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review 2017-08-17 14:39
Das Geheimnis des Rosenzimmers - Victoria Bredon (2) | Pauline Peters

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Reihe: Victoria Bredon (2)
Genre: Historischer Kriminalroman
Verlag: Bastei Entertainment [24.04.2017]
Kindle-Edition: 465 Seiten, ASIN: B01N53VZL6
auch als TB verfügbar
gelesen auf dem Kindle Paperwhite
lichen Dank an NetGalley.de und den Verlag
für die Bereitstellung des Leseexemplars

 

 

klick zu Amazon.de

Inhaltsangabe (Amazon):

London, 1907. Vor Victoria liegt eine strahlende Zukunft mit Jeremy, den sie über alles liebt. Doch als auf Jeremy, der für Scotland Yard arbeitet, ein Anschlag verübt wird, muss er untertauchen.
Victoria soll nach Coblenz zu ihrer Großmutter reisen, doch wann wird sie Jeremy wiedersehen? Auf ihrer Reise trifft sie den jungen russischen Arzt wieder, der Jeremy versorgte. Sie ahnt nicht, dass sie Lew bald näherkommen und ausgerechnet in Coblenz in den Mittelpunkt des Mordkomplotts geraten soll, das in London seinen Ausgang nahm ...

Meine Meinung:

für Fans von Downton Abbey, dem Haus am Eaton Place und Krimis

Das Cover zeigt ein offenes schmiedeeisernes Tor, das eine Auffahrt zu einem Anwesen zeigt und dem Leser sofort suggeriert, dass er es hier mit einem Buch zu tun hat, das von höher gestellten Menschen erzählt, dem Landadel zum Beispiel. Wer sich zudem den Klappentext oder die Inhaltsangabe durchliest, weiß, in welche Zeit er reisen darf und kann sich somit auf das frühe 20. Jahrhundert freuen, als wir noch einen Kaiser hatten, und wenn man zu den oberen 10.000 zählte, mit einem Butler reiste.

 

Mich hat das Cover sofort angesprochen und die Vorstellung fasziniert, gut 100 Jahre in der Zeit zurück zu reisen. Obwohl ich feststellen musste, dass dies bereits der 2. Band der bislang zweibändigen Reihe ist, hat dies meinem Lesevergnügen keinen Abbruch getan. Ich will damit sagen, dass man das erste Buch nicht unbedingt kennen muss, um Spaß mit dieser Story zu haben.

 

Wir haben hier einen historischen Krimi, der kurzweiliges, spannendes Lesevergnügen beschert. Victoria engagiert sich bei den Suffragetten in London, ist also ein aufgeschlossenes, unkonventionelles Mädchen, das sich nichts so einfach sagen lässt, sondern selbst die Initiative in die Hand nimmt. Sie entwickelt detektivischen Scharfsinn und versucht zusammen mit ihrem Butler hinter ein Geheimnis zu kommen, gerät in eine verzwickte politische Intrige und kann außerdem auch in ihrem eigenen Leben einige Fragen klären. Jeremy, ein britischer Journalist, der außerdem für den frühen MI5 arbeitet und Victoria kommen sich näher.

 

Pauline Peters schreibt auktorial als Erzähler, die Redeweise der Personen ist der Zeit durchaus zuzuordnen und angemessen, ebenso das etwas naive Verhalten der Charaktere.

 

Ganz hervorragend ist der Autorin der Sprung in die Zeit gelungen. Ich fühlte mich wohl in diesem Roman, wenn die Figuren auch etwas mehr Tiefe hätten vertragen können.

Ich gebe 08/10 Punkte und bedanke mich für das Leseexemplar.

 

Die Grafiken hier habe ich über die Bookout-App für iOS erstellt, welche ich in der Vollversion erworben habe. Ich bin mit der Statistik und dem Tracken der Lesezeit sehr zufrieden. Zwar lese ich meine eBooks zumeist auf dem Kindle Paperwhite, der mir nicht nur anzeigt, wie viel Prozent ich bereits gelesen haben, sondern auch, wie viele Minuten ich für das Kapitel oder das restliche Buch noch benötigen werde, aber ich möchte auch gern wissen, wie schnell oder langsam ich lese (ich bin halt ein Zahlen- und Statistik-Fan). Und die Grafiken, die man teilen kann, gefallen mir ebenfalls wirklich sehr.

 

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Zitat (1. Satz):

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Bücher der Reihe:

 

1. Die rubinrote Kammer
2. Das Geheimnis des Rosenzimmers – beendet 16.08.2017 – 08/10 Punkte

 

Das Geheimnis des Rosenzimmers: Roman (Victoria-Bredon-Reihe 2) (German Edition) - Pauline E. Peters 

Source: sunsys-blog.blogspot.de/2017/08/gelesen-das-geheimnis-des-rosenzimmers.html
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review 2017-08-17 04:30
Deep Magic (Deep Magic #1) by Gillian St. Kevern
Deep Magic - Gillian St. Kevern

The ending seemed as tangled as Dewy's hair at one point, and was dealt with it the same way - cut short. But on the whole - pure magic. I loved it to pieces :) 
And yeah, Vegemite... @.@  lol

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review 2017-08-11 17:13
Morning My Angel (Angel Enterprises, #1) by Sue Brown
Morning My Angel - Sue Brown

Loved the humor, it compensate nicely for a few negative things that I came across.

