Fiction

Laidlaw by William McIlvanny

Laidlaw by William McIlvanny

I read and enjoyed this book in 2019. I’d abandoned the audiobook back in 2013 after listening to the first chapter and thinking that the Scottish accent of the narrator (William McIlvanny) was a little too dense for my late night listening (before dropping off to sleep). This year, 2019, I purchased the eBook edition, and matched the audiobook with it, and then found I could follow the story more easily; I was determined to read it. Also, I noticed, after reading the text via the eBook, that the first chapter of the story had a fractured structure, and that was the reason I had difficulty, connecting with the story, back in 2013. This time, my ear became more accustomed to the narrator’s accent as I travelled along deeper into the story. Having the eBook meant that when I got a bit lost within the action via the audio, I could re-read over the section. There were quite a few characters in the story so I made a list of them and their relationship to each other to anchor me more firmly.…

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The Naturalist by Andrew Mayne

The Naturalist by Andrew Mayne

If you enjoy thrillers, this is a good one. For me, a not-keen-on-thrillers person, it was all I could do to get through to the end; it was harrowing. Harrowing is not my favourite thing, but there was something intriguing about the story that made me “go with it”. I really liked the main character, Dr Theo Cray, a Computational Biologist, and I loved his scientific method of solving the puzzle, however it’s much too “thrilling” for me so I won’t go for book two in the series. If you enjoy a thriller you’ll very likely enjoy this story.…

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Edinburgh Twilight by Carole Lawrence

Edinburgh Twilight by Carole Lawrence

Within this first book in the series, the author, Carole Lawrence, takes the opportunity to build the characters, gradually, as the story evolves. By the end of the story, they are fully formed and interesting; the goodies being likeable and the baddies being despicable. In a good way, the book is a bit melodramatic, which suits the story; the reader is held securely, with a good plot, to the very end. A very readable mystery. …

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The Suspect by Michael Robotham

The Suspect by Michael Robotham

“The Suspect” by Michael Robotham is the first in his Joe O’Loughlin Series. It’s a thriller; a real page turner.

My journey to this book was bit convoluted like so many of my journeys to books. This series was brought to my attention by a good friend with whom I often swap bookish observations. My friend knows I’m not too keen on edgy, graphic, psychological thrillers, but she thought I may enjoy the series, so she recommended I give “The Suspect” a try.…

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A Favourite Series – Kincaid and James Mysteries

A Favourite Series – Kincaid and James Mysteries

I’ve read sixteen of the books, so far, in the Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James series. I’ve read them one after the other, straight through, enjoying every moment. It was like reading one long un-put-downable-novel. It’s difficult to define why I enjoyed the stories so much, possibly because I liked the characters that populated the stories, their backstories, and the geographical backdrop. Ms Crombie’s style of writing suited my reading muscle, the plot has just the right pace; a medium pace, I’d say, for me, the stories are perfect-mysteries.…

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The Rock by Robert Daws

The Rock by Robert Daws

When this book came to my notice, I liked the idea of a mystery set in Gibraltar. I’d visited Gibraltar, briefly c1993, so I had a sense of its atmosphere. It wasn’t my intention to read it straight away. I added “The Rock” to my TBR list, and then the next day I was drawn back to it by serendipity. After reading the first 10% I got a feeling it was going to be a good read; I wasn’t disappointed. The pace was good for me and my reading mood. There was a minimum of grisly description which made the story a mystery, more than a thriller. With all the things happening in the world today, #GrenfellTower, #FinsburyPark #Manchester #LindtCafe etc etc, I don’t need a thriller. …

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An Unlamented Death by William Savage

An Unlamented Death by William Savage

Great storytelling! I love a good story with a visual impact. I don’t need car chases and graphic-anything, I just want to sit spellbound as the story unfolds; this story keeps you turning the page, gently. I’m looking forward to reading the next in the series. I loved its pace, its characters, its delivery of observations and revelations, with a little wisdom sprinkled here and there. The period it covers, the 1700s through to the 1800s in Britain. This period is one that holds my interest because of the new “enlightened” view emerging from the blight of ignorance and suppression. Set in Britain’s Norfolk, the story has an atmosphere that enabled me to feel placed there, feel the weather, smell the smells, enjoy the warmth of the hearth, which is so important when absorbing the story.…

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The Merry Millionaire by J.A. Wells

The Merry Millionaire by J.A. Wells

Our world has changed in many ways, our European based cultures have become more reasonable and all inclusive of religious philosophies, racial and cultural differences and sexual orientation. Of course pockets of resistance still exist and resound through the voices and actions of the un-enlightened. That said, I have a certain conservative view of the world, so it was with hesitation that I decided to read this novel from this genre, which follows the journey of a “gay” character. The Captain is a very rich English gentleman, whose lifestyle could be looked upon today with a critical eye, in light of our society’s courageous attempt to protect the young.…

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