Some music to set the mood...
A young girl is found dead in a field and the police begin questioning everyone in an effort to find out who did it and why. The community was sure it was an old man who lived alone and was a bit "daft". He was questioned after another girl went missing 8 years earlier but that girl's body was never found. This time Detective Jimmy Perez wants to make sure the right person is caught and not rush to judgment to get a fast resolution.
I had never heard of this author until I won a book giveaway for the 7th book in this series. I wanted to start at the beginning and I was very intrigued by the different setting. I learned some things about Shetland as I read to help me visualize the setting and have a better understanding of the people, language, and culture. I located it in an atlas and looked up several terms that I was unfamiliar with too, like dram and churlish. I really enjoyed the book and the writing. I never was sure who murdered the girls and was surprised by the ending.
Shetland sounds like a cold place with a lot of wind and few trees. I live in Alaska so I know about cold but we don't get much wind here. Wind changes everything. I think living near the water with all the wind would be torture for me. I'm in pain today since it is raining and I'm sure in Shetland I would feel like that every day.
I will definitely be reading the rest of the series and would recommend it to anyone who has the patience to get used to the different lingo (unless you are from there). I love learning about different places so this was right up my alley. I think Ann Cleeves is one of the best writers I've ever read. The writing was so crafted and nothing was predictable.
This book was another one that started out slow for me. I felt like he was pulling out all the big words he knew to stick in the first few chapters and the legal lingo was a bit much. I struggled through the first part but then got hooked as soon as someone died (of course) and then it really started moving for me and I wanted everyone to go away and let me read. Unfortunately, it was not a time I could be antisocial. I did, however, spend one really late night sitting on the floor in a hotel bathroom so I could finish this book. It was good and I was surprised by the ending.
This is the first book in a series and in the first few chapters, I wasn't thinking I'd be reading any more of his books but I quickly changed my mind. I am already looking for the next one in the series. Too bad this copy of the book didn't make it back to Fairbanks, Alaska. It had a little bathtub accident in Anchorage but it did enjoy Denali National Park.
Okay, so this book was really confusing for me at first because there are about a billion different characters popping up all over the place (sorry, slight exaggeration there). I had a really hard time keeping them straight. It would start talking about someone (DAN? Dan who???) and I'd have to look back to remind myself who that was. Eventually, I got them all figured out and it got even easier once they started to connect with each other.
I did like the story and it was better than I expected. I'm glad I finally read this book. It was in a box in my garage for a long, long time (in a galaxy far, far away.... and very dusty.)
I think the moral of this story is to always listen to your dad but that doesn't work for me. Okay, maybe a better one would be to make sure you REALLY know someone before you hook up with them.
I can't really figure out what else to write about this book except that I liked it. I thought it would be another "eh" book but it was a lot better than I expected. I suspected some things but wasn't really sure until the end. I'm glad I read this one. My brain is mush from the long road trip I just got back from. I was reading two different books and listening to an audio book part of the time in between singing along to "We're not gonna take it!" ....so my gray noodle has the story lines and some lyrics all mixed up with some Alaskan scenery. Dan may have been in a different book altogether or in Denali National Park! Good grief Charlie Brown!
The UPS guy came today and I wasn't even expecting him. It looks like I won a giveaway on goodreads! It is a signed copy and I can't wait to read it. The only problem is it is the 7th in the series and I'll need to read the first 6. That shouldn't take long once I get my hands on them. I never win anything so this is exciting!
I've had this book on my shelf because one of the stories, Christmas Letters, was part of the Blossom Street Series by Debbie Macomber. I've read it before but it had been so long I couldn't remember it and I am rereading the series starting from the beginning. I thought Christmas Letters was the better story of the two in this book and enjoyed the humor in it. The other story, Rainy Day Kisses was okay but I am not big on romance stories.
Mainly, I needed something light to read because I've been feeling bad and today I had another optical migraine so that made reading difficult. I had to look up the audiobook so I could listen for a while until it passed. I switched back and forth between reading and listening and actually realized I enjoyed the audiobooks. This book consists of two stories and the audiobooks are separate. I really enjoyed listening to the audiobook for Christmas Letters read by Renée Raudman. She made it much more entertaining with her different voices. I really felt like I was listening to different people speaking to each other. The first time I read that book I remember that I didn't especially like it but I really couldn't remember it, which is why I was going to read it again. I didn't want to skip anything as I reread the Blossom Street Series. Well, the first time I only read to Hannah's List and never finished that book. This time I plan to finish it and read the rest of the books in the series. As I listened to the audiobook for Christmas Letters I started to remember some details but she made it so much funnier. I will definitely look for more audiobooks read by her.
