September has been a strange month, still very hot here. Lots of writing being done too. So the list of books for September is quite restricted. The books this month have in general been rather weak reads too!
Cupcakes and Casualties (Peridale Cafe Cozy Mystery Book 11)
Cozy Mysteries 10 Book Box Set: The Peridale Cafe Series
by Agatha Frost
Why did I do it? I mean reading the whole ten book box set and then book 11?
Well despite the appalling lack of accuracy about English life and the nature of small Cotswold villages, they are fairly engaging characters. OK, there is death, multiple deaths where ever Julia goes. Even a simple birthday party for her new man results in a killing! And it is not the first illegal death in the family. Julia’s baking must be pretty fantastic, otherwise, the whole population of Peridale would have moved out to escape the Grim Reaper.
Book 11 sees an actress, a diva, buying the remains of Barker, the boyfriend’s, house damaged in a storm (and uninsured) to build a modern monstrosity on the site. Until murder takes a hand!
All very silly but easy reading
Naked Crow 7 – Sacred Arrows by P.Z. Walker
Ah, that is why! Mr Walker has come up with an inventive set of stories for his heroine Shelia, the modern day Crow nation Shamen, her friends and her spirit guide. At least four different storylines intertwine their way through the book, some light-hearted others potentially darker.
A fun light read. I loved it, even the sometimes idiosyncratic use of English!
Gallows View (Inspector Banks Series Book 1) by Peter Robinson
Mentioning darker plots … I was tempted by a low-cost edition of book one of the Inspector Banks series (the first of twenty-four, it could be expensive). On the other hand, it was not a strong book.
Written in the 1980’s which I managed to pick up from the smoking in public buildings and one mention of synthesiser and drum music, some of the plot devices had not stood the test of time. The opera-loving hero and the Radical Woman character. Some of the writing was very repetitive ‘Banks lights another cigarette!” Headlines in the Eastvale Herald. Many of the characters are very one dimensional, all the women are stunningly attractive, the bad guys are irredeemably evil, petty but evil.
If I was going for a post-Rebus detective … Derek Fee’s character Ian Wilson is far better. Definitely in the
I gather there is a TV series based on these books. Reviews indicate they might get better so I may try another.
What Have You Done by Matthew Farrell
Another dark and nasty American murder psycho-drama with a twist in its tail, story. I am struggling with this book. So much so I re-read the Lady Hardcastle mysteries to avoid it.