Flu, fly, flum…

Delirious? Not quite – but decidedly unwell all of last week.

A short report of what I read (as you won´t want to hear what else I was doing)

 

June Whyte, Chasing Can Be Murder (2010)

Australian debut, amateur detective. For some reason (the cover, perhaps?) I assumed this one was a cosy, but they´d probably not condone the bedroom scenes.

Kat McKinley, the protagonist, is a female greyhound trainer. Many good aspects, but you´ll have to swallow the (rather common) assumption that cops are so incompetent it is much safer to solve your murders yourself. With the help of a handful of quite interesting friends. Besides, an intelligent person runs off in the middle of the night upon that suspicious phone call. No points for that one.

Unfortunately pdf-format. Yet I am ready to give this series a second chance.

 

Betty Webb, Desert Wives (2003)

American private sleuth, Lena Jones. Second in the series (but I didn´t think about it not being the first).

This mystery deals with the theme of polygamous marriages, and it is set on the border between Utah and Arizona. Recommended, especially because Webb has created a proper mystery which tells readers like me quite a lot I didn´t know about modern-day polygamous sects without getting preachy.

After the novel she provides a short section with relevant information about these sects.

 

Inger Wolf, Sort Sommer (2006)

A solid, Danish police procedural. I finally pulled myself together to try this author. Yes, I´ll read more of them.

 

Beth Mathison, A Mobster´s Guide to Cranberry Sauce.

A fairly silly cosy mystery, if you ask me, and I didn´t realize I had bought a short story until I had nearly finished it.

 

Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine´s Home for Peculiar Children (2011)

American, fantasy – with all the important elements. Mysterious island, interesting characters, time travels. Four stars despite the rather abrupt ending, but I assume the author intends to write more volumes.

I bought all these e-books myself.

About Dorte Hummelshøj Jakobsen

I am a Danish teacher. In my spare time I read, write and review crime fiction.
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9 Responses to Flu, fly, flum…

  1. Dorte – Thanks for these little snippets. I’ve got the Webb on my TBR – I think I’ll bump that one up. I always deeply respect an author who can deal with a difficult topic without preaching. And I hope the Inger Wolf gets translated soon; that one got my attention. Hope you’re feeling better now!

  2. Joanne says:

    Get well soon! Sometimes I welcome the flu just so I get to read for a week – it feels like a luxury. Of course that’s not entirely true, but I think you know what I mean. ;) I’d be interested in the Webb and Wolf books.
    Joanne

  3. Kelly says:

    Oh no…I’m sorry to hear it wasn’t a good week for you. Thank you for not sharing the details! ;)

    The Webb book sound interesting. It’s one I’ll keep in mind. I’ve seen other reviews of the last one you mentioned, positive for the most part.

    Certainly hope this will be a healthier week for you!!

  4. Dorte H says:

    Margot: thank you. I am quite a lot better today. And it is good to have you back :)

    Joanne: I don´t think anyone would welcome THIS flu. Wednesday I was so weak I nearly fainted when I had to get out of my bed :( So I´d rather be well and read less; and thankfully I will be soon.

    Kelly: I don´t know if ´enjoy´ is the right word about “Desert Wives”, but I think you would also appreciate the way Webb combines a good mystery with important information about these sects. And “Miss Peregrine” is terrific if you like the genre.

  5. Wow, you’ve been reading a lot. Thanks for all these reviews.

  6. seana says:

    Get well!

    I’ve heard good things about Webb, and I’ve had my eye on that Miss Peregrine for awhile. It’s a great title for one thing.

  7. Dorte H says:

    Clarissa: there was absolutely nothing else I could do. I hope they are reasonable useful though they are so short. But of course you can always ask me if you want to know more.
    Seana: thank you. I think you´d appreciate Webb´s book, and also Rigg if you like fantasy. I also fell for that title, and though it is not Harry Potter, it is quite good.

  8. lrbauthor says:

    Thanks for the info, as always! Hope you are feeling MUCH better. I’ve gotten the cough…you know, that horrible, hacking, everybody-moves-away-from-you cough! What a way to end vacation. :)

  9. Dorte H says:

    Linda: I plan to go back to work tomorrow, hoping it won´t be too hard. Hope your cough is better!

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