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As I finished each of Louise's last two books (Bury Your Dead and A Trick of the Light) I've thought to myself "how can she possibly top this one?" And now? How can she possibly top this one? Chief Inspector Gamache and Inspector Jean-Guy Beauvoir find themselves investigating the murder of the choir director at the Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les Loups monastery in the wilderness of Quebec. It is here, amid the monks' ancient Georgian chants, where discord between those who love the ancient chants and those who focus on God above all else, leads to murder.
Penny's writing is beautiful, lyrical, and strangely haunting. I could hear the silence in the monastery halls, I could feel the Georgian chants and sense the peace that overtakes those who listen to the chants with their hearts. And I could feel the fear amongst the monks who are trying to come to grips with the murder of one of their own, by one of their own. And within The Beautiful Mystery is heartbreaking evil, brought into the monastery by another - Superintendent Francoeur, Gamache's corrupt boss.
I am stunned by the brilliance of Louise Penney's writing...how can she possible top this one?
Fool Me Once, by Harlan Coben - started reading and didn't stop until I finished! The main character, Maya Stern, is one kick-ass "heroine". And, when all is said and done, I do consider her to be a classic heroine...she has her demons, PTSD being just one of them, and "justice" is a close second. She wins. Highly recommend.
First of a planned series featuring Joona Linna, a Swedish detective with the National Police. Complicated plot, full of twists and turns and interlocking stories. Lots of violence, plenty of abuse of all kinds but a very satisfying conclusion. My kind of book!
What I've read this week - The Innocent, by Taylor Stevens, a December release, sequel to The Informationist, which if memory serves me right was one of my Best Reads of 2010. (This new one will head up my list for 2011!)
You DO NOT MESS with Vanessa Michael Munroe. And if you need a child rescued from a cult, she's your best bet for a successful outcome. And you do it her way or YOU don't do it at all. She will. Even if it costs her dearly. A great chracter, Munroe is, and this sophmore effort by Taylor Stevens is even better than her first. And even more of an edge of the seat thriller.
It’s no secret we’re fans of J. D. Robb’s “in Death” series with Eve Dallas, so we are all excited when a new book comes out, and we all devoured New York to Dallas.
This one is a notable departure for Robb, in that not only does it not take place in New York so we don’t have as much interaction with some of our favorite sidekicks, but delves deeply into Eve Dallas’ past, answering some questions that have been hanging around for 32 novels and several novellas.
New York to Dallas is going to be a must-read for established fans. For those of you who haven’t read J. D. Robb, we all strongly recommend that you begin with Naked in Death. These are tightly plotted, fast-paced and well written novels that are addicting!
First I've read by Bolton - well plotted, well developed characters, set on the Shetland Islands and evil abounds! Secrets. So many secrets! Now I must add all of her books to my reading stacks!
Judging a book by its cover, I picked up a copy of The Smoke, by Tony Broadbent and found myself transported to London, 1947 and immersed in the life of a creeper, London slang for a cat burglar.
Our narrator, Jethro, is witty ~ a bit of a rogue, he is ~ and makes no excuses for his profession…he’s simply redistributing the wealth of the upper classes in a London slowly recovering from the War, where everything is rationed (even the beer is watered down) and the Black Market is thriving. His talents as a thief come to the attention of both the British Secret Service and rival crime lords and his very survival depends on how well he keeps his wits about him…Broadbent captures the atmosphere of post war London beautifully and Jethro is a character I won’t forget.
Of course now I have to jump right into Spectres in the Smoke to see what kind of trouble Jethro manages to get himself into in 1948…
I loved this book...the characters, the plot, the setting, even the cover art! Take one smart-ass private investigator, with the name Cape Weathers and a partner named Sally, who by the way is a trained assassin and has gone missing, add a container ship smuggling Chinese refugees that runs aground near Alcatraz with its crew mysteriously murdered and you have the makings of a fine, fine read. Maleeny weaves the story of Sally's childhood and "education" in Hong Kong into the plot with such ease that rather than distract the reader it enhances the story. Non stop action propelled by simply wonderful characters, including Cape's friends Linda (a reporter with”dark brown and omni-directional hair… hair that adds a good four inches to her height and considerably more to her attitude...people standing nearby eyed it warily, not sure if angry hornets would emerge or if the hair itself would strike without provocation", who fears anything involving electricity) and Sloth (“born with a rare neurological disorder, the Sloth didn't get his nickname from how he looked, but for how he moved...far slower than the world's slowest mammal, it could take him an hour to cross the room, minutes to finish a single sentence...until he came into contact with his first computer… the Sloth was trapped inside a frozen body that could only move at a glacial pace...computers had revealed Sloth's curse to be a mixed blessing, for while his body steadfastly refused to speed up, his brain was faster than a laptop on steroids..."). Add the above to San Francisco’s mayoral race, the normal conflicts between local police and the FBI and the end result is an excellent debut thriller with just the perfect touch of sarcastic humor.
Volk’s Game, a debut thriller, introduces Alexei Volkovoy, a Russian gangster, veteran of Russia’s war in Chechnya, and a covert agent for the Russian military. Dark, intense and brutal, Volk is also filled with compassion for veterans and the widows of those who didn’t make it home to Mother Russia. Volk and his partner Valya are commissioned to steal a long-lost Da Vinci painting and both the Mafia kingpin he answers to and the General he is curiously indebted to wish to possess the painting. Who he decides to betray will determine whether he escapes with the painting and his life. Non stop action from start to finish with Volk both the hunter and the hunted. The portrait Ghelfi paints of contemporary Moscow is bleak and dismal, made more so when you compare it to the radiance of the painting at the center of this story . Leda and the Swan; this is definitely a book of contrasts from start to finish and also a commentary on the hidden costs of the war in Chechnya. Not for the faint of heart but the beauty of Ghelfi’s prose makes this a must read book. The final paragraph is exquisite and if I hadn’t already been captivated by this book that alone would have made the read worthwhile. And how perfect an answer to the question posed in the first sentence of this extraordinary book. There is so much to appreciate inside the circle that is Volk’s Game.