Again, a reading report from my corner of the world.
The first one was a gift, I bought the other two myself.
Simon Beckett, Whispers of the Dead (2009)
I enjoyed the third David Hunter mystery a lot, but I understand readers who find the serial killer plot a bit offputting. Beckett´s book is not nearly as grizzly as those of Patricia Cornwell, however, and there is no glorification of the murderer.
No further excuses I liked the book.
Deborah Sharp, Mama Does Time (2008)
American cosy mystery, the first in the Mace Bauer series. Strongly recommended for anyone who likes this sub-genre. Well-written, well-plotted and humorous.
I bought the book myself.
Catherine Czerkawska, The Curiosity Cabinet (2005)
I found this book via a British group for Kindle readers and writers. Warning: it is not a crime story, but a (somewhat romantic) mystery.
After having read the sample I was sold. This mystery takes place on a remote Hebridean island. Well, what could I do but buy the book?
The main character, Alys, returns to the island of Garve where her family went for a couple of holidays when she was a child. She feels lonely and amputated as her small son Ben has gone for a holiday abroad with his father and stepmother.
At first, the island seems to be ´the same as it always was´, but of course the reader cannot help wondering if it is such a good idea to return to her favourite holiday resort.
And then there is the old story about the young mother Henrietta who is abducted and carried to Garve where the highwaymen deliver her to the laird Manus McNeill.
As I enjoyed the gripping story, I was able to ignore that the new thread was written in the present tense.