Trust In Me


 Author: Sophie Mckenzie
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Star Rating: 3.5/5
Date Read: September 22nd, 2014
Read Count: 1
Review:
Thank you to Simon & Schuster for providing this book in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my review in any way.

It’s been a while since I’ve read a good keep-you-up-at-night psychological thriller. I love to be tripped out and tripped up and kept guessing and have my head spinning from all the twists and turns. Makes for a great, exciting read, although in this case I had this one finished before it got too late into the night because I just had to know.

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The Hood With No Hands

The Hood With No Hands

Author: CS Boag
Series: Mister Rainbow, #1
Publisher: Black Prints
Star Rating: 2/5
Date Read: August 14th to 17th, 2014
Read Count: 1
Review:
 Thank you to Goodreads and the author for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This did not alter my review in any way.

Ahhh. I always feel bad when I’m given a book for review and I just…don’t like it. It’s not the genre’s fault – I’ve read a lot of detective and crime novels so the problem’s not there. I know where the problem is and unfortunately it is with the writing and the main character. Me and this book just did not get along.

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The Mirror Crack’d From Side To Side

Author: Agatha Christie
Publisher: Harper
Star Rating: 4/5
Date Read: May 26th to 28th, 2014
Read Count: 1
Review:
The Mirror Crack’d From Side to Side is my first Miss Marple mystery, despite having read many Poirot, a Tommy and Tuppence, a Harley Quin and a few standalones. By this stage of the books, Miss Marple is getting on a bit in years and clearly not as able as she used to be, but still sharp in mind, as she solves the mystery, more or less, from her chair. My first impression is that she is tough as nails and insightful into people and of course, human nature. It’s this insight, more than your average person has, that helps her solve many a mystery.

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13:24 – A Story of Faith and Obsession

Author: M. Dolon Hickman
Publisher: Rehoboam Press
Star Rating: 4/5
Date Read: March 28th to 31st, 2014
Review:
Thank you to LibraryThing and the publishers, Rehoboam Press, for providing this book in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my review in any way.

13:24 – A Story of Faith and Obsession is not for the faint of heart. It is gritty, presenting images to the reader that they will never want to see for themselves. It points fingers unashamedly. And reading it, you feel like it speaks a truth that has been covered up for some time, despite the fact that this particular story is fiction.

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The Mysterious Mr. Quin

Author: Agatha Christie
Publisher: Fontana
Star Rating: 5/5
Date Read: September 17th to 18th, 2013
Read Count: 1
Review:
Well that may just have been the best of Agatha Christie that I have read in my short life! I stayed up to finish it and write this review even though I’m dead tired and my eyes are falling out of my head.

I am yet to meet an Agatha Christie book I didn’t like (I hope the day never comes) but this collection of short stories starring the charming, lovable Mr. Satterthwaite and the strange relationship he holds with the elusive Mr. Quin has really stood out for me above most of the others that I’ve read. It may be because it was a book of short stories rather than a novel and so presented a different way of exploring the ever-changing cast of characters. Or maybe it simply is just the best of her writing.

Mr. Quin was fascinating. At one point I almost convinced myself he was nothing but a figment of Mr. Satterthwaite’s imagination until I remembered that he had spoken to and interacted with other characters. It was interesting that just the mere association of something with Mr. Quin brought out all of Mr. Satterthwaite’s deducing abilities, that he really had just amassed from being an observer of the people he knew – and sometimes didn’t know. But I guess that was the point. Just from ‘knowing’ Mr. Quin – that’s implying that Mr. Quin really did exist, because I’m still doubtful – Mr. Satterthwaite found a way to participate in all the drama of life, to solve mysteries that had mystified others, right past wrongs and save the innocent accused from being condemned. However, I still feel like, particularly once I’d reached the end of ‘Harlequin’s Lane’, that there was more to it and Dame Christie’s genius has just gone straight over my head. I am not afraid to admit I’m wrestling with that last story.

I was glad to read somewhere the both Mr. Quin and Mr. Satterthwaite make appearances in other Christie short stories/novels. I won’t be forgetting them in a hurry!

By The Pricking Of My Thumbs

Author: Agatha Christie
Series: Tommy and Tuppence, Book 4
Publisher: Fontana
Star Rating: 4/5
Date Read: October 9th to 11th, 2013
Read Count: 1
Review:
Wow that doll face on the cover is creepy! At the time I never guessed the significance of it the story but I should have realised that with Christie, every little detail plays a part. This was my first introduction to Tommy and Tuppence, who I have stumbled upon quite a few years later (according to the book’s timeline) from their previous adventures. This did not impact my reading experience in any way, as like with the Poirot books, Christie’s mystery books can be picked up at any point throughout the series and don’t have to be read in chronological order.

On reading the first few chapters, I couldn’t help but find myself having a giggle – Christie manages to infuse her novels with wit and humour that really makes an enjoyable experience for the reader. However, while Christie mysteries are often labelled ‘cozy’ or ‘armchair’ – and I see the reason for this, they’re the type of book you can picture yourself reading tucked up in a comfy armchair beside the fireplace! – and her main characters can be an older, certainly very unlikely, couple, nonetheless these books be accredited with clever twists and turns and always thrilling anticipation as you find yourself coming closer and closer to catching the killer. There’s those moments when you catch onto something and the moments when you realise you were wrong but you ‘had an idea about that guy!’

Agatha Christie is still, and always will be, the queen of mysteries.

Deja Dead

Author: Kathy Reichs
Series: Temperance Brennan, Book 1
Publisher: Arrow
Star Rating: 3/5
Date Read: October 25th to 29th, 2013
Read Count: 1
Review:
I had a lot of trouble getting into this book – and I know why. It was simply because I couldn’t separate the Temperance Brennan I know and love from the TV show Bones from this very different Tempe Brennan that I didn’t know. I couldn’t connect the two at all, other than their name, and for the first half of the book I sat there thinking “she’s not like that”, “she doesn’t say things like that” and “where’s Booth?”

However, once I got really taken into the story I managed to forget that I thought I knew this character and treated her like a completely new one. The only other thing I had trouble with in this book was the waste of words. A lot of sentences and paragraphs seemed unnecessary – I didn’t feel like what Brennan ate for dinner every night was important – and could have been left out, probably shortening the book by half. Other than that, I enjoyed the story and Brennan’s fight for justice for the women who had been mutilated and killed. I’m not sure, though, if I’ll be pursuing the other books (there’s so many!) – I never say this but I might just go watch the TV show instead…