To be honest I didn’t find this book as interesting or exciting as the others. Not sure why as all the usual ingredients are included, bones found, crimes committed, fast action, interaction between Ruth & Harry. Perhaps it’s just me.
It all starts with a rough sleeper in King’s Lynn going missing, has she just moved away or has something happened to her? The word Underground keeps cropping up but what does it mean.
Some of the action is set in the chalk tunnels under Norwich, including the Guildhall. I wouldn’t want to go in them, and Ruth isn’t keen either!
Reserve The Chalk Pit
Alice Rose is a foundling, discovered on the Yorkshire moors above Haworth as a baby. Adopted but then later rejected again by a horrid step-mother, Alice struggles to find a place where she belongs. Only baking – the scent of cinnamon and citrus and the feel of butter and flour between her fingers – brings a comforting sense of home. So it seems natural that when she finally decides to return to Haworth, Alice turns to baking again, taking over a run-down little teashop and working to set up an afternoon tea emporium. Luckily she soon makes friends – including a Grecian god-like neighbour – who help her both set up home and try to solve the mystery of who she is. There are one or two last twists in the dark fairytale of Alice’s life to come – but can she find her happily ever after?
Action takes place in the Black Sea and the Mediterranean Sea, much of it under the water. There are shipwrecks, mysterious deaths, explosions, kidnappings, drones, revenge and more. All put together to produce a rip roaring tale of derring-do.
There are some really nasty characters, not the sort you would want to meet on a dark night. Their reasoning for much of what they do seems to me to be based on madness brought on by grief, or because of a sense of duty. Watch out for the appearance of Clive Cussler himself as a character – he gets into all the books somehow!
If you want a bit of excitement then this is the book for you.
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“Readers will love wallowing in the twists and turns of this irresistibly luxurious tale.” -Booklist
It’s the summer of 1966, and Christina Hardcastle – ‘Tiny’ to her illustrious family – is spending what should be an idyllic vacation at her husband’s family estate on Cape Cod. Despite her lush surroundings though, Tiny is beginning to feel more like a prisoner than a guest. As the season gets underway, three unwelcome visitors appear in Tiny’s perfect life: an envelope containing an incriminating photograph; her volatile sister Pepper; and the intimidating figure of her husband Frank’s cousin, Vietnam-war hero Caspian, who knows more about Tiny’s past than anyone else. As she struggles to break free from the gilded cage which entraps her, secrets from Tiny’s past are bubbling to the surface and may yet unravel everything…
“A middle-aged couple – hacked to death in their own home – with a samurai sword. Normal people. Who were they? And why were they targeted? Twenty years ago a policeman was murdered in his own back garden and the killer was never caught. One woman might link these mysteries. But she is being watched. Can Detectives Nikki Liska and Sam Kovac find her before it is too late?”
Emilia has returned to her Cotswold hometown as her Father is gravely ill. After his death she has to decide what to do with his book shop. It is in debt and needs a refurb, she doesn’t know whether to keep it or sell it to a sleazy local developer.
The customers who come in to the book shop help her to make her mind up. They all have tales to tell about their lives too, things that have gone wrong, secrets that have been kept. Most of all there is love in the air. Emilia has a love interest too but he is tied up with someone else.
All seems to be going well, but then disaster strikes. What will Emilia do?
Read the book and find out! I really enjoyed it, good relaxing read. All the characters come to life and develop as the story moves on. All the little stories link together to produce a brilliant novel.
Reserve How to find love in a book shop
The East Anglia edition of the Books that Made Britain focuses on crime writers, D L Sayers, PD James, Henry Sutton and Nicci French.Watch it and the other ten episodes via iPlayer.[Of the eleven episodes, it’s disappointing that only three are presented by women.]
Elodie’s story runs through the whole book, from when she met and then jilted her prospective husband in the church after having found he was sleeping with her Mother, right to the present day when she returns in her 70’s.
Some of the characters know each other, others meet for the first time, and some never meet each other at all.
There is love, hate, betrayal, forgiveness and much more, all the ingredients for an intriguing and enjoyable story.
Reserve The Beach Hut Next Door