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review 2017-08-04 22:08
Year of the Runaways by Sunjeev Sahota
The Year of the Runaways - Sunjeev Sahota

This novel of Indian immigrants struggling to survive in modern England straddles the line between fiction and op-ed. It’s a compelling story, but one in which the author’s interest in documenting the abuses the characters suffer at home and abroad is clearly the top priority.

 

Three young men travel from India to England in search of work, and for a time are all residents of one overcrowded house inhabited by the members of a construction crew. Randeep, Avtar, and Tochi each represent a particular experience: Randeep grows up middle-class with a father in government, but as the only son, is forced to drop out of college and support his family following his father’s nervous breakdown; Avtar’s family is urban working poor, a precarious existence that offers no future to his middle-class girlfriend; Tochi comes from a rural family of the “untouchable” caste, which falls victim to horrific violence in the book’s most over-the-top scene of emotional manipulation. (I almost stopped reading upon reaching this section early in the book, but am glad I didn’t – nothing else in it is quite so manipulative or unearned.) The men find various routes to England depending on their resources; in Randeep’s case, it’s by marrying Narinder, a devout young Sikh woman from an immigrant family who rounds out the primary cast.

 

In a sad irony for a book devoted to chronicling the lives of desperate immigrants, Sahota seems much more capable of inhabiting those characters who come from comfortable backgrounds. Randeep and Narinder are fully-realized characters with inner lives. Avtar and Tochi are object lessons in the difficulties of being poor in India and the reasons young men would immigrate to England even under harsh conditions. Both can be thoroughly described by the word “dutiful,” and neither has any discernible inner life, unless you count occasionally becoming angry at their circumstances. Randeep and Narinder are shaped by the circumstances of their lives but have personality that isn’t a direct response to the events around them; Avtar and Tochi read like hollow representatives of “typical” poor immigrant men.

 

That said, the story moves briskly and Sahota does an excellent job of chronicling the characters’ day-to-day lives in a compelling way, which had me eager to return to the story even when I wasn’t fully convinced by the characters. As a work intended to raise awareness about a social issue, this does an excellent job: Sahota writes with authority about the characters’ circumstances, shaping readers’ understanding of their lives so that we understand their choices and the protagonists remain sympathetic characters throughout. At times the tragedy becomes predictable (I was reminded of Rohinton Mistry, though this isn’t quite as tragic or of the same literary caliber), though it isn’t simply an endless catalogue of misery; more often the characters experience good things only to have them snatched away. The end is rather weak: the final chapter leaves the characters at their lowest point, only to jump 10 years into the future for the epilogue. Seeing how the characters pulled out of those circumstances would have improved the book, though it’s long already. And for a 10-years-later epilogue, this one is surprisingly inconclusive.

 

It’s also worth mentioning that the text includes many Punjabi words (and without a glossary); unlike most books that do this, this one does not always make the meaning evident from context. A few times I tried to find translations online (with varying success), though they are not so crucial that you wouldn’t understand the story.

 

At any rate, I enjoyed reading this book and think it’s a good one for raising awareness and for those who enjoy social realist novels. Rounding the rating down on sites that require it because although the plot kept me engaged while reading, I would have appreciated a little more literary quality and a little less of an object lesson.

 

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review 2017-08-04 18:18
The devil is in the details
The Trouble with Goats and Sheep - Joanna Cannon

It's ironic that after I made the post about not finding enough time to post twice a week I exponentially increased how many books I was reading. This has resulted in a backlog of books which show as 'currently reading' on all of my literary social media sites. This has generally meant that the reviews which have been going up on Fridays are following in the order that I read them but I may have read them as much as two months ago. I'm going to change that up with this post because I'm just so excited to talk about this book that it's jumping the queue. Strap in, guys.

 

The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon was brought to my attention by watching this video by one of my favorite BookTubers, Mercedes. It was the cover that initially grabbed my attention (Honestly, are you even surprised anymore?) but it was the quick blurb which she read that truly won me over. (PS The UK and US covers are vastly different and honestly I prefer the cover from the UK.) Cannon's debut novel is set on a small road in England during the summer of 1976 and the winter of 1967. Two seemingly disparate events from these two time periods seem to be converging during what turns out to be one of the hottest summers on record. The reader follows several narrative threads from the inhabitants of this road but the central character is 10-year old Grace. We see her neighbors, family, and friend (Tilly is a delight) through her eyes while also getting to peek behind the shuttered windows and closed doors of their homes where secrets lurk in every corner. It started with a disappearance of a woman...or was it a baby? Maybe it was a fire that started things. It's sometimes difficult to determine just what started a chain of events, isn't it? The Trouble with Goats and Sheep explores that and much more. I don't want this novel to sound distressingly gloomy or dark because that's not accurate. It's difficult for me to convey just what it was that instantly drew me in and had me savoring it like a delicious treat. I think it's that Cannon was able to move seamlessly between the different characters and two time periods and create a story that was both believable and poignant. The people on the avenue felt real and tangible. Their foibles and fears weren't inconceivable or written with a melodramatic air. These were real people who had made mistakes but were too stubborn to admit them. It's a study of humanity and how two little girls tried to reconcile what they were seeing with what they desperately wanted to believe.  I knew within 30 pages that this was a book that this was going to have high re-readability for me and I daresay for many others as well. 10/10 highly recommend.

 

The UK cover:

Source: Waterstones

 

The US cover:

Source: Amazon

 

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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