Thin Air by Ann Cleeves

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Always good to read a Shetland book. I love the places she describes and I do like the character, Jimmy Perez. I did figure out the villain, but not all the reasons why, and I do like that about Ann Cleeves’ stories.
Start with the books in order though, they are more meaningful. Highly recommend!



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Postcards From a Stranger by Imogen Clark

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


This is a tough one because I thought the writing good, even the story is good – it’s the way it is told which I struggled with. Way too slow. Predictable, so no plot twists really, but that was also okay, it just dragged on and I think if the writing had been more abrupt it would have created more tension and impact. This writer is a seasoned author, so perhaps I am no critic. But she could have got the point across more efficiently, it did not need the drag.



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The Body in the Dales by J.R. Ellis

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


This was not bad writing, far from it. But I found it ‘thin’ – I was not invested in the characters as much as I should have been. But it was an interesting read.



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Belgravia by Julian Fellowes

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I was looking forward to reading this story, and I was not disappointed. It is like stepping into a Jane Austen novel, with a brand new cast of characters, a plausible plot, and a tidy ending which is always a treat. The writing is excellent, the descriptions border upon the poetic, and I would have been happy had the story continued on.
If you enjoy period drama, with a twist of Austen and Dickens, then delve into this rich, delicious tale which will take you back to old London town and have you wishing you were going to a ball.

Moonflower Murders by Anthony Horowitz

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


The biggest issue with this book is that it ends! As expected, Horowitz delivers and then throws in a few crazy sprinkles, so that when the story is over, you can’t read anyone else as you believe it will be disappointing.
This man is a master. His writing sucks you in under a guise of simplicity, but in reality, he is weaving and spinning you into his clever web and has so many red herrings you are guessing all the time. His story, within a story, is so brilliantly crafted, as a writer I am overwhelmed with envy, respect, and wonder-I aspire to be half as good as this gentleman writes.
If you like a quintessential British mystery, you need these books. And for those of you who don’t know this author – he is the writer of Foyle’s War, and the Alex Ryder books, currently a new TV series.

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