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SuffolkVera

SuffolkVera Report 18 Nov 2016 23:01

I'll look out for that book Ann. It sounds interesting.

I read Lynda Bellingham's book a while ago Emma. Enjoyed is not the right word for such a book but I was glad I had read it.

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+++DetEcTive+++ Report 18 Nov 2016 22:01

That one sounds interesting AnninGlos. A bit out of the ordinary.

'Emma'

'Emma' Report 18 Nov 2016 18:48

I'm still reading and just downloaded Lynda
Bellingham's book from Amazon for 99p.

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 18 Nov 2016 18:26

I am reading Never look back by Lesley Pearse. Set mainly in America it tells the story of Matilda who starts life in a very poor family in London, becomes a flower seller, saves a toddler from being knocked down, is taken on as her nanny and goes with the family to America where she is treated as one of the family, death eventually leaves her on her own with the child, she joins a wagon train to go to Oregon to join friends, death interferes again and she ends up in San Fransisco and that is as far as I have got. :-D it is a good read, very informative about life during the gold rush.

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+++DetEcTive+++ Report 17 Nov 2016 23:42

I've been reading, Vera, but they're mainly free kindle downloads. How about this one?

Music Tells All: A Bobby Owen Mystery by E R Punshon
It should be mentioned that it was first published in 1948 when rationing was still in force and policing methods unrecognisable by today’s fiction standards.

"Bobby Owen (now ‘temporary-acting-junior-under-deputy-assistant-commissioner’ of the C.I.D.) and his wife Olive are house-hunting. Finding the perfect country home, every prospect pleases … until they meet their neighbours, including the odd, piano-playing Miss Bellamy, and Mr. Fielding, whose jollity is unsettling. The incessant piano music seems to jar on everyone, and Bobby Owen even wonders if the recent murder of a stranger might have been provoked by it. The true significance of the music, and what it has to do with a recent jewellery theft, is at the heart of a classic mystery set in the English countryside."

It reflects a by-gone age and it’s that which made it interesting. We rarely read about how the lack of food affected everyone’s lives and, although this wasn’t a particular theme within the book, it obviously played on the author’s mind. Why else would he comment on the meagre rations when ever he could?

Would I buy it? Probably not. There was nothing to get the adrenalin going.
..................

The Last Safe Place: A Psychological Thriller by Ninie Hammon
Gabriella is a single mother and an author who under her pen name writes fantasy novels.

“A deranged fan [Yesheb al Tobbanoft] who believes he is The Beast of Babylon from her novel turns up at a book signing and stalks her, determined to claim her as his bride. And to sacrifice her son, Ty, as a blood offering to seal their union.”

She, her son, and her son’s paternal grandfather run for their lives to Mt. Antero where she, her twin, and their older brother enjoyed a childhood holiday. Amongst the story line of the fabulously deranged Stalker’s search for her are flashbacks explaining how both her brothers died and how Gabriella felt she was responsible.

Its part mystery, part horror – one of those books where you don’t want to carry on reading….but must.
......

The Change (Unbounded Series Book 1) By Teyla Branton
Hidden amongst us is a genetically different race of humans, ones who become ‘unbounded’ as they reach about the age of 30. They can live long lives of at least 1000 years, with an incredibly fast speed of healing and a slow aging process. The cause is a recessive gene which needs two carrier parents for it to occur and then not always.
“Erin’s Change separates her from her loved ones and alters everything she believes to be true. A week earlier she was considering a marriage proposal; now she contemplates the best way to stay alive. Caught in a battle between two Unbounded groups, the Emporium and the Renegades, she is also hunted by a secret mortal society sworn to eradicate the Unbounded gene.”
It’s a 9 book series. If they were all free, I’d certainly read them, but not for £1.49 - £2.99 each. I get through too many books in a week!

SuffolkVera

SuffolkVera Report 17 Nov 2016 22:09

Isn't anyone reading much at the moment? This thread has been good at introducing me to some new authors, particularly since my local library changed its system. The shelves used to be arranged in categories e.g. Crime, Historical, Romance etc and within each category authors were arranged alphabetically. I could pick genres I enjoy and find new authors to try. Now the whole library is arranged alphabetically by author so all the genres are mixed up. Apparently it is what the majority of users wanted but I haven't yet found anyone who likes the system :-(

I've been reading "Rebel Queen" by Jane Robins which I picked up in a charity shop. I thought it was a novel but it is a factual book. Jane Robins is a writer and broadcaster and her research seems to be impeccable.

