Many parallels are made between the work of Karin Fossum ‘the Norwegian queen of crime’ and Stieg Larsson’s Millenium Trilogy. While I wouldn’t say that this novel Bad Intentions quite reaches those dizzying heights, it is a quality Scandinavian crime fiction nonetheless. At less than 200 pages Bad Intentions is less of your typical ‘who-dunnit’ novel and more of an exploration of the differing psyches of those that are ‘hunted’ by the police.
If you are after a literary masterpiece, this is not the book for you. Bestselling author Richard North Patterson is a crafter of plots rather than prose. If you are in the mood for an edge of your seat courtroom drama with gritty wartime reflections, familial deception and a little romance thrown in, In the Name of Honour ticks all these boxes!
This is the second novel by Sue Grafton that I have read. I thoroughly enjoyed B is for Burglar when I read it over a year ago and was looking forward to reading another Kinsey Millhone mystery.
Unfortunately S is for Silence didn’t live up to expectations for me. The murder mystery story itself was quite good, with a reasonably complex plot with clues gradually unveiled through flashbacks from multiple characters viewpoints. For me however, the element I most enjoyed in B is for Burglar, the personal touch of PI Kinsey Millhone, was somehow lacking this time round. Rather than being a central figure, she seemed to play a lesser role in this novel.
Paul Auster’s Music of Chance is a story of both absurdity and intensity that will keep you guessing.
Add together two screw-ups, Nashe and Pozzi, chancing their luck at a game of poker with two eccentric millionaires, Flower and Stone, who just happen to want to build a stone wall in a field on their estate and you have the basic plot of Auster’s Music of Chance. Although this is the first title of Auster’s I have read, I think it is probably safe for me to say that Auster’s bizarre plots are merely vehicles through which much deeper stories are told.
Elise Warner’s debut novel Scene Stealer is a cozy mystery with attitude.
“For a moment our eyes met; his were frightened, seeking help. Was it my imagination gone wild? No. After all those years of teaching elementary school, I knew this child was afraid.”
The Six Sacred Stones is action-packed and an enjoyable read but has Matthew Reilly bitten off more than even he can chew this time?
Jack West Jr., the seemingly invincible defender of the free world and all round nice guys’ peace and solitude on his farm in outback Australia is rudely interrupted by an army of invaders one morning. This sets in motion the coming together of all our favourite characters that helped Jack save the world last time in The Seven Ancient Wonders – Pooh Bear, Wizard, Stretch, Sky Monster, Lily and Zoe.
The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest, the finale of Stieg Larsson’s groundbreaking Millennium Trilogy wholeheartedly deserves its place amongst the bestselling crime fiction of this decade.
The action begins swiftly, exactly where Larsson left readers in the cliffhanging ending of The Girl Who Played With Fire.
BOOK RATING: The Writing 3 / 5 ; The Story 4 / 5 BOOK DETAILS: Gone (The Book Depository), Gone (Amazon) Book Synopsis Ex-FBI profiler Pierce Quincy has just been thrown into his worst nightmare. A car has been found abandoned, engine running, purse on the driver’s seat – and his estranged wife, Rainie Conner, has […]