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+++DetEcTive+++ Report 3 Dec 2017 00:16

Still reading even though many of them are freebie downloads & not worth mentioning.

However, there a couple of newish hardback publications you might like to ask Father Christmas for.

A Column of Fire by Ken Follett.
It’s an extension of the Kingsbridge series, set between 1558 & 1606. That’s Catholic Queen Mary through Elizabeth I to James 1 of England & the Gunpowder plot.
To a certain extent it’s a novel promoting tolerance between the Christian religions & how followers of each try to upset the balance.
Although most of the story is set in England, the action moves through France, Spain, Holland & the Spanish East Indies.

Origin by Dan Brown.
This is primarily set in Barcelona & influenced by the artist Antoni Gaudí who designed the Sagrada Família church.
One of Robert Langdon’s students, Edmond Kirsch, has designed a computer to answer the questions Where do we come from, Where are we going. He is assassinated before the answers are revealed.
Langdon & the fiancée of the King of Spain have to avoid opposition from both Religious & Secular forces to bring the answers to the world.

Although it can be read as a ‘Ripping Yarn’, like most of his books, it leaves you with food for thought. Did God make man or did man make God? Is Science doing the right thing by trying to develop AI capable of free thought?


TessAkaBridgetTheFidget Report 1 Dec 2017 23:19

Going back to the library tomorrow, have now added
, I see You by Clare Mackintosh and

Before the Rains by Dinah Jefferies,
to my list of books that i will be looking out for.

last time I went (two weeks ago), while looking for Lyrebird by cecolia Ahwrn, I found The Bucket by Allan Ahlberg (Memories of an Inattentive Childhood).
Ahlberg is better know as a childrens writer (especially of verse). He was bought up in Oldbury in the Black Country. As I live close and have worked in the Black Country, I found that it was an interesting book. Allan was born in 1938, so his earliest memories are of the war and immediately post war days. Only 129 pages long. An easy, amusing and childlike book.

Having chosen The Bucket, I now set about looking for Death of a Friend by rebecca tope, didn't find that but saw -
Valentine grey by Sandi Toksvig. Valentine is born and bought up in India but moves to London in 1897, when in her teens to stay with and Uncle and his wife.

She finds the damp and cold country insufferable and the only bright spot is her exciting cousin, Reggie. Reggie fallsin love with an actor, frank, and the two young men sometimes include Valentine in their excursions.

Then comes the Boer war ........ this was a real eyeopener for me, interesting, educational, sometimes funny. it made me laugh, cry and angry in turn. So many interesting people from a variety of backgrounds.

Did you know that there were cyclist regiments fighting for UK in the Boer war?
Just one of the things that i learnt. valentine slowly blossoms, as she finds what she wants from life and how to achieve it.

I wonder how many of us had ancestors in the Boer war. If you did, this book is well worth reading. Actually, it is well worth reading, even if none of your ancestors were there.

While reading this book i didn't "hear" the voice of Sandi Toksvig, but I did hear the voices of the people that were there.

I will be telling all my friends about it, it really is that good.


AnninGlos Report 22 Nov 2017 17:15

Just finished a book I enjoyed a lot. Before the Rains by Dinah Jefferies

1930, Rajputana, India. Since her husband's death, 28-year-old photojournalist Eliza's only companion has been her camera. When the British Government send her to an Indian princely state to photograph the royal family, she's determined to make a name for herself.

But when Eliza arrives at the palace she meets Jay, the Prince's handsome, brooding brother. While Eliza awakens Jay to the poverty of his people, he awakens her to the injustices of British rule. Soon Jay and Eliza find they have more in common than they think. But their families - and society - think otherwise. Eventually they will have to make a choice between doing what's expected, or following their hearts. . .
Really good descriptions of India and a very good read.


SuffolkVera Report 18 Nov 2017 21:50

I haven't come across Peter James, Florence, but I like detective stories so I'll look out for him.

Tess, I've always meant to read "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" and never got around to it. I must look out for that too.

I've been through a few books recently, some quite good but nothing earth shattering:

Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey. This was a popular book a couple of years ago but I'm always a bit behind everyone else. Main character is Maud, an elderly lady with dementia. I thought the author got into Maud's mind pretty well. Some of the book was inclined to be repetitive but dementia sufferers do repeat things a lot. There are two parallel plots; Maud's hunt for her friend Elizabeth in the present and the disappearance of Maud's sister in WW2. Worth a read.