The Economist said "A young woman marries into the royal family and discovers that there are three people in the marriage. Neglect and separation follow. She finds consolation in the arms of a foreigner; attracts intense media attention; becomes the darling of the people, and after proceedings for divorce, dies in suspicious circumstances." Sound familiar? However this is the story of Caroline of Brunswick who married the future king George IV.

I knew very little about her and found it fascinating. She was treated appallingly by her husband but was pretty badly behaved herself, yet nearly became the focus of a revolution in England, particularly around the time of her trial for adultery in 1820.

It's quite a dense book and it seemed to take me a long time to get through it but I found it a really interesting and entertaining read.

Dermot

Dermot Report 24 Oct 2016 10:39

"Isn't it well for ye? - The Book of Irish Mammies" - by Colm O'Regan.

Ideal for those born & raised in Ireland. Otherwise, some translation of odd phrases & words may be required for 'outsiders'.

Anyway, I enjoyed the light-hearted banter about the weird & wonderful ways of Irish mothers. :-D

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 22 Oct 2016 20:04

I will have to look out for Elizabeth Fremantle then Vera.

SuffolkVera

SuffolkVera Report 22 Oct 2016 19:06

Seems a while since anyone posted. Perhaps we will all read a bit more as it gets colder and we're not so keen to be outside.

I've been reading a few novels that didn't take too much thought. They included a DCI Banks book "A Necessary End" and a Falco novel "Ode to a Banker", both of which I enjoyed. I've just now finished "Sisters of Treason" by Elizabeth Fremantle. It is fiction but based on real events and is well researched. It's the story of Katherine and Mary Grey, the two sisters of Lady Jane Grey, the 9 days queen. It really brings out how everyone in court circles was suspicious of everyone else and how you really had to watch your back, particularly with the religion changing from Edward to Mary to Elizabeth. The Grey family seem to have had more than their share of tragedy. If you like Philippa Gregory you will probably enjoy Elizabeth Fremantle.

I was on the phone with my son for 2 hours the other evening and for 1.5 hours we were discussing books and authors. We have quite similar tastes so I have recommended Jodi Taylor's Chronicles of St Mary's series to him. I'll be interested to see what he thinks of them.

Stephen

Stephen Report 29 Sep 2016 14:13

Just started Blaze by Richard Bachman (AKA Stephen King).

Two small-time crooks turn babynappers. All goes well until one of the partners, George, dies - or does he? Now 'on his own' Blaze is running from the cops through a howling storm, and the Crime of the Century turns into a race against time in the white hell of the Maine woods.

Also went mad yesterday and bought half a dozen books in the W H Smith online sale. I swore to myself that I wouldn't buy any more to add to the groaning pile in the bookcase but I just can't resist a bargain.

TessAkaBridgetTheFidget

TessAkaBridgetTheFidget Report 2 Sep 2016 23:40

Just read. Casting the First Stone by Frances Fyfield.

Rather a strange book, I wondered if it was part of a series. Such a lot had happened to and between the main characters in the book before the story unfolds. At the end of the book there was still do much left to tell.
The blurb on the back of the book says -
A year after her husbands death, young widow and art collector Diana Porteous is introduced to her agent's stylish, anarchic sister, Sarah. They plan that Di should rediscover her talents a a thief to recover stolen paintings - and begin by stealing from Steven, the neighbour's son, who amassed work stolen from his mother, amongst others, in a strange building in London.

But if Di is interested in his illicit treasures, he is equally fascinated by hers - and in the secrets still held in her house by the sea....


(Just noticed that the rest of the blurb on the back of the book says that this Fyfield masterpiece brings together two of her most beloved characters, Di Porteous and Sarah Fortune .,.... So there probably was a previous book, and may well be a follow up novel)

Goodwin Sands play a part. Art. (painted pictures) are centre stage, fashion also comes into the story. As well as hidden bones, a mystery about parentage, age gap relationships and fishing.

I will try to get some more books by the same author. And I really must visit my local art gallery, not just to check out the paintings, but also to check fashion through the ages.

Has anyone else read any books by Frances Fyfield?

SuffolkVera

SuffolkVera Report 23 Aug 2016 16:35

I have at last read The King's Mistress, "the true and scandalous story of the woman who stole the heart of George 1". The lady who passed it on to me gave up after a few pages. I got through it bit by bit but it has taken me ages.

