Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Review: The Riverman

The Riverman The Riverman by Alex Gray
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another in the DCI Lorimer Detective series by Alex Gray. This case starts with the death of a bookmaker and continues with a death and a disappearance from his firm of accountants.

Another death follows and DCI Lorimer must work out the connections between the events and who is behind them. Centred around the river Clyde, two of the bodies are pulled out of the Clyde by the Riverman, the man called when anyone needs rescuing or retrieving from the river. One death is initially believed to be accidental but as the case progresses Lorimer begins to understand how the deaths are linked and that there is nothing accidental taking place.

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Review: Shadows of Sounds

Shadows of Sounds Shadows of Sounds by Alex Gray
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If you like realistic crime thrillers featuring a consistent detective then there is not much to dislike in the DCI Lorimer series. set in Glasgow and written by Alex Gray.

Shadows of Sounds centres on the murder of notorious Orchestra Leader George Millar.. Lorimer has to unravel the many relationships George was involved in and work out who murdered him and why. No big surprises but an easy satisfying read.

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Wednesday Hodgepodge 19/7/17

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1. Growing up, were you close to your grandparents? Tell us one or two specific things you remember about them.
I only knew my Mum’s parents and they lived close by so I saw a lot of them when I was little.  I remember the dog they had which was quite a handful.  I also remember them having rabbits and being horrified when I discovered they weren’t keeping them as pets! My Grandmother also had quite a stubborn streak and could be quite selfish.  She would always cook her main meal at lunchtime and eat it alone and then my Grandfather had his reheated when he got home from work at the end of the day.
2. What's an item you were attached to as a child? What happened to it?
I had a teddy bear that I was very attached to .  Regrettably it became rather threadbare and I’m not sure where it is now.
3. When you look out your window, do you see the forest or the trees (literally and figuratively)? Explain.
I see trees but not a forest in reality and I think figuratively.  I can usually get to the point of things and be decisive when I have to.
4. Do you like sour candies? Which of the 'sour' foods listed below would you say is your favorite?
grapefruit, Greek yogurt, tart cherries, lemons, limes, sauerkraut, buttermilk, or kumquats 
No, no and nooooo.  I’m a sweet person.
Have you ever eaten a kumquat? What's your favorite dish containing one of the sour foods on the list?
A lemon citron tart or Key Lime pie.  (But I’d much prefer Tiramisu or Banoffee pie!)
5. July 1st marked the mid point of 2017. In fifteen words or less, tell us how it's going so far.
Started poorly but improving every day as our Grandson grows stronger.
6. Insert your own random thought here.
Our year is definitely improving as this little one gets bigger.

 He'll be 16 weeks on Friday so that's 5 weeks corrected.  He's more alert and just starting to get the hang of smiling.  Which is probably a good thing as he's still not giving his Mummies much sleep!

Review: The Bat

The Bat The Bat by Jo Nesbø
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This is the first book featuring Harry Hole, the Norwegian detective. It's an ok read. It kept me turning the pages and I didn't figure out who was behind the killings until late on but having read later books by Jo Nesbo it's easy to see that his later books have improved.

This book didn't feel very polished. I'm not sure why. Maybe it was the setting of Australia or that the characters didn't feel very 3 dimensional at times. It just didn't gel together for me.

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