NanaCC’s (Colleen’s) 2019 Reading - Part 2
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I enjoy listening to audio books in addition to reading paper books. In 2018 the mix was almost 50/50. 43 paper or kindle books, and 42 audio books. 52 of the books were by women. My final thread for 2018 can be found at: http://www.librarything.com/topic/293036
Happy reading everyone. I look forward to your suggestions to add to my towering wishlist.
A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
Mrs Tim Gets A Job D. E. Stevenson
If Ever I Return, Pretty Peggy-O by Sharyn McCrumb
Killer Market by Margaret Maron, narrated by C. J. Critt
The Lonely Hour by Christopher Fowler, narrated by Tim Goodman
1- In the Presence of the Enemy by Elizabeth George
2- A Morbid Taste for Bones by Ellis Peters
3- Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney
4- The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey
5- Case Histories by Kate Atkinson
6- The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz
7- The Edge of Eternity by Ken Follett
8- My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell
9- Closed Circles by Viveca Sten
10- Guiltless by Viveca Sten
11- Tonight You’re Dead by Viveca Sten
12- In the Heat of the Moment by Viveca Sten
13- Where Memories Lie by Deborah Crombie
14- In Harm’s Way by Viveca Sten
15- Deception on His Mind by Elizabeth George
16- In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner by Elizabeth George
17- A Traitor To Memory by Elizabeth George
18- No Mark Upon Her by Deborah Crombie
19- The Sound of Broken Glass by Deborah Crombie
20- The Ghost Fields by Elly Griffiths
21- The Woman In Blue by Elly Griffiths
22- A Place of Hiding by Elizabeth George
23- One Corpse Too Many by Ellis Peters
24- Monk’s Hood by Ellis Peters
25- Saint Peter’s Fair by Ellis Peters
26- Garden of Lamentations by Deborah Crombie
27- With No One as Witness by Elizabeth George
28- Big Sky by Kate Atkinson
29- Careless in Red by Elizabeth George
30- Mrs Tim Carries On by D. E. Stevenson
31- Five Little Pigs by Agatha Christie
32- Dear Mrs. Bird by AJ Pearce
33- A Better Man by Louise Penny
1- The Outcast Dead by Elly Griffiths, narrated by Clare Corbett
2- Becoming by Michelle Obama, Read by Michelle Obama
3- Shooting at Loons by Margaret Maron, narrated by C. J. Critt
4- In a House of Lies by Ian Rankin, narrated by James Macpherson
5- Tombland by C. J. Sansom, Narrated by Steven Crossley
6- In a Dark House by Deborah Crombie, narrated by Michael Deehy
7- In the Bleak Midwinter by Julia Spencer-Fleming, narrated by Suzanne Toren
8- A Fountain Filled With Blood by Julia Spencer-Fleming, narrated by Suzanne Toren
9- Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, narrated by Rosamund Pike
10- Devil in a Blue Dress (Easy Rawlins Mystery)by Walter Mosley, narrated by Michael Boatman
11- Raven Black by Ann Cleeves, narrated by Gordon Griffen
12- Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, narrated by Cassandra Campbell
13- Out of the Deep I Cry by Julia Spencer-Fleming, narrated by Suzanne Toren
14- The Golden Tresses of the Dead by Alan Bradley, narrated by Jayne Entwistle
15- Water Like a Stone by Deborah Crombie, narrated by Michael Deehy
16- To Darkness and to Death by Julia Spencer-Fleming, narrated by Suzanne Toren
17- All Mortal Flesh by Julia Spencer-Fleming, narrated by Suzanne Toren
18- I Shall Not Want by Julia Spencer-Fleming, narrated by Suzanne Toren
19- One Was a Soldier by Julia Spencer-Fleming, narrated by Suzanne Toren
20- Necessary as Blood by Deborah Crombie, narrated by Jenny Sterlin
21- Up Jumps the Devil by Margaret Maron, narrated by C. J. Critt
22- To Dwell In Darkness by Deborah Crombie, narrated by Gerard Doyle
23- The Guards by Ken Bruen, narrated by Gerry O’Brien
24- Milkman by Anna Burns, narrated by Brid Brennan
25- The Chalk Pit by Elly Griffiths, narrated by Jane McDowell
26- The Blackhouse by Peter May, narrated by Peter Forbes
27- White Nights by Ann Cleeves
Books Read Total = 60
Print/Kindle = 33; Audio = 27; Women authors = 51; New to me authors = 11
It’s Midsummer’s Eve on Sandhamn in the fifth novel of the series. As always, teenagers flock to the island for non-stop partying. Alcohol, drugs, and anything else you can think of are on hand. The police are on the island to try to keep things in check. But a sixteen year old boy is found dead the next morning. Lies abound, as the teenagers don’t want their parents to know everything they’ve been up to, making it hard for Thomas Andreasson to put the clues together. Nora’s new beau has a young teenage daughter who has joined the partying, and she hasn’t come home. There is only one more book that has been translated at this point. I’ll hold off reading that one for a bit, in hopes that more will be in English soon.
