This capable thriller is a very easy read but none the worse for that. The teenage Elizabeth witnesses a mafia murder and is taken into witness protection. We catch up with her again 15 years later. Living under an assumed name, Abigail, she is well able to take care of herself and backs up her skills with a guard dog and a huge collection of guns.
Everything changes when local chief of police takes an interest and she has to decide if the solitary life she has been living is enough.
The best thing about the book is that Abigail never relies on men to protect her and managed to remain clever, strong and capable even when the book veers into romantic territory… Highly unusual for a romantic heroine!
As we proceded, Bond is given his mission: stop a civil war in an African state. He arrives in the country, meets another beauty (and of course, ends up in bed with her) before affairs turn against him and he is fighting for his life. All par for the course.
However, not that much longer into the book, the plot becomes much more political than is usual for a Bond story, and we catch a glimpse of the wider picture. It is impossible after that to ignore the ideas that a) Bond is a pretty reprehensible character and b) the missions he is sent on are politically motivated- enhancing Britain’s interests at the expense of other individuals and states.
I’ve always been able to gloss over that in other Bond novels and just sit back and enjoy the glamour and sense of danger. In this one, I couldn’t. Does that make for a better or worse read? I’m not sure. A more thoughful but less straight-forwardly enjoyable one, perhaps.
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After discovering Georgette Heyer earlier in the year, I picked up another in Hellesdon library. I’m becoming addicted!
In this book we have a feisty heroine in a marriage of convenience to the enigmatic Earl of Rule; Lord Lethbridge, the villain of the piece; a racy widow and a supporting cast of bumbling drunkards. Cue much hilarity, dastardly plotting, and a smattering of swooning… not least when our heroine sets about the devilish Lord Lethbridge with a poker. Hurrah!
I don’t usually like books that switch back & forth between different years, but this is an exception. The main action moving between 1941, 1961 & 2011.
It was gripping from start to finish, a well-crafted story of family life, but with murder & other stuff too.
It showed how anyone can make mistakes when young but overcome them to lead a fulfilled & worthwhile life.
Lots of twists and turns to keep you guessing with an ending that was worth waiting for.
I shall certainly be reading other books by this author.
This is the fourth in the brilliant Peter Grant series: Police procedural novels with a twist. Peter Grant works with the Met to police the magical community of london: fairies, minor gods, wizards and more. That may put you off right away, but if you do enjoy fiction which leans towards the weird, you’re likely to love these.
In this book attention switches south of the river where we get involved with some seriously uncanny architecture, the gods of the Thames hold a fair and, as ever, some innocent bystanders wind up dead.
A fantastic escapist read.
After her husband leaves her, Chloe’s father-in-law Pierre takes Chloe and her children to the family retreat. With seemingly little in common, conversation is difficult. But then, they Pierre begins to reminisce about his life and loves and Chloe sees him a whole new light.
Stick with it and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it!
Now in her 90s, Grace looks back on her early life as a housemaid at Riverton. She vividly describes her relationships with the other house staff and with the young ladies of the house. But right from the start there are allusions to a tragic mystery.
Throughout the book the author tantalises the reader with clues about what happened but only reveals the exact truth at the very end.
An easy but thoroughly engrossing read with several plots cleverly interwoven. Can’t wait to read other books by Kate Morton!
The City of Vancouver is rocked by a series of explosions but no one claims responsibility, no ransom is asked and the intended victims appear not to be connected with one another. Homicide Detective Jacob Striker and his partner Felicia Santos set out to un-weave a tangled web of dishonesty, corruption and revenge in order to capture the bombers before they strike again.
One hot day in Elizabethan York, young Nell Appleby is trapped in a wooden chest, and a horror of the stifling dark – and of the man who trapped her – dogs her for the rest of her life. Wed to the sadistic Ralph Maskewe, Nell must find joy where she can, until the return of her childhood sweetheart offers a chance of flight to the New World. Will Nell risk all to escape the dark at last? Four and a half centuries later, Tess and her small son Oscar move to York. Eager to start a new life, away from her overbearing and manipulative husband, Martin, Tess tries to put her marriage behind her. But time in York has a way of shifting strangely, and memories of a past that is not her own begin to surface with disturbing effect. Living two lives, torn between two worlds, Tess must unlock the secrets of the past before she can free herself – and Nell –once and for all.
This is an excellent read, the first title I have read by this author…..if you like Barbara Erskine….then this is for you. Very “unputdownable”…just requested her other book, also set in York