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The Atomic Weight of Love

The Atomic Weight of Love by Elizabeth J. Church

In books read on November 20, 2016

This was a great story - starting in the 1940s it chronicles the life of a woman with a promising academic career who ends up not fulfilling her own dreams because her husband's needs come first. I felt it was very much an "everywoman" kind of a tale. Exceedingly well written, sometimes a bit too much so if that is possible; I struggled to pick the book up again after the description of an ectopic pregnancy that brought back way too memories for me (no one ever accused me of being a hysterical woman who was inventing symptoms but it was all a bit close to the bone all the same!). After that I hesitate to say I enjoyed the book, but it was a good one all the same.

This was a hardback.

Broken Homes (Peter Grant, #4)

Broken Homes (Peter Grant, #4) by Ben Aaronovitch

In books read on September 30, 2016

Randomly selected on a "nothing is captivating me at the moment, just give me something different" library visit and it fulfilled the brief. Magic and mysteries in London. Just what I needed at the time. Will read more at some point.

This was a library book. This was a paperback.

Her

Her by Harriet Lane

In books read on February 13, 2016

I've read the book, but not yet written anything down about it. Check back later (maybe!).

This was a paperback.

The Silver Pigs (Marcus Didius Falco, #1)

The Silver Pigs (Marcus Didius Falco, #1) by Lindsey Davis

In books read on February 6, 2016

I've read the book, but not yet written anything down about it. Check back later (maybe!).

This was a paperback.

Vendetta (Aurelio Zen, #2)

Vendetta (Aurelio Zen, #2) by Michael Dibdin

In books read on September 7, 2015

Started off well as an interesting puzzle being solved from a desk in Rome - I preferred that to when it degenerated into a boy's own action-adventure tale in the second half. The solution to the puzzle was indeed quite interesting, it was played out well and there were lots of delightful details and scenes here but the book as a whole missed the mark for me. I expected better really.

This was borrowed. This was a paperback.

Blood from a Stone (Commissario Brunetti, #14)

Blood from a Stone (Commissario Brunetti, #14) by Donna Leon

In books read on August 29, 2015

I picked up the paperback of this on holiday from a selection of English books left on the campsite in France. Haven't read Donna Leon in a while and I was in the right frame of mind to enjoy it. It was nice to have Brunetti whinging about the winter cold of Venice whilst I was baking in the sun - I mean the shade, I don't do sun.

This was borrowed. This was a paperback.

London Rain (Josephine Tey, #6)

London Rain (Josephine Tey, #6) by Nicola Upson

In books read on August 24, 2015

Another interesting book in this series that is more than a crime novel. I think the plot is probably a bit ropey if you stop to think about it too long, but I don't want to do that, it was interesting enough. I enjoyed it as a period piece from the 1930s when people who seem modern and unconventional are nevertheless completely caught up in the coronation of a new king - this obsession with royalty along with other views that would seem very weird to me today was one of the most captivating things about the book and made me think about how much attitudes, and society in general, have changed over the last eighty years.

This was a kindle eBook.

The Ghost Fields (Ruth Galloway, #7)

The Ghost Fields (Ruth Galloway, #7) by Elly Griffiths

In books read on August 6, 2015

Entertaining and interesting despite being written to the same formula as all the other books in the series. I keep coming back for more despite always getting annoyed at the bit where Ruth plunges alone without a torch down the steps to a dark cellar filled with murderers (not literally, but she always does that kind of lumbering into danger thing). Actually I really liked the bit where the metaphorical torch was actually an iPhone with a dying battery and no signal, I could relate! I guess the good outweighs the predictable here.

This was a kindle eBook.

The Monogram Murders

The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah

In books read on August 2, 2015

To be honest I wasn't expecting much of this - I only bought it when I spotted it in the charity bookshop, not exactly a must read. There are plenty of original Christies that I haven't read and could if I really wanted to read that kind of thing. So the fact that I quite enjoyed it probably stems from the fact that my expectations were pretty low to start with.

It was a good idea to give Poirot a new sidekick-narrator (I presume, he has several different ones as well as Hastings in the original books). Though perhaps it wasn't such a good idea to make him quite so dim. I was waiting for him to suddenly twist something and spot something that Poirot hadn't done, thereby making his presence in the book useful, but it never happened. He was supposed to be a young up-and-coming Scotland Yard detective but I could never figure out why that was.

The plot was pretty preposterous but I was willing to go along with it, Christie did preposterous pretty well herself. The book just felt overlong compared with my memories of the originals which were paperbacks to be thrown off on a train journey, not hours and hours of convoluted complications. The characters felt pretty much like Christie's though, I didn't feel Poirot had been dragged too far into the twenty-first century.

In the end, it was okay, nothing special, and given that there can't be that many people who have read all the original Christies and still hanker for more whilst not wanting to re-read, this really isn't any more than an extended advert by Christie's estate for all her other books.

This was a hardback.

The Way Back Home

The Way Back Home by Freya North

In books read on July 15, 2015

I've read the book, but not yet written anything down about it. Check back later (maybe!).

This was a kindle eBook.


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