I began not liking this story about a disjointed family that had to deal with many issues (past and present), it all seemed weird and not quite to what I usually read. I was disbelieving the actions of the cast of characters, but it became oddly compelling the more I read. The ending was fitting for the story and I was left at the end with a bit of hope.
The tension builds slowly in this novel as we read the story from 3 viewpoints (2 current and 1 in the past). It reaches a pinnacle as the storylines converge and then fizzles to the ending – I was hoping for a big twist at the end, but it didn’t happen. I found it to be an enjoyable read that kept me engaged, with a satisfactory ending.
See what I have done is a must read for lovers of murder mysteries and historical fiction.
Lizzie Borden’s parents Andrew and Abbey are found brutally murdered in their Massachusetts home. The novel takes the reader back to events leading up to that fateful day in 1892.
Lizzie becomes an immediate suspect in this crime and is send to trial for the murders. The question is did the daughter Lizzie take and axe and butcher her parents or not?
Sarah Schmidt is an Australian author and this is her first novel.
Veronica Speedwell is such an unusual women for Victorian times. She is knowledgeable, outspoken, sexually aware and determined and is not afraid to let everyone know that is all that! Being such a strong character, by the end of the story she unfortunately becames a bland character for me – there is no development or frailty. The book had a strong sense of place – Victorian London was well described. As for the mystery, even though it was quite outlandish, I did have to keep reading to find out what happens, and I have the feeling that it is not fully solved yet.
Love, love, love. Kate Atkinson is a master of endearing characters, undulating plots and powerfully emotive writing. Jackson Brodie is back, getting himself involved in all sorts of dramas and with a lot of help, finds a way out. I laughed, I cried and I was sorry to finish.
Caren Gray’s family has been on the Belle Vie plantation for years; first as slaves, and then as workers. One morning Caren finds a woman dead, and it turns into a current and historical mystery. I didn’t find the characters, the setting, or even the mystery all that engaging, though the resolution was good. I suspect it is a good crime novel, and that I’m just not that into them.
Holding isn’t what I would have expected from Graham Norton. It’s not exactly Colm Tóibín, but it is a charming, tender and thoughtful story of a mystery in a sleepy, rural, Irish town. Quietly amusing with endearing characters and a great setting, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Apple tea, a phrenic library and flash backs to Aztec life 3,000 years ago, this debut novel by Australian author LJM Owen is written for those who love crime, history or contemporary literature.
Olmec Obituary is the first in a series about Dr Elizabeth Pimms – Intermillenial Sleuth (the second was released in November 2016). The first few chapters start off slow, but the plot, for me, was promising enough to persevere. Described by the author as a cross between Bones and Midsomer Murders, Elizabeth is an archaeologist and librarian who solves really cold cases.
When Elizabeth moves back to Canberra from her dig in Egypt after her father dies suddenly, she takes up work in the Mahoney Griffin library (a fictional setting). Continue reading
The Ivy Tree is romantic suspense, very light on romance but full of forbidding settings and characters. Next to the ruined great house, the manor farm thrives and three people are set to inherit from the elderly owner, except one has been missing for eight years. Mistaken and assumed identity weaves a very tangled web; who can we trust? Sometimes the web was a little bit too tangled and I got a bit lost, but all in all it was a clever and enjoyable story.
Kate Atkinson does such a good job with her characters. This is another twisty, complicated, slowly drawn together mystery. Set in Edinburgh and full of eccentric, funny, exasperating characters whose connections slowly become clear. I really enjoyed it and will be back for number three.