Blurb; THE DEBUT CRIME THRILLER SERIES OF THE YEAR!
A war veteran murdered in his home, a property developer with links to organised crime, and an old family secret that seems unwilling to stay dead.
When Harry Falcon, a wealthy boatyard owner and highly decorated World War Two veteran, is found drowned in his bath, DI John Tanner and DC Jenny Evans start by questioning his two sons, each with a motive for wanting him dead.
But when the elder son is found with his head smashed in under a toppled yacht, and that the younger son has been talking to a local property developer, one who’d spent months trying to buy the yard from his father, the investigation soon leads them towards a dark and dangerous secret, one which nobody can quite believe.
My Review; This is book three in the brilliant DI Tanner series, best read in order. From the prologue alone I was hooked! What a gripping opening. I am absolutely loving this series. I have witnessed this series get bigger, better and more brilliant with each book!
I love Tanners and Evans personal and professional relationship, they’re just the dream team together! Nothing can defeat them even death it seems. Brilliantly written, fast paced and thrilling. A real page turner I didn’t want to put down and easily devoured it. Not the outcome I expected at all! So that had me gasping and shocked. Loved it. Enjoyed it. Not a bad word to say about it.
A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend this series. I can’t wait to see what lies ahead for us in book four. Oooh!
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Blurb; Bavaria, Germany, 1947
At the end of the war, Afra Zauner returns to her parents’ cottage on the edge of Mauther Forest. Unmarried, and pregnant. As she struggles to raise her child, her father’s shame, her mother’s fury and the loud whispers of the neighbours begin to weigh upon her. She doesn’t believe in her sin. But everyone else does.
And someone brings judgement down upon her.
Many years later, Hermann Müller is throwing a drunk out of his tavern. A traveller, who won’t stop ranting about a murder left unsolved, about police who never investigated. Out of curiousity, the file is reopened. And in the cold light of hindsight, a chilling realisation creeps upon the community.
No-one ever atoned for Afra’s death. But her story is waiting to be told.
My Review; This is one I picked up from my library mystery book shelf. I picked up a short one just incase as I didn’t know what I would get and boy I got a good one! I love finding new authors I normally wouldn’t come across or pick up personally.
The Dark Meadow is German Noir and beautifully translated by Anthea Bell. It is a short story at just 135 pages, so it can be read in one sitting. Contains short chapters, so an easy read.
I can’t say much about this story without giving it away with it being a short story but I will say don’t believe everything. A real shocker of an outcome at the end I did not expect. My heart was with Afra and her life boy throughout. Times, views and opinions were diffferent back then (1940s) and Afra just wanted the best for herself and her child against all the odds.
I enjoyed it. Mysterious. Thrilling. Dark. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend. I’ve learnt not to jugde a book by its cover and to try something different.
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Blurb; Things My Son Needs to Know About the World collects the personal dispatches from the front lines of one of the most daunting experiences any man can experience: fatherhood.As he conveys his profound awe at experiencing all the “firsts” that fill him with wonder and catch him completely unprepared, Fredrik Backman doesn’t shy away from revealing his own false steps and fatherly flaws, tackling issues both great and small, from masculinity and mid-life crises to practical jokes and poop.In between the sleep-deprived lows and wonderful highs, Backman takes a step back to share the true story of falling in love with a woman who is his complete opposite, and learning to live a life that revolves around the people you care about unconditionally. Alternating between humorous side notes and longer essays offering his son advice as he grows up and ventures out into the world, Backman relays the big and small lessons in life, including:-How to find the team you belong to
-Why airports explain everything about religion and war
-The reason starting a band is crucial to cultivating and keeping friendships
-How to beat Monkey Island 3
-Why, sometimes, a dad might hold onto his son’s hand just a little too tightThis is an irresistible and insightful collection, perfect for new parents and fans of Backman’s “unparalleled understanding of human nature” (Shelf Awareness). As he eloquently reminds us, “You can be whatever you want to be, but that’s nowhere near as important as knowing that you can be exactly who you are.”
My Review; I have loved every book by this author so far and this did not disappoint me at all. It is a short and easy read at just over 160 pages. Parts had me laughing out loud. In this story we learn more about the author and his dad side… Parenting isn’t easy.
Within Fredrick has addressed some things he would like his son to know when he’s older. However, he does drift off now and again into funny unrelated stories. This is a book not to be taken seriously. I throughally enjoyed it. Something different! Something for his son to read and laugh at when he’s older. As parents we can all relate to at least one part of this story. Can easily be read in one sitting.
Fredrick has gone out of his genre zone here and given us something different and it’s paid off! A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend. Perfect for those readers with busy lives and not much time.
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