The 12th book in the Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James series was a good one. Gemma’s friend Erika has always been a private person, and Gemma knows very little about her past, other than that she and her husband had escaped the Nazis during WWII. When Erika calls asking Gemma to discreetly look into the sale of a diamond brooch at an auction house, it opens a huge can of worms and murder follows.
The sixth book in the Sandhamn series is the last one that has been translated into English at this time. A famous investigative journalist arrives on the island on Christmas Eve. She’s frazzled and disoriented. The next morning, she’s found dead in a pile of snow. There were several twists and turns in this story which involved corruption and a group of anti immigration nutters.
This is book four in the Reverend Clare Fergusson/ Russ VanAlstyne series. A woman is reported missing in the woods. A huge tract of land is in the process of being sold to developers. There are those who would wish to stop the sale, and murder happens along the way. Accidental? maybe. This was another solid installment in the series.
Book nine in the Lynley/Havers series was the best yet in my opinion. In the last book, Barbara Havers had a more significant role than she’d had in previous books. In this one, she is supposed to be on leave, but when her Pakistani neighbor and his little girl travel to Essex to support a family member, she follows to be sure they are ok. A Pakistani man has been murdered, and racial tensions are high. There are several people in the community who feel that it was a hate crime, and there are many people who fit the suspect role. Havers manages to insert herself into the investigation, and she is fearless. I’ll be reading the next book in the series soon. I’m looking forward to finding out what happens to her next.
I got the Sandhamn books last month when they were on kindle sale. Or, I should say, I got books 2-6. I got the first book last year when amazon was giving away 6 free kindle books as part of World Book Day.
Book five in the Clare Fergusson / Russ Van Alstyne mystery series, starts with Russ having been thrown out of the house by his wife, and then weeks later a neighbor finding her mutilated body on the floor of their kitchen. I’ve been enjoying this series, but I think I found this one a bit too manipulative on one’s emotions. It was much darker than the ones I’ve read thus far. Dark doesn’t bother me, but for some reason in this one it did. And I wanted to slap both characters upside the head when they put themselves in situations that you knew they shouldn’t have. Would someone act the way they did in real life? I’ve already loaded the next book to listen to while I knit, so obviously my complaints aren’t earth shattering. The series is very good.
After the ending in the previous book, I couldn’t wait to read this, the tenth book in the Lynley/Havers series. It starts with a famous theatrical producer killing himself after his new show opens to thunderous applause. A young woman who has gone camping is found murdered in the woods, and a young motorcyclist is found stabbed to death in her campsite. Lynley selects detective Nkata to accompany him, and puts the newly demoted Havers on the computer to slog through data. Havers being Havers can’t stay out of trouble. I loved this one. These books need to be read in order, because the character development is so much a part of the story.
This is another series that I seem to be plowing through. I love the characters and the fraught relationship between Russ and Clare. A Latino man has been found shot in the back of the head. Clare becomes involved because of her work with the migrant farm workers. Two more bodies show up, and the fear that a serial killer may be working his way through the town has everyone on edge. I’ve already started the next book. I’m rolling my eyes. I couldn’t help myself. As a consequence I’m getting a lot of knitting done. :-)
These books seem to be getting darker and darker. In this book, Clare Fergusson and four other soldiers arrive home after a tour in Iraq. They all have their specific issues with re-entering civilian life. They’ve all brought the horrors of war home with them in some way. In their support group, they have a difficult time opening up about their individual problems, but when one of their group dies and the death is ruled a suicide, they all band together to disprove that theory. Clare and Russ are planning their wedding. I think there is only one more book, before I need to wait for the new book which is supposed to be released at the end of this year (I think).
