Night Film – Marisha Pessl
That has to be one of the oddest books that I’ve read recently. It was quite gripping and fascinating to read, but I’ve just closed it and felt as if I have no idea what just happened. Every time I thought I’d got a handle on it, it changed direction. Recommended for those of us who quite like to be bemused by a book.
Mr Penumbra’s 24-hour bookstore
This was excellent. A great story and well told, with some smashing characters too. It was slightly quirky, which I usually enjoy and had a very satisfying ending. I love books that are set in and around bookstores.
The dead in their vaulted arches – Alan Bradley
This was the latest Flavia de Luce novel and I’d had it on reserve at the library for months, even before it was released. I was the first to read this copy so it was all shiny and new. It was a brilliant read too. I’ve enjoyed all the Flavia stories before this one and I loved the way this one tied up so many loose ends. I’m a bit worried though that it was all finished off a bit too neatly, and maybe it was the last one. I do hope not, as things were getting very interesting indeed. I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for more.
A French affair – Katie Fforde
This was lovely. A nice easy read for a lazy Sunday afternoon. I always enjoy Fforde’s books. Non-slushy chick-lit with a feel good ending. This one was set in the world of antiques.
A clash of kings – George R.R. Martin
I was getting fed up of all the adverts for Game of thrones on that Sky channel that we don’t get. It’s almost as if it was taunting me. I’ve seen the first two seasons but not three and I won’t be able to see the new season either. Bah! Who cares. I have the books and guess what? They’re better. A clash of kings has caught me up to where I was with my viewing so I can now read season three and stick my tongue out at the trailers. I really enjoyed A clash of kings. I pretty much knew what was going to happen, but of course it all happens in so much more depth in a book. I’m looking forward to the next one after a wee break to read a few shorter books. Sort of like a palate cleanser 🙂
Beastly things – Donna Leon
Somehow I managed to miss getting the two latest books when they came out. As she’s one of my favourite authors, I had to put that right when I realised, so I downloaded them both to my Kindle. This is book 21 in the series and was excellent. It starts with a murder, and delves into the world of the slaughterhouse and the issues that concern some of the characters regarding the meat trade. It made for some very good reading.
It’s a Dunder-Bull wife – Karen Cantwell
This was a short story and wasn’t bad. I quite like the Barbara Marr stories and this one fitted in with the full-length novels quite nicely. I’ve got another of those on the Kindle but I may save that one for later.
Split second – David Baldacci
Tree has just been reading the King and Maxwell books and recommended them so I thought I’d give them a try. I’m glad that I did as this was very good. It sets the scene for the rest of the series by telling the story of how the two detectives meet and decide to set up shop as PIs. I’ve got the next three books on my Kindle so I’m looking forward to reading them now. I may read the next book in the Game of thrones series next though as it’s calling to me.
A Storm of Swords: pt one – Steel and snow – George R. R. Martin
Wow! I couldn’t stop reading this. It caused one or two later nights than was a good idea, but I had the greatest difficulty in putting it down. There were lots of moments in there that I didn’t see coming. I’m so glad I’ve managed to avoid spoilers from the TV series. I’m going to carry straight on with part two as I’m desperate to know what’s going to happen next.