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review 2017-04-26 08:24
The Body in the Ice.
The Body in the Ice - Alfred A. Knopf Publishing Company

Really enjoyed this – you know I love my modern detective stories but sometimes its nice to read a mystery set in a time when there were no mobile phones or DNA matches or anything really except legwork, good old fashioned common sense and the use of the little grey cells (Yes this is a little bit Christie)


This is my first novel in this series although I have the other one sat in the never ending pile somewhere so will definitely have to dig this out – I was particularly struck by the setting and the atmosphere in The Body in the Ice and I loved how A J Mackenzie (another spot on writing team) wove plenty of humour into the narrative. It made for a fun and compelling read, the mystery elements are spot on and the writing style is easy and immersive. Great for a Sunday afternoon (which was when I read this one pretty much in a single sitting)


The historical elements were great – letters and actual conversations and the team of Hardcastle and Chaytor worked really well, I’ll look forward to going back in time (again) and read their first adventure. This is old school storytelling at its best and whilst I’m not generally a huge fan of Historical fiction there are exceptions to the rule and this is one of them.


Villages and community (loved Amelia) family dynamic and the social strata of the day bring  this novel to life – that with the occasionally Holmes like detection elements and a gorgeously drawn cast of eclectic characters make The Body in the Ice a wonderful read.



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review 2017-04-14 14:45
The Body in the Ice - Alfred A. Knopf Publishing Company

From the blurb:1796,Kent, a killer at large, a family feud and a house with a secret. Doesn't it sound good? 

The year is 1796,the United States have gained their independence some 20 years previously, the British took part of Canada from the French and the French fleet is ready (or so it seems) to invade Britain. The relationship between the British, the Americans  ( republicans) and the French( revolutionary) is slightly troubled,to say the least. Against this background a small coastal community, and more specifically Reverend Hardcastle  (who is also a Justice of Peace) is confronted with murder  ( and smugglers, French spies and an adorable Irish wolfhound who is not particularly brave  (a rabbit frightened the hell out of him)).The historical setting is marvellous, it is very atmospheric and the main characters are endearing. 

But strangely enough, the last chapters are perhaps a bit long-winded with too much gunpowder, spies and cloak and dagger and somehow it kills all that atmospheric tension. 

Still, all in all, a very good read. 

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review 2016-03-24 13:46
Il diavolo e la signorina Rosboch - Alfred A. Knopf Publishing Company

Inizio: 24 marzo
Finito: 24 marzo

Voto: 4/5

Consigliato: Si, se interessati al caso

Un libro sul caso di cronaca, ben scritto ed interessante semplicemente un "riassunto" del caso ricavato dai vari articoli apparsi nel settimanale "La Voce", perfetto per conoscere i vari fatti. Ricco, ben fatto e con molte immagini

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review 2014-02-02 16:23
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest: Book 3 of the Millennium Trilogy (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard) - Stieg Larsson

This book went back to a slower pace. There were moments when it would pick up with some action, but it was tame for the most part. The plot centered around exposing corrupt members of the Security Police and getting Lisbeth acquitted of all charges against her. I think that’s what makes this one slow. I’m not particularly interested in the inner-workings of Swedish government or in courtroom dramas. I didn’t mind it as much here because I was already invested in all the characters.


Lisbeth grows a little more. She’s slowly learning to trust the people that want to help her. It’s obvious that it will take some time before she really gets there, but she’s putting forth the effort which is nice. It’s also great to finally know all the details of her story. She’s kept it all so secret her whole life. I think writing her journey is really what opens her up. I think this book serves as a great finale to Lisbeth’s story.


The movie was well done. It followed the book pretty closely (like the others). It was a little long. I’m not sure what they could have cut to shorten it, because there’s already a lot cut out. It just felt long. My boyfriend was about to fall asleep by the time it starting winding down. I really enjoyed it though.


I really enjoyed this series, as a whole. Sometimes it was a little slow, and Larsson wrote in so much detail it made my brain hurt occasionally. But I loved Lisbeth and Mikael (usually) so much that I didn’t mind trudging through. I’m really glad I read this series.

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text 2014-02-02 16:17
The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson
The Girl Who Played with Fire - Stieg Larsson

This volume is a little more action-packed so it moves faster. I blazed through this one. It kept my interest in every aspect. We learn a lot more about Lisbeth (who is, after all, the most interesting character).


Lisbeth grows a lot in this book. She takes a look at how she has treated others. She begins to realize her choices have an effect on those around her. She’s kept everyone at arms length, trying to keep them out of her personal life. She never opens up, but it doesn’t stop people from caring about her. I loved that she started to see that she affects these people whether she keeps them close or not. I think this thought is what finally gives her the resolve to finish the job she started as a child.


It’s wonderful to watch the plot of this novel unravel. I was so excited by every bit of information I found. The pacing was so much better than that of the first book. I was very pleased with this one. I had to begin the next one immediately, as promised by the guy who loaned the books to me.


I enjoyed this movie, as well. I’m still impressed with Noomi Rapace. She’s just perfect. I’m not sure I want another Lisbeth. She really is Lisbeth for me. Like the book, the movie was better-paced. It was also shorter, which was nice. The first one was a tad too long for me.

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