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  • Crime fiction,  Domestic Noir,  International

    The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

    The Couple Next Door has been on radar for quite some time now, especially since the summer when I downloaded the audiobook. However, I never got to listen to it, so when I found the Spanish translation at my local library I decided to give it a try. I don’t often read translations from English, as I would rather read the book in the original, but I am also a believer in supporting local libraries by using them. It also helped that my librarian said I would enjoy the book, and I would read it in a few sittings. As usual, she was right – librarians’ wisdom! The Couple Next…

  • Crime fiction,  International,  Random

    Ofrenda a la tormenta by Dolores Redondo – Giving Closure to the Baztan Trilogy

    Right after I finished reading The Lecagy of the Bones by Dolores Redondo I knew I had to read the next (and last) installment in the Baztán Trilogy. Keeping on the promise I made to myself to use the public library as much as I can, I borrowed Ofrenda a la Tormenta – ‘Offering to the Storm’, though there is no translation to English available yet – and I got lost in the dense greenery of the Baztán valley one last time. The story picks up right after The Legacy of the Bones, with D.I Amaia Salazar chasing the network of criminals that has been targeting the families of the…

  • Crime fiction,  International

    Legado en los huesos (The Legacy of the Bones) by Dolores Redondo – Baztan Trilogy #2

    As I visited the public library to return Ferrante #4 last December, I stumbled upon Dolores Redondo’s Legado en los huesos (The Legacy of the Bones) in the New Books section. As I eyed the familiar cover – all the Spanish editions share a similar cover, with greenery and a woman – I realised that it had been a year since I had read El guardián invisible (The Invisible Guardian), the first installment in the series. I realised then, it would just be perfect to put an end to 2016 the same way I had started it: By returning to Baztán. Legado en los huesos takes place as Amaia Salazar…

  • Crime fiction,  International

    The Lake House by Kate Morton

    I have to confess I am a huge fan of Kate Morton’s ever since I read her debut novel The House at Riverton. There is something about her books that makes me feel instantly better, probably because they remind me of my love for literature and words. So, when I learned her latest work would be out in October 2015 I made a mental note of adding it to my Christmas wishlist. It would be the jewel of the crown, that gift that represents all the good feelings and love of Christmas on itself. Thanks to Mum and Dad for the expensive and so beautiful hardcover copy of The Lake…

  • Crime fiction,  International

    El guardián invisible (The Invisible Guardian) by Dolores Redondo (Baztán Trilogy #1)

    As many of you already know I’m Spanish, but I tend to avoid Spanish literature as much as possible and have done so since I can remember. I read better and quicker in English, and I feel much more at ease in the Anglo-speaking world. However, last year I heard about a crime fiction trilogy called ‘the Baztán trilogy’ by Dolores Redondo. I was not that impressed until I visited La semana negra –’The Noir Festival’– where many independent bookshop owners recommended the trilogy to me the very same day the author was at the festival meeting readers and signing books. So, I bought the first installment in the series,…

  • Crime fiction,  International

    The Truth and Other Lies by Sacha Arango

    I was given The Truth and Other Lies by Sacha Arango by the lovely Elizabeth Preston on my last visit to London, and I could not be happier, because I have to admit that I would not have picked the book for myself in a book shop. Elizabeth is a great friend of mine, and she knows what I like to read – we finally met in real life at this year’s CrimeFest, talk about common interests! – so, I trusted her when she said I would love this book. She was right. Fiction is the truth inside a lie. The Truth and Other Lies tells the story of Henry…

  • Crime fiction,  International

    The Truth About the Harry Querbert Affair by Jöel Dicker

    I first encountered The Truth About the Harry Querbert Affair by Jöel Dicker last August, here, in Spain. The book was being promoted as an international best-seller, a debut crime novel by an Austrian writer who had already been top of the literary charts in the rest of Europe. So, as you can imagine, I bought it. Imagine my surprise when I found a corny, deeply affected and verging-on-chauvinistic novel. I thought it was me: it was summer, I was tired, and all the likes, so I tried to keep reading. I gave up on page 80. Imagine my surprise when the English translation hit Twitter a few months back.…

  • Crime fiction,  International

    The Pledge (La Promesa) by Friedrich Dürrenmatt

    While browsing books with Mr.B&R last month we came across a Spanish translation of Friedrich Dürrenmatt ‘s The Pledge entitled La Promesa. The introduction and all the information surrounding the book described Dürrenmatt as a key writer for 20th century crime fiction fans. So, the lovely Mr.B&R bought me the book as soon as he could 🙂 From GoodReads: Set in a small town in Switzerland, The Pledge centers around the murder of a young girl and the detective who promises the victim’s mother he will find the perpetrator. After deciding the wrong man has been arrested for the crime, the detective lays a trap for the real killer—with all…

  • Crime fiction,  International

    The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton

    I became a Kate Morton fan some years ago, not only because I like her stories, but because I find her style very inspiring. Every time I pick up a Kate Morton, the writer in me craves for a notebook and a pen and millions of colorful stories flood my mind and The Secret Keeper was not an exception. I would like to thank Sophie from Mantle for sending me a review copy months ago and patiently waiting for my review. From Kate Morton.com 1961: On a sweltering summer’s day, while her family picnics by the stream on their Suffolk farm, sixteen-year-old Laurel hides out in her childhood tree house…

  • Best Books,  Crime fiction,  International

    The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

    I bought The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton two years ago and although I read until page 230, I gave up. There was something in the story that failed to catch my attention and I found the pace too slow. A month ago, too intrigued by The Distant Hours, also by Kate Morton, I decided to ask the publisher for the book, but silly me, I got the titles mixed up and ended up asking for The Forgotten Garden. So, after all, I decided to give it another try and I could not be happier I did. Buy at Book Depository: A lost child …On the eve of the First…