Reading roundup 30/08/17

I have read three books this week and all of them have been very different, which is good. My book pile next to the bed is almost finished, so a visit to the library is needed very soon. What would I do without our public library when I am reading two to three books each week? There is no way that I could afford to buy this many, even from charity shops. Also, the requests/reservation service is invaluable.

Dead Cold by Louise Penny

Dead Cold by Louise Penny

The first read was a totally new author for me, Louise Penny. This is my Goodreads review of her book Dead Cold:

Such an interesting read! Another crime novel, but written in a really different way to the usual run of books. I loved the cold, snowy setting and the village of Three Pines. I loved the characters of the villagers, particularly the women. The murder-mystery was gripping but I also loved the touches of slightly weird humour. I have already put in public library requests for the first and third books in the series.

The village kind of reminded me of the very rather cheesy pictures I have seen by Thomas Kincade, although I must admit that I would rather like to live there, if I could cope with the cold winters. I gave the book four stars.

The Gray Man by Mark Greaney

The Gray Man by Mark Greaney

The second book was given two stars, although I did enjoy reading it in a way:

How do I describe this? On the positive side: exciting, cliff hanging, gripping, quick and easy to read. On the negative side: very badly written, full of clichés, poor character development, verging on racist, completely unbelievable. But it was fun to read in many ways – undemanding, predictable, as it was. Oh, and how much does this writer want us to know his knowledge of weapons! How many injuries and almost fatal wounds can a man bear and still manage to fight?

The book read a bit like the script for one of those macho action-hero films, all gleaming weapons and glistening muscles. I don’t think I will read any more books in the series, but never say never!

Silent Creed by Alex Kava

Silent Creed by Alex Kava

My third read of the week was an improvement and I gave it three stars on Goodreads. I think I will almost certainly keep and eye out for the author, Alex Kava. This book, Silent Creed, is the second in her Ryder Creed series (why do I keep finding second books rather than firsts?). Creed is a rescue dog trainer and the series appears to be based around this.

An enjoyable thriller. Although I am not a dog lover, I found that aspect of the book to be interesting. The main characters were good and the plot kept me reading. In fact, I read it all in one sitting. Good enough to make me want to read more by this author.

Kava also has a series about an FBI agent, Maggie O’Dell, which looks interesting and has been quite highly rated on Goodreads. I will look out for these books when I next visit the library.

Spartacus the Gladiator by Ben Kane

Spartacus the Gladiator by Ben Kane

I am about to begin Ben Kane’s Spartacus the Gladiator – more gleaming or glistening muscles I expect! I will let you know next week 😄😄😄.

Best wishes,


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1 Response to Reading roundup 30/08/17

  1. Pudfish says:

    Hear Hear about the public library! I love my local library and agree with you completely, I can get my paws on lots of newly published books which I could never afford to buy every week and being able to track down and reserve books is brilliant. For me a trip to the library is a wonderful guilt-free treat!


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