Reviews Of Other Books
Sometimes I feel like I'm back in school when I'm writing reviews, but the truth is that it's a really good habit to get into. I even do TripAdvisor reviews these days.
If you're not interested in what I read, then fine – just move on to something else. By the way, I'm an extremely slow reader, and I get distracted by writing myself as well. In addition, I read some stuff on my Kindle which isn't available on Goodreads – manuscripts and so on – which are really, really good. But there's no way I can let you know if they don't appear on the Goodreads list.
The main stuff I like to read is, I'm afraid, good old crime fiction, or at least stuff that's loosely crime-fiction based. (Robert Goddard's pretty good, for instance.) Currently, many of my favourite authors write about Italy, Andrea Camilleri, Michael Dibdin, Gianrico Carofiglio and the peerless Donna Leon, whose Guido Brunetti novels feel like holidays in Venice all by themselves.
Then of course since I'm fortunate enough to live in Edinburgh, I can enjoy Ian Rankin's Rebus novels, but I'm also enjoying the writing of Gordon Ferris (The Hanging Shed and so on).
Recently, I've discovered Philip Kerr's Bernie Gunther detective series, set in and after Nazi Germany. So well-researched, such gripping plots...
But I do read other stuff, mostly pushed in my direction by others who think I should broaden my horizons. They're probably right. I almost always enjoy what I read.
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by Roland Tye
The key thing about Weekender is not to be deceived by the first couple of chapters into thinking it's just another Irvine Welsh copycat. Sure, Roland Tye's book descends into the mire of Edinburgh's seedy underside quite a bit, but this...
by Jane Austen
It was wonderful to re-read Pride and Prejudice. It's so easy to forget how modern a book it is, how much more accessible Austin is than contemporaries such as Walter Scott. You're into the book immediately, it's funny, it's perceptive a...
by Philip Kerr
Note the start and finish dates. That's a record for me. Just when I thought I was beginning to tire of Philip Kerr's Bernie Gunther, up he pops with this one. The Lady From Zagreb contains absolutely everything that's best in Kerr – pl...
The first DCI Daley I read, Whisky In Small Glasses, I felt was a little long, but I said at the time that I looked forward to future Denzil Meyrick books. This one didn't disappoint – once I was able to put down all the other stuff I ha...
Well... Ferdinand von Schirach doesn't half do things differently. I loved The Collini Case, and in lots of ways this is very similar, the most obvious being that it's short, certainly under 60,000 words. The blurb on the back suggests t...