Christmas Letters is about Kathleen O'Connor, usually called K.O. by her friends, who is currently working as a medical transcriptionist while looking for a job as a publicist. She also writes Christmas letters for people to make a little extra money on the side. She has recently been infuriated by her sister's decision to follow the parenting advice found in a book called The Free Child by Dr. Wynn Jeffries. Her twin nieces have evolved into terrors and now, her sister has decided to follow his advice to "bury Santa under the sleigh" and isn't planning to have a Christmas tree or Santa this Christmas. K.O. is appalled and when she realizes he lives in her building decides to confront him. She also has an interesting older neighbor who has been taking classes at the community Center and recently took one on unleashing her psychic abilities. While getting ready to scoop up her cats "business" in the kitty litter she saw the future for K.O. Specifically, she saw love in her future and decided to set her up.
The other story in this book, Rainy Day Kisses was, eh. That's my review. for it Eh.
Today is a pain day for me. FYI: I have Fibromyalgia and RA. Every day is a pain day to a degree but today it is making it hard for me to concentrate on reading. This is when I turn to audiobooks or think about the books I have recently read and especially, the things that bothered me about them. I may seem a little more snarky than usual but that is just another side-effect of being me. I'll be back to normal later.
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Thinking back on this book I wonder about the part (Chapter/section) about the doctor that was digging up graves to dissect for his medical school requirements. I thought that seemed to stick out like a sore thumb. I am not a writer but it seems to me like that part of the book did not belong in the story, at least not in the way it was added. It was like if you were talking to someone about something that happened at work and then suddenly switched to talking about how you sometimes like to climb into a bathtub filled with jello and roll around it in totally naked, and then went right back to talking about work again. After that, there was only one small mention of that doctor's name near the end.
Is that a super secret writing technique?
I know grave robbing was something that was done then and I guess he really wanted to include it. I think he should have made it a larger part of the book and maybe connected it with the main characters somehow. I was waiting for him to dig up Mabel.
I also read (in random history stuff) about doctors who performed experimental surgeries on slaves and children. One poor woman had to go through over 30 surgeries before she died. That is a horrible thing that I can't even fathom and he could have used that to make this section seem more worthy of inclusion.
Okay, another book I recently read and really liked is Mermaid Moon by Colleen Coble. I was mulling over some of the details from that book and one thing really stands out and makes me want to ask Colleen on which planet that would happen. This is in the exciting part of the book when...(show spoiler)
Why don't the spoiler code tags work for this post? I know it says "Spoiler" at the top but the code tags in the text do not appear to be working.
Thanks to Debbie for telling me how to fix the spoiler tags. She said, "Sometimes with the spoiler tags you need to delete them, then highlight the spoiler text and click the "sp" spoiler icon again." That worked!
I've never been a fan of romance novels so I would never have picked this book up if I hadn't seen a review posted during a book swap game I was participating in. I read the review for this book and decided I wanted to read it. I read the first book first and it was great. I liked it better than this one but this book kept my interest too. I like the mystery and suspense more than the lovey-dovey parts but I definitely will be finishing this series and looking into more books by this author. Now I have to make myself finish the other books I've started before reading the third book in this series.
Mallory is trying to support her teen-aged daughter on her own after her husband passed away by making artistic sea glass jewelry. She just makes a big sale so she could pay her late house payment when she gets a strange call from her father. He sounds like he is hurt and barely able to tell her something very important before he dies. He told her to find her mother but that is impossible since her mother has been dead for years. She quickly calls for someone to go check on her dad then heads that way herself.
She is wary of going back to the town where she grew up and is sure she won't be welcomed because of her past. She was engaged to Kevin, a local game warden, but she abruptly left town without an explanation and quickly married someone else. Now, she needs Kevin's help to help her figure out what happened to her dad. Things quickly get scary though as she finds out her own life might also be in danger.