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.

Book #23: “Transcription” by Kate Atkinson

I am a fan of the writing of Kate Atkinson. and was pleased to be given this book, but mistakenly lent it out before reading it – so had to wait for it to come back before diving in.

The plot was definitely that of a spy novel although the heroine is not sure she is “an agent”. The book moves between Juliet’s role transcribing meetings of German supporters in the 1940s and her role working for the BBC in the 1950s. It kept me engaged from start to finish.

Book #22: “Everything I Never Told You” by Celeste Ng

This book opens with “Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.” and I was hooked as soon as I read those two sentences. The book reveals the history of all members of this inter-racial family, the parents own thwarted ambitions for themselves and their hopes for their children, especially the elder daughter Lydia.

I also enjoyed Celeste Ng’s book “Little Fires Everywhere“. I wonder if she is writing more books?

Book #21 “Holes” by Louis Sachar

“Holes” is another children’s book, with a plot that entwines the life of Stanley Yelnats, a teenage American wrongly convicted and packed off to a “camp” where he is forced to dig holes, and his ancestors with whom he shares a name.

Parts of the plot are unbelievable but they add to the story and the reader is quite able to excuse the twists.