3.5 stars.....sure wish Goodreads would find a way to give fractional stars.
Faith and her husband, clergyman Tom, after years of sermons for him, sala3.5 stars.....sure wish Goodreads would find a way to give fractional stars.
Faith and her husband, clergyman Tom, after years of sermons for him, salads and sauces for her, and sporting events for their children, are finally able to get away by themselves for a relaxing and romantic second honeymoon in Italy. Faith's former catering helper Francesca has opened an Italian cooking school in the hills of Tuscany, and has asked Tom and Faith to be among her first guests.
Naturally, the Fairchilds become embroiled in a murder mystery before they even get out of Rome to head for the hills. As all of you who have read the series know, Faith can't leave this one alone, but unlike previous stories, the mystery really takes a back seat to the food and Italian scenery. The recipes while not over-whelming in number are, as always, mouth-watering. The characters are a rather eclectic assortment of odd-balls who don't always meld as a group. Faith has always known when NOT to try to solve something on her own, but during this story, I often wondered if she had forgotten all about the poor dead Freddie. It took her awhile, but Page finally managed to wrap everything up like a big fat well sauced canneloni.
Overall, it's another delightful episode in the peripatetic career of Faith Fairchild, girl snoop. The setting is one that makes the reader want to book a flight to Italy immediately. If only Francesca's hostel were real and affordable. In the meantime, we can drift away in a wonderful dream of what might be.
Maeve Binchy's last novel..too bad we lost her. Binchy had the incredible ability to weave a disparate group of characters and motivations, put them i Maeve Binchy's last novel..too bad we lost her. Binchy had the incredible ability to weave a disparate group of characters and motivations, put them in gorgeous surroundings to make a coherent story where the reader cared about each person, and the outcome for everyone. It's vintage Binchy, and a story I'll be able to return to again when I'm looking for a feel good read that doesn't sugar coat problems, but that provides a hopeful and positive slant. It's one I bought for my permanent personal library.
This series has been an enjoyable one up to now, so I was happy to see a new adventure on the shelf. However, I have to say that this latest one disapThis series has been an enjoyable one up to now, so I was happy to see a new adventure on the shelf. However, I have to say that this latest one disappointed. I'm sure there are followers who were thrilled by the historical backfill of the French colonization of Laos and Madame Daeng's early life. It just seemed like a lot of fill-er-up to me. It may have been that I wasn't concentrating enough, and I'll probably try this one again later on.
Same characters, same kinds of silliness and humor, but somehow it didn't work. Maybe just a few too many spirits and ghosts. If you're a fan of the series, you'll still enjoy seeing how Dr. Siri continues his adventures even after his "retirement". If you've never read them before, don't start here....pick an earlier one. In fact, this series builds so well it's best to start at the beginning. ...more
I like these books, but I'm beginning to tire of Leon's increasing tendency to phone them in. This one concerns the theft and/or destruction of ancienI like these books, but I'm beginning to tire of Leon's increasing tendency to phone them in. This one concerns the theft and/or destruction of ancient, priceless books and manuscripts, a subject that should be close to my heart. Brunetti's apparent ignorance of the subject and his skillful questioning of those involved so he can make himself smart is handled well and gives the reader at least a smattering of knowledge. But there's nothing deep to this one. Leon presumes we all know all the background of the cast, gives us very little motivation for anything or anybody, offers some flip remarks about the in depth, inbred crime rampant in modern day Venice, offers enchanting descriptions of Venetian scenery, throws in a few mentions of food (the hallmark of previous volumes), and comes to such an absolutely abrupt halt that I had to go and double-check to make sure my download of the e-galley hadn't been corrupted. Sorta like she ran out of steam and said "ok,,, I'm done now....I'm off to the opera."
Really disappointing. I guess it could be a stand alone, but I'm not sure if I started here if I'd ever want to read any others. The subject matter should have made it much more interesting than it did, and I miss the sharp repartèe so common to her characters in earlier books. Much as I hate to see Brunetti go, I may be more reluctant to read any more of these if she doesn't find the old spark again....more
I'm a list maker, so I was drawn to this one. Sarah Butler has woven together two stories that are seeminly unrelated. Alice is a vagabond young womanI'm a list maker, so I was drawn to this one. Sarah Butler has woven together two stories that are seeminly unrelated. Alice is a vagabond young woman called home because her father is dying. Daniel is a homeless gentleman who makes beautiful art objects from various trash and discarded objects he discovers on the street.
The chapters alternate between their two stories, and each begins with a list that gives the reader a glimpse into the psyche of each of them. The stories tell of loss and hope, of love and emptiness, and the parallels of the two draw closer as the book proceeds. It is a beautiful, thought-provoking, and poignant story and I don't want to say too much to spoil its special ending. As the reader sees the corresponding story lines, see the characters as their lives continue side by side but not connected, and wants an ending so badly that the book cannot be put down.
The ending is beautiful, tearful and very special. I'm so glad I read it, and wish I could say more, but it would be absolutely sinful to spoil it for you....more