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.

Monday, April 9, 2018

two good books

Finding Gobi, 2017, by Dion Leonard. very good non-fiction account of an ultra marathon runner and a spunky stray dog who find each other during a run on the Gobi desert.

The Italian Teacher by Tom Rachman, 2018. Good novel, good spikes at the art world, good characters. Very enjoyable read

Thursday, April 5, 2018

hitchhiker shawl

Martina Behm pattern, made from handspun tarhee plied with handspun and hand dyed silk, first attempt at dying silk.


Mish-mash of fibres from Leola at Cobble Hill. Fun to card and spin.


Gradient fibre from the UK, from HillTop Cloud, mix of 30% BFL, 15% Bamboo and 55% merino. Spun on the big wheel, Lendrum Saxony.

the first Carbeth

made from Kate's wool bought for another sweater that did not work. Very comfortable sweater and interesting design.

beginning blanket

Blanket using hand spun only ....round and round


Kate Davies design, using handspun wool with handspun hand dyed silk as one ply. Wool was Corriedale and Targhee and silk from Huckleberry Knits. Love the pattern.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

john lawton

Read 3 books by John Lawton
The latest in his Fred Troy series - #8 I think, Friends and Traitors, 2017. Very good writer and entertaining mysteries. Troy an interesting UK policeman at times, a spy at times, with his crazy Russian family in the background. Interesting historical info as well. Good spy books. Good sense of humour woven in to each book.

Found another couple of books by him, different characters but Troy plays a walk on role in each book.

Then we take Berlin, the first of the two. Joe Wilderness is the protagonist. "Cat burglar, card sharp, and Cockney wide boy, the last thing he wants is to get drafted. But in 1946 he finds himself in the Royal Air Force, facing a stretch in military prison" from

The Unfortunate Englishman, Joe Wilderness novel - the second one. Hope he keeps writing about both characters. The construction of the Berlin Wall plays role, interesting to read about.
Good books.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

good non-fiction and mysteries

The Chalk Man by C. j. Tudor, 2018. Good mystery, don't think I've read anything else by this writer. Good main character, interesting plot.

Excellent book written by an ER doctor, set in Canada and Ethiopia, Life on the Ground Floor by James Maskalyk. 2017. He moves between the two ERs and his grandfathers house in Alberta and blurs them a bit - nothing is black and white. Issues in each situation. Good writer and good book. Hope he gets more awards for it.

Me Before You: A Novel
by JoJo Moyes. A tear-jerker but well written, the main character is likable. Little bit hard to belive she was so passive with her life prior to working for the quad she looks after, but other than that, ok. Issues of legal suicide are not easy to think about - not sure it should have ended the way it did but it certainly was inevitable from the beginning of the book. Good story teller.

Michael Connelly, Two kinds of Truth, 2017. Good mystery, well written. Harry Bosch in his dotage - good plot, good characters.

Started The Long Drop by Denise Mina but quit half way, just lost interest.