I’ve been getting emails from US sites saying that summer is half over, and today is 26 degrees in Sydney and it’s generally getting warmer so I am boooooo, summer is on its way, totally forgetting we need to get through Spring first. It’s totally not, but I live in a state of denial when it comes to where we are in the year and the seasons.
I am also currently watching the last season of Orphan Black and I have no real idea how this is going to end. I feel like all my favourite clones are going to die, and one is going to be left standing. Every clone getting their version of a happy ending is never going to happen is it? Has any show ever ended the way you wanted it to?
And then episode 8 happens and for goodness sake, I don’t need this sort of grief in my life at this stage SOBS
*Yes, this is somewhat random because I am watching as I type this
Let’s talk about some non-lethal book recs that don’t leave me in a blubbery mess, shall we?
What is a psychiatrist to do when one of her patients starts displaying multiple personalities of the people who have gone missing in her town? Defend her from the cops when they start wondering if she might be involved in the victims’ disappearance. This is where things take a weird turn though, for Kim the psychiatrist begins to wonder if she’s channelling the souls of these victims. I don’t know how much faith to place in the Goodreads categories, but it doesn’t mention anything to do with the paranormal, so I am going to take the blurb at face value when it asks: Or is Scarlett playing a twisted game with her doctors and the police? Which, you have to admit it a hell of a twisted game to be playing.
Turns out The Mysterious Bookshop commissioned this collection of mysteries or rather bibliomysteries, which all involve a bookshop, a rare volume, a library, a collector, or a bookseller. I mean, there are stories that involve Sigmund Freud dealing with an unwelcome visitor, Columbo and a booksellet, a cartel kingpin and his love for rare books, and the London Library and its secrets. There’s also a magical library thrown in for good measure. I’d list the authors, but really, I was hooked at bibliomysteries and the fact that this was commissioned by a bookstore in New York.
I got hooked on Harlan Coben when I read Home. Since then I’ve been waiting for the next in the Myron and Win series, which is actually called the Myron Bolitar series, but I loved the friendship between the two in that book and consider the series theirs equally. I haven’t dipped my toes into his standalones, but this one has me curious — and note, since the Goodreads blurb was thoroughly uninspiring I’ve linked to the Amazon blurb which tells a better story: 15 years ago Napolean Dumas lost the two most important people in his life — his twin brother Leo, who was found dead with his girlfriend Diana at the railroad tracks where they live, and his girlfriend Maura, the love of his life, who broke up with him and disappeared. And then Maura’s fingerprints turn up in a car of a suspected murderer, Napolean starts searching again for the truth behind what happened. While this is a straighforward blurb, reading Home has me thinking that there’s got to be much more to this story. And I like Coben’s knack for balance with the emotional and the thriller aspect of this writing.
Look, we’ve all read tons about why Dan Brown is the worst author in the world, but I really don’t care — I enjoy his books. Robert Langdon is in Spain this time for an announcement by a billionaire who promises a discovery that’s going to change the world (as they usually do in Brown’s novels). But something goes awry at the announcement and Landgon finds himself on the tun with the museum director who helped the billionaire in question stage his announcement. They go in search of a password to unlock the billionaire’s secret — which yes, I absolutely want to know what the hell the secret is, because Brown does have a talent for thinking up excellent conclusions IMO to his books.
So, next is a book by an Australian literary critic about a literary critic that pretty much everyone hates…
Ray Saint (HA) is the most hated book critic in Australia and also the prime suspect in the death of a young woman, who he was the last person to see alive. Which of course means he has to investigate why someone wanted this young publishing assistant dead. And this last line in the blurb? TOTALLY got me hooked: As a battered and bloodied Ray investigates more deeply, he is obliged to face the truth: he can’t be entirely sure that he isn’t the killer.