March 16th, 2015

Reading/News

Books 2 and 3

2. Dumb Witness - Agatha Christie
Pages: 265 (828)
Blurb: Elderly Emily Arundell dies in the small village of Market Basing and leaves a very surprising will. Shortly before her death she wrote to Hercules Poirot, but the letter was delayed, so the great detective arrives on the scene to find the old lady dead, and immediately joins an investigation into her murder...
Thoughts: Gosh was I disappointed with this book. Firstly, I felt quite misled as many articles about the book said it was from a more interesting POV - it wasn't. I can also see why the characters were altered for the television adaptation. Hardly any were likeable and I was glad to finish it.

3. Raven Black - Ann Cleeves
Pages: 390 (1218)
Blurb: It is a cold January morning and Shetland lies beneath a deep layer of snow. Trudging home, Fran Hunter's eye is drawn to a splash of colour on the frozen ground, ravens circling above. It is the body of her teenage neighbour Catherine Ross. As Fran opens her mouth to scream, the ravens continue their deadly dance.
The locals on the quiet island stubbornly focus their gaze on one man - loner and simpleton Magnus Tait. But when detective Jimmy Perez and his colleagues from the mainland insist on opening out the investigation, a veil of suspicion and fear is thrown over the entire community.
For the first time in years, Catherine's neighbours nervously lock their doors, whilst a killer lives on in their midst...
Thoughts: At first, I wasn't expecting to like this book. I watched the adaptation's of the Shetland novels on the BBC and adored them (Dougie Henshall is just fabulous) and I could see instantly the books were completely different. However, I loved this. The differences were many, but it didn't matter - both TV programme and books can stand alone.I really liked Cleeves' writing style. It was captivating and written in such a way that you wanted to keep reading. There were subtle clues and excellent character development which made it so enticing to keep on reading. Really looking forward to reading the other books in the series and to start the Vera novels, also by the same author. The book has also cemented my desire to visit Shetland which is so beautifully described. It really is amazing that Cleeves has never actually properly been to Shetland!
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Book 25

Until Thy Wrath Be Past (Rebecka Martinsson, #4)Until Thy Wrath Be Past by Åsa Larsson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Maybe a paranormal tag is a bit...too much but the story is partially narrated by the murder victim's ghost so...I Keep trying to read Scandinavian mysteries but they never click with me. This one wasn't so bad. Wilma Persson and Simon Kyrö are murdered by being set adrift from their tether to the hole in the ice in Vittangijärvi lake where they are diving to see a WWII plane wreck. The story opens with Wilma describing her death and the finding of her body some time later.

In some respects, this reminds me of a Columbo because we sort of know who did it. Even the detective, Anna-Maria Mella, pretty much knows who did it but getting evidence is another thing. Mella is hampered by an incidence (maybe in an earlier novel since this is #4 in a series but my first book with this series) where she and her partner had to shoot it out because she wouldn't wait. Her partner has not forgiven her. This parallels prosecutor Rebecka Martinsson who also had to shoot someone.

As she and Mella work the case which ties into a crime family that was Wilma was related to. They don't take well to police interest and do petty things to the women.

The odd thing and sometimes annoying thing was Wilma's spirit visited everyone (including Rebecka in a dream) and we keep getting all these flash backs (mostly they do tie in but it was odd).

Overall it wasn't bad. I mostly enjoyed it.



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