Wrapping up recent reads #1

Hello friends!

I’ve seen several blogs recently where when there isn’t a lot to say about a book, people post several short reviews on one post. As I’m doing several challenges this year, I thought this would be a good idea. So here are 3 recent reads:

Midnight Sun, by Jo Nesbo


About the book:

Jon is on the run. He has betrayed Oslo’s biggest crime lord: The Fisherman.

Fleeing to an isolated corner of Norway, to a mountain town so far north that the sun never sets, Jon hopes to find sanctuary amongst a local religious sect.

Hiding out in a shepherd’s cabin in the wilderness, all that stands between him and his fate are Lea, a bereaved mother and her young son, Knut.

But while Lea provides him with a rifle and Knut brings essential supplies, the midnight sun is slowly driving Jon to insanity.

And then he discovers that The Fisherman’s men are getting closer…

This was actually my last read of 2018. My European Crime Reading group were prompted to read a Jo Nesbo of our choice for our December read. I have never read a Jo Nesbo as I’ve heard he writes quite gruesome crime novels, and I don’t do gruesome. Literally my only reason for picking this was that it was the shortest available at the time. I hadn’t realised it was the second in a series. It was a very slow read, and nothing much happened. I won’t be reading him again.

The Janus Stone, by Elly Griffiths


About the book:

Forensics expert Ruth Galloway is called in to investigate when builders, demolishing a large old house in Norwich to make way for a new development, uncover the skeleton of a child – minus the skull – beneath a doorway. Is it some ritual sacrifice or just plain straightforward murder? DCI Harry Nelson must find out.

The house was once a children’s home. Nelson meets the Catholic priest who used to run the home. He tells him that two children did go missing forty years before – a boy and a girl. They were never found.

When carbon dating proves that the child’s bones predate the children’s home, Ruth is drawn more deeply into the case. But as spring turns to summer it becomes clear that someone is trying very hard to put her off the scent by frightening her half to death…

I read this as part of the “VIRTUAL Mount TBR” Challenge. This is the second in the Ruth Galloway series, but can easily be read as a standalone. This time Ruth is called in when builders find the bones of a child minus its skull on a development that was at one stage a children’s home. DI Harry Nelson takes on the investigation again. I do like this series, and both Ruth and Harry are likeable characters. It’s another “comfort blanket”style read, you know you’re in for a good story – although I guessed many of the twists in this mystery.

The Murder of my Aunt, by Richard Hull


About the book:

In the beautiful Welsh countryside, Edward Powell is keeping a detailed account of his attempts to do away with his aunt. Of course, the murder of his only living relative is a preposterous notion, but that is exactly what this rather affected young man intends to do. Looked at strictly from Edward’s point of view there is some excuse for malice, but on the other hand his wealthy aunt has every reason to feel unfriendly toward him.

I read this for the “Mount TBR” Challenge. It’s a decent story, but I found it dipped in the middle.

What have you been reading recently?

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