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Just finished Don Winslow's "The Winter of Frankie Machine".

My best book this year so far.

I've just finished Boris Akunin's Turkish Gambit, his second in the Erast Fandorin series. Old-fashioned and rambling at times yet endearing and well-researched spy story set in the late 19th century Balkans. Otherwise, continuing with my re-reading of Simenon, this time the chilling The Man Who Watched the Trains Go By. One of the non-Maigret books he called romans dur (the hard novels). Adverb-free, bare bones prose that makes brilliant writing look easy. Nobody does atmosphere like Simenon. Monsieur Monde Vanishes is next...

Been on the road and in the saddle for two months straight and wanted an easy read. It's not fiction, for the most part. I suspect embellishment with the truth somewhat.

Anyway, wanted to hole up for the day and just read something fun. This book was laugh out funny, but then kind of lost acceleration toward the end. Still worth the read, though.

"A Walk in the Woods" by Bill Bryson

Bryson is always entertaining.

I've started reading Paul Theroux again, he goes to the same places as Bryson but sees them somewhat differently.

Kristina Ohlsson's SILENCED.  Have enjoyed her earlier books.  This one kept my attention as the detectives worked through their procedure.  However, the end was disappointing.  Just couldn't believe the motivations of two of the baddies. 

Karin Alvtegen's SHADOW.  Awful, awful, awful.

Finally, a real treat!  John Harvey's EASY MEAT.  Somehow, I overlooked this one as I read through all of his novels.  Gosh, he writes well.

Deep into IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hilter's Berlin by Erik Larson. Exhaustively researched and a fascinating read about Hitler's rise to power and the American ambassador's perspective, William E. Dodd. 

If any of you CrimeSpacers enjoy Goodreads please consider connecting with me there. Here's the link, if you aren't a member you might consider it, I think it's one of the better social networks out there. Thanks!

Glad to hear you're enjoying GARDEN OF BEASTS. I own it, but haven't read it yet. Have read others by Erik Larson, Devil in the White City and his book about the Galveston flood ... sorry forget the title. He is such a fabulous writer. He can take an obscure bit of research and explain something in a fascinating way.

Agree with you about Goodreads, one of the better places indeed.

Charles Todd DUTY TO THE DEAD.

Historical mystery set in England during WWI. This one has a new protagonist, a war nurse. Can't say I like her very much. Her personality is unbelievably perfect in terms of patience, generosity, courage, devotion, and whatever else you want to add to this. Her behavior for hours and day after having her arm broken badly during a shipwreck is nothing short of astonishing.

The plot is ok, but this is an old-fashioned family secrets sort of story.

"As the Crow Flies" by Damien Boyd. The story takes town near to where I live (Bristol) so I know the place (Burnham-on-Sea) quite well. In reality I doubt the police in B-o-S have to deal with much more in any given year than the occational drunken brawl.

We should be so lucky in the U.S. Never a day passes in my town when there isn't a murder. Almost invariably by gun.

Violent crime is falling dramatically in the UK and has been doing so for years.

Yes.  They have gun control.


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