Sunday, 5 November 2017

Book Chat Reading for October

Dare to Remember by Susannah Beard

Lisa retreats to the countryside to recover from a brutal attack that left her friend dead and with only a vague memory of events. As odd recollections of the assault return, she finds she has more questions than answers and eventually discovers a truth that she should have noticed before. A slow-burner of a story that draws you in, with terrific characters.

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

A modern-day classic, the story takes us to Belgian Congo, circa 1960, where zealous Baptist minister, Nathan Price, has brought his family to begin a mission. The four girls and their mother struggle to survive the jungle climate and wild life, while Nathan, blinded by fanaticism, makes poor decisions which threaten them all. An engrossing and powerful read.

Murder and Mendelssohn by Kerry Greenwood

This is the twentieth Phryne Fisher novel in which our amateur sleuth investigates the murder of the conductor of an orchestra. The choir gives Phryne a chance to go undercover and there’s plenty of humour here during rehearsals of Mendelssohn’s Elijah. More serious echoes of Phryne’s wartime past as an ambulance driver emerge when she helps an old friend whose mathematician lover is in danger. Full of the usual madcap fun and quirky characters we have come to enjoy.

A Dangerous Inheritance by Alison Weir

Two time periods and two queens create two alternating plotlines in this novel by historian Alison Weir. In 1562 Lady Catherine Gray is imprisoned in the Tower of London, perceived as a threat to Elizabeth I. She becomes caught up in the story of another Catherine - Kate Plantagenet, daughter of Richard III, also locked up in the tower when Henry VII takes the crown. During Kate’s imprisonment, she explores the story of the two young princes her father is alleged to have murdered. A great read, if somewhat convoluted, for lovers of English history.

Dregs by Jorn Lier Horst

The first in Horst’s William Wisting series sees his top policeman leading the investigation when two left feet are washed up by the tide. Is there a link with a number of mysterious disappearances in Norway's Larvik district? Wisting’s journalist daughter, Line, also does her bit in this engrossing police procedural. Horst is a terrific new discovery for those who like their Nordic Noir to be intelligent and well plotted.

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