Book #30 There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom by Louis Sachar

My teacher daughter lent me this book by the same author as “Holes” it is aimed at a younger audience but since I enjoyed the previous book I thought this would be fun.

The title suggested the book may be addressing gender issues, but rather it was addressing bullying and fitting in, and the bathroom incident(s) played a minor part. It was a fun easy read. I am pleased to know children’s literature is so engaging.

Book #28 Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper

My husband bought this book, and while on holiday in Canada I read it. It is a lovely book intertwining the early lives of Otto and Russell on Otto’s family farm in the Canadian Prairies during the Depression, with that of town-born Etta, moves to the area as a young teacher. The story moves back and forward in time from those early days, through the war to old age.

It is an easy read and leaves me wanting to read more by the same author.

Book #27 One False Move by Robert Goddard

My son lent me this book (he had got it for Fathers Day from his sons) – I do like Robert Goddard’s cooks, and this was no exception. The story was engaging from the opening paragraph, the plot was up to date and moved very quickly. The ending was satisfactory, and I was left wondering what happened next to some of the characters.

I hope that this author is busy working on his next book.

Book #26 Six Four by Hideo Yokoyama

A friend lent me this book and I really enjoyed it.

It was different to most crime fiction, it is set around a historic case (based in then64th year of the previous emperor), possible corruption in the precinct and a troubled (but smart) detective. I was grateful my basic knowledge of Japanese alphabets as lots of the characters had similar names, particularly when written in English. I was impressed by the way the plot played out.

I will certainly look for more by this author.

Book #25 Lethal White by Robert Galbraith

I have got behind with recording books I have read. I read this book back in August – it is the fourth in the Cormoran Strike series. Like the other books in the series it sets a quick pace with a limited set of characters, so as the reader I know that there is a limited list of possible suspects and victims. Nevertheless the author provides plenty of twists to keep the reader guessing.

Book #24 “Wild Fire” by Ann Cleeves

I think this is the first Ann Cleeves book I have read, although I have seen TV series based on her books. This book is from the Shetland series, and I knew from the start I had seen this on TV, but the plot and characters were subtly different from what I remembered. The book was engrossing and even knowing something of how the plot would develop from the TV I was no wiser about who had done it. I will look out some more of her books.