Thursday, August 16, 2018
This looked like a promising police procedural--serial killer strikes in London, posting pictures of his victims on social media and taunting the police. The first few chapters were interesting. The author has a spare writing style and short chapters that keep the pace going. Unfortunately after those first few chapters, the plot becomes very predictable. The police arrest the wrong person to much fanfare because that one superior officer insists it be done even though they haven't checked all the details. The investigating officer is suspended but strikes out on his own investigation. The killer targets the investigating officer. And the identity of the killer is very obvious. I wanted to like this one but found myself skimming the last half.
Monday, August 13, 2018
Thursday, August 9, 2018
This book dates from 1997 and in some ways that shows (hero did something extremely questionable to his first wife) and yet Kinsale clearly knows how to write fascinating characters and smart dialogue. Robert and Folie (whom he calls Folly) first meet through letters when he is stationed in India and she is in England, married to a much older husband. These letters are probably the best thing about the book. The two of them are clearly falling in love over the years that they write but obviously such a relationship is not going to work. Eventually Robert breaks things off and we skip ahead five years. Folly's husband has died. Robert is now back from India, has inherited an estate from his father, and is the guardian of Folly's husband's daughter (from his first marriage). Robert summons Folly and his ward, Melinda, to his estate but it's clear to her from the beginning that something is not right with him. He's rude and almost demented. The story takes off from there and the plot gets a little wild and convoluted. This story has some flaws but I'm now curious to read some of Kinsale's other, more notable books, such as Flowers from the Storm.
Saturday, August 4, 2018
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
This is the second book in the Royal Rewards series but it stands on its own very well. Hugo is a duke's son, not the heir, who studied medicine because his twin brother died when they were teens. He's uptight and intent on building a hospital to honor his brother. Georgette is essentially alone in the world. Her parents, who rarely paid her or her brother any attention have passed away. Her much older brother was injured in the war but is now on a quest to find some gold coins stolen from the Royal Mint. Georgette decides to strike out on her own, locate her brother, and help him find the treasure. Except that Hugo, a friend of her brother's, will not let her travel alone. Reluctantly, the two embark on a road trip to find Georgette's brother and the treasure. Romain writes truly likable characters and witty dialogue that I love. This one is highly recommended.
Friday, July 20, 2018
Sugar, Butter, Flour: The Waitress Pie Book is a pie cookbook based on the recent hit musical with music by Sara Bareilles. Jenna Hunterson is the main character of the story, not the actual author of these recipes. Moment of truth: I didn't bake any of these pies yet. But I did read through the whole book, and it's pretty fun. Be aware that the cookbook is based on the pies from the musical, not the movie. There were a few recipes from the movie I was really hoping to see and didn't--that's not a bad thing, just telling you so you're aware. There were a couple of people who complained about thinking Jenna was a real person, which is silly. The title page has the real author's name as the author of the recipes; not having it on the cover is common for book or movie-based cookbooks. I'm excited to try a few of them and may tweak my review when I do. Suffice it to say, this is a good pie book primarily consisting of classics with a twist. This is a solid choice for people who enjoyed the musical, as well as those who just like trying new and fairly simple pie recipes!