Sunday, October 30, 2011

One for the money, the movie

Looks good...
See the trailer...

One for the Money

Sunday, October 23, 2011

And I'm in paradise...

Waterloo Sunset
Martin Edwards
Poison Pen

This is the second Martin Edwards novel I've read. Loved the Lake district setting of The Coffin Trail. Waterloo Sunset is part of his series set in Liverpool featuring lawyer Harry Devlin. I read it with my iPad map next to me scoping out all the sights and sounds of Liverpool, a city that frankly is not on my list of cities to visit in the UK. Edwards presents it so wonderfully I am having second thoughts. Not about the Beatles tour but about the Liver Building, the Strand, and the Iron Men in the Mersey. And the history, Liverpool is the stepping off point for so many ships to the Americas including the one my great-grandmother Rebecca took in 1905. And Waterloo Sunset is one of my fav. Kinks songs. Like most people I assumed they meant Waterloo in London but possibly not. After all there must be Waterloos all over the UK, right?

Anyway Harry and co. Are wonderful characters and the setting is superb. In this one Harry is getting a death threat, has re-met his old squeeze Juliet May, who (was/is) married to a brutal thug, and his management consultant is all over him to modernize. Harry and his partner Jim have moved into a new shiny office in a re-habbed building full of secrets. And there's a nice young cleaner who helps out. Charming characters and dialogue, first rate setting, and I like Harry probably more than Daniel Kind, the Lake District nob.

I've got the Cipher Garden, another in the Lake District series, on hold at the library and life is good! I intend to read through the rest of the Liverpool series too. Well worth it.

Friday, October 21, 2011

A Crack in Everything

A Crack in Everything
Angela Gerst
Poison Pen

I admit to wanting to read this novel for the title. It's a Leonard Cohen quote that somehow rings true to me even when I don't know what it's about. Occupy, recession, Arab Spring, Libya, Syria, Sudan, eurozone crash- who can deny that there's a crack in everything? Seems like that more than ever at times. Leonard Cohen goes on to say that's how the light gets in. But that remains to be seen.

In this novel, protagonist Susan Callisto (like in Xena, Warrior Princess?) is a lawyer and election advisor for small-town candidates in Massachusetts. A shady guy with a bitchy ex-(or is she?) wife comes to her for help getting elected mayor, and long story short soon a bunch of people are dead. At the same time Susan is trying to get another guy with a troublesome wife eLected Alderman and help her oldest client keep his restaurant. Her life has kind of fallen apart since she's broken up with her cop boyfriend.

This is well-written and fairly fast paced - is it an accidental detective sub? The dialogue is hard boiled and Susan likably cynical. I enjoyed it, enjoyed the political consulant background and found it interesting and unusual. I couldn't work up much sympathy for the stiffs in question and the plot unravelling was pret unbelievable but on the whole a good read.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Naughty in Nice- light but pleasant

Naughty in Nice
Rhys Bowen

Another mystery about the broke but Royal and 34th in the line of succession Lady Georgiana. It has some fun with famous folks like Coco Chanel, Wallis Simpson and her captive prince, Nazi sympathizer "David" later Edward 8th who abdicated to stay with the vulgar Baltimorean. Not that the two things are synonymous. Anyway, Georgie get a trip to Nice where she has to stay with SIL Fig and her equally horrible sister Ducky until she's rescued by an unlikely person- her ne'er do well actress mum. I must say I'm profoundly glad the lower classes don't go in for hideous nicknames. The whole thing is a rather silly romp. I finished it in a few relaxed hours and thoroughly enjoyed it.