I finished Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death by James Runcie, and found it to be sort of BBC Father Brown lite. Enjoyable, but not a series I’ll continue reading.
Like hot mud bubbling from the earth, a book has risen to the top of the ToBeRead “pile” and I’ve started reading it. This happens so rarely that it’s noteworthy. There always seems to be something else that needs reading; a book from the library, or a book not in the TBR pile makes it’s voice heard above the general clamor. You see, my TBR is a small 3 shelf bookscase and on top of that are a few books stacked together that are the tip of the iceberg. When something gets moved there, it really is in imminent certainty of being read. Books get there, but sometimes they linger. Case in point, Dead Irish by John Lescroart.
I’ve not read anything by Lescroart before, and I have no idea why, when or where I got this book though it was probably on PaperBack Swap, from the looks of it. It is the first Dismas Hardy novel, so it’s the beginning book in a series which now stretches to fifteen books. It was nominated for both Shamus and Anthony awards, so maybe that’s where I heard of it, though nothing about it is familiar. The blurb told me nothing except the main character is an ex-cop.
So I read it. I found it extremely wordy, bound up with multiple characters and their complicated backstories, the telling of which took the first third of the book. There is much dwelling on the culture of San Francisco in the late Eighties, and in the end not much of a mystery. Disappointing.
Barbara finished Blind Sight by Carol O’Connell. Her interrupted reading of it (the glued pages episode) slowed it down for her, but she still enjoyed it.
Next is another in the Murder Squad series, The Harvest Man by Alex Grecian, which she’ll be starting by the time you read this.
What about you?
What are you reading?