Silence of the Grave by Arnaldur Indridason

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I enjoyed Jar City, the first in the English version of this series, but found this second book a better read. Somehow it seemed smoother and better joined together than its predecessor. A really interesting story diving back into wartime Iceland when Erlendur and team investigate bones found in a shallow grave. I did wonder whether that much effort would really have been put into figuring out the provenance of long buried bones (which was probably coloured by the Susan Hill book I read recently which was big on complaining about budget cuts and no resources being available for a similar-ish investigation). Dark, but entertaining.


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This was a library book.

The Watcher in the Pine by Rebecca Pawel

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Unexpectedly delightful! I now wish I’d started at the beginning of the series, but sometimes when I do that I wish I’d just tried a book from somewhere in the middle. Can’t win really.

I had to look up the background to this book, set in the aftermath of the Spanish civil war, as I was entirely hazy on the whole concept. I was surprised to find the main character, Tejada, on Franco’s side (sort of). But it becomes clearer as the book goes on that there is more to it than that. I’m guessing that the relationship with his wife Elena, which adds a lot to the political balance of the story, was built up in the previous books. This would have been a poorer book without Elena.

I’ll have to look up the other books in the series.


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The Betrayal of Trust (Simon Serrailler, #6) by Susan Hill

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The only problem I had with this book was that one of the main strands of the plot didn’t really link in with the others very strongly. But on the other hand I like the way you never know quite what is going to turn out to be significant in these books, which is much better than other more predictable crime fiction.


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This was a kindle eBook.

Superfreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, And Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance by Steven D. Levitt

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I think I’m probably pretty much satiated with the application of (sciencey thing) to (everyday thing) book genre. At least in regard to (sciencey thing)=(economics). Which, I suspect, is unlikely to stop me picking up other books in the genre in the future. I did feel like I’d read a whole heap of this before in one form or another though.


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This was a library book.

City of Whispers by Marcia Muller

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Time was I would have picked up a new McCone novel the second it hit the doormat & not put it down until I was done. It’s taken me the best part of two months to get through this, more putting down than picking up. The story isn’t that bad. It’s written in short chapters, switching viewpoint between McCone & her nephew Mick Savage (mostly, there are others represented too). I just found it too choppy to hold my attention. Sorry Sharon!


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This was a hardback.