Oh, and I knit. But I watch baseball with my husband while I do that.
I have read several new mystery series this past year. I'll try to remember some of them to ask you about.
When Bonnie got me hooked on the Spencer-Fleming series, I had started it because of all of the excitement and warbling about a new book coming out. Apparently the author’s husband had been very ill, and he has since passed away, but that was the reason behind the years since the last book. I just checked, and the new one called Hid From Our Eyes isn’t due to be published until April 2020, so you may want to hold off on your rereads for a little while. :-)
In this, the thirteenth book in the Duncan Kincaid/ Gemma James series, a young woman who is an artist asks a friend to watch her two year old daughter for a few minutes, while she runs to do a quick errand. She never returns. Months later, her husband, a Pakistani lawyer, is found murdered. Gemma becomes involved and is worried about the little girl who might be placed with her racist grandmother and uncles. Duncan takes over the murder investigation. The descriptions of London’s East End and Brick Lane add color to the story, and there are enough red herrings to make figuring out the ending quite fun.
Eugenie Davies left home after a family tragedy. She left behind an eight year old son, a child prodigy who became a famous violinist. Now at the age of twenty-eight he has lost his ability to play the violin, and no memory of his mother or of the tragedy that drove her away. She is murdered by a hit and run driver, and Lynley and Havers need to find out if the murder is connected in any way to the events of the past. I’ve already ordered the next book in the series. The writing is very good, and the plots are very interesting.
Julia Spencer Fleming announced earlier today that she has completed the ninth novel in the Claire Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne series and we can expect it to be published next winter. She last published a book in this series in 2013 and has been plagued by illness, deaths in her family and depression but she's finally back on track. WOO HOO!!! Can't wait!
So I took that to mean next winter Jan or Feb maybe. We'll just have to be patient. In the meantime I'm enjoying your summaries.
In the 14th book in this series, a woman who is an Olympic level rower and also a Met Police officer is found drowned near her cottage on the river. She’s been murdered, and Kincaid is asked to discreetly investigate. Gemma is looking into sex crimes reported by several of the women on the police force that may point to a high ranking senior officer. She and Duncan have been ordered to tread lightly.
If you like a good mystery/police procedural, this might be the series for you. The books are well written and the plots are usually tricky enough to keep you guessing. They should be read in order, as relationships develop throughout the series. The first book is A Share in Death.
This is the fourth book in the Judge Deborah Knott series. Thanksgiving is approaching, which means a big Knott family get together. But before the get together there are two murders which may be tied to land, or to money made from crops. There are several suspects, including a couple of Deborah’s relatives. I like the author’s descriptions of people and place. There is humor. A scene with her nephew and his capture of an 8 point buck deer is quite funny. And there is a suspenseful scene at the end where Deborah realizes who the murderer is, and almost gets herself killed. I thank Linda (laytonwoman) for introducing me to the series.
The 15th book in the Duncan Kincaid / Gemma James series is another solid entry in this series. The story starts with a band playing at an unfamiliar venue because the lead guitarist’s manager wants him to be seen by a producer. The session doesn’t go well because his band mates are jealous and try to mess up the session. It ends with the guitarist furious with his two friends, getting in a shouting match with one man and punching another in the nose. The man in the shouting match winds up dead later that night, and the story takes off from there. Gemma and her partner, Melody, are leads in this investigation. These books seem to get better with each installment. They are well written, and I do really like the characters. The books should be read in order because the character and relationship development progresses with each book, and Ms. Crombie doesn’t keep repeating things from previous books.
I forgot to add that I downloaded The Guards by Ken Bruen, after reading your review of Priest yesterday. You had added the series with an earlier review, but that review pushed me to push the button.
I hope you like Bruen, I'll feel bad if you don't. The best is that his spare writing style makes for quite slim novels so you won't have to plough through a brick.
This is the seventh book in the Ruth Galloway series. A man operating a digger machine on a construction site hits something metallic. When he investigates, it is an American WWII plane that had crashed in the field. To his horror, the pilot is still inside. Detective Nelson and forensic archeologist Ruth Galloway are called to investigate. Ruth determines that the body is not that of the plane’s pilot. The bullet hole in the skull turns it into a cold case of murder. The land is part of one of the many American flight bases that had been set up in England during the war. The family that owns the surrounding land and owns a creepy crumbling manor house become involved when DNA evidence shows that the pilot was a member of the family. The mystery was a pretty good one, although there were a few things that really were unbelievable. They didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the book.