Risk of Darkness by Susan Hill. This is one of the books in her series about DCI Simon Serrailer. Well plotted detective novel.

Lie With Me by Sabine Durrant. I found this a bit of a strange book because there wasn't a likeable character in it and I didn't find any of them very believable. I guessed "whodunnit" part way through but not the how or why and there was a bit of a surprise at the end.

I See You by Clare Mackintosh. Picked this up at a coffee morning book stall and enjoyed it so much that I passed it on to my daughter. It's a sort of psychological thriller. It's written in sections by three people: the main victim, a policewoman called Kelly, and with short pieces by the perpetrator of the crime. It's not perfect - I found the main character a bit droopy for want of a better word and I sometimes thought the way the police acted and spoke was a bit unrealistic - but it's quite creepy in places with an unexpected twist at the very end. A good read.


TessAkaBridgetTheFidget Report 17 Nov 2017 20:08

I'm off for a quick visit to the Library tomorrow. Have to fit it in with a quick trip to the supermarket, plus a get together with my fellow passengers for a cup of Latte (it's my turn to buy the coffee!). i'm using a special bus service and time is limited.

Will be returning two books and then quickly trawling the shelves for books recommended on here.
Quite often I don't find recommended books, but instead get a book written by an author whose surname begins with the same letter.

Will be returning On Canaan's Side by Sebastian Barry.

I chose this book because I had just read The Secret Scripture by the same author, which I had really enjoyed.

Initially I was disappointed with On Canaan's Side. It too was "written" by an old Irish lady who had been born around the turn of the Centuary (i.e. 1900 ish) Both had led troubled lives,both were writing journals/letters/diaries, so I thought that it might be the same (sort of) story, with different names!
However, I cqrried on reading and found that this, although set in the same time period, was a very different tale of sorrow.
It raises all sorts of social issues. This one travels to the USA and was informative about life there in the post WW1 years - up to (almost) present day.

The other book I'm returning is A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. Although I had read it before (about 55 years ago), I remembered very little about it.
The book opens in 1912, in Brooklyn, with 12 year old Francie is telling the story.

Set in poverty, sad times, Francie explores her environment and flourishes within it. Her hard working mother and loving but alcoholic father, both inspire her.

It was first published in 1943, so the time span was not as long as the two Barry books.
Was slightly amused that Francie and the two Barry "old ladies" were born around the same time. I hadn't realised this when I chose Tree Grows in Brooklyn.
Francie is still young when her story ends, still with her life ahead of her (as they say). We can only imagine what the future holds.

Would recommend A Tree Grows.... a thoughtful, moving, for the most part innocent tale, with truth written across every page.

Have just started reading Night Song of the Last tram by Robert Douglas. It tells of his childhood in (mainly) post-war Glasgow.

Have only read a few pages so far but I am already hooked.

Will let you know what I find at the Library tomorrow, later in the week.


AnninGlos Report 30 Oct 2017 18:39

Will look out for him Florence


Florence61 Report 30 Oct 2017 18:29

Hi there
Does anyone read Peter James? His current series is about a detective called Roy Grace.Its set in my home town of Brighton which is part of the reason it interested me in the beginning. his latest book is called Need You Dead. he brings out a new one every October.

Always a twist in the book when you least expect it and when you think you know how it will end, another twist catches you out.

A brilliant writer. Ive already read 3/4 of this book and will have a very long wait to see what happens in the next one!

in the hebrides

:-) :-)


AnninGlos Report 30 Oct 2017 13:02

I have just read a book I really loved. Lyrebird by Cecilia Ahern

In the south-west of Ireland, rugged mountains meet bright blue lakes and thick forests. Deep in the woods, a young woman lives alone, forever secluded from the world, her life a well-kept secret. She possesses an extraordinary talent, the likes of which no-one has seen before: a gift that will earn her the nickname Lyrebird.

When Solomon stumbles into Laura’s solitary existence, her life is turned on its head. Pulled from her peaceful landscape to the cacophony of Dublin, she is confronted by a world desperate to understand her.

But while Solomon knows the world will embrace Laura, will it free her to spread her wings – or will it trap her in a gilded cage? Like all wild birds, she needs to fly free…

Lyrebird is a thoughtful, deeply moving love story; a story of the wild heart in us all and the quiet that lies underneath the world’s noise.


