I like Magdalen Nabb normally. Her Marshal Guarnaccia of the Florence carabinieri is an excellent and likable character with a pleasant family. But her thriller (I suppose the publisher suggested that) THE MONSTER OF FLORENCE was an extremely odd experience. It is long and convoluted, containing two plots (no doubt for length), one about an art forgery and one about a serial killer cold case. I stuck with the novel because of the protagonist. Otherwise, I soon no longer cared and finished the novel (and here is the surprising part) without knowing who had done what. It wasn't worth going back to find out.
I recently finished The Boy in The Suitcase, by Denmark authors Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friss, and it was amazing. Grabs you by the throat immediately. The translation to English was effective, doubt anything was lost in the translation. Multiple POVs with engaging characters, all the threads come together in a horrifying climax. Highly recommended. Kindle version
I recently listened to the audiobook of Harlan Coben's Long Lost. It was only okay. Is it fair to say that his books vary?
Just finished Relic by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, excellent book.
Just started a more recent Robert Crais novel The Forgotten Man. Not the same as the earlier Elvis Cole novels and, while good, had better pick up the humour.
Just finished Karin Slaughter's KISSCUT. Not a good book or one I normally enjoy, but interesting in that it caters to women readers (and the widest possible audience interest). Why? It deals with rapes, rape while crucifying the victim, pedophilia, incest, secret pedophiliac societies, pornography industry using children, sexual mutilation (i.e female circumcision), abortion and child murder, and it also contains a romance. Here's your recipe, fellow authors.
Thanks, I.J., for the recommendation of UNWANTED. I like the way she kept
the plot moving, but filled out the personalities of the detectives. Her
blurb said she has worked with the police for years. It shows. She has
a new one out.
Good. And you're welcome.
Finished the new Alexander McCall Smith. The Limpopo Academy for Private Investigation. This African series is the only one by the author I can stomach, but this is very nice indeed and the latest is no exception.
In my car I've been listening to Hakan Nesser's THE RETURN. I read this novel some months ago, but must say again that it is very good indeed. The audio version is well done, and Nesser is so good that I ordered 2 of his books. (Scandinavian police procedural).
Currently reading Mercy by Jussi Adler-Olsen (aka The Keeper of Lost Causes) which I've had for ages but as everybody was raving about it, I was scared to start :)
Then it'll probably be back to Mari Jungstedt as I've only got a couple of hers to finish off in my own private "series read", unless something else distracts me :)
Currently reading A Wanted Man by Lee Child. Good so far.
Also have Absolute Power on audiobook. Good story, but feels over-written.
Adrian Hyland, GUNSHOT ROAD. Australian author of a police procedural set in the outback and starring an aborigine police woman. Interesting and well done, even if it has a far-fetched, thriller-type wrap-up.
Best book I've read recently is The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson. Really fascinating information and history on learning to understand this condition. Five Star read.