Saturday, September 15, 2018

so-so mystery, good novel, great non-fiction

The mystery, The Dark Lake by Sarah Bailey, 2018, Australian. Plot was fine, but protagonist was annoying - find people who need to withhold information or live in fantasy of boring affairs tedious. The mystery itself was fine. The ending was OK, thank goodness.

Good novel, by very good writer Miriam Toews, Women Talking, 2018, based on a dreadful story of drugged and abused Mennonite women living in Bolivia. The novel takes place after the fact, whew, and the women talking are interesting, funny, worth listening to.

Handywoman, 2018, by Kate Davies. Her story, her stroke, her steps to recovery, her knitting, her dog, her writing, her family. Very well written and interesting and thoughtful book. Self published.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

some good books

Birds, Art, Life by Kyo Maclear, 2018. Non fiction, sort of an extended essay, on looking at the world of art and life whilst looking at birds as a beginner birder. Interesting book, thoughtful.

New mystery by james Oswald, No Time To Cry, 2018, with a new set of characters. He works another inoffensive entertaining ghost into the works as well. I don't usually like ghosts, but Oswald does them well. A good mystery, good new heroine, good plot. A promising beginning to a new series.

Three Things About Elsie, by Joanna Cannon, 2018. Good book, dementia captured in a unique way. Lovely characters and good story.

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Muriel Spark, 1961. never read this book, and am glad to have now. An interesting take on a single woman, how critical the world is of single women, how much the same now

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

good mysteries

Clare Mackintosh, Let Me Lie, 2018. unexpected turns in the plot, a good mystery. good characters and a realistic ending.

The Intrusions, Stav Sherez. 2018. Have not read this author before, may go back and read the earlier books. Great ending to this mystery. Some realistic digital invasions of privacy portrayed.

Robert Goddard, Into the Blue. Read this years ago, and it's long winded but good story telling and was glad to re-read it.

Thirteen, 2018, Steve Cavanagh. Bit creepy, get tired of serial killer stories, but it's well done.

The Vanishing Box, Elly Griffiths, 2017, Book 4 of Magic Men series, very enjoyable, interesting characters.

two good memoirs

No One Tells You This by Glynnis Macnicol, 2018. She writes about her 40th year, dealing with expectations indoctrinated into women, and her real and complicated and very busy life. Well written and good to hear. Very good book.

They Left us Everything, by Plum Johnson, 2016. Also a very good book, she writes about going to deal with the family home after her mother dies. She expected it would take 6 weeks, and it took 16 months. Very heartfelt story of a family, a house, and dealing with what was left.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

4 good novels

The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner. 2018, Grim setting, a huge women's prison in California, and a tough tale of a young women's life there, and her life getting there. But a well written book, worth reading.


A Horse Walks into a Bar, David Grossman, 2018. Israeli writer translated, good writer. another rough story, a stand up comedian tells his story. Not too much humour to be found anywhere, but an interesting book

Re-read Micael Ondaatje's The English Patient. 1993 Good the second time around. Now to watch the movie again. Beautiful writing in patches.

Clock Dance, Anne Tyler, 2018. Was irritated with the main character for most of the book, for being so passive and not standing up for herself but the author redeems herself with the ending. Good characters, good book and thank god, a good ending.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

some very good mysteries

Philip Kerr's final book, very sad that he died. Greeks Bearing Gifts, 2018, has Bernie in Greece as an insurance adjuster. Still an investigator of deadly deeds. Love the humour in these books, and the well researched story they tell.
Very good book, sad there will be no more...

The latest Maisie Dobbs books is also good, and well researched. To Die but once by Jacqueline Winspear, 2018. An ambulance driver who had to drive around picking up dead young men who were learning how to jump out of airplanes! Suspect this was a real job. Good plot, well told story.

The Craftsman by Sharon |Bolton, 2018 is a good mystery as well. A bit of a creepy plot, but well written.

Monday, May 21, 2018

3 misable mysteries and one ok one

Three I didn't finish, one quit half way, the other near the end, the other never really got into...
First one, The Woman in the Woods, by John Connelly, 2018, get many stars on Amazon but it was way too long, way too boring, characters I don't care about and way too much ghostly unbelievable stuff. Happy to leave it half way.

Jo Nesbo's Macbeth, 2018, may be ok but I could not keep anyone straight. So stopped.

Third one was o.k., not badly written, but did not care what happened and was not interested in the characters. Sigh. Where It Hurts by Reed Farrell Coleman. 2017. It also has many stars on Amazon.

Whisky from Small Glasses
, 2015, by Scottish writer Denzin Meyrick was pretty good. May even read another one by him.