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May books-2021

Another month of Good books, thank goodness as May in the UK has been very wet indeed. Here’s what I have devoured.

John le Carre- The Constant Gardener. I was going to borrow another book by this author from the library-Tinker, Taylor, Soldier , Spy. It was on the Channel 5 last of the 30 best British novels. But I spotted The Constant Gardener. I hadn’t known it was a book, just a film I thought, and a film I had never managed to watch the whole way through. So I borrowed it. In case you don’t know the book/film, it’s a thriller set mostly in Africa and is to do with the murder of two people determined to investigate a drugs company who have been using the locals as Guinea pigs. A bit over long, but a good read. Would their findings of cover ups been dismissed as Fake News in 2021 I wonder?

Emma Curtis- One Little Mistake -A very good psychological thriller. What happens when Vicky makes a mistake and enlists the help of her best friend. An enjoyable read.

Sarah Maine- Beyond the Wild River_ historical novel set in Scotland and Canada in 1893. Evelyn joins her father and others on a trip to Canada ostensibly to go fishing. On arrival they are surprised that one of the guides is a former employee who fled Scotland when suspected of murder. In due course everything is sorted out, and all’s well. An enjoyable read that was about fifty pages too long. Less trekking and fishing would have given it more pace and drama.

Kate Ellis – A Painted Doom- as in medieval church art, a painting depicting heaven and hell, is discovered in an old barn. This book is a murder mystery with archaeology, a dig and old documents thrown in. Lots of clues, well constructed, and I still guessed wrong! A Good read.

Anthony Horowitz- Magpie Murders- Two tales intertwined – a murder mystery inside another murder mystery. Very well plotted and written from the screen play writer of Midsomer Murders. And I didn’t see the ends!

Have you read any of these, what did you think? Any Good books to recommend ?

A week ago I actually got to pick some books from the library shelves for myself. It was wonderful to be in the library again.

Comments on: "May books-2021" (27)

  1. I haven’t which is unusual as we usually read some similar books. The painting mystery sounds interesting.

  2. I noticed someone looking at the books at the shelves in our local library and was a little surprised but pleased, too. In truth, though, our library doesn’t hold much stock, so I have always tended to order online and have it delivered from other Leeds libraries.

    I think I’ve read The Constant Gardener, or perhaps I meant to and read another by John Le Carré instead.

  3. Ah John Le Carre – I saw the movie Tinker, Taylor, Soldier but did not read the book. I’ve been meaning to read one of his books after reading an interesting article about him after he passed at the end of 2020.

  4. I haven’t read any of those but sounds like you enjoyed yourself.
    I am working my way through all of Thomas Hardy’s novels from his very first one – ‘Desperate Remedies’ . I’ve got as far as his third one, ‘A Pair of Blue Eyes’ which I’m about halfway through. Now I live in Hardy Country (although that third one is set in Cornwall) I’m enjoying spotting the places he mentions. Last week I had to go into Dorchester (Hardy’s Casterbridge) and we had a gorgeous lunch afterwards in ‘The Kings Arms’ which was featured in ‘The Mayor of Casterbridge’.
    I’m interspersing Hardy with more contemporary stuff, usually from the 99p Kindle offers. A good one recently was ‘A Splendid Ruin’ by Megan Chance – a tale of how revenge is best served cold and featuring stomach churning graphic descriptions of early 20th century asylum conditions and the San Francisco earthquake of 1906. Lovely stuff!

    • You are brave with all the Hardy novels. I studied The Mayor of Casterbridge for A level, I love visiting Dorcester and finding all the landmarks. Do go to the museum at Portland for more Thomas Hardy connections. Goodness your other book sounds a bit difficult.

  5. I had the same experience as Rainbow Junkie with “Magpie Murders,” and have just checked out the online version of “Moonflower Murders.” So thank you to you both! Also, finally got a copy of “The Thursday Murder Club” and raced through it in 2 days – couldn’t put it down! I do hope there will be more!

  6. I read The Painted Doom and remember enjoying it very much. I didn’t really enjoy Magpie Murders but that is because I borrowed it as an audio-book and missed the being able to re-read the previous sentence and missed bits when my mind wandered. I also had difficulty getting through it in the time scale because of course it is quicker when you read a book yourself. The follow up “Moonflower Murders” is good though. Very intricate and clever as you would expect and I missed lots of the stuff that gets explained at the end.

    • Yes I did back track a fair bit, especially towards the end. Not a fan of audio books, my mind wanders. I shall certainly look out for his next book that you mentioned. Thank you.

  7. I felt like that yesterday, but about going into an actual changing room for the first time since last February!

    • I get quite beside myself with excitement. Found a new sewing shop with yarn in Swindon this week, and I had a coffee with my son inside a coffee shop on Saturday. Aand I am swimming again.

  8. Those sound like fun reads – will have to check them out! I enjoy mysteries, and these all sound like good ones 🙂

  9. Coincidence- I’ve just finished Beyond the wild river. Didn’t enjoy it – got fed up and skimmed lots of pages. Took it out thinking it would be as good as her previous (debut) novel The House between Tides….which I really enjoyed. Find that one if you can!

  10. I have just finished The Angel of Waterloo by Jacquie French. It’s a wonderful book, set in Regency England and then the new colony at Botany Bay. it’s the story of a woman’s life, both in hidebound England and the greater freedom of Australia.

  11. I haven’t read any of those, though I remember watching The Constant Gardener. Just read The Diabolical Bones which is a murder mystery solved by the Bronte Sisters who are writers/detectives in Bella Ellises enjoyable fiction novels. X

    • The Bronte sisters as sleuths, mm, I can just about imagine. Some of their characters were based on local people and their doings, Mrs Rochester and Heathcliffe the boy orphan for instance. I’ll watch out for it, thank you.

  12. I might be tempted by Magpie Murders as I like watching Midsomer Murders 🙂

  13. claire93 said:

    haven’t read any from your list ^^
    I’ve just started “The Ickabog”, lent to me by 11 year old Cléo who says it’s very good^^

  14. Busy reader. I don’t know how you find the time. I haven’t been in a library for over a year, it’s killing me. Having said that, at the same time I’m going through boxes of books previously of great interest and passing them on to the local charity shop.

    • It had been over a year since I had picked up a book from a library shelf. The joy of having a physical ticket and not just a temporary online one. Having time to read is easy, just ignore the chores!

  15. Glad you enjoyed more books. I don’t know any of those apart from The Constant Gardener, which actually I saw as a film rather than a book. I remember it had a nice atmosphere but it was a little slow in parts, starred Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weiss.

    I have just revisited an Agatha Christie – Dead Man’s Folly – if you fancy a short read. It is typical Hercule Poirot and polite gentry.

    Last month I read The Island by Victoria Hislop – set in Greece, about a real island, Spinalonga where all the lepers used to be sent. The atmosphere of being in Greece was very well written. I’d actually put off reading this as it seemed rather hyped up a few years ago in the media – but I enjoyed it. Possibly a good read in the summer, imagine the heat of the sunshine as you read it!

    Oh and here’s one I really enjoyed – based on a true story of librarians travelling by packhorse taking library books to homes in the wilds of Kentucky – The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes.

    • Thank you for those suggestions. I have duly noted them for my tbr list. Bloggers really recommend the best books.

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