Cosy Crime is a genre I like, since it's generally not too scary and is unlikely to give me nightmares (why yes, I am an enormous wimp). 'The Art of MCosy Crime is a genre I like, since it's generally not too scary and is unlikely to give me nightmares (why yes, I am an enormous wimp). 'The Art of Murder' is an excellent and worthy addition to the genre which I recommend to anyone who likes good, well drawn characters and good plotting.
I don't much like the appellation 'Cosy Crime'. It sounds all warm and comfortable - which some is, but 'The Art of Murder' isn't really. I very much enjoyed the contrast between the real bleakness of the events and characters, and the - yes, the cosiness of the setting of the majority of the novel, which is a weekend art group course in a lovely-sounding B&B (address please!). I loved the way all the little happenings kept getting less and less little and more and more chilling (those wasps - bleargh).
For me, it's always the characters who make or break a book and I've got to say that this is an area in which Nicola Slade has never yet failed! There are, of course, Harriet and Sam, both of whom I am extremely fond of. Then there's the delightfully nasty victim - whom I also found myself feeling quite sorry for, despite her unmitigated horridness. I've got to say, though, I felt even sorrier for the murderer. I didn't guess who it was, either! As for the other characters - the necessary other suspects - there's a nice variety, ranging from horrendous to heavenly, and I particularly liked Seren, Bonnie and Donald. Ms Slade really has the knack of making good rounded characters, even when you don't see a massive amount of them in the story.
So, all in all, highly recommmended! This is one of a series but you don't need to have read any of the others to enjoy this (though you'll want to afterwards)....more
Good, but... I enjoyed this; I really did. I think Rob Bell is intelligent and sensible and inspiring. What I found really hard about this book is thaGood, but... I enjoyed this; I really did. I think Rob Bell is intelligent and sensible and inspiring. What I found really hard about this book is that he never talked about me or the thousands of people like me.
See, I have depression and anxiety and shit like that. I do not make a choice to feel horrendous every single day. It happens and I can't control it. It frustrates me that Rob Bell never acknowledges that this could be a thing. It's all very well to say we're all destined for something great, but that's frankly just upsetting and annoying when the greatest thing you can manage to do all day is cook the dinner or have a shower.
He talks about finding your - I forget the word but apparently it means 'what gets you up in the morning' - but he doesn't acknowledge the fact that a lot of people can't get up in the morning, or who hate the thing they get up in the morning for.
He talks a lot about people who are so incredibly busy that they don't have time to 'be here', but he never mentions the people who are too tired and depressed to 'be here'.
It's still a good book. Just disappointing....more
Jay Rayner would not want to eat with me! I am terrible at making decisions so frequently have to ask for more time to order. I'm also a dreadfully slJay Rayner would not want to eat with me! I am terrible at making decisions so frequently have to ask for more time to order. I'm also a dreadfully slow eater and am almost always the last to finish. I do like food, though. I love it. I love eating out. I love cooking food. I just love eating. And this was a very enjoyable little book - funny but also frequently sensible....more