Just a few

My recent reads have all been crime fiction although the Strawberry Thief is not really crime fiction.

Two Peter May books and two Robert Crais and one by Joanne Harris

Freeze Frame is another in the Enzo Macleod series, book #4.

“A promise made to a dying man leads forensics ace Enzo Macleod, a Scot who’s been teaching in France for many years, to the study which the man’s heir has preserved for nearly twenty years. The dead man left several clues there designed to reveal the killer’s identity to the man’s son, but ironically the son died soon after the father. It takes Enzo to a tiny island off the coast of Brittany in France, where he must confront the hostility of locals who have no desire to see the infamous murder back in the headlines. An attractive widow, a man charged but acquitted of the murder–but still the viable suspect, a crime scene frozen in time, a dangerous hell hole by the cliffs, and a collection of impenetrable messages, make this one of Enzo’s most difficult cases.

A cracking read.

Entry Island

“Detective Sime Mackenzie finds himself on a murder case on Entry Island, a tiny isle in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The suspect, a newly-widowed woman named Kirsty, seems oddly familiar to Sime. What is their connection? And can Sime survive in the same unit as his ex-wife long enough to find out?”

This book alternates between two locations, one in present day Canada and the other in the 1800s in the Hebrides.

A good crime fiction read.

The Promise

Elvis Cole and Joe Pike are joined by Suspect heroes LAPD K-9 Officer Scott James and his German shepherd, Maggie in The Promise which is Robert Crais 20th novel and it’s a great read.  Perfect entertainment for crime fans and dog lovers everywhere. 

This is book 17 in the Elvis Cole, Joe Pike series.

“When single mother Devon Connor hires private investigator Elvis Cole, it’s because her troubled teenage son Tyson is flashing cash and she’s afraid he’s dealing drugs. But the truth is devastatingly different. With two other partners in crime, he’s been responsible for a string of high-end burglaries, a crime spree that takes a deadly turn when one of them is murdered and Tyson and his girlfriend disappear.

They stole the wrong thing from the wrong man. Determined to get it back, he has hired a team that is smart and brutal, and to even the odds, Cole calls in his friends Joe Pike and Jon Stone. But even they may be over matched. The hired killers are leaving a trail of bodies in their wake. A few more won’t make any difference.”

Another good crime fiction read.
The Strawberry Thief
Joanne Harris is probably most well known for her book Chocolat but it is only number one in the series, The Strawberry Thief is number 4.
 

“Vianne Rocher has settled down. Lansquenet-sous-Tannes, the place that once rejected her, has finally become her home. With Rosette, her ‘special’ child, she runs her chocolate shop in the square, talks to her friends on the river, is part of the community. Even Reynaud, the priest, has become a friend.

But when old Narcisse, the florist, dies, leaving a parcel of land to Rosette and a written confession to Reynaud, the life of the sleepy village is once more thrown into disarray. The arrival of Narcisse’s relatives, the departure of an old friend and the opening of a mysterious new shop in the place of the florist’s across the square – one that mirrors the chocolaterie, and has a strange appeal of its own – all seem to herald some kind of change: a confrontation, a turbulence – even, perhaps, a murder.”

I devoured this in one go.  The writing of Joanne Harris was as good as ever, hard to put the book down. I just fell back into the village and the characters lives again.  If you loved Chocolat and Joanne Harris then pick this up you won’t be disappointed.

One Comment Add yours

  1. nanacathy2 says:

    I am so gald you enjoyed The Strawberry Thief as I really loved it a lot.

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