I love Ruth Galloway’s character. She isn’t perfect. She’s a single mom, who loves her five year old daughter and definitely has feelings for Kate’s father, married detective Nelson. I’ve listened to the previous books, but this book and the next were not available on audio. The audio versions are very good, and I found myself hearing Ruth’s voice as I was reading this one.
When I finished The Sound of Broken Glass last week, I hadn’t intended to go on to the next book right away. However, the cliff hanger ending left me wanting more, and it was available on audio, so here we are. 16 books into this series, and they are still really good. In this one, a member of a protest group sets off a bomb in St. Pancras Station, killing himself in a fiery explosion. The other members of the group swear that it was only supposed to be a smoke bomb. Kincaid in his new position works with his new team to find out who the victim actually was, and was it part of a greater terrorist plot. He secretly uses his old partner from Scotland Yard to do some digging online as he isn’t yet comfortable with his new team. Meanwhile Gemma is investigating the rape and murder of a twelve year old girl. She knows who did it, but trying to get the evidence to prove it is not going well. This one also ended with a cliff hanger, so it won’t be long before I’m reading the next one.
These books always leave me wanting to rush on to the next one, so that’s what I did after reading The Ghost Fields. Number eight in the Ruth Galloway series begins with Cathbad house and cat sitting for a friend in Little Walsingham. The real town is known for its priory and abbey grounds, Anglican shrine, and Slipper Chapel, which are all featured in this book along with some fictional churches as well. The cat gets out of the house, and when Cathbad goes to fetch it he sees a woman in a white gown and blue cloak. He thinks he’s seen a vision, but the next morning a woman dressed as he’s seen her is found dead in a ditch. Nelson is there to investigate. Ruth becomes involved when she is asked by a woman she’s knows from university to look at some threatening letters she has received. The woman is an Anglican priest, in town for a course involving other female priests. Another murder occurs just before the town’s annual Good Friday Passion Play.
I’d love to rush right on to the next book, but I better spread them out just a little. :-)
Seems like you're still enjoying the series, which is great news! I'm looking forward to reading more, but am thinking I might finish the Inspector Sejer series first. I only have two left.
*** just checked, and there are a few I haven’t read. Yay!
Re: FictFact, I've been able to compensate for much of what I used it for. I have a spreadsheet to track my progress on series I care about (see message #2 on my latest thread). I use LT's Series to see how many books are in a series and which one is next. But what I will miss is Fictfact telling me when a new book is coming out; I don't have a good way to track that other than "buzz" here on the LT threads.
>54 sallypursell: I haven’t read any of those books, Sally. I’ve read the first two books in the Charles Lennox series by Charles Finch. Charles Lennox is an amateur sleuth in Victorian time. The first book is called A Beautiful Blue Death. I’ll check out the authors feature on Amazon too.
The first book in the Jack Taylor series introduces the main character, and the mystery really takes a back seat to that. Looking at reviews, it seems like this is a love it, or really hate it book. I enjoyed it, and maybe audio is the way to go for this one. Jack Taylor is an alcoholic. Thrown out of the Garda for his over indulgence, he’s sitting at a bar drowning his sorrows, when a woman comes in and asks for his help. Her teenaged daughter was found drowned, and her death was ruled a suicide. The mother doesn’t believe that for a minute. She has heard that Jack is good at finding things. The story is told in first person, and in the audio version, the reader conveys Jack’s struggle with booze, with relationships, and with himself. The author says a lot with few words. There is no padding. The writing is crisp and tight. The book may not be for everyone, but if you like noir crime, you should try this one.
I just want to add thank you to Vivienne for recommending this series.
I just added the last Jackson Brodie, Started Early, Took My Dog, as a reread, because Atkinson just released a new one in that series. It was so long ago, that I think everyone thought the series was finished. I’m not sure if I really need to reread that one, but I can’t remember how it ended.
