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text 2015-11-18 21:51
#BookadayUK - Day 18
A Drink Before the War (Kenzie & Gennaro #1) - Dennis Lehane
Darkness, Take My Hand - Dennis Lehane
Sacred (Kenzie & Gennaro #3) - Dennis Lehane
Gone, Baby, Gone - Dennis Lehane
Prayers for Rain (Kenzie and Gennaro) - Dennis Lehane
Moonlight Mile (Kenzie & Gennaro #6) - Dennis Lehane


I have a friend in England who like me is a big fan of the mystery/crime genre. We’re forever swapping recommendations and so far haven’t come up with any duds. As long as we steer away from anything that’s too violent, we’re fine.

I hadn’t been in Boston long when I got an email from her asking if I’d read Dennis Lehane’s Kenzie and Genarro books. “You’ll love them” she said. “They’re like V I Warshawski, but set in Boston, and there’s plenty of references to those sports teams you’re always banging on about.”

So who could resist that? I checked them out, and she was spot on. I love these books (even though Patrick Kenzie isn’t a hockey fan). Lehane wrote what appears to be the last one (but never say never) in 2010, and my friend and I were swapping sad emails as we buddy-read it with 3,800 miles between us.

The Kenzie-Gennaro novels

A Drink Before the War (1994)
Darkness, Take My Hand (1996)
Sacred (1997)
Gone, Baby, Gone (1998)
Prayers for Rain (1999)
Moonlight Mile (2010)

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text 2015-11-17 23:58
#BookadayUK - Day 17
Deadlock - Sara Paretsky
Lamentation - C.J. Sansom
The Eyre Affair - Jasper Fforde



Just one? Nuh-uh. I'm having three.




V I Warshawski of course.  Smart, sassy and always looking out for people. She can fight, she likes a drink, and she enjoys watching sport. My kinda gal.




Gotta be Matthew Shardlake for this one. If I was in trouble in Tudor England, then I'd want this kind and clever, hunchback lawyer representing me. But I would make sure Jack Barak was on hand just in case there was any fighting. 


Alternative Reality


Thursday Next obviously. Not only is she totally kick-ass, but she can also play a mean game of croquet, can jump into books at will, and she has a pet dodo.  What's not to like?

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text 2015-11-15 00:36
#BookadayUK - Day 14
Murder On The Orient Express - Agatha Christie



Didnt really feel like posting anything yesterday. Too stunned by events in Paris to come up with anything coherent. 


But when I do feel scared or confused by things out of my control, I will always reach for a handful of well-thumbed old favourites. And seeing as the theme for this month's challenge is the mystery genre, then what better than Agatha Christie?

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text 2015-11-11 19:45
#BookadayUK - Day 11
Dissolution - C.J. Sansom
Dark Fire - C.J. Sansom
Sovereign - C.J. Sansom
Revelation - C.J. Sansom
Heartstone - C.J. Sansom
Lamentation - C.J. Sansom



This series set in Tudor times is just stunning. Meticulously researched and written so that readers really feels as if they are living in London during the reign of Henry VIII.


When the series opens, Matthew Shardlake is a hunchback lawyer working for Thomas Cromwell. He is sent to a remote monastery to investigate the murder of one of Cromwell's commissioners. Like all good mysteries, there are more murders, a good dose of corruption, and plenty of intrigue. 


These books are so good. As the series progresses we see more of the Tudor court and watch the six wives come and go. Shardlake is sometimes at the center of the court and sometimes on the periphery. He has an enemy in Richard Rich, and the fact that he once had Thomas Cromwell as a patron doesn't always help his cause. But luckily he has a powerful friend in Queen Katherine Parr.


Damn, these books are good. But as I'm a little bit in love with Matthew's sidekick Jack Barak, I really could do with the next book in the series. 




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text 2015-11-11 12:27
#BookadayUK - Day 10
Charlotte Bronte Biography - Claire Harman
Charlotte Brontë: A Fiery Heart - Claire Harman



Crap! Forgot to post this yesterday. 


Anyway, I rarely put books on my Christmas list. I just go out and buy them because that's how I roll. 


But, if I did have a list, then this biography of Charlotte Bronte would be on there. (Although I've got a feeling the US edition isn't being published until next year to coincide with the centenary of Charlotte's birth. 



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