Laurie King has come to be one of my favorite writers. I devour her books, waiting her to publish more. Her writing displays an intelligence that I thLaurie King has come to be one of my favorite writers. I devour her books, waiting her to publish more. Her writing displays an intelligence that I thoroughly enjoy. At the heart of her work is her Mary Russell series. I read all of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories as a young teen-ager, and have re-read many of them throughout the years. Laurie King's portrayal of Holmes is one of the most believable I have come across. She is able to sustain it through book after book. The coupling of his intelligence and wit with Russell's, her insistence that he treat her as an equal more than as just a woman, is portrayed masterfully by King. In addition, the stories, set in some interesting locales, weave in references to Conan Doyle's stories, historical and political events, and famous personalities. While the Russell series is at the top of my list of King's writing, I highly recommend everything she has published. Her plots and the quality of her prose are consistently fulfilling.
This was a wonderful book, a book that uses the metaphor of a crime to investigate the psychological mysteries of the detective. The backdrop of SevilThis was a wonderful book, a book that uses the metaphor of a crime to investigate the psychological mysteries of the detective. The backdrop of Seville during Semana Santa and of Tangiers after WWII heightened the intrigue.
"I thought that when my father died I would be pleased. It would be a relief and a release from ... It would signify the end of all these unfinished thoughts....Thoughts that have no ending. Thoughts that are interminable because they have no resolution. Thoughts that leave you forever hanging in the balance....It may just be our natural state, said Falcon, that in coming from complicated beings who are unknowable, we will always be the carriers of the unresolved and further compound it with our own irresolvable questions, which we in turn hand on."
This is the first book of Wilson's in the Inspector Falcon series. After I finished it, I realized I have read not too long ago another book by Wilson - Intruments of Darkness. That was the first book in a series set on the coast of West Africa. It was a disturbing book because the characters were not likable. And for me the book required more concentration than usual because it was describing a part of the world and a culture that I know little about and that is outside my frame of reference. I enjoyed this book - The Blind Man of Seville - much more, and am looking forward to reading the next installment....more
This is the first book in what was, for me, a most satisfying series. The main character (Karen Pelletier) is a professor of literature at a small NewThis is the first book in what was, for me, a most satisfying series. The main character (Karen Pelletier) is a professor of literature at a small New England college, and the plots have links into the world of literature. Pelletier is a well-defined character, and the stories allow us to see all dimensions of her - professor, scholar, woman, mother, friend. Her relationship with Lieutenant Piotrowski is well-crafted and the recurring secondary characters add to the richness of the stories.
I must have come across a very good recommendation for this book, because I am usually suspect of Sherlock Holmes tales written by someone other thanI must have come across a very good recommendation for this book, because I am usually suspect of Sherlock Holmes tales written by someone other than Conan Doyle (of course nothing can match Laurie King's Mary Russell books). In addition, this was a Holmes meets Jack the Ripper story, which sounded a bit ludicrous. Early into the book, my thinking was changed. This is Lindsay Faye's first novel, and what a marvelous read she has penned. The style, the characters, the setting, the mood, the suspense were masterfully created. The story was believable and I forgot that I was not reading Conan Doyle. If you are a Sherlock Holmes fan, or just love a good mystery, then by all means read this book. Lindsay Faye is someone to watch. I already have her next novel sitting on my bookcase, waiting for me. (This one is not about Holmes, but set in New York City in 1985.)...more
These books are a treat to read. Everything about them is likable. The part I enjoyed the most in this book was the way in which Evans was taken up byThese books are a treat to read. Everything about them is likable. The part I enjoyed the most in this book was the way in which Evans was taken up by the Sergeant to help with the case. And we are given a few clues about Evans past. What a nice guy!...more
Blood Trail is the eighth book in the Joe Pickett series set in the mountains of Wyoming. I read this book in a single day. I enjoy the relationshipsBlood Trail is the eighth book in the Joe Pickett series set in the mountains of Wyoming. I read this book in a single day. I enjoy the relationships that Box has built among Pickett and his wife and two children. They give Pickett's character more depth and provide a way to communicate character traits that might otherwise be lost. The author uses Pickett to paint the beauty and grandeur of Wyoming for the reader. Pickett also serves as the center of the struggle between right and wrong, man and nature, the ideal and the practical. I read these books, not so much for the superficial plots - which do hold my attention, but for the way I am forced to consider the underlying issues and Pickett's way of dealing with them....more