I'd finished reading all the Joanne Fluke books that our library had, and which I quite enjoyed. So I asked the librarians about another author that w...moreI'd finished reading all the Joanne Fluke books that our library had, and which I quite enjoyed. So I asked the librarians about another author that was light-hearted & easy reading (but not romance or soppy!) Claudia Carroll was one of the suggestions. So I tried this book, but I didn't finish it. The main plot idea is funny enough, but the character of Charlotte I found to be a bit pathetic & sorry for herself. Plus the book didn't go anywhere very quickly due to long descriptions of people & rooms & so forth. (less)
Malcolm Dodd is a man who is passionate about his job. But you would have to for the type of work he does. He really believes that the forensic work t...moreMalcolm Dodd is a man who is passionate about his job. But you would have to for the type of work he does. He really believes that the forensic work that he does with the bodies of victims of war & disaster has a profound effect for the good. But - a warning, don't read this book if you are at all squeamish!! Dodd is quite plain & factual about describing the bodies that he deals with and how the injuries were inflicted.
He may be a great pathologist, but he's not such a great writer. Even with the help of a co-author the book is about as dry and factual as an autopsy report at times. Towards the end it did get a little repetative & boring & he has a thing about using acronyms - and then saying what they stand for EACH time!!
I think that only a person with such a great self belief could manage to do the type of work he does and remain so cheerful & upbeat, so in that way the book was inspiring. It was also educational about conflicts that have happened in recent times in our world, and the terrible consequences for individuals & nations. Now I want to understand more - especially about Kosova & what happened in the former Yugoslavia, and about the issues in the Solomons - as we know someone who has lived there.
A worthwhile read if the topics interest you. (less)
This was a perfect book for lakeside reading. Corinna, the leading lady, comes across as witty & intelligent (and round enough to be real) and Dan...moreThis was a perfect book for lakeside reading. Corinna, the leading lady, comes across as witty & intelligent (and round enough to be real) and Daniel, the main man - luckily for her - is improbably tall,dark, handsome & sexy. The supporting characters have interesting & varied personalities, including Corinna's cat. The setting - the building that Corinna works & lives in almost has a personality of its own, as does the city that they live in. The night life seems to be a fairly real representation of the nastiest of modern city life. The book is well paced & suspenseful enough to kept me wanting to read. The ending was a little unusual (for me) and I felt the final 'solution' to the mystery came together somewhat quickly, almost like the author suddenly decided she wanted to finish the story, so I haven't give it five stars. This is the second book in this series that I have read - though it should have been the first, as it is where we get introduced to the characters and where Corinna meets Daniel. So if you want to read these - start with this one. (less)