by Chris Collett
Published 9/29/17 by Joffe Books
①❷③④⑤ 2 of 5 stars
DI Tom Mariner investigates the death of investigative reporter Eddie Barham, an apparent suicide – except it’s not suicide. PC Tony Knox assists with the investigation. Witness to the death is Jamie, severely autistic, also sibling to Anna and the deceased. Anna Barham, sister of the victim, takes on the care of Jamie while trying to find why her brother was murdered.
Overall impression: The premise drew me in, and I enjoyed the twists and turns as the investigation progressed. The pace increases dramatically toward the conclusion.
What I like:
- The premise: the only one who could say what happened…can’t say what happened.
- The Brocken Spectre (you’ll have to read the book to see how it applies).
- Snappy observations are sprinkled through the book. My favorite is when Anna first meets DI Mariner, whose recent nose injury makes his speech sound a bit thick, and “Anna had to fight a bizarre urge to pinch her nose and respond in the same way.”
- Good opening sentence: the who and the what are identified, but not the back story which would have bogged down the opening.
- Short chapters. New info, red herrings, changes of perspective are all moved along very well in chapters that are quickly read. Also, the chapter endings are good: they made me want to turn the page right away and get to the next part.
What I don’t like:
- DI Mariner, Anna Barham, PC Knox
- Is this story a treatise on autism and medication, or a mystery? Difficult to tell. It’s labeled mystery.
- DI Mariner jumps to conclusions. How does a newspaper story that is “personal” to its author bend itself in Mariner’s mind to be about “personal services”?
- The story reads like it was hastily abridged: answers are sometimes announced before the evidence is introduced.
- Anna’s brother Eddie took care of Jamie for years. When Anna assumes care of Jamie, she starts from scratch learning his favorite foods, etc. Why didn’t she just check Eddie’s cupboards to see what he stocked for Jamie?
- Too much detail that doesn’t relate to the story. While the detail does establish the characters’ experience and mindset, the reader doesn’t need that much detail to get the picture.
Thank you to Joffe Books and NetGalley for an Advanced Reader Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
One of the many reasons MacGyver is a perennial favorite:
Scrutinizing his tux-clad appearance in the mirror, he decides with satisfaction that he feels like “Bond. James Bond.”
And then he attempts to flatten his cowlick.
Chuckle for the day: drool-worthy ad for pasteurized processed cheese food… in a “healthy” cooking magazine.
That’s why I love listening to Scott Simon on the radio:
matter of fact statements like, “Well, yuck” before he moves right on to the next topic.
By Joe Ide
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers, Fiction
Copyright October 2016 by Mulholland Books
Atone for your errors and misdeeds. Use your brain and your talents to make of yourself something you like and respect, no matter what your circumstances are. Although the story takes a winding route to get there, the messages get through.
IQ (Isaiah Quintabe) takes on cases in high crime areas that would otherwise go unhandled: abuse of children, kidnapping, etc. He is intelligent, quiet, thoughtful, perceptive…a likeable protagonist. Some of his clients are less likeable – mostly the ones who have the money to pay the bills.
What I like:
The moniker IQ, short for Isaiah Quintabe.
What I don’t like:
The dialogue is less than believable.
IQ makes for an interesting, unusual character, one with the potential to improve with each successive book if this becomes a series.
Thank you to Mulholland Books and NetGalley for an Advanced Reader Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
An inchworm is a fascinating critter to observe, as I recently discovered.
S/he would make its steady way up to a pine needle, nibble on it, and push it away. The hapless inchworm sometimes found itself upside down, looking remarkably like a puppy battling a particularly tough blade of grass.
A brief struggle to right itself, then on to the next tidbit: a bit of seed or bark or perhaps moss. Most items fared the same as the pine needles: thrust aside, sometimes spit out, discarded in favor of the next bite.
Ah, the endless interest to be found in watching the littlest beings among us!
Hello to you!
A lot has happened since the last posting on this blog. I’ll spare the details. With renewed vigor, postings will resume on this blog!
I’m looking for camping recipes (or recipes that could be modified for camping) featuring wheat berries.
Parameters: I’m not partial to sweets and prefer savory one-pot dishes.
If you can either provide recipes or direct me to recipes of this nature, please share.