I can hardly believe it’s the first day of May – we’ve had such mixed weather recently, including snow. On Thursday evening our road looked very Christmassy but by the morning the snow had nearly all gone.
I read a mixed selection of books in April, eight books in total, five of them books from my TBR shelves including one non-fiction book.
People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks (TBR) – a book I’ve owned for nearly eight years! It’s a novel inspired by the true story of the Hebrew codex known as the Sarajevo Haggadah, but most of the plot and all of the characters are imaginary. I loved it.
The Price of Love by Peter Robinson – a collection of short stories, including an original DCI Banks novella that I read on my Kindle. Very enjoyable.
Blurb: When DCI Alan Banks arrived in Eastvale his life was every bit as much of a mess as it is now.But he is holding an envelope that could change everything he understood about the events that sent him north twenty years ago. Walking again the narrow alleys and backstreets of his mind, he remembers the seedy Soho nights of his last case – dubious businessmen in dodgy clubs, young girls on the game. And a killer on the loose.
In addition to the brand-new novella that fills in the gaps in Banks’s life before Yorkshire, Peter Robinson gives us ten more brilliant and eclectic stories that have never before been published in the UK. The Eastvale Ladies’ Poker Circle finds that murder may be just another game of risk. Is a suitcase of cash worth a man’s head on a plate? And tragedy leads a young boy to learn the price of love . . .
The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver – the story of Taylor Greer and what happens when she leaves her home in Kentucky and becomes the guardian of an abandoned baby girl she calls Turtle.
Bones and Silence by Reginald Hill (TBR) – a Dalziel and Pascoe crime fiction novel, the 11th in the series. I liked all the complications of plot and sub-plots in this book and the interplay of the characters. It’s full of interesting characters and humour, but it is the plot that takes precedence. It is so tricky, with numerous red herrings and plot twists.
Before the Fact by Francis Iles (TBR) – a cleverly written, Golden Age crime fiction novel that is a psychological character study of its two main characters, Lina and Johnnie Aysgarth. It was nearly eight years before Lina realized that she was married to a murderer.
The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot (TBR) – George Eliot’s most autobiographical novel, first published in 1860. It’s a book I have been meaning to read for years, so I was pleased when the Classic’s Club Spin gave me the nudge to read it! My review is to follow.
The Sea Detective by Mark Douglas-Home (RB) – a book I thoroughly enjoyed, it grabbed my attention right from the start. It’s a complicated story of unsolved mysteries both from the present day and from the Second World War, and of two Indian girls, sold into the sex trafficking trade. It’s set mainly in Scotland with a strong sense of place throughout.
L S Lowry: A Life by Shelley Rohde (NF, TBR) – Lowry is one of my favourite artists, well known for his urban paintings of industrial towns but his work covers a wide range of themes and subjects, from landscapes and seascapes to portraits. My review is to follow.
And my favourite? With such a variety of genres it’s impossible to single out one book, but three books stand out:
People of the Book by Geraldine James, because I was so engrossed in the book I didn’t want to put it down.
And The Sea Detective by Mark Douglas-Home, because it’s crime fiction with a difference and I loved all the different strands.
And finally, L S Lowry: A Life by Shelley Rohde, because I learnt so much about the man and his paintings.