Friday, November 21, 2008

The Clockwise Man by Justin Richards

The Clockwise Man
Justin Richards
2005, BBC Books, London

The ninth Doctor and Rose Tyler travel to 1920s London and encounter a mystery involving faceless killers and mechanical creatures.

This was an adventurous story, full of action. I really liked the character of the painted lady with all her masks.

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Saturday, November 15, 2008

The Bloody Wood by Michael Innes

The Bloody Wood
Michael Innes
1966, 2001, House of Stratus, Thirsk

Sir John Appelby, a senior detective inspector, is visiting his friends, Grace and Charles Martineau, as Grace is near the end of a long illness. When Grace turns up dead prematurely, and Charles soon follows, Appelby investigates their deaths.

The dialogue in this book is a little stilted and loquacious, but when you get used to the writing style, it is rather witty and charming. I love old English manor murder mysteries, and this was a good example of the genre. Innes writes with intelligence and subtle humour - it's very British!

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The Apprentice by Tess Gerritsen

The Apprentice
Tess Gerritsen
2002, Bantam Press, London

Sequel to The Surgeon in which Detective Jane Rizzoli captures the serial killer William Hoyt. In this book, another serial killer has been using Hoyt's signature, then when Hoyt escapes from custody, the two killers team up to form a horrific partnership.

This was another good thriller from Gerritsen ... she can't seem to do much wrong. One annoying thing was the over-explanation of crime scene scientific method - yes, well all know what LumaLight is, we do watch CSI. Tad predictable, but books in this genre are supposed to be predictable, that's the fun.

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Saturday, November 8, 2008

The Ancient Guild of Tycoons by Matthew Condon

The Ancient Guild of Tycoons
Matthew Condon
1994, UQP, St Lucia

Brucey Bird is an all-round celebrity and administrator of an island in the Pacific Ocean. His father was the original administrator of the island, which was claimed by the Empire Garbage Company as a refuse.

This book is impossible to describe, as evidenced by my poor explanation of the plot without trying to give too much away! I was reading this for a long time, but I did enjoy it. It's quirky and clever - there are parallels with Australian history if you can spot them, and its exploration of modern culture is stinging. It's far too complex to describe in full - I really recommend that people read it for themselves.

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