takes the reader with them. The whole cast is strong, everyone adds something and I found this a great start to the series (although technically book 2). There were light elements to keep the tension real and I can’t wait to hear more!

I’m enjoying my birthday week off and its board games time so…

Happy (or not so happy in this case) Reading!

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