Number 7 is out in a few days, so I thought I had best read 5.5, which I had missed. It’s only a quick story, but satisfying none the less, with the delightfully quirky characters, magical mysteries, and dry humour that we expect from the series. Lots of fun, as always.
It’s a big book, but it fairly flew by. Detective Cormoran Strike and his partner Robin Ellacott take us through London, Westminster and the English countryside as they work for a government minister and try to find out how a troubled young man is connected to him. The mystery is convoluted and complicated, and the ending satisfying, but I don’t really read for plot. As ever, there is a great sense of place, and I have really come to care for the characters.
I have to admit to skipping a few chapters of this book so that I could finish. The premise of the story was great, but the characters let me down – they lacked warmth. The story did get better towards the middle and end.
Ted’s innocence is exposed and Amanda delightfully pairs with him to solve another crime. I am enjoying the character Amanda and her canny ability to expose the underbelly of crime around Cairns. This was a good continuation of the story that began in Crimson Lake and I look forward to see which direction the next story will take me.
Reading the book after seeing and loving the film version, is one of my favourite things. The book is so slim, and very spare, so didn’t take much longer than watching the movie. It’s the story of a number of women working in a fancy Sydney department store in 1959. There’s glamour, romance, awakenings, wit, and light. It was a joy to read and to watch.
Three and a half stars for this dark, occasionally humorous, rather bleak tale. Frances and her grown son, Malcolm, live a wealthy, largely self-sufficient life in Manhattan, until they are forced to move to Paris, almost penniless. It’s often absurd, kind of nonsensical, but oddly touching, and even beautiful at times.
Jaxie Clackton is a teenaged boy in a small town in Western Australia. His mother died, and his father beats him badly, until one day something happens, and Jaxie finds himself on the run in the most inhospitable country, with only hope to keep him going. The Shepherd’s Hut is about survival, love, hatred, strength, kindness and meaning. It’s harsh, raw, bleak, and confronting, but beautiful and deeply moving, with the strong sense of place you expect from Tim Winton, and a character whose voice will linger long after the book has been closed.
If you are a fan of Kitty Flanagan as I am, you will love her new book! It is a collection of easy to read “true stories and ill-informed opinions” written in her distinctive relaxed and familiar style that make you laugh out loud and be very annoying to your partner trying to read a serious book alongside you in bed at night!
Chapters include Yoga Guantanamo, which is about attending a yoga ashram in order to avoid going to Easter mass, The Wishbone Chicken Shop where her love of cooking definitely did NOT come from her grandmother and The Vardy Party about children’s birthday parties in the good old days when parents used to dump their kids and run.
If you want something that is light, bright and humorous to lift your spirits then this is the book for you!
4 authors, 4 stories, 1 town. The authors have succeeded in creating a flowing story by each taking a character from the local police force and carrying the story throughout. If you love your rural romantic suspense that is heavy on the romance and even a bit spicy you will love this book.
Catching Teller Crow is a thoroughly beautiful, captivating book. It’s a detective story, a ghost story, and an uplifting book about meaning, the power of our life stories, grief, Australia’s shameful history, and strength, particularly that of Aboriginal girls and women.