April Books

May. 1st, 2017 09:18 am
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 16: The Passion Jeanette Winterson

The book group choice for April, and it prompted a good discussion. On the whole I think I did like it, as the characters were good, but it did take me a while to get into. Hasn't made me rush out and read everything by Jeanette Winterson though. 

17: Illumination Matthew Plampin 

Very disappointing. I had been looking forward to this as I had enjoyed the previous two books of his I had read, The plot of this one seemed to be lacking a central focus, and the characters were poorly written and unappealing. This was a real struggle to finish. 

18: Closed Casket Sophie Hannah 

This is the second of the new (authorised) Poirot novels I have read, and I enjoyed it as much as the first. Very good mystery and very well written characters. Sophie Hannah has got Poirot spot on. 

19: Devoured D.E. Meredith 

It took me a while to get into this, but I am glad I persevered, as I really enjoyed it by the end - especially the twist in the plot. I liked the main characters very much, and am looking forward to reading more in this series. 

20: A Cruel Fate Lindsey Davies

Very disappointing, I expected far more from one of my favourite authors. The writing was so simplistic, that if it wasn't for the language used I would have thought it was for children. Pedestrian plodding plot, with too much explanation. If this was designed to get people reading again, I can't see it working. 

21: Telling Tales Ann Cleeves 

Vera in East Yorkshire - and she doesn't like the flat landscape! It was particularly nice to be reading this on the train back in East Yorkshire. A good mix of a cold case and a new case, with good characters, and a reveal I didn't get until the end. Enjoyed the small nod to Shetland in it too. Ann Cleeves gave a sense of the place, and of small communities, very well. 

22: Streets of Darkness A.A. Dhand

Saw this advertised in a few places, and was intrigued by the setting in Bradford. It is very dark, but very good - fast paced and exciting. Probably not very realistic, but then again it is a thriller. Good characters and very good twist at the end. Definitely want to read more of the series (when they come out - that's the trouble with new books)
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