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led567

led567

Joined January 2019

I love murder mysteries set in the Middle Ages, but I don‘t restrict myself to them! I do avoid anything with ‘harrowing‘ in the blurb.
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Going to start this (not exactly the title stored on Litsy, but close). Got it for 20p at charity book sale years ago. The font size is tiny! Already think I‘m not going to like it, but at least that would clear a space on my over-burdened bookshelves.

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Pickpick

Outstanding. I am in awe of what this man has done, the breadth and depth of scholarship (which crosses academic disciplines), understanding and analysis, and the measured approach he has managed to take. Much of what was described made me disgusted with ‘humanity‘ but it‘s important to know about. Particularly impressed with how he communicates the ways in which people see and experience the world differently.

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The Bedlam Stacks | Natasha Pulley
Pickpick

Listened to the audiobook. I liked this. Couldn‘t quite work out whether it was magical realism or a ‘Lost World‘ scenario (bit of both?). Weird, but good.

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The Readymade Thief | Augustus Rose
Mehso-so

Listened to the audiobook. Not too keen, the conspiracy stuff was too ‘out there‘, not enough light parts to lift the dark, and too many coincidences. Doubt I‘d have persisted if reading hard copy instead of listening.

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Pickpick

(...continued) for liking nature or being slightly ‘different‘ will get this, even if not the boiling down of animals‘ heads! I think parents of children with Asperger‘s might find it helpful. In many ways it‘s a brave book.

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Pickpick

I listened to the audiobook, read by the author, and hearing it in his voice (and knowing who he is from TV) made a difference. I admit I used to find him annoying (smug) but now I know about his Asperger‘s and saw a documentary about him feel empathy, and listening to this book even more so. There are some lovely lyrical passages and searing honesty, without affectation. Those of us who even in a comparatively mild way were bullied for liking

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The Assassin of Verona | Benet Brandreth
Pickpick

Listened to the audiobook. This was good, I think better than the first one, the Shakespearean quotes were more integrated into the text so seemed less mannered. The forest setting for much of the book, like the Forest of Arden etc, worked well, but with a hefty dose of reality for the modern reader (no fairies or Bottom, thank Heaven!) and relatable characters with real emotional dilemmas.

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Mehso-so

Listened to the audiobook. Some parts really good, others a strange mixture in tone, veering between seeming aimed at a YA audience (with villains ending sentences with the protagonist‘s name, e.g. “You‘ll pay for this, Mallory Bright” - not an exact quote), and something much darker, with vividly described scenes of torture and sexual abuse which made me feel queasy. Some relationships nuanced, others not. Left me uncertain how to rate it.

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Panpan

Listened to the audiobook while walking and working. I hated it! I suppose it hasn‘t dated well. The atmosphere was a bit like a miserable kitchen sink drama but with hysterical overwrought women carrying on like they were on the set of Dynasty. The ending‘s passé but that‘s its age. Also could really have done without Wexford saying “it makes me want to puke,” yuck.

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Career of Evil | Robert Galbraith
Pickpick

I think I enjoyed this more than Silkworm. The device of having three suspects from the beginning is clever, and quite hard to pull off, making each one memorable enough that the reader can remember their back stories and what‘s going on! The author‘s depiction of settings is so good, she paints a picture in a few words. Of course the twists and turns of the relationships between Robin, Strike and Matthew are gripping too.

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Aunts Aren't Gentlemen | P G Wodehouse

“To a man who has seen as much of life as I have, there is always something sinister in a book bound in limp purple leather.” Okay, you have to imagine that in Bertie Wooster‘s voice.

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The Silkworm | Robert Galbraith
Pickpick

Overall I enjoyed this, love the two main characters and the writing style, very pacy. I wish some authors of detective novels weren‘t trying to outdo each other to come up with the sickest ways of murdering people, but Galbraith just about gets away with it because there‘s an element of parody, poking fun at the literary establishment. I understand what some reviewers mean re length, could have been remedied by ditching the character of Pippa.

