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Christine Falls by Benjamin Black
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Sep 24, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: award, mystery, ireland, 1950s, religion, massachusetts, boston, first-in-series
Recommended to Catherine by: Edgar Award
Read from July 14 to 22, 2010

A literary mystery involving 1950s Ireland, Boston, Catholics, and orphans is stirred up by the accidental knowledge of the Dublin Catholic Hospital's pathologist, Quirke, who discovers an anomaly in the falsity of a death report. I especially liked the tightness of the plot, the characters and the puzzle pieces of the mystery that came together in Boston. Not an exciting book but interesting plot twists kept me involved and interested. The bleakness of Quirke's outlook reminded me on Henning Mankell's Kurt Wallander, the Swedish Police Inspector. Benjamin Black is the pen name for author John Banville. I'll be adding the second Quirke book, The Silver Swan: A Novel, to my TBR list.

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Reading Progress

07/18/2010 page 155
46.0% "Varying POV keep the suspence level high. Andy is a jerk but I like Quirke and his niece."

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