This is number 12 in the Lynley / Havers series, but disappointingly, Havers is no where to be found, and Lynley only pops in for a minute. Instead, Elizabeth George has used Deborah St. James as the lead character in this one. This must be the book where Lois (avaland) threw up her hands and said “I’m done”. Deborah is the most annoying character, and in small doses I can tolerate her, but this was above and beyond. The mystery itself is pretty good. It takes place on the island of Guernsey, where Guy Brouard, a wealthy man on the island, has been murdered. Deborah and her husband Simon become involved when an old friend of Deborah’s, from her three years in California, is accused of the murder. The woman’s brother comes to England to ask for their help in proving her innocence. There are several possible suspects to pull you along through the novel. There are so many issues with the believability factor, however. Why would the police let this woman run around trying to find evidence to prove her friend innocent. I’m glad to see that Deborah’s name isn’t mentioned in the book description of the next in the series.
This made me laugh! I've only read the first book in this series, but loved the TV adaptations. I might read more someday but then again, I just bought a bunch of Ruth Galloways. I bought only four initially, but since I like them and since all but the most recent are $2.99 on Kindle, I gave in to temptation. So I really should read those and the Sandhamn mysteries, also a recent purchase. So many books, as they say.
If you like Victorian, Charles Finch's series with Sir Charles Lenox is very good, beginning with A Beautiful Blue Death.
How about Australia in the 1920's? Kerry Greenwood's Phryne Fisher series is lots of fun. And of course, there are Sue Grafton's alphabet series, if you haven't read those---very easy to know where to start and what one comes next in that one!
And, if you hang around long enough, you wind up constantly adding more. Just looking at Linda’s suggestions, I’ve added the Kerry Greenwood series to my wishlist. I haven’t read that one.
The enormity of my TBR pile already may slow me down, but not for long.
This is the second book in the Chronicles of Brother Cadfael series. It is the summer of 1138, and war is beginning in the town of Shrewsbury between the forces of the Empress Maud and her cousin King Stephen. When the battle is finished, the prior of the abbey puts Brother Cadfael in charge of burying the ninety-four defenders of the castle who had been hanged. He soon discovers there is one extra body, that of a young man who had been murdered. And so the story begins.
I’m enjoying this series, which was introduced to me by Meredith (mabith).
The third book in the Chronicles of Brother Cadfael series takes place in the weeks before Christmas in 1138. A man has turned his estate over to the monks, in exchange for the monks caring for him and his wife for the rest of their lives. They are living in a cottage belonging to the abbey, when one of Brother Cadfael’s herbal ointments is used to poison this Gervase Bonel. The sheriff sets his sights on Bonel’s fifteen year old stepson. Cadfael is not one to jump to conclusions, and he sets out to find the truth. As with the last book, a couple of new recurring characters are added to the series. This book also fills in more detail about Cadfael’s past.
I have jury duty tomorrow, and I’m trying to decide whether to read the next book in the series, Saint Peter’s Fair, or Mrs. Tim Carries On by D. E. Stevenson. I have both on my Kindle and I’ll see what my mood is when I get there.
This is the fourth book in the Brother Cadfael series. It is the summer of 1139, there is a fair coming to Shrewsbury. The new abbot wants everything to run smoothly, and of course it doesn’t. A wealthy merchant is found dead in the river. Brother Cadfael and his friend Hugh Beringar, the deputy sheriff, must find the killer. Civil War between King Stephen and the Empress Maud may have something to do with it. I’m enjoying this series. Now I need to stop myself from zipping through them.
This book is 17th in the Duncan Kincaid / Gemma James series, and the last to be published to date. I will need to wait until October for the next one.
After the cliff hanger ending of the last book, I was planning to wait to read this one, but my curiosity got the better of me. Kincaid has questions about the death of an undercover special branch cop. The death had been listed as a suicide but he doesn’t believe it. His former boss asks to meet with him in a pub that is not one of the usual haunts of the police force. There, he tells Kincaid that he had transferred him to his new assignment to keep him and his family safe. Shortly after the meeting breaks up, Kincaid finds out that his friend was attacked as he walked home. As Kincaid investigates, he finds that he is delving into dangerous territory that goes deep into the police force, and he’s not sure who he can trust. Gemma has been assigned to a case where a young woman’s body has been found in a gated garden. The garden is only accessible through the houses surrounding it, or through a locked gate. As usual, this was an entertaining read. I’m sorry that I’m caught up, as I now need to wait for the next installment.
