Miscellaneous

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.

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About Dorte Hummelshøj Jakobsen

I am a Danish teacher. In my spare time I read, write and review crime fiction.
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6 Responses to Miscellaneous

  1. Dorte – I’m so glad you enjoyed Whispers of the Dead. I like the David Hunter series myself. You’re right that this one certainly doesn’t glorify the murderer or make the killer sympathetic. But still, a good read.

  2. Kelly says:

    Thanks for the report and they all sound promising. I’m not familiar with the cozy author and I’m going to pretend I didn’t read about her. ;) (I’m making a small bit of headway into my TBR pile)

  3. I’m a Deborah Sharp fan. :) And Deb’s just as warm in person as she comes across in her books…she sparkles!

  4. Barbara says:

    All new to me. They sound good. I especially like anything set in Scotland so I can pretend for the length of the book that I’m there again.

  5. I have only heard of Simon Beckett but never read any of his work. WHISPERS OF THE DEAD sounds like a good place to begin reading a David Hunter mystery.

  6. I like how you review many novels that aren’t the newest, latest and greatest drawing attention to a good book readers might’ve missed. All three of the books you reviewed are all new to me too – just like Barbara. Thanks for sharing!

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