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  • 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…

  • 21st Century,  Best Books,  General Fiction

    Best Books of 2011

    2011 has been a great reading year for me. I tend to take into account the quality of what I read and not the number of books I read. Sometimes, a single book can change your life in ways that fifty other books did not. So, I am happy to say that I read books that reminded me of how much I love sitting on my bed, with a blankett and a good book. Or how it can help me to read a few chapters of a book I love to keep on working on those awfully boring papers for school. Here you have, Books and Reviews’ best books of…

  • 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…

  • 21st Century,  Crime fiction,  Gift Ideas,  Random

    Gift Ideas – Crime Novel

    So, this post is supposed to inaugurate the Gifts Ideas series. Because it’s already Christmas time and sometimes we find ourselves wondering what to buy for that friend, that cousin or even our closer beloved ones! The best option is always a book. Crime novels have become really popular recently, but sometimes it is hard to sail through the selves full of titles and authors in bookshops. The problem is that many times, the plots are too easy or predictable, the characters are plain and reading is like eating fast food: it may look good but it leaves you hungry. The crime novel I recommend everyone is When will there…