A suburban primary school’s trivia night degenerates so badly that someone ends up dead; if only all school events were so exciting! This is a murder mystery with characters and a setting so familiar, suspense, humour, twists and turns. It deals with the complex issues around domestic violence and also about school politics, parenthood, marriage and friendship. It’s a thoroughly enjoyable read, definitely not just for women!
How sad I am to have run out of Jackson Brodie books, having carefully spaced them out! This is another rambling adventure with Jackson, no longer a private detective, and rather at a loose end. Not a linear read, but atmospheric, suspenseful, quietly amusing and cleverly, if not completely, resolved.
A Corner of White is a clever, quirky, funny and wildly imaginative story, set in two worlds. One is our world ( Cambridge specifically) and the other, the Kingdom of Cello. There is adventure, romance, science, poetry and gorgeous detail. I’ll be back for the next one.
I have resisted this book for some time. Jane Eyre is my absolute favourite, and I am not at all keen on it being messed with. In the end, I read enough positive reviews from lovers of the original that I tentatively picked it up. Actually, it’s a lot of fun. Reader, I murdered him. Jane Steele loves Jane Eyre, and while her life has many similarities, and the book is set not long after Jane Eyre, the story is full of twists and turns, and is not a retelling. The language was sometimes a little odd, and it was a bit modern in places, but it is fun and romantic in spirit, and I did enjoy it.
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.