Tag: Books: Mystery


Review: Something Rotten

Posted 20 October, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Something Rotten (Thursday Next #4)
By: Jasper Fforde
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

Literary detective Thursday Next is on a mission – and it’s not just a mission to save the planet. If only life were that simple…

Unemployed following an international cheese-smuggling scandal, our favourite cultural crime-fighter is faced with a world of problems: Hamlet’s not attending his conflict resolution classes, President George Formby is facing a coup led by dastardly Yorrick Kaine and, what’s more, the evil Goliath Corportation are refusing to un-eradicate Thursday’s husband, Landen.

Will she ever see Landen again? Is shopping the new religion? Can Thursday prevent Armageddon? And who will babysit her son while she does it?

Join Thursday on her toughest assignment yet, and enter a world where fiction is always much stranger than the truth…

Good thing I had books 3 and 4 sitting on my shelf waiting to be read, makes it easier to just keep following Thursday Next’s adventures 🙂 Just in case, may contain some mild spoilers to the series to date!

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Review: The Well of Lost Plots

Posted 19 October, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 6 Comments

The Well of Lost Plots (Thursday Next #3)
By: Jasper Fforde
Format/Source: Paperback; was a Christmas gift

Leaving Swindon behind her, to hide out in the Well of Lost Plots — the place where all fiction is created — Thursday Next, Literary Detective and soon-to-be one parent family, ponders her next move from inside an unpublished novel of dubious merit entitled Caversham Heights. Her husband, Landen, exists only in her memories and with Goliath and the Chronoguard on her tail in the real world, the safest place for her to be is inside the covers of a book.

But changes are afoot within the world of fiction. The much-awaited upgrade to the centuries-old book system — in which grammasites will be exterminated, punctuation standardised and the number of possible plots increased from eight to an astonishing thirty-two — is only weeks away. But if this is the beginning of a golden age in fictional narrative, then why are Jurisfiction agents mysteriously dying? Perkins is eaten by the minotaur, Snell succumbs to the Mispeling Vyrus and Godot is missing.

As the date of the upgrade looms closer and the bookworld prepares for the 923rd Annual Fiction Awards, Thursday must unmask the villain responsible for the murders, establish just what exactly the upgrade entails — and do battle with an old enemy intent on playing havoc with her memories.

Hmm, apparently it’s been a while since I’ve read a Thursday Next novel. Granted, it took me a while to locate this edition of The Well of Lost Plots (wanting to match it with the other books in the series that I have on my shelf), but I was waiting to be in the right mood to read this book. And I needed zany at te time I read this so here we are 🙂 Some spoilers if you haven’t read the series to date!

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Review: Stray Bullets

Posted 12 October, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Stray Bullets (Detective Greene #3)
By: Robert Rotenberg
Format/Source: Mass market paperback; my purchase

When a young boy is caught in the deadly crossfire of a downtown gun battle, the city is thrown into spasms of shock. The press makes the killing front-page news. The outraged public demands action. The devastated family needs answers. In this tense climate of anger and grief, Homicide Detective Ari Greene makes a high-profile arrest.

But did he get the wrong person? Brilliant defense lawyer Nancy Parish thinks so. Despite the tidal wave of evidence against her client, she’s convinced he’s innocent. Never content with easy answers, Greene and his protégé Daniel Kennicott pursue the truth as the man they have charged with first-degree murder is put on trial for his life.

In Stray Bullets, bestselling author Robert Rotenberg returns with his compelling mix of insider knowledge, brilliantly drawn characters, and high courtroom drama. In Rotenberg’s world, nothing is certain until the last clue falls into place.

Stray Bullets is the only novel to date (well, at the time that I read it; his latest novel, The Heart of the City, came out last month) from Robert Rotenberg’s bibliography that I haven’t read. I was quite delighted that they decided to release it in mass market paperback (not sure why the first two weren’t so far, but anyway) so I was able to read it during my break at work.

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Review: The Quiet Gentleman

Posted 27 September, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 4 Comments

The Quiet Gentleman
By: Georgette Heyer
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

Returning to his family seat from Waterloo, Gervase Frant, seventh Earl of St Erth, could have expected more enthusiasm for his homecoming. His quiet cousin, stepmother, and young half-brother seem openly disappointed that he survived the wars.

And when he begins to fall for his half-brother’s sweetheart, his chilly reception goes from unfriendly to positively murderous.

It’s been a while since I’ve read something by Georgette Heyer so here we are, remedying the matter 🙂 Not much to say except that this book has long been on my radar of Georgette Heyer novels to pick up and read and seeing as my TBR when it comes to her bibliography is dwindling down, now was a good time to read it.

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Review: Reconstructing Amelia

Posted 13 July, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Reconstructing Ameila
By: Kimberly McCreight
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

In Reconstructing Amelia, the stunning debut novel from Kimberly McCreight, Kate’s in the middle of the biggest meeting of her career when she gets the telephone call from Grace Hall, her daughter’s exclusive private school in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Amelia has been suspended, effective immediately, and Kate must come get her daughter—now. But Kate’s stress over leaving work quickly turns to panic when she arrives at the school and finds it surrounded by police officers, fire trucks, and an ambulance. By then it’s already too late for Amelia. And for Kate.

An academic overachiever despondent over getting caught cheating has jumped to her death. At least that’s the story Grace Hall tells Kate. And clouded as she is by her guilt and grief, it is the one she forces herself to believe. Until she gets an anonymous text: She didn’t jump.

Reconstructing Amelia is about secret first loves, old friendships, and an all-girls club steeped in tradition. But, most of all, it’s the story of how far a mother will go to vindicate the memory of a daughter whose life she couldn’t save.

Yeah, I was on a bit of a roll reading all of these thrillers some time ago. And I had been curious about this title for a while, it kept cropping up on Kobo whenever I was browsing over there. So I finally decided to check it out.

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