I sometimes think that I was less busy when I used to work full time than I am now. And yes, know that sounds daft but the weeks are flying by and the books are piling up. Trying to get to grips with the teetering pile and here are reviews of three reads of this week.
The Treasure Hunt - Andrea Camilleri. The latest Montalbano book which I have been waiting to get my hands on. I have the hard back of these, I do not put them on my Kindle as I like to have them on my shelves. I adore this series. Did not take to them when I first discovered them but then they gradually grew on me and now I am totally hooked. BBC4 recently had a series The Young Montalbano which was excellent and the actors playing the young Fazio, Augello and Catarella had them off to a T.
The story is almost immaterial in these books as they are so character driven and we readers just love to watch the interplay and the humour. The story opens with a crazed elderly man and his sister firing bullets from their balcony and Inspector Montalbano has to climb up and sort them out, thus becoming a TV hero. Later on a letter arrives containing a mysterious riddle and he finds himself being drawn into a treasure hunt set by an anonymous challenger which is obviously leading up to a nasty murder.
Thoroughly enjoyed it and if you love these books then you will buy or borrow it. If you have yet to make the acquaintance of the police in Vigata then you have hours of pleasure ahead of you.
Project Darcy - Jane Odiwe. High summer and Ellie Bentley and her friends join an archeological dig at Jane Austen's childhood home. Ellie has the 'sight' and finds that she sees into the past and discovers what happened when Jane danced through the winter of 1796 and met Tom Lefroy. The two narrative threads, past and present, run next to one another and it is fun to spot the characters of the Bennett sisters in Ellie and her friends. We meet a modern Bingley as well with his toffee nosed friend, a Darcy if ever there was one, and it is all very enjoyable with a different twist on the usual Pride and Prejudice ending. When I read books like this I do wish we knew more about Jane and had more pictures and information. Perhaps somebody will carry out a dig at Steventon and find loads of letters buried under a tree. Now that would be something...
Note: the Kindle edition is only £3.21 at the moment. A bargain!
A Christmas Hope - Anne Perry. Detective story set in London 1868 and the twist here is that the person solving the puzzle is a woman which ties in nicely with my earlier posts on Victorian lady detectives. Lot of them about suddenly. A woman is brutally beaten during a Christmas party and a wrongful accusation is made against one of the guests.
Claudine Burroughs sets out to find out the real culprit and it is not too difficult to guess who did it. This is really a charming novella and with its bright red cover and Christmas link one assumes this has been published for the market at this time of year. Anne Perry has written many books it seems and though this is a pleasant read at a mere 150 pages long I think the cover price of £16.99 is a tad expensive (Amazon have it for £9.93)
I am away this week but taking my brand new ipad with me and will be checking in and hoping to post as well as I go along.
You may not see too many posts though as I am looking forward to taking it easy and just sitting and chatting with my good friend and chilling.