Wednesday, August 24, 2011
My rating: 5 of 5 stars Falconi, Peroni, Costa, Lupo & the former FBI agent Emily Deacon return. A fire in a glass foundry leaves two dead, but is it an accident, a murder/suicide, or double murder? Falconi and his team having been banished from their Roman home to the city of Venice slowly uncover a tale of deceit and murder in the ancient city. With Massiter the intriguing Englishman all is not as it seems, and as further murders follow, Falconi's men must uncover the truth.This is the fourth "Nic Costa" book, and the series goes from strength to strength, from the horrific opening scenes to the satisfying final chapters, this entry in the Costa series is by far the best of the first four, in my opinion. As I have read the series out of order I know that it goes from strength to strength from here on, but I am trying to start and read/reread the series from the beginning.For me, whilst these are very much of the crime crime/mystery genre, they are also about art, culture, architecture, travel, good food and good wine. One of my favourite weekend pastimes now is to sit with a Nic Costa tale, and a glass of Italian white that I have read about in a previous outing.The Lizard's Bite also sits alongside David Hewson's standalone novel, "The Cemetery of Secrets", although I have yet to read the latter, and either book can be read without the benefit of the other, some characters appear in both books.Ah, Venice and murder, another outstanding Nic Costa tale from David Hewson, recommended! View all my reviews
Monday, August 22, 2011
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Now I have read some of her novels in the past, but I thought it would be interesting to try and read them all. Could I do this in a year? All in 2012 perhaps? Then I realised just how many books there are: http://agathachristie.com/attachments/assets/Reading_order_with_dates.pdf
So maybe not?I do still intend to read them all, but it might take me a while!
Monday, August 15, 2011
My rating: 2 of 5 stars I'm afraid this third outing for the serial killer that only kills bad people was a little off the mark compared to the previous two outings. Too much time was taken up with plot that didn't really seem to be going anywhere and at times seemed largely irrelevant. Overall a disappointing read. View all my reviews
Sunday, August 14, 2011
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Tuesday, August 09, 2011
My rating: 4 of 5 stars Cody Hoyt is a troubled cop, at the edge of control, with the threats of alcohol abuse and violence only ever a step away.When he receives word that his friend and AA mentor has been burnt alive in a fire Hoyt goes to the scene. First impressions are of an accident, but Cody Hoyt realises that not everything is how it seems, and sets to work investigating his friends murder.A recovered computer hard-drive from the scene leads Cody on the trail of the murderer and to a backcountry outfitter and a trip into Yellowstone National Park. Can Cody stop the killer before he strikes again, and perhaps his next victim is Cody's son who is on the same backcountry trip with his stepdad.C. J. Box starts this one out at what seems like a perceptively slow pace, but the initial investigation rapidly leads to a rattling pace that sees the story expand and lay out a great narrative, in one of the most stunning locations on the planet. Box doesn't stint on using the backdrop as a part of the tale, using wolves, bears and hot springs as part of the story.The tale can be tricky to follow if you're not paying attention, and if you're planning to work out the who, what, why before the end you'll need to be playing close attention.C. J. Box is probably best known for his Joe Pickett series, but this stand alone (although Hoyt has appeared before), is just as good as any of the Pickett series, and well worth a read this summer. View all my reviews
Friday, August 05, 2011
Thursday, August 04, 2011
Hard as it may seem now, there were only three channels and daytime tv for kids was reserved for the school holidays only, the rest of the year it was educational programmes and perhaps some Mr Ben at lunchtime.
In the school holidays though the daytime tv was awesome. There was everything from Larry "Buster" Crabbe in the black and White serials of Flash Gordon or Buck Rogers.
There was also the original (and in my opinion, the best) Superman, played by George Reeves
This is what summer holiday tv was all about.