I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Libby Page has a delightful way of painting word pictures and I was utterly engrossed in the book from start to end.I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Libby Page has a delightful way of painting word pictures and I was utterly engrossed in the book from start to end. Her characters come over as genuine people to whom I can relate, and their love of, and loyalty to, their community comes across strongly. For me as a long-lapsed swimmer, albeit one currently involved in a campaign to save the only remaining coastal lido at Grange over Sands in the north west of England, it captured everything that I believe in - that sense of place, of community, of places being a part of the history of people as well as people being part of the history of places. The story shows that not only is swimming good for your mental and physical health, but also that being part of a community that cares about its assets and its people is good for the same. It's wonderful, enjoyable, although sad in parts, has a depth of understanding of human frailties and strengths, of what matters to people, and is well-worth reading. My son's stance is to only gives five stars to books that has made him think about something in a different way or that has a profound impact on his life or his thinking. For me, this is such a book....more
I like the whole storyline, but found it was slow to build up, so if you like fast paced thrillers this may not be for you. I feel that the paceI like the whole storyline, but found it was slow to build up, so if you like fast paced thrillers this may not be for you. I feel that the pace reflected the challenge faced by Eva and Dan in trying to solve the mysteries. The plot shows how frustrating it must be for any investigator - whether police or PI - to solve a case when there is so little information to go on. I must admit I didn't guess the culprit, until the time they were revealed I had no idea who it would be, so that really kept me guessing. I liked the introduction of the next case (Lauren) into this book as a means to keep me reading onto book 2. I'm knocking a star off because my Kindle copy had some typographical errors and a possible factual error (Strangers on a Train / Brief Encounter), but overall, if you like steady thoughtful PI's this series is for you....more
I listened to this as an audio book and really enjoyed it. Graham's life as a top cop in Brighton and the surrounding area gives him a fund ofI listened to this as an audio book and really enjoyed it. Graham's life as a top cop in Brighton and the surrounding area gives him a fund of interesting, often funny, sometimes sad, and sometimes scary experiences that he shares in this book co-written with thriller writer Peter James. Graham was also Peter James' advisor on the Inspector Grace series of books, with many of Peter's plots being directly referenced to Graham's real-life cases. I found it a fascinating insight into the policing of what was, at one time, one of the crime capitals of the UK, and a place where I visited wider family members during the time that Graham was writing about. Highly recommended!...more
Oh dear! This reads like a bargain-basement version of Agatha Christie's "And then there were none" but with a few throwaway gags and a raft of mainlyOh dear! This reads like a bargain-basement version of Agatha Christie's "And then there were none" but with a few throwaway gags and a raft of mainly unpleasant, mainly unlikeable characters. By the end (yes, I did read it right through, albeit painfully) I was hoping none of them would survive and the inn would collapse in onto itself and then be swamped by an avalanche, so its name would never be seen in print again. The police were utterly unrealistic: I am sure that, even in America, the police / sheriff / coroner would take multiple deaths on the same day in the same premises far more seriously than this seemingly ineffectual bunch do. The staff were not believable, their hospitality skills sadly lacking, whilst the guests were just incredibly rude (and thus probably the most realistic characters in the novella). If you've really nothing else to read then this will occupy a couple of hours of your time, but honestly there are much better free books available to read. Not recommended at all....more
I enjoyed this book very much. It was beautifully written, with interesting and believable characters on both sides of the Atlantic. Starting from herI enjoyed this book very much. It was beautifully written, with interesting and believable characters on both sides of the Atlantic. Starting from her Canadian home Anna Miller's lifestyle is safe, steady, and probably a little boring if she's honest with herself. The letter she receives from a Scottish solicitor triggers a change in her life: an adventure into her family history and in Oban on the west coast of Scotland. The warmth, support and friendship of Anna's SAMBA group in London (Canada) was heartwarming, their concern for Anna as she up-sticks and flies across the ocean to look into the inheritance, left to her by someone of whom she had no prior knowledge, entirely believable. From the time of Anna's arrival in Scotland she experienced welcoming warmth and help from Scots from the airport in Glasgow to her neighbours in Oban. As a travelogue it should encourage anyone to visit and experience this beautiful part of the country, Oban has long been on my "To Visit" list, so this book has made me keener to do so! The inheritance story comes across as entirely feasible, the family history is fascinating, and with a cast of wonderful, kind and helpful Scots, I'd recommend this as well worth a read. I'm looking forward to the next in the series already....more
This is one of those books which probably shouldn't work but does. It's such an unlikely scenario, with dialogue that's difficult to believe asThis is one of those books which probably shouldn't work but does. It's such an unlikely scenario, with dialogue that's difficult to believe as particularly authentic, a budding romance that stretches the imagination somewhat, yet despite all of that it was an enjoyable tale on the whole mainly, I think, due to the interesting (if not likeable!) personalities in it. I had to smile at the notion of a New Scotland Yard staff member providing breakfast for her boss on silver dishes each morning at the office.
I also found the various Americanisms slightly off-putting as this is a book set in London with British characters - (e.g. our detectives are usually (so I understand) referred to by their rank, so a DS would be called sergeant, not detective which seems to be more the US style), but putting that and others aside I found it a better read than some recently read British-based police crime stories by other non-resident authors whom don't seem to have any grasp of British police methods.
The premise of an aristocratic detective and a common sidekick in the Lord and Lady Hetheridge series are similar to Anne Cleeland's Doyle and Acton series, but Jameson's Hetheridge comes across as a somewhat nicer, less creepy, chap than does Cleeland's Lord Acton.
I am following onto book 2 to see how the story develops, as both 1 and 2 were available for free on Amazon this week. ...more