SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK
SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK
Why did I read it? I have enjoyed the Shetland series by Anne Cleeves thus far, and, as it is summer and I have time spare until next semester, I thought I'd pick up where I'd left off.
What's it about? While attending a funeral, a landslide occurs ripping through the cemetery and destroying "Tain", a nearby croft house, thought to be uninhabited. While checking on the damage, Jimmy Perez finds the body of a woman. Initially thought to be a victim of the landslide, upon discovering the woman was dead beforehand, Jimmy asks Willow Reeves to head up the murder investigation.
What did I like? The narration was clear, and without fault. The narrator, Kenny Blyth was decent, and good with accents.
I loved re-visiting Jimmy, Willow and Sandy, and mainland Shetland. As always, the descriptions of people and places were illuminating, and I felt right there with the characters. Anne Cleeves is very good at evoking an atmosphere.
What didn't I like? As the narrator, Kenny Blyth was a little disengaging; I found myself drifting away from the audio book, and had to rewind and re-listen a few times.
I'm not sure what it was - the narration, the plot - but the whole story seemed to just drag on, and on, though, oddly, the murder is solved in a few days. I generally like this series, but I wasn't gripped at all.
I'm afraid, too, I guessed the culprit almost from the first meeting. This has not always been the case with the Shetland series, so I was disappointed.
Would I recommend it? Oh yes, to fans of the Shetland series, and those who like crime fiction, but start at the beginning of the series as this is not a stand-alone book, given prior knowledge of some of the characters is required in order to understand certain situations.
|I enjoy David Baldacci's writing. There was a little predictability in the storyline. The plot starts off actually with 2 men, each in his own subplot, until midway through when the plots cross. I liked most of the characters, with the exception of Knox, who I felt didn't quite measure up for me. She seemed too "soft" for who I felt the character should be. Overall, though, I feel Baldacci fans will be happy with this book.
****I received this book thru a Goodread's giveaway from the publisher i I enjoy David Baldacci's writing. There was a little predictability in the storyline. The plot starts off actually with 2 men, each in his own subplot, until midway through when the plots cross. I liked most of the characters, with the exception of Knox, who I felt didn't quite measure up for me. She seemed too "soft" for who I felt the character should be. Overall, though, I feel Baldacci fans will be happy with this book.
****I received this book thru a Goodread's giveaway from the publisher in exchange for a fair review.****
by Paulette Moon,Chris Moon
This is the authors' relation of their experiments with a 'ghost box', literally a box that works like a radio transmitter to pick up the voices of ghosts. Spooky! But that's what attracted me to the book.
It requires a big leap of faith. Apparently much of the activity happens on a psychic level so you're basically taking the word of the author that anything was heard at all, although some recordings apparently produced voices. Putting belief aside, I found the book interesting. The incidents mentioned in relation to a few high profile historic deaths made for good reading, scepticism or not.
I did find the suggestion that the box picks up alien voices as well a stretch. It started ticking too many woowoo boxes at that point and I found it more difficult to suspend disbelief. I keep an open mind about spiritual activity, but this pushed it a little too far for me and I found myself reading with more scepticism after that part.
Despite this, some of the stories related towards the end appeared to be corroborated by real world evidence, if you take the author's word for it. I decided that belief is subjective and on the bottom line, I enjoyed reading the book. It was well written and provided some interesting food for thought. Would I try the spirit box if given a chance? Definitely. Like some of the other sceptical people who came into contact with the authors, I would ask questions that only the person I was contacting would know, but I would not hesitate to give it a go and see what happened.
The only thing missing was any information whatsoever about how it supposedly works. Maybe the authors will include that in their next book.
The Sixth Victim (A Constance Piper Mystery) by Tessa Harris is brilliantly written and a fast, mesmerizing book to read. I gave it five stars because this author made me feel as if I were on the foggy, frightening streets.
I received a complimentary Kindle copy from Kensington Books and NetGalley. That did not change my opinion for this review.
Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Sixth-Victim-Constance-Piper-Mystery-ebook/dp/B01LJKQGX4