>117 RidgewayGirl: When the kids start leaving the house, it is an emotional roller coaster. Or that was how it was for me. But it is a great time to do some redecorating. The trim is the worst for me now. Getting down on the floor (well really getting back up from the floor) can be harder than I’d like it to be. When I was younger, I could do a room pretty fast, and trim was my favorite part. I like painting with a brush vs. the roller. It is nice having it done. I’ve wanted to get rid of the carpet for years. And I wanted a new bed. I splurged, and bought one of the Sleep Number beds. I’m very happy that I did.
Enjoy Big Sky - I was not disappointed.
This is the 13th book in the Lynley/Havers series, and I thought it was a page turner. It kept me up into the wee hours of the morning several nights. It’s over 700 pages, but that definitely didn’t bother me. There is a serial killer on the loose, killing and mutilating young boys. Lynley and Havers are desperately searching for the killer, while trying to keep their boss, Hillier, out of the way. He wants to have a journalist follow the team around, and you just know that isn’t going to end well.
I’d love to plunge on into the next book, but my request for Big Sky, Kate Atkinson’s new book, just came in. I’ll start that one tonight.
Hope you enjoy Big Sky, I loved it. I've always been a fan of Jackson Brodie.
Congratulations on your decorating achievement. I got as far as choosing the paint colour 'way back in March… then my Australian friend's visit, spring gardening, summer heat, happened! Excuses, excuses.
I also loved Big Sky.
>123 brenzi: I still have so much more I want to do in the house, Bonnie, but I need to hire someone to paint my downstairs. I have a cathedral ceiling in the living room, and it needs someone with scaffolding. My kitchen cabinets could also use replacing. I’ve been saying that for over a year though, so who knows. ;-)
I have about an hour left in Milkman by Anna Burns, which I will probably finish tomorrow.
I’m about two thirds done reading Big Sky by Kate Atkinson. Fortunately, I had put myself back on the hold list, because I was able to renew it today.
I’m behind on reading, but have had other fun things going on. Last Wednesday, my daughter in Massachusetts took the train down to New York City, where I met her to see the matinee of Oklahoma. It was very good, but definitely not the Oklahoma of the past. The script was the same, and the songs were the same, but it was a much darker interpretation of the play. I enjoyed it. We then met my other daughter and one of my granddaughters for dinner, followed by the award winning Hadestown. The show was fabulous. I loved everything about it. Fortunately, we had purchased our tickets the night before the Tony awards, as I’m pretty sure we wouldn’t be able to get them at a decent price now. The next day I drove my daughter back to Massachusetts and spent the weekend there enjoying two of my grandchildren. I didn’t have enough left of Milkman for my journey home, so downloaded The Chalk Pit by Elly Griffiths.
I hope to have some books to report tomorrow or Thursday. ;-)
This is book five in the Jackson Brodie series. It has been about nine years, I think, since the previous book in the series was written. I’m not sure if everyone was like me and had assumed Atkinson was done writing this series because of the long gap, but I’m glad she did this one. As usual, she has written great characters, witty dialogue, and a good story. This story deals with human trafficking, and very wealthy men are involved. It seemed quite timely with the arrest of Jeffrey Epstein happening so recently.
This is a really good series, starting with the first book Case Histories.
Winner of The Man Booker Prize 2018, and shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2019, this book is very original in the way it is written. The book is narrated in first person by an unnamed girl of 18 years of age. No names are used, rather a person’s place in the history of the story are used instead. For example she talks about ‘first sister’, the ‘wee ones’ (her younger sisters), ‘first brother-in-law’, ‘Somebody McSomebody’, the ‘real milkman’ vs ‘the Milkman’ (the guy who is stalking her), ‘maybe boyfriend’, and she herself is ‘middle sister’. The time is the 1970’s during the Troubles in Ireland, and takes place in Belfast, although that name is never used. Gossip and innuendos are rampant and dangerous. Violence is threatened constantly, but there is some humor as well. I really think that the audio version is the way to go for this powerful book. It was wonderfully done, as the narrator captures the voice of ‘middle sister’ just as I would expect to hear her....
Book number nine in the Ruth Galloway series deals with homeless people living in the underground tunnels under Norwich. Some bones are found, and Ruth determines that they are not ancient, but more recent, and they become part of a murder investigation. A woman who has been living rough is reported missing. Two homeless men are found stabbed to death. I want to rush on to the next book in the series, but I’ll try to be patient for a little while. I’ve only got two left. Although I think I saw that a new one is scheduled for early next year. (I hope that isn’t wishful thinking).
