I am quite surprised to see that I have only read one book this last week. This is probably because I have been very caught up with some important issues relating to my radical feminist views, immersing myself in Twitter and other social media. I have also been struggling with my health.
My one and only book was Fear the Darkness by Becky Masterman, #02 in her Brigid Quinn series. Here is the blurb:
Ex-FBI Agent Brigid Quinn thinks she has a second chance at life. After too many years spent in the company of evil, she’s quit the Feds and is working out what normal is meant to feel like. She’s swapped serial killers, stakeouts and interrogation for a husband, friends and free time. But when you’ve walked in darkness for so long, can you stand the light? When a local teenager dies in a tragic drowning accident, the community thinks Brigid might be able to help comfort the family. But when she does so, something doesn’t add up. And it’s no easier at home: after a bereavement in the family, Brigid has reluctantly taken in her niece to give her a break before she starts college. Brigid’s ever-patient husband Carlo tells her they must go easy on Gemma-Kate, the grieving youngster. Which is fine, until she starts taking an unhealthy interest in dissecting the local wildlife. For Brigid, death still seems to be wherever she turns. But as she herself starts to feel unwell, it’s her own mortality that is the most troubling. And as she tries to get to the bottom of a series of allegedly accidental deaths and increasingly gruesome occurrences at home, she slowly realises that maybe this time, she’s let the darkness inside the only place she ever felt safe. Sometimes, death is closer than you think.
This book was a real pleasure to read and I awarded it four stars on Goodreads. I only managed a short review:
Oh, I really loved this book. The main character, Brigid, is an older woman – it is so rare to have this in a crime novel, apart from the Miss Marple types! As an older woman myself, it was great to hear such a strong voice and dark humour. I really must see if our library service has other books in the series, because I cannot wait to read more. Recommended.
And I am pleased to say that the other two books in the series are already sitting on the reserve shelf in our local library, waiting for me to collect them! If they are anywhere near as good as this one, then I am in for a real treat.
I am currently halfway through my next book – Too Close for Comfort by Eleanor Moran; I will give you my view next week. Perhaps I need to avoid more controversial issues for a while and go back to books instead.
Happy Reading to you all!