Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Secret Place, 2014, by Tana French. Very good mystery, set in an Irish boarding school for girls. It's more a novel about friendship and what it can mean, than a murder mystery although there is a dead body. Written from the girls perspective and the detectives perspective.

Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, 2012. Listened to Gaiman reading this himself. Interesting fanatasy with likable characters and a few nice cats.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

a thriller and a mystery

Dear Daughter, 2014, by elizabeth Little. Interesting plot, Jane Jenkins was accused and convicted of her mother's brutal murder ten years prior to the story starting, when she is released on a technical detail. So we go and find out who really murdered Mum. Entertaining car listening book.

I am Pilgrim, 2014, by Terry Hayes, another first book by an auther as is dear daughter....He is a good story teller. It was too long, should have been edited more but his diversions were usually interesting. Good characters and interesting plot. Also a good car listening book.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

two good novels, two good mysteries

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's 2005 Purple Hibiscus, her first novel. Very good writer, just as good as Americannah and Half a Yellow Sun. The narrator Kambili Achike is a 15-year-old Nigerian girl growing up in sheltered privilege in a country ravaged by political strife and personal struggle. She builds the novel slowly, with great characters.

Mourning Ruby, 2005, by Helen Dunmore. Didn't like the built in other novel, think it's an irritating technique, but other than that, the book is good. Sad story but it has a good ending.

Two mysteries by Lesly Thomson, same character as the protaganist.

The Detective's Daughter 2013, and Ghost Girl, 2014. She runs a cleaning business, Clean Slate, and is very organized but is dragged into her father's old unsolved cases, happily.