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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Time on my Hands ? No. Just Crime in my Hands

I've read 5 books in the last couple of weeks and all were crime fiction.

Deborah Crombie - Garden of Lamentations.
 This is the 17th and latest in a series of modern crime fiction. Another author from the States who writes crime set in this country. It features Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James, a married couple who both work for the police in London.

Agatha Christie - The Listerdale Mystery . A collection of 12 of her early short stories, very light reading and some are odd rather than good.

Alys Clare  - The Devil's Cup. The 17th and final book in the Hawkenlye Mystery Crime series. Set mainly in Kent during the 12th Century. I've loved these books which mix history, magic and mystery at a time when some people still follow pagan ways. At the beginning these were set in Hawkenlye Abbey and feature Abbess Helewise and Josse d' aquin with the Great Forest of The Weald of Kent as a backdrop. Although still featuring the abbey the later books involve the younger members of the families and move across Europe as far as Jerusalem. It really is best to start with the first to enjoy the story developing. Read about them on Fantastic Fiction HERE


Dorothy L Sayers - In the Teeth of the Evidence. Early short stories and like the Agatha Christie mentioned above they are very light reading, with crimes quickly solved.

Kate Ellis - The Mermaids Scream. This is the 21st novel in her police/crime/history/archaeology  series featuring D.I Wesley Peterson and set in Dartmouth Devon which she calls Tradmouth (and Totnes is thinly disguised as Neston with Kingswear becoming Queenswear, so I don't know really why she bothered to change the names!) They are a good read if a little predictable now and each time I'm not sure if I should bother reading but always do. As with all books featuring the same characters it's best to start with the first which was "The Merchants House" published in 1998

I've got several non-fiction to read now for a change although the latest in the Jacqueline Winspear Maisie Dobbs series is shouting "Read Me" and I know it will be brilliant.

Thank you for comments over the last couple of days.

We are still waiting for the call for Colin to go back into hospital to re-start the chemo tablets, hope the smaller dose tablets arrive soon and a bed becomes available........ he is losing energy fast as the lymphoma builds up again. We had to go to the day-centre yesterday for blood tests and he is on anti-biotics again as a precaution. I do hope he's not stuck in hospital for Bank Holiday weekend, that will be frustrating,  a repeat of last year. Hey Ho ......... all jolly good fun - (NOT!)

Back Soon
Sue

23 comments:

  1. The magic of a good book - and the comfort of a pile of books just waiting to be read (better than chocolate, though some may disagree)!
    I hope Colin gets those tablets and quickly feels the benefits.

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    1. Chocolate AND books - doubly good together :-)

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  2. Like you Sue I like a mystery and am working my way thru M.C.Beaton books I like the ones about the policeman in the Scottish Highlands, very easy reading and not a large book.

    Hope you get good news soon.
    Hugs
    Hazel

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    1. I loved the TV series they made of Hamish McBeth - several years ago so haven't read the books. I tried the Agatha Raison series but wasn't keen

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  3. I appreciate your book reviews, you have helped me discover books that I would never have read. I do hope Col feels better soon!

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    1. Thank you, it's good to share reading ideas, I've found lots from other bloggers

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  4. DH picked up one of my 'Maisie Dobbs' and now he's hooked!
    He normally reads Tom Clancy, CJ Sansom, etc, so loves Jacqueline Winspear as a bit of lighter (figuratively and literally) reading!
    Hope Col gets back on his chemo tablets soon, all this hanging on is dreadful for both of you. X

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    1. I've read CJ Sansom Shardlake series - brilliant HUGE books and a long wait between. I have them all to read again one day

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  5. Maisie Dobbs books always wonderful, I have them all and have read them all.
    Very best wishes to Col and to you,
    Margaret P

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    1. One of the best written historical crime series I think

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  6. I love a good crime or thriller novel. I like the sound of the Alys Clare books, something a bit different xx

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    1. I've loved them all and even though this one is the last in that series she is writing two other series set in different periods

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  7. I've just discovered your blog and I am enjoying it. I am reading the Deborah Crombie books. I've really just started but I'm enjoying them. I'm also reading Elizabeth George's series with DI Lynley. Sending you and your husband healing thoughts and hugs.
    Sharon

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    1. Hello, lovely to have a new reader. I've left a comment on your blog about the inspector lynley mysteries

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  8. I hope Col has good news soon!

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    1. We hope so, he is feeling awful today as the antibiotics make him feel sick

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  9. I've returned to reading after losing my mojo for a couple of years. Its helping me relax and I'm finally sleeping better after all those years of working shifts.

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    1. I expect it took quite a while to sleep through a normal night every night. Hope you have some good books

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  10. I enjoyed Kate Ellis too and like you could not understand the need for the change in place names. We are currently bashing our way through Linwood Barclay crime books from the library. They are linked so you get interweaving story lines. Hope Colin is not in hospital during this hot weather!

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  11. I hope Col stays out of the hospital. It would be nice for him to be home for the holiday weekend. Sounds like you're going to get through all those library books! Hope you get to sit in the garden and read them. Mum says the temps haven't been too bad this week. She actually went to Felixstowe today. I asked if she saw the whale on the beach but she said she thought it had been moved.
    Take Care

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  12. I love a good crime/mystery. Thanks for all the new ones to look for.

    God bless.

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