Series: Maigret #1
I admit that I started skimming before the halfway mark but didn't drop it entirely because I wanted to see whether it went anywhere. It sort of did, but I really wasn't impressed by a "mystery" where the supposedly great detective just follows a suspected criminal around because he doesn't have enough on him to arrest him. There was very little detecting going on; it was almost all tailing.
Perhaps the series gets better. I'm pretty sure I've read another Maigret that was an ok read but this first book really doesn't want me to pick up any others.
At least this book let me reach my French book goal for this year. I need to pick better French books in general, though, because it seems that I rated the majority of my French choices as one-star reads. Ouch.
I just read two very entertaining stories, that were clever little whodunits considering the extra-thin page-counts on both: 'Razor Edge' by Anthony Berkeley, and 'Holiday Task' by Leo Bruce. shall have to seek out novels by the two of them...though Berkeley I have already read in a longer form and under the name Francis Iles. Helen Simpson next, and I hope her tale can compete with the double-dazzle effect I just had tonight!
Flavia is back and I can't get enough of it. She is a little melancholy but who could really blame her. Her life seems to finally go back to normal (well, her normal) when she finds a dead body while on vacation. In a town famous for previous murders Flavia just might end up solving more crimes than attempted too.
I was bit wary when I started to read this latest installment based on what had happened in the previous book. I wondered if everything would change. Thankfully for both Flavia and the reader's sake things didn't change all that much. If anything I loved the fact that Flavia and Dogger teamed up to solve the murder. I can't wait to see if they team up more in the future.
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the galley.
Series: Vera Standhope #1
The first Vera Standhope book explores how a suicide may be linked to some subsequent murders and offers a late introduction to Vera herself. Overall I found the book to be quite enjoyable although I found the ending to be a bit of a let down, somehow. I do plan on exploring the rest of the series though.
This also marks my 144th book read this year, which completes my reading challenge. Not sure if I'll up it.