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Pressie to self. Enjoyed Silkworm so wanted to buy next Robert Galbraith and couldn‘t resist browsing buy 1 get 1 half price stand, hence the other 2. I sometimes buy books on Amazon but feel a bit guilty so bought these from an actual book shop. Mind you, I also feel guilty for not borrowing books from local library, specially if I don‘t keep these (I‘ll probably give away the Val McDermid)... life‘s a mine field of guilt if you‘re me!

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led567
Mehso-so

Listened to the audiobook. I liked the setting and characters, but felt it kept building up to something that never happened. Maybe that was the point. I thought it had finished when what turned out to be part one ended and in a way it might as well have. Oddly for this genre and a female writer I didn‘t like the attitude to women and adultery, always seemed to be the woman to blame.

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I binge-listened to the first three of these, great stuff. What some people now are calling ‘cosy crime‘ though I gather a lot of authors classed that way don‘t like the term. The setting‘s a character in itself; very tv friendly. Not convinced a restaurant owner would really manage to also run a detective agency, but never mind! Good cast of characters, stories flow well.

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President Is Missing | James Patterson, Bill Clinton
Mehso-so

Listened to the Bolinda audiobook. My first James Patterson. I wasn‘t too enthused, the President was such a combination of Harrison Ford and Martin Sheen my eyes kept metaphorically rolling. Felt like a Clinton manifesto. Also wasn‘t keen on the multiple points of view. Fine to listen to while doing other things but don‘t know if I would have stuck with it if reading the hard copy.

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This is a very readable history book about a gripping period and a particularly interesting aspect of it. Liked the way he helps the reader see things the way Elizabeth‘s advisers saw them, though wasn‘t sure about the bit at the beginning where he imagines what would happen if she had died earlier than she did. Lots of personalities brought to life. I lost track sometimes but guess that‘s my fault! Good idea to have short chapters.

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Penhallow | Georgette Heyer
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Listened to this recorded by Bolinda audiobooks. God, it was grim! Couldn‘t wait to stop listening to that bickering family going on and on... unremitting misery, thought it would never end! I get what the author was doing, unforeseen consequences and all that, but I still felt it was an unsatisfactory ending.

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The Hound of the Baskervilles | Arthur Conan Doyle, Sir

Read by Stephen Fry for Audible: brilliant

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Picking this up where I left off on p. 139 c 2 months ago. Hope I can maintain concentration this time, may have to re-read previous chapter, and no reading when tired!

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Heresy | S. J. Parris
Pickpick

I enjoyed this and will read the sequel. Could have been c 50 pages shorter and there are a few coincidences too many, but on the whole a page-turner and evocative of the period. Clever use of a protagonist from Italy as enables outsider‘s perspective, with friends in high places so that real historical figures can be brought in. Historical details well researched and religious conflict brought to life.

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Pickpick

Amazing. By turns hilarious, heart-wrenching, jaw-dropping. There are also times I was outraged at what was expected of these women. Great use of primary sources. The chapter ‘Dangers‘ including the murder of the ambassador to Ireland was especially un-putdownable, when the author used her mother‘s diaries (she was the wife of another diplomat who worked with him). Only quibble is I‘d prefer the few quotes in French to have been translated.

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Busman's Honeymoon | Dorothy L. Sayers
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I love this book, read it several times now. A subtle portrayal of complex characters, makes detective fiction ‘literary fiction ‘.

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Very well written, an authentic voice of the time in which it‘s set; made the reader empathise with central character despite his flaws. However, months later the thought of that carriage scene puts me right off pork pies, eurgh.

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Life of Pi | Yann Martel
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Really shocked by the ending, did not see that coming, psychologically very interesting and clever.

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I was disappointed by this book, though I did finish it and it improved in the last third of the novel. I couldn‘t feel much sympathy for either the narrator or the detective, who was given a set of character traits that were two-dimensional. The dialogue between narrator and detective consisted of the detective showing off his erudition and the narrator expressing ignorance, like a cut-price Holmes and Watson, which became really irritating.

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Top-notch biography, a page-turner which really brought the subject to life with excellent use of primary sources.