>129 NanaCC: Excellent review of Milkman. I read the print version but have since acquired the audiobook as well. I've put off listening to it to let some time elapse between print and audio but after reading your review I'll move it up. The story is still vivid in my mind which says a lot for the quality of Burns' writing.
>130 NanaCC: You are a couple of books ahead of me in Griffiths' series. At halfway through The Ghost Fields you will understand that I'm concerned about Cloughie. (BTW do you know how that name is pronounced? I haven't come across it before. Cluff, Clow... ??)
Glad you had a good time with your daughters and grandchildren.
I think you will find the audio version of Milkman quite compelling. I thought the reader’s voice was perfect for the book.
And shiny new books...I just put my name on the list for Louise Penny’s new one. I took Big Sky back to the library this morning, and asked if they were getting A Better Man in soon. She put my name on the list. I’m eighth in line, but they are getting two copies, so it shouldn’t take too long.
I meant to add that I wasn’t able to see the new book online. If I hadn’t gone into the library, I wouldn’t have known that they already have a waiting list.
>136 Jim53: I stumbled on the release date for A Better Man by accident, Jim. So I’m happy to help. ;-) I haven’t heard of The Murder List. I’ll check it out. Is it part of a series?
***The pop-up book descriptions are nice, but on my iPad they don’t go away so that I can see what I’m typing. I’ll have to disable them, but I wish they would work correctly on the iPad. I think they are a nice feature.
**I don’t think I see the issue under bug collectors. I’ll mention it there just in case.
>153 AlisonY: I know that several of my friends who run do listen to books, Alison. I find that some books work better for me as an audiobook than others. I usually can’t do non-fiction, as I’d want to be looking things up. I listen while I walk, or while knitting or doing certain housework chores. If you need to be listening to something which will keep you pumped while you are running, books probably wouldn’t be the way to go.
*odd word for an audiobook on my phone
But it works, Dan. I just do the 30 seconds back if I need to, or I can hit it a couple of times if I’ve really zoned out. It sounds like rewinding to me. :-) That doesn’t usually happen though, unless I’m finding the book particularly boring. Plus I know that certain audiobooks are not good choices for my listening in the car.
Number fifteen in the Lynley/ Havers series. Lynley has been on a solitary walking journey
Now, when someone reviews a book that is part of a series that I think I’ll be interested in I add the first book in the series to my wishlist here on Library Thing. In the comments field I add the name of the person who put the book on my wishlist. I use the Library Thing series list to see how many books there are in the series, plus as I mark them as read it checks them off the list. Some people have started creating their own spreadsheets. And, I believe someone might have mentioned that amazon has a series tracker. (It might have just been that they can remind when a new book comes out.) Either way, I miss FictFact. It was ideal. The problem now is that I often forget about a series that sounded interesting until someone mentions it or another book in the series.
****I just checked, and you mentioned using Amazon to track authors. I haven’t done that yet.
Actually, my Amazon list is getting way out of control - it now takes several minutes to scroll down to the bottom of it. I should get back to adding them to a LT wish list as it's organised better.
Dorothy Stevenson was a Scottish author, born in 1892. She wanted to go to university, but her parents were not supportive. She wrote her first novel in the 1920’s, and wrote a book a year until 1969. The first book to bring her success was Mrs Tim of the Regiment in 1932. I read that one several years ago and I’ve read quite a few of her other books since then. I loved the Mrs Buncle series. I finally snagged this book as a Kindle deal a little while ago. I forgot how enjoyable her books are. They are simple books that are full of humor. The Mrs Tim books are written as a diary and this one, written in 1941, is full of the war that is going on at the time. I will have to look for the next books in this series. There are several laugh out loud moments, and sometimes we just need that, don’t we?!?!
I’ve recently watched all of the Lynley tv series, and I must say that after a certain book (I forget which one), the tv series was not following her books. They were original scripts based upon the Lynley/Havers characters. I’ll try to remember which book and update this post. I was really annoyed with the actors playing the parts. They looked nothing like their book descriptions.
**** I just checked, and A Traitor to Memory was the last one that was actually based upon one of the books. That was about half way through season 3. The book is number 11. I’m not sure how far you had read. I think the books are much better than the tv series, but that’s only an opinion.
