03 November 2019

Big Sky; Kate Atkinson

Big SkyBig Sky by Kate Atkinson
My rating: =5 of 5 stars

I've missed Jackson and the convoluted mysteries that he gets tangled up in. He's retired (ish - aren't all retired detectives always "ishly" retired?), trying to get his life a little more on track, missing his ex-partner and suddenly he's taking care of her son and dog and trying to untangle what's happening in his quiet new town. There are return appearances by friends and enemies, but if you haven'r read the earlier books either at all or recently it won't be a problem. Here's hoping that we don't have to wait another nine years for the next one.

02 November 2019

Kissing Ezra Holtz; Brianna R. Shrum

Kissing Ezra Holtz (and Other Things I Did for Science)Kissing Ezra Holtz by Brianna R. Shrum
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

For fans of Sarah Dessen and Stephanie Perkins, with a dose of science and Judaism thrown in (some of the questions Amelia and Ezra ask their rabbi are pretty funny).

London Rules; Mick Herron

London Rules (Slough House, #5)London Rules by Mick Herron
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I'd read a great review of this book and on a whim picked it up - I'm glad I did. Yes, it's the fifth in the series, so there's some catching up to do, but overall the characters and the plot were pretty easy to follow. There's political intrigue, terrorism and a stumbling bunch of cast-offs from the Secret Services in the UK - what's not to enjoy and want more of? The other thing that's sold me on continuing: a colleague with whom I share reading ideas randomly asked if I'd ever read this series and was delighted that I had. So... on to more!

01 November 2019

Rules for Vanishing; Kate Alice Marshall

Rules for VanishingRules for Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It seems like every small town has its mysteries and legends (I grew up near a psychiatric hospital for criminals... you can imagine what stories got told). Here we have a town with a local ghost, Lucy Gallows, who appears once a year to lure people into the woods into which she disappeared years before. Sara is determined to figure out what happened to her sister Becca with or without her former friends. Of course it ends up being "with" and of course they will need to bond together to save themselves - and possibly Becca (and/or Lucy).

Knife; Jo Nesbo

Knife (Harry Hole, #12)Knife by Jo Nesbø
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another entry in one of the best Nordic Noir series, one that reunites Harry with his past and his drinking, his relationships (with friends and Rakel). At times he's difficult to read about - imagine if this were a real person, how coping with that personality and those "quirks" would feel! But by the end we're ready to see what happens next and where Harry ends up.