A Cast of Vultures
There was every possibility that I was dead, and my brain hadn’t got the memo. Or maybe it was that I wished I were dead. On reflection, that was more likely.
Usually sharp-witted editor Sam Clair stumbles through her post-launch-party morning with the hangover to end all hangovers. Before the Nurofen has even kicked in, she finds herself entangled in an elaborate saga...more
This is actually the 3rd book in this series but I haven't read the first 2. I didn't find that to be a problem. I never felt like I was coming into the middle of something and feeling lost. So I do think this could be read without the benefit of the other two. Although, since I did enjoy this one, I will go back and read from the beginning:)
I really liked Sam as a c ...more
Samantha aka Sam is woken one night by the smell of smoke and noise. Going outside she watch the "Empty House" burned to the ground. Sam knew that the house had o ...more
A series of unexplained fires and a missing neighbour ...more
Helena and our upstairs architect are also plotting and inventing together. Where could this go? Probably anywhere, even into Space.
The characters in the neighborhood are being supremely developed in this one. We truly know a ...more
The mystery is a good one in A Cast of Vultures, even though the reader quickly learns the identity of the killer. The trick is in deducing why. In addition, Sam's impromptu investigation has some very scary moments in her home and at Kew Gardens-- and they showed me the importance of having a flashlight app ...more
She opts to investigate when it seems the police are being unfairly close minded about who might be ...more
Samantha Clair awakes with a hangover after her post-book- party to
learn about a fire in the neighborhood, also that there is a body and that
people are missing. Before the news comes out, Sam finds herself in the
center of all the action and mystery. The book is well written with humor,
smart and clever retorts as well as dry wit. You will like Sam and her friends
and characters. Enjoy!!
I really, really enjoy Flanders' Sam Clair series, about an editor who finds herself mixed up in mysteries. Her writing is just really funny and engaging, and Sam is a likable and entertaining character. Flanders also tooooootally nails the intricacies of the publishing world--and I'm just as interested in her assistant and their office politics as I am in the case of the moment (this one involves a friend's missing neighbor, though things quickly grow mor ...more
Great character development! Third book in the series but can be read as a stand-alone and you won't be lost. Funny and towards the middle the action hits! ...more
‘Crisps are not food.’ They weren’t? I’d have to revise my whole food pyramid.
Foreigners think that all social interactions in Britain must legally begin with a discussion of the weather. This is not true. We are only required to talk about the weather in certain, very specific, circumstances. When the temperature rises above 22°. When it drops below 10°. When it rains heavily, or there are showers for more than three days in a row. And when it snows. Or hails. Or it looks like any of ...more
I really love these characters with their flaws and foibles. Maybe it's Sam's sarcasm, but I really think it's because nobody is perfect, except Helena, so it's easy to relate to them. As I've said several times before, I adore sarcasm and Sam uses it in spades. Any ...more
Samantha "Sam" Clair is a book editor in London, working on a sometimes prickly relationship with her CID Inspector boyfriend, Jake. In this outing Sam's neighborhood is the focus of a firebug. Small fires have occurred over an extended period, but when the local "empty house" burns down, the neighbors who are mostly on a nodding-acquaintance basis come together to help the squatters who had occupied the hou ...more
Meanwhile, Sam's friend Viv asks her to look into the disappearance of Viv's neighbor, a kind man who is a civil servant.
When the body in the ashes is discovered to be Viv' ...more
After university, Judith returned to London and began working as an editor for various publishing houses. After this 17-year misstep, she began to write and in 2001 her first book, A Cir ...more