logo
Wrong email address or username
Wrong email address or username
Incorrect verification code
back to top
Search tags: mystery-and-thrillers
Load new posts () and activity
Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
review 2020-04-13 09:11
Death in Delft - Graham Brack

The story is set in the beautiful city of Delft during the Golden Age of the Netherlands . Three eight year old girls are missing. One of them is found buried in a field just outside the city. The city council of Delft asks Master Mercurius of the University of Leiden to assist them in recovering the girls and solving this crime. Mercurius is a far from perfect character. For one thing ,he is a protestant minister and an ordained catholic priest which is not always an easy marriage in the 17th century low countries. But he is very likeable, intelligent and disarmingly naive. He also meets some very interesting people among which Johannes Vermeer,the painter,and Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek,the founder of modern microbiology. And there is the city of Delft in the background of course. You know with some books that as soon as you start reading them that they are going to be alright (or more than alright). Historical mystery fiction is not always a perfect blend between the different parts. Sometimes there is not enough historical data,sometimes there is just too much and the mystery story just disappears in a swamp (or in this case perhaps a canal) of titbits and not relevant facts. But here it really ticked off and all the boxes. The setting,in the dead of winter,was both enchanting and a bit eerie. Sometimes it felt as if I was walking through one of Vermeer's paintings. The slippery cobblestones,the dykes,the wind mills and the endless sky hovering over the frost covered fields. Perhaps one little remark,nothing to do with the quality of the story,but the frozen fields,icy sleet and biting wind makes this a perfect read for the winter.

Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
review 2020-04-02 11:09
Death on a Quiet Day - Michael Innes

David Henchman,a young undergraduate,several other young cubs and their tutor are participating in a reading party. In the morning they pore over texts and in the afternoon they climb hills and discover Dartmoor 's treasures. One morning David visits Knack Tor with its magnificent views. When he finally, after a stiff climb,arrives at the top he is not alone. A corpse awaits him there. He then calls for help and manages to attract the attention of a casual passerby. But this hiker seems to have an altogether different agenda. What follows is a wilde chase through heather ,moors,meadows and country lanes. When David finally finds himself in a more safe environment, Inspector Appleby enters the story... I've read novels by Michael Innes before and it always amounts to the same thing,sometimes the storyline is definitely worthwhile and sometimes it is all over the place. More than one third of the book consists of young David's adventures while being chased by the assailants. It feels as if it never going to end and when it finally does, we are confronted by spies and not very intelligent or successful ones. There is definitely a boy scout feeling about. Fine if you like it but it didn't really work for me.

Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
text 2020-02-16 20:16
Reading progress update: I've read 155 out of 338 pages.
Meddling Kids: A Novel - Edgar Cantero

I hope this picks up soon...

 

Source: 66.media.tumblr.com/fd46e54ce573deb5098c6d17603e8966/tumblr_pebvohj8f61u4wzo8o5_400.gifv
Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
text 2020-02-15 04:58
Reading progress update: I've read 72 out of 338 pages.
Meddling Kids: A Novel - Edgar Cantero

Like, zoinks Scoob, there's too many characters being introduced at once, I can't tell who's who.

Source: media.giphy.com/media/3o7btPCcdNniyf0ArS/giphy.gif
Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
review 2020-02-11 18:48
Cain's Blood - Geoffrey Girard

I'm on the fence with this book, it was one of those reads where you want to look away but can't. It was dark, interesting, weird and incredibly graphic at times.

 

If you're into true crime you'll probably like this one.

More posts
Your Dashboard view:
Need help?