This is not my favorite book in the Saxon series but Uhtred is alive and suffering from the wounds he received in Pagan Lord. No matter what4.5 stars
This is not my favorite book in the Saxon series but Uhtred is alive and suffering from the wounds he received in Pagan Lord. No matter what he does, he just can't seem to recover so he must rely on others more than he does. In the best scenes in the book, in my opinion, are him establishing a relationship with his son, Uhtred, and his daughter, Stiorra, who is a big surprise to her father.
Aethelred finally dies (yippee) and Uhtred must step in to protect Aethelflead's, the widow, rights. What's up for grabs is Mercia and Aethelflead's brother, Edward wouldn't mind being king of Mercia and Wessex. Uhtred must head north to protect her burbs from the Irish Norsemen. If ther4e's not one thing there's another.
I really liked getting to know Stiorra. She is such a pleasure. I just love how surprised Uhtred is about her.
This is another bang up book in the Saxon series. I am really worried about Uhtred. Will be get Bebbanburg back before he dies? I already can't wait for the next one. ...more
This is the best Sean Duffy book in the four book series. I only hope McKinty writes more as the character and story line are developing so well. Duf This is the best Sean Duffy book in the four book series. I only hope McKinty writes more as the character and story line are developing so well. Duffy is a man who is looking for a place to belong. As one of the very Catholic policeman in the RUC, he tries to date women who want nothing to with him because he is a policeman and had swastikas painted on his house's front door. He's a square peg looking for a square hole instead of a round one and that leads to a lot of his problems in this book.
After a watching a botched interception of guns, Duffy wanders off and stumbles into a double homicide. The homicide leads to more murders, supposed suicides and investigations into missing JAVA missiles and more trouble than any man should have to bear. There is an inept American stumbling around that may be CIA. He is training a new policeman and checking for bombs under his car. He is being recruited for a top Irish secret agency.
Duffy is a complex character that is evolving. That is a hard thing to do. I think of Lee Child's wonder Jack Reacher's novels and realize Reacher is not evolving. He's who he is. That's why I find Duffy so exciting. It's interesting to find a character who changes, grows and matures. He is not completely good like real life people aren't. He has layers. The writing is taut and fast paced. It makes it difficult to put the book down. You just want to find out what will happen next.
This is a really good book in a really good series. I highly recommend it....more
A friend gave this to me for Christmas. I had never heard of Colin Bateman before but I am a fan now. I started laughing from the first page and laug A friend gave this to me for Christmas. I had never heard of Colin Bateman before but I am a fan now. I started laughing from the first page and laughed most of the way through. The story takes place during The Troubles when a politician is running to be the peace candidate. Everyone is involved from the police, the IRA and the UVF and all of them are out to get Dan Starkey, freelance writer for the Belfast papers. I don't want to give it away but it has a wonderful ending, in an awful kind of way, that took me totally my surprise.
For those who like a truly funny mystery this is a standout. ...more
There will be people who really like this. Unfortunately, I am not one. I found this novel comparable to one by Nicholas Sparks and, yet, he is extremThere will be people who really like this. Unfortunately, I am not one. I found this novel comparable to one by Nicholas Sparks and, yet, he is extremely popular. I found it to be so-so. The characters were cut-out paper dolls and the story was just so slow and plodding. For people who like this genre, I am sure it will be a good read.
This is a companion book to the "Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and tells the story of Miss Queenie, the woman Harold was on the journey to see. Queenie is in a hospice run by nun dying from a tumor in her throat area. She can no longer talk and writes her story in shorthand that was transcribed by a nun. She wants to give it to Harold when he arrives to explain herself to him. The story meanders between her times with Harold, her "exile" and her current circumstances. When I say meander, I mean meander. I was silently screaming to myself, "Just get on with it".
I don't want to go on and on but this was just not my cup of tea....more
I really liked this book. It is the story of nine people trapped in an office after an earthquake. It is the Indian consul and for various reasons th I really liked this book. It is the story of nine people trapped in an office after an earthquake. It is the Indian consul and for various reasons they all have a connection to India. As they are trapped, the water is rising, the roof is collapsing and various other problems keep occurring.
As they wait for a rescue that may never come, they each tell a story from their past. It's called one amazing thing but the stories, by themselves, are not amazing. They are moments that change the course of their lives, for good or bad, and that's what makes them amazing. It made me think of what story I would tell and I decided on one but I won't bore anyone else. I'll just say that it was amazing to me.
The story ends ambiguously which is great. I read this book for my in-person book club and really appreciated it. It reminded me of The Canterbury Tales but updated. A quick read that is quite enjoyable. I highly recommend it....more
What a great way to start the New Year by reading the new book in one of my favorite series, The Number One Ladies Detective Agency. This is such a f What a great way to start the New Year by reading the new book in one of my favorite series, The Number One Ladies Detective Agency. This is such a feel good series and who doesn't love Precious Ramotswe, the traditionally built owner of the agency?
This new addition features her prickly assistant, Grace Makutsi, now promoted to "co-director" of the Agency. Grace has decided to open a restaurant called the Handsome Man's Deluxe Café. In one of the funniest passages in the book, J.L.B. Matekoni, husband of Precious, expresses his reservations about the café. He said he would be afraid of Grace lurking around making sure everyone cleaned their plate.
Their is also a case but the real joy is just enjoying the characters. I always feel great after I've read one and this doesn't disappoint. It's a worthy addition to the series....more
I received this book from Net Galley in exchange for a review.
I found this to be a delightful cozy English mystery story set in the Regency3.5 stars
I received this book from Net Galley in exchange for a review.
I found this to be a delightful cozy English mystery story set in the Regency Period. Lucy Harrington and her sister, Anna, leave the charming village of St. Mary to participate in the "Season" in London. They need to find husbands and the village is too small. Lucy has been working as a nurse and the right hand of Major Robert Kurland, a war hero recovering from severe injuries.
Major Kurland finds he must go to London, too, as the Prince Regent hears about his battle exploits and wants to make him a baronet. Kurland is quite upset because he doesn't think he deserves it but who can say no to the Prince?
Kurland runs into Lucy and a member of his old regiment in London. They start attending Season events and people start dying. There is a poisoning, a boat accident and someone leaps off a ledge. Kurland and Lucy must race against time to solve the murders before someone else dies.
It's really a fun read and a series I'd like to read more. If you like a good cozy English mystery, try this one....more
This is the third book in the Austen Project and I really had high hopes. Alexander McCall Smith writes one of my favorite series, The No. 1 Ladies D This is the third book in the Austen Project and I really had high hopes. Alexander McCall Smith writes one of my favorite series, The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, and I thought he might bring the needed warmth to the story. It was a good book, pleasant to read, but nothing special. It struggles with the juxtaposition of Emma in modern times. Part of the problem is not the author's fault. It is just disconcerting to see Emma with a cell phone and an e-mail.
The character still interact with the stiff formality of the original books which is just odd in modern times. It's hard to see adults addressed with their surnames while they text out a message. When Emma suggests Harriet Smith break her date with the son of a local B & B, she encourages her to do it by text message. I just think that's out of character. In this day and age, is it really a terrible thing for a penniless orphan to date the son of the owner of the B& B? The parentage of Miss Smith is a little odd too.
Still, it's a fine book that doesn't catch the magic of Jane Austen but then who can?...more