TessAkaBridgetTheFidget Report 25 Oct 2017 22:00

I.ve read a few Alexander McCall Smith books, including the a few Ladies Detective Agency ones set in Botswana and a few set in Scotland. enjoyed both types. In fact saw some AMS books on the library shelves last week while looking for some other author whoes name begins with S. (the name escapes me at the mament, and I can't be bothered to go looking for my "books to read " book. (This not so little girl has had a busy day!).

I did in fact see some by the desired author and although they were papaerbacks they were also HUGH 650-720 pages!!
However than noticed a book by Betty Smith. The title just jumped out at me - "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn"
I read this in one of my dads Readers Digest Condensed books years and years ago ( well over fifty).

Can only very slightly remember it, e.g. it was set in Brooklyn in the early 20th Centuary, and the main person is a young girl. Not much to go on, but I remember that I enjoyed it. Just wondered what I would think now that I am much older and perhaps a little wiser, definatly better informed.
So rejected the big combersome books in favour of A Tree Grows...
It is rather a new print and I think that I am the first or second customer to take it out. "Oh! said the man is he was scanning my library card and stamping the book "I was going to read that!" "They made a film of it in 194x," and named a couple of people in said film.
He would be a good person to have in your quiz team. I thought as I put the book in my bag and left.

Will let you know what I think about it when I have finished. Have still got another Sebastian Barry Book on the go, so might take me sometime.

did anyone else read readers Digest condensed versions of books?


SuffolkVera Report 20 Oct 2017 09:01

Both your books sound good, Ann and Tess, so I have added them to my “to be read” list.

I’ve been reading Emma by Alexander McCall Smith. It’s a modern retelling of the Jane Austen book. It stays faithful to the original story and spirit of the book but, because it is set in modern times, it loses a lot of the social nuances of Jane Austen and doesn’t flow well. Emma comes over as a spoilt rich kid. It’s an OK book but a bit disappointing.


AnninGlos Report 17 Oct 2017 12:24

Just finished a book I enjoyed Island Secrets by Patricia Wilson Crete in 1940s and present day. Angelica intrigued by mother Poppy’s past, visits grandmother Maria in Crete village where mother grew up Learns story from Maria. I learnt a lot about Crete in the war, based on true stories from Cretians still living. Excellent book.


TessAkaBridgetTheFidget Report 13 Oct 2017 12:10

Hi, couldn't find books we discussed earlier in the lairary. So just grabbed a couple "that took my fancy"
Been rather busy, so only manager to finish one of them.

The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry.

The story is told by two people, Roseanne, the writer of The Scripture, who is approaching her 100th birthday. She lives in a memtal hospital, and has been in "mental institutions" for well over half her life.
The second person telling the story is Dr. Grene, he is finishing up his case notes before the hospital is closed, psychiatrist, Dr. Grene, is intrigued by the story of his elderly patient. Many of her notes are lost, so he sets out to investigate the reasons that she was "put away"
A really interesting at times puzzling story. Set in Sligo, from the time of "the troubles" to the 21st Centuary.

First published in 2008, it was shortlisted for The Man Booker Prize, and was the winner of Costa Book Awards in 2008.

I was so moved by this "history" that I have now added the name of
Sebastian Barry, to my list of authors to look out for.

Highly recommended.


AnninGlos Report 25 Sep 2017 11:47

Gives you a few to look for Tess anyway! :-) Hope you are well.


TessAkaBridgetTheFidget Report 23 Sep 2017 03:56

They all sound interesting Ann, will make a note of them all.

Have recently read "Me before You" as you say, a weepy. But I found that it made me think too. (which is a good thing)

Have also read "Paths of Destiny" another very interesting and informative book. Bought it home just how much the railways have changed lives.

Have read other books by some of the authors mentioned (Maeve Binchey, Jodi Picoult, James Patterson and Cecilia Ahern) and have enjoyed them.

My sister is an avid Jodi Picoult reader, will ask her if she has read Small Great Things.


AnninGlos Report 16 Sep 2017 16:37

Books read on holiday, some were paperbacks picked up in the hotel, some were on Kindle and a couple of paperbacks I took with me. All were very readable.

Nights of rain and stars by Maeve Binchi 4 strangers meet in a Greek Taverna high above the village of Aghia Anna a tragedy throws them all together. V good.

