In the bitter cold of a Montreal winter, Tempe Brennan is digging for a corpse buried more than a century ago. Although Tempe thrives on such enigmas from the past, it’s a chain of contemporary deaths and disappearances that has seized her attention — and she alone is ideally placed to make a chilling connection among the seemingly unrelated events. At the crime scene, at the morgue, and in the lab, Tempe probes a mystery that sweeps from a deadly Quebec fire to startling discoveries in the Carolinas, and culminates in Montreal with a terrifying showdown — a nerve-shattering test of both her forensic expertise and her skills for survival.
Death Du Jour by Kathy Reichs
The direct translation of “du jour” is “of the day”. Death Du Jour; Death of the day. Death and the discovery of bodies is the main theme of the book. Temperance Brennan begins the story in a church doing an excavation of a the body of a nun who the Church wishes to declare a saint through canonization. It then moves to a chilling crime scene involving children and the discovery of more bodies which are seemingly unrelated deaths but all seem to tie up in the end.
There are plenty of twists and turns. The story is gripping and exciting and morbid and cruel. I love the way Kathy Reichs writes and the detail is remarkable and engaging. Even though the time frame in which the story takes place is dated in terms of technology, these types of books will alway pique my interest. I do, however think I need to read more feel good, happy, inspiring type stories as well, at some point. It might change my outlook on life a little bit.
On a balmy June night, Kirsten, a young university student, strolls home through a silent moonlit park. Suddenly her tranquil mood is shattered as she is viciously attacked.
When she awakes in hospital, she has no recollection of that brutal night. But then, slowly and painfully, details reveal themselves – dreams of two figures, one white and one black, hovering over her; wisps of a strange and haunting song; the unfamiliar texture of a rough and deadly hand . . .
In another part of England, Martha Browne arrives in Whitby, posing as an author doing research for a book. But her research is of a particularly macabre variety. Who is she hunting with such deadly determination? And why?
by Peter Robinson
The was one of Peter Robinson’s earlier novels – written in the late 1980’s – but only published later on (in 2003). The time in which the story took place was also during that time period where there were no cell phones, no emails, less forensics and other technology. It was also not written as part of the Inspector Banks series and there was much less focus on the police and criminology.
I found this a very difficult book to get into. I had one false start even. I got to page 50 odd and I stopped and read something else. I wasn’t even sure I wanted to finish the book. This weekend, however, I started again at the beginning and read it through to the end. I had to know what happened; how it ended. Everything joined up and made sense and came full circle.
The writing style was different to what I have come to expect from Peter Robinson; that was perhaps why I struggled initially. The story was also split into what the reader would assume to be two separate stories initially that then came together later on and overlapped right at the end.
The story was dark, deep, cruel, segmented, both emotional and emotional-less. The victim of a serial killer miraculously survives having suffered immense trauma. Her entire life, her future is destroyed by surviving and having so much taken away; it also destroys her parents lives to much of an extent. She then goes on to become a killer herself in the name of extracting revenge and freeing herself; finding herself again – that part of her that died.
What I found strange and difficult to wrap my head around was the fact that her murders were a means to an end; collateral damage. She was not portrayed in the same light as the monster serial killer. Was she not just as bad as him?
It is the year 2016. It’s nearly April 2016 to be more exact. I meant to write a post about how much I was looking forward to this year; that I was excited and full of hope for a better year than the last however many (twelve or so).
So far it has been anything but great; but that could just be my general negative outlook on life, creeping in and settling down on me.
Why do I think it has been so bad?
It might have a lot to do with the fact that I moan way too much; I take everything too personally; I get frustrated and get hurt very easily.
It is much easier to focus on the negative in everything and none of the positive in anything.
I can be generally quite grumpy and I have down days (who doesn’t) – much more than I used to when I was horse riding as one example.
I know this needs to change; I know something needs to change; I know I need to change.
The question is how. Do I focus more on the positive? As in write posts about it? Make lists? Say yes more? Say no more? Force myself to do stuff?
Filled with Maeve Binchy’s trademark wit and true storytelling genius, THIS YEAR IT WILL BE DIFFERENT powerfully evokes the lives of wives, husbands, children, friends and lovers.
There are step-families grappling with exes; long-married couples faced with in-law problems; a wandering husband choosing between the other woman and his wife; a child caught in a grown-up tug-of-war…
Warm, witty and with a deep understanding of what makes us tick, THIS YEAR IT WILL BE DIFFERENT superbly demonstrates why Maeve Binchy’s stories have become world-beaters.
By Maeve Binchy
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During a blistering summer, drought has depleted Thornfield Reservoir, uncovering the remains of a small village called Hobb’s End – hidden from view for over 40 years. For a curious young boy this resurfaced hamlet is a magical playground … until he unearths a human skeleton.
Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks is given the impossible task of identifying the victim – a woman who lived in a place that no longer exists, whose former residents are scattered to the winds. Anyone else might throw in the towel but Banks is determined to uncover the murky past buried beneath a flood of time…
In a Dry Season by Peter Robinson
In the early hours of a cold January morning, two narrow boats catch fire on the dead-end stretch of the Eastvale canal. When signs of accelerant are found at the scene, DCI Banks and DI Annie Cabbot are summoned. But by the time they arrive, only the smouldering wreckage is left, and human remains have been found on both boats.
The evidence points towards a deliberate attack. But who was the intended victim? Was it Tina, the sixteen-year-old who had been living a drug-fuelled existence with her boyfriend? Or was it Tom, the mysterious, lonely artist?
As Banks makes his enquiries, it appears that a number of people are acting suspiciously: the interfering ‘lock-keeper’, Tina’s cold-hearted step-father, the wily local art dealer, even Tina’s boyfriend…
Then the arsonist strikes again, and Banks’s powers of investigation are tested to the limit…
– Playing with Fire by Peter Robinson
“It’s not me – it’s you. You’ve let yourself go, so I’m letting you go too.”
When Edward Middleton hears those words from Jane, his girlfriend of the past ten years, he knows he’s in serious trouble. Determined to get her back, Edward must learn how to make women fancy him again. But what makes for a good boyfriend nowadays? Right now, he’s the kind of man who puts the ‘ex’ into ‘sexy’.
One thing is certain: if he’s to be Jane’s Mr Right, he needs to turn himself into a bit of all right. From Atkins and Botox, Edward begins working his way through the makeover alphabet. But can cuddly Teddy really become sexy Eddie? Can he rise from the ranks of discarded exes? Or has his journey of self-discovery taken him in a different direction entirely?
The Ex-Boyfriend’s Handbook by Matt Dunn
A faceless corpse is discovered in a tranquil, hidden valley below the village of Swainshead. And when Chief Inspector Alan Banks arrives, he finds that no-one is willing to talk. Banks’s frustration only grows when the identity of the body is revealed. For it seems that his latest case may be connected with an unsolved murder in the same area five years ago.
Among the silent suspects are the Collier brothers, the wealthiest and most powerful family in the area. When they start using their influence to slow down the investigation, Banks finds himself in a race against time . . .
The Hanging Valley by Peter Robinson