Whew! What a week it has been. I’m exhausted, as are many of the other people in my circle of friends. Don’t worry. I’m not going to rehash the week here, there are plenty of sites you can visit if you want to do that. I’m going to take my time to make another plea for reading. It’s such a great way to ease your mind, take you out of the stress of whatever is going on that day, and give you a chance to relax in the pages of a good book. But before I do, here’s one more Christmoose for you.
Now, on to some information about a good book. I just finished reading The Postscript Murders by Elly Griffiths, and I wanted to put it out there for you to consider. Griffiths has three different series that I know of, with this being the third. I call it a series, although it may not be exactly. It is in the sense that it has the same detective as another book she wrote. It isn’t in that the books are totally unrelated and there is no carryover of secondary storylines from one to the next.
It’s a great book, though and one I think you might enjoy. especially now. Why now? Because it doesn’t have too much tension, so you don’t get that heart pounding feeling of tension you might with something else. Instead you get a nice murder and follow up investigation that yields a satisfying conclusion. All in all, it’s just what I needed to escape all the news and upheaval we are experiencing at the moment. If you’re looking for a new book to explore, this is one for you to consider. Here’s an abbreviated review I wrote for Goodreads and the publisher.
I enjoyed this book, especially when I realized that it was written in a style reminiscent of Rex Stout. In this book, Detective Sergeant Kaur is a gifted detective who frequently arrives at an understanding of where the clues are leading before the amateur group who is determined to “help” her. In addition, at least some of the time she has already begun the next legal step, leaving the group of sleuths to stand and watch as the solution plays out when, moments before, they thought they would be delivering important information.
In addition to DS Kaur and her partner, there are three amateurs who have large parts to play in the story. There is Natalka, a beautiful, blonde from Ukraine, Edwin, a gay retiree from the BBC, and Benjamin, a former monk who has reinvented himself as a coffee shack owner.
The book is written in short chapters that rotate among the main characters, giving the reader an opportunity to see the story from different points of view. The chapters are short and well labeled, so it is easy to keep up with which character is telling the story at any given point. At the same time, Griffiths occasionally inserts a sentence or two that reflects the character’s inner thoughts. These sentences go a long way toward helping the reader understand the characters and develop a mental image of them.The character’s behavior and emphasis are well developed and fully formed, the story itself is tight and an excellent mystery. I would suggest reading in large chunks of time so that the reader can get a good sense of the overall book as they are reading as opposed to how the reader might approach a beach read, putting the book down frequently between chapters.While Griffiths has another book featuring DS Kaur, the two are completely independent of each other and there is no need to have read the other book first. In fact, they could easily be read in either order as the stories are unrelated.
For my full review, click here.
That’s all I wanted to share with you today. I hope you are finding good things to add to your life, and as always, Happy Reading.