Tag: Books: Mystery


Review: Stranglehold

Posted 24 February, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Stranglehold (Detective Greene #4)
By: Robert Rotenberg
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

It’s just after Labour Day and the city is kicking back into gear. All eyes are on the hotly contested election for Toronto’s next mayor and crime is the big issue. Greene is no stranger to the worst of what the city has to offer, but even he is unprepared for what happens next when he stumbles upon a horrific homicide.

In one nightmare moment his world is flipped upside down. Soon he is pitted against his young protégé, Daniel Kennicott, who arrests him for first-degree murder.

Tied down on house arrest as he awaits his trial, Greene has to find a way to not only clear his name but to face some very hard truths: that he didn’t really know the people he believed in most; that there are unseen forces at work prepared to see him take the fall; and most of all, that he should never underestimate the price people will pay for love.

Okay, ideally I would’ve read Stray Bullets, the third book in the Detective Greene series, but as I don’t have a copy of it on hand and I had picked up this book first, well now, here we are 😛 I’ve enjoyed the first two books in the series (see author tag) so naturally I was looking forward to reading this one. This book in particular came out at a very interesting time as it was during the time the Rob Ford scandal emerged in the news.

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Review: Career of Evil

Posted 23 February, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike #3)
By: Robert Galbraith/J.K. Rowling
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman’s severed leg.

Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible – and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

With the police focusing on the one suspect Strike is increasingly sure is not the perpetrator, he and Robin take matters into their own hands, and delve into the dark and twisted worlds of the other three men. But as more horrendous acts occur, time is running out for the two of them…

And here we are, the third Cormoran Strike novel and the next mystery on Cormoran and Robin’s plate. This one strikes a little closer home to both characters this time as opposed to them being drawn into the literary or modelling worlds like the previous novels had done, so it should be interesting.

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Review: The Silkworm

Posted 22 February, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike #2)
By: Robert Galbraith/J.K. Rowling
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, she just thinks he has gone off by himself for a few days – as he has done before – and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home.

But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine’s disappearance than his wife realises. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were published it would ruin lives – so there are a lot of people who might want to silence him.

And when Quine is found brutally murdered in bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any he has encountered before . . .

At long last I am reading the second Cormoran Strike novel 🙂 I read The Cuckoo’s Calling (review) last year and greatly enjoyed it. I waited however until I got my hands on Career of Evil before I started reading this book (as I wanted to just dive into the third book after the second).

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Review: The Lake House

Posted 17 November, 2016 by Lianne in Books / 4 Comments

The Lake House
By: Kate Morton
Format/Source: Hardback; my copy

Living on her family’s idyllic lakeside estate in Cornwall, England, Alice Edevane is a bright, inquisitive, innocent, and precociously talented sixteen-year-old who loves to write stories. But the mysteries she pens are no match for the one her family is about to endure…

One midsummer’s eve, after a beautiful party drawing hundreds of guests to the estate has ended, the Edevanes discover that their youngest child, eleven-month-old Theo, has vanished without a trace. What follows is a tragedy that tears the family apart in ways they never imagined.

Decades later, Alice is living in London, having enjoyed a long successful career as an author. Theo’s case has never been solved, though Alice still harbors a suspicion as to the culprit. Miles away, Sadie Sparrow, a young detective in the London police force, is staying at her grandfather’s house in Cornwall. While out walking one day, she stumbles upon the old estate—now crumbling and covered with vines, clearly abandoned long ago. Her curiosity is sparked, setting off a series of events that will bring her and Alice together and reveal shocking truths about a past long gone…yet more present than ever.

At long last I’ve read this book! I had been looking forward to reading this book for quite a while, having read all of Kate Morton’s novels to date. Of course, I still get rather irked looking at the book cover as her previous four novels all had a theme/looked similar enough that you can recognise it immediately as a Kate Morton novel, but what can you do?

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Review: Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death

Posted 8 November, 2016 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death (The Grantchester Mysteries #1)
By: James Runcie
Format/Source: Paperback; won from a blogoversary giveaway hosted by Jenni Elyse

It is 1953, the coronation year of Queen Elizabeth II. Sidney Chambers, vicar of Grantchester and honorary canon of Ely Cathedral, is a thirty-two-year-old bachelor. Tall, with dark brown hair, eyes the color of hazelnuts, and a reassuringly gentle manner, Sidney is an unconventional clerical detective. He can go where the police cannot.

Together with his roguish friend, inspector Geordie Keating, Sidney inquires into the suspect suicide of a Cambridge solicitor, a scandalous jewelry theft at a New Year’s Eve dinner party, the unexplained death of a jazz promoter’s daughter, and a shocking art forgery that puts a close friend in danger. Sidney discovers that being a detective, like being a clergyman, means that you are never off duty, but he nonetheless manages to find time for a keen interest in cricket, warm beer, and hot jazz—as well as a curious fondness for a German widow three years his junior.

With a whiff of Agatha Christie and a touch of G. K. Chesterton’s Father Brown, The Grantchester Mysteries introduces a wonderful new hero into the world of detective fiction.

I had been seeing the television show here and there but I haven’t quite gotten around to sitting down and watching it just yet. Knowing that it was based off a book series, well now, I figured I’d get around to reading that first whilst I slowly make my way to the television show 🙂 I won a copy of this book through Jenni Elyse’s blogoversary giveaway held earlier this year (thanks again so much!!!) 🙂

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