cat63 (cat63) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Books 75 & 76 for 2013

The Confession of Brother Haluin by Ellis Peters. 162 pages.

When Brother Haluin falls from an icy roof, no-one expects him to live. But he does, and having confessed an old sin in extremis, he sets off to seek forgiveness from the people he feels he has wronged. Brother Cadfael goes with him, as he is still weak.

But others are less happy to have the past stirred up and Haluin's journey causes upheaval in more than one household….

Another enjoyable reread, although the resolution was less than satisfactory in places.

Murder with Peacocks by Donna Andrews. 237 pages.

Blacksmith Meg Langslow returns to her hometown to organise three weddings, one of them her mother's. When one of the wedding guests dies in mysterious circumstances, Meg's mystery-obsessed father starts an investigation...

I was a little uncertain about this one to start with, as I was incredulous at anyone putting up with the treatment Meg receives from her family and supposed friends, but after a while, I realised it's not really supposed to be realistic and went along with the silliness and I quite enjoyed it. Some of the characters are quite endearing, especially Meg's dad, and I even gained a bit more sympathy for her lazy manipulative mother toward the end too, although I still want to slap her with a fish.
Tags: crime fiction

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