In the books, Lynley is described as fair with light hair. And Havers is described as dumpy. Overweight, and pretty much a slob. A good detective, but very unattractive. The tv characters just don’t look as I expected them to. It didn’t stop me from binge watching them recently.
>178 AlisonY: I think you could put Stevenson’s books in the same class as Barbara Pym’s. They are entertaining, humorous, and usually have some little romance going on with some of the minor characters. If you like Barbara Pym, I think you’d enjoy D. E. Stevenson.
What!! And why am I not aware of this? I love Barbara Pym and in 2013 read all her novels in order of publication for a Virago thing. I know I have two of Stevenson's to get started with and then I'll have to find any others. Thanks for that Colleen.
This is the first book in the Lewis trilogy, which had landed on my wishlist by way of a recommendation by Lois (avaland) and a push by Vivienne. A gruesome murder is discovered on the Isle of Lewis in the Scottish Outer Herbrides. Fin McCloud is a detective in Edinburgh investigating a similar murder, and having grown up on the Isle of Lewis, he is sent there to see if the two cases are linked. The story flashes back and forth between memories of his unhappy childhood on the island, and the present day investigation. The Lewis victim was a bully and just about everyone had a motive to want him dead. I really enjoyed the descriptions of the island and it’s people. The reader was perfect, and I look forward to the next book.
This book is part of the Hercule Poirot series. Caroline Crale went to prison for poisoning her husband, Amyas. She was sentenced to life in prison, but died several years after Her imprisonment. Before she died, she wrote a letter to her daughter who was only five at the time of the murder. The letter asks her daughter, who is now 21 and engaged to be married, to believe her when she says that she was completely innocent. The daughter goes to Poirot to ask him to prove her mother’s innocence. He agrees to look into it, and interviews the law enforcement people who were involved, as well as the five other people who were in the house at the time of the murder. As usual, there are lots of red herrings thrown about, but I did guess the result of this one well before the end.
I loved the Miss Buncle books but haven't read the Mrs. Tim ones yet. I have the first one on my shelf, so one of these days...
I also want to read The Blackhouse; I've heard so many good things about it here on LT.
In this charming story, Emmy Lake wants to do her bit during the Blitz in 1940’s London. She’s hoping to become a war corespondent and is delighted when she sees an advert for the perfect job as a typist for a big publication. She applies knowing that she will be close to the action, gaining experience to get to her dream job. She gets the job which turns out to be for the Women’s magazine under the publisher. She’s typing responses to people who write in to Mrs Bird looking for help. Not really what she was looking for. When she finds out that Mrs Bird won’t respond to women who write in about “unacceptable” things, she takes it upon herself to answer them. The story goes on from there, and is funny and often sad. Emmy also works for the Fire Brigade, which is a stressful job during the Blitz. I loved this book. If you are looking for something to make you smile, and maybe even to tear up a little, this is the book for you.
Edited to add, I forgot to mention that this book landed on my wishlist via Bonnie (brenzi) and Beth (BLBera). Thank you! I really enjoyed it.
FYI, I did go to Sally’s thread to tell her how to do the spoiler, but she had already found the link with the instructions. I wouldn’t want you to think I had ignored her.
This book is 15th in the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series. I finally got to the head of the waiting line at the library for this latest installment. There are changes in Gamache’s role at the Surete du Quebec, and changes in life plans for his daughter Annie and son-in-law Jean-Guy Beauvoir. A battered woman is missing, flood waters are rising, and emotions are high. And I can’t say more without spoiling a very good addition to the series. This is a series that I may reread at some point. I love the characters and the setting.
This is the second book in the Shetland Island series. White Nights refers to the time in midsummer when the sun never sets. A famous artist hosts a party at her gallery. Very few guests show up. A stranger comes in and while looking at a painting, begins to cry, and claims he doesn’t know who he is or why he’s there. The next morning he’s found hanging in a boat shed. Detective Jimmy Perez is sure this is murder. Another guest at the party is murdered, and Perez is convinced that the two are connected.
I enjoyed this book, and will continue reading the series. I recently binge watched all of the Shetland series. I’m not sure that it follows the books, but draws from them for the characters. I really enjoyed it.
ETA: I loved the Shetland series. The character development across the seasons was excellent, especially
I agree with your assessment of the Shetland series. It was very well done. Will there be any more?