It is written by a historian Claudia Gold and is very well researched. It is the story of George 1 and Ehrengard Melusine von der Schulenberg, known as Melusine. She was born into a minor aristocratic family and ended up being queen of England in all but name, so it is an interesting story but I have to admit I found it a boring read.

It's not the author's fault, of course, but it gets confusing when so many of the people in the story have the same name. George's mother, sister, illegitimate half-sister, wife and daughter are all called Sophia, plus there are a couple of Sophies, so I had to keep checking back to the trees at the beginning of the book to find out who was being written about. Spoils the flow a bit.

Not the book for me.

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+++DetEcTive+++ Report 13 Aug 2016 11:28

Well, it is working now. It might have downloaded something although I haven't received a confirmation. We couldn't do anything with it at the time; it just froze! We left it connected and charging overnight as per online update instructions.

There was also a pop-up window saying that its running out of space. Boo hoo!

Mersey

Mersey Report 13 Aug 2016 10:45

Hi Det :-) did you sort it out?

I had a similar problem a while back.....

I went into settings and deregistered my kindle device turned everything
Off then turned back on again.....reregistered and it all went back to
normal......... :-)

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+++DetEcTive+++ Report 12 Aug 2016 15:23

My kindle's gone nuts!

Connected to the wifi to down load some freebies. Amongst the downloads is something along the lines of Security Update 07-2016.

Couldn't open the file.
Couldn't turn off the wifi
'Killed' it
Still connected.
Can't bring up the screen to sign in!

It 'might' be uploading an update even though I think we worked out earlier this year that it wasn't required.

Eek!

Mersey

Mersey Report 11 Aug 2016 17:32

Hi all <3 <3

Det I think I will give your read a try...sounds interesting to me :-)

Thanks

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 9 Aug 2016 15:34

I have just finished what I thought was going to be a light read. It was very readable and I really enjoyed it.

The Secrets We share by Emma Hannigan is a family story, starting off in USA then moving to Ireland.
Devastated after a tragedy, Nathalie finds herself going to Ireland, on her way to stay with her grandmother, Clara. The woman who, until now Nathalie had no idea existed.

As Clara awaits her granddaughter's arrival she is filled with hope. She has spent the past 20 years wishing that her son Max would come back into her life, forgiving her for the past. Her granddaughter may be the thread to stitch the pieces of her beloved family back together in the same way that she sews pieces of material together to make quilts.

SuffolkVera

SuffolkVera Report 29 Jul 2016 11:23

I hope I haven't put anyone off reading The Marriage Certificate with my negative review. Please read it if you haven't - you might enjoy it. It's a good story even if I don't think it was very well put together.

Stephen

Stephen Report 29 Jul 2016 10:17

I agree with you on most of the points you make, Vera. I experienced many of the same thoughts as you as I continued through the book.

I found it an interesting read but, as you say, it certainly could have benefited from some serious editing and expansion of the main characters. It annoys me so much when there are so many errors when even a final read-through by someone would at least have corrected many of the typos - and there were quite a few in this book.

Quite a few books I've read from some of the big publishers suffer from poor proof-reading. I was so annoyed with one publisher once that I gathered and sent a list of errors and typos to the publishers of a particular book and got a thank you by return and a free book of my choice. They said they would implement the changes in the next edition but suspect they probably won't.

Just reading a couple of James Rollins books; Excavation and Subterranean. Indiana Jones type fodder but really quite good reads.

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+++DetEcTive+++ Report 28 Jul 2016 22:25

That's a shame Vera - its sounded quite a good read.

The most recent read worth mentioning is

The House Fell on Her Head by Kate Mitchell
This one was a free download a couple of weeks ago. It’s not something I’d normally choose, but am pleased to have read it.

Set in Sheffield, the remains of a body is discovered in a buried Anderson Shelter in Violet’s back garden. Violet, now a frail 90 year old, has lived in the same house all her life.
Her daughter Alice moves back in temporarily to care for her while the police investigations are ongoing and tries to work out who the body might belong to.

In Australia, Frank reads the newspaper reports and decides to re-visit his old town. During his journey, he reminisces about his up-bringing, family, love, life and loss during the Sheffield WW2 bombing. We meet Violet and Frank’s family through the eyes of a 10 year old.

Frank and Alice confront Violet and uncover secrets and lies that have been hidden for seventy years. Frank finds things are not as he thought, and Alice is not who she appeared to be.

Not quite a murder mystery or a gritty family saga, but with elements of both. Although the story is complete, I’d have liked there to have been an epilogue, just to see how the characters come to terms with the truth.