Diane Chamberlain Her Mother's Shadow. Following on from The Keeper of the light. Lacey meets up with Bobby, meets Rick. Tragedy brings her Mackenzie. Father Alec real father Tom. Excellent

small Great things by Jodi Picoult Ruth is a nurse in Labour & delivery, the only black nurse in the dept. Davis Bauer is delivered to White Supremist parents who forbid her to touch him with tragic consequences. She is tried for murder. Excellent

EVThompson Paths of destiny, set mostly in either Cornwall or the Crimean war. Alice Row orphan servant and Gideon Davey railway ganger. V good

Jo jo Moyes Me Before you a re-read of a good weepy.

James Patterson 4th of July Det Lindsay Boxer, late night show down has to fire in self defence. She is put on trial. Taking leave she gets caught up in the solving of other grisly murders. Very good

Cecilia Ahern The Marble Collector Sabrina Boggs finds a marble collection in her father's belongings. She searches for answers about the man she thought she knew who can't remember his own story.

Judy Astley No place for a man. Jess and Matt, she writes a feature for the. Newspaper, he is made redundant, son Oliver off to Oz, daughters Natasha and Zoe. Trash meets Tom a runaway. Ok.

James Patterson NYPD RED Zach Jordan new partnerKylie Macdonald. The Chameleon, Gabe Benoit & partner, Lexi. Murders of film stars, bombs etc good


SuffolkVera Report 15 Sep 2017 21:07

Thanks for that. Some of those authors are new to me so I'll be looking out for them.


TessAkaBridgetTheFidget Report 15 Sep 2017 20:49

Off to the library tomorrow to return a couple of books.

Will be on the lookout for books by Robert Massie, Michael Jecks, C.J. Sansom as well as Fiona Barton and Elizabeth Louper.

If I don't find anything by any of them, I'll just grab a couple that tafe my fancy.


TessAkaBridgetTheFidget Report 15 Sep 2017 20:43

Been reading quite a lot recently. just haven't goy round to coming on here.

Quite a few of my usual fare, (historical novels) including:

The Leopard Unleashed, by Elizabeth Chadwick, set (mainly) in 12th Century Wales, the third of The Ravenstowe trilogy.

The Empress by Meg Clothier, also set in the 12th Century, this time in Constantinople. Agnes of france moves to Constsntinople to get married, It is a story of treachery, warfare, love and betrayal. real charecters from history. Quite a change from reading about British history.

The Second Duchess, by Elizabeth Loupas,
another new author for me, it was listed at the end of the Meg Clothier book. Found it interesting. It is about real historical figures, most of them previously unknown to me. Twenty-six year old Barbara of Austria (i mention her age because she was considered to be rather old to be getting married for the first time)
She marries Alfonso d'Este, Duke of Ferrara, a widower. His first wife died under mysterious circumstances. Barbara has a keen eye and an enquiring mind and wants to find out the truth about the death of the First Duchess.

I was spell bound by the story, the mystery, , history, politics, love and hate all play a part in this story of intrigue and passion.
Highly recommended.

Have also read some more modern books. just finished "The Widow" by Fiona Barton. Had not heard of this author, but grabbed it off the library shelf because it was less than 400 pages, so I would be able to complete it within a week!
I'm so pleased that i did! A two year old chila, Bella, disappears from her front garden one afternoon. After police enquiries a man is charged with her abduction. However, his wife "stands by her man" and even gives him an alabi.
The story is told by some of the leading characters in the book, including a policeman leading the investigation, a reporter following up every lead, and getting interviews with the women in the case, "The Widow" i.e. the suspects wife.
Something rather different from my usual reading. Will try the same author again. Well worth reading.

Another "modern" book The Lives She Left Behind" by james Long.
Set in the present day, but also going back in history. This book features reincarnation. ++++ Okay if you are willing to go with the flow. But otherwise, not for you. I liked it.


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 13 Sep 2017 18:01

Thank you for that - it sounds just up my street. Amazon have that one and 2 others for £1.99, just downloaded.

I've been reading quite a few freebies but none worth recommending.


SuffolkVera Report 13 Sep 2017 17:30

I eventually finished the biography of Catherine the Great just before going to Russia so it was good background reading.

Now catching up on some books that have been on my kindle for a while. Finished "Revelation" which is one of the books in the Matthew Shardlake series by C J Sansom. Tudor times, Henry has had Catherine Howard executed and is looking at Catherine Parr for his 6th wife. A series of gruesome murders seem to relate to prophesies in the Book of Revelation.....A good read if you enjoy historical crime/thrillers as I do.

I'm now reading "The Mad Monk of Gidleigh" , a medieval murder mystery by Michael Jecks.