Thursday, December 7, 2017

Review: A Time to Die

A Time to Die A Time to Die by Hilda Lawrence
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I am very conflicted about this book. On the one hand there are quite a few things I did not like at all - the character of the detective for one. Mark East is overbearing and supercilious. He is a PI but the way he lords over the sheriff, who is shown to be real pathetic in discharging his duties and further takes orders by East so meekly that it beggars belief.

Secondly, the writer throws you in the midst of a certain characters who she assumes you know but not having read the first book I was totally at sea and how many times will we be told that it was unbearably hot and humid. It came to a point that I was ready to shake East and ask him as to why he had decided to come to such a place if he knew it was that bad in summers.

Lastly, I have always found it disconcerting to see children address parents by their names and to read a nine year old girl addressing her father thus was really offensive to me.

On the other hand, despite all this, where the book scores - and scores big - is in the tension that the author creates. The oppressive atmosphere and the feeling of something BAD about to happen is done so well that I got the chills (it got to the point where I stopped reading it in the night and curled inside my quilt) and am quite looking forward to reading more by this author. Thus, the four stars though had Goodreads allowed half stars, I'd have given it Three and a Half.

*

First Line: It was five o'clock in the afternoon and the burning August sun still registered contempt for time.

Series: Mark East# 2.
First Published: 1945

Source: Open Library

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Review: The Summer of the Bear

The Summer of the Bear The Summer of the Bear by Bella Pollen
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Had it been 100 pages shorter, it'd have been a real engaging read; as it is, superfluous characters and irrelevant incidents mar the flow and make the book such a drag that finally I just wanted it to end. The younger daughter's rebellion was also a bit difficult to understand. What did she have a grudge against?

*

First Line: It was the smell that drove him wild.

First Published: 2010

Source: Bought it at Delhi Book Fair, 2016

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Review: The Content Assignment

The Content Assignment The Content Assignment by Holly Roth
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Roth's first book. An engaging mystery (despite the stereotyping) that opens in post-war Berlin.

*

First Line: The minute I saw those few words at the bottom of one of the long columns in the previous Friday's London Times I had the answer to the question of what I would do with my life.

Source: Open Library

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Review: Shadow of a Lady

Shadow of a Lady Shadow of a Lady by Holly Roth
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Though it is billed as the first D-I Medford mystery, it is not his acumen that leads to the solution. An engaging mystery where the identity of the murderer suddenly strikes one. Actually 3 and a half stars.

*

First Line: Laura Selby suddenly applied her brakes, and then added the hand brake for good measure.

Source: Open Library

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Review: Murder of a Lady

Murder of a Lady Murder of a Lady by Anthony Wynne
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I had heard a lot about this book but I liked none of the characters really and am not too sure about the effectiveness of the murder weapon.



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