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  • British,  Crime fiction

    Started Early, Took my Dog by Kate Atkinson

    Started Early, Took my Dog is the last installment in the Jackson Brodie series by Kate Atkinson. It was originally published in 2010 when I first heard of Atkinson and the series, so this book has been in my TBR list for a long time now. Last week I realised it was the last in the series I’m writing my dissertation about and decided to read it. It took me two sittings. The following is a SPOILER-FREE review. From GoodReads: A day like any other for security chief Tracy Waterhouse, until she makes a purchase she hadn’t bargained for. One moment of madness is all it takes for Tracy’s humdrum…

  • British,  Crime fiction

    Case Histories by Kate Atkinson

    Many of you already know I am a huge Kate Atkinson fan, especially of the Jackson Brodie series. However, I started reading the series in an unusual order: #3 (When Will There Be Good News) , #2 (One Good Turn) and I thought it was time I read #1 (Case Histories) and made the most of it by re-reading #2 and #3, read for the first time #4 (Started Early, Took my Dog) and be ready for #5 (Life After Life) to be released next March. From Book Depository: Case one: A little girl goes missing in the night. “Case two: ” A beautiful young office worker falls victim to…

  • British,  Crime fiction

    One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson

    One Good Turn (2006), by Kate Atkinson is my second reading of the Jackson Brodie series, started with Case Histories in 2004. Summary from Book Depository: 5/5 It is the Edinburgh Festival. People queuing for a lunchtime show witness a road-rage incident – an incident which changes the lives of everyone involved. Jackson Brodie, ex-army, ex-police, ex-private detective, is also an innocent bystander – until he becomes a suspect. With Case Histories, Kate Atkinson showed how brilliantly she could explore the crime genre and make it her own. In One Good Turn she takes her masterful plotting one step further. Like a set of Russian dolls each thread of the…

  • British,  Crime fiction

    When Will There be Good News? by Kate Atkinson

    Kate Atkinson has become the new queen of detective fiction. A professor of mine almost obliged me to read her and I took the wrong turn of waiting a year. Shame on me. She is a great author. My first choice was When will there be Good News? 4/5 Summary from Amazon: On a hot summer day, Joanna Mason’s family slowly wanders home along a country lane. A moment later, Joanna’s life is changed forever… On a dark night thirty years later, ex-detective Jackson Brodie finds himself on a train that is both crowded and late. Lost in his thoughts, he suddenly hears a shocking sound… At the end of…