I took a jaunt up to Portland, Maine and visited The Great Lost Bar, an epic bar that makes a number of appearances in John Connolly's Charlie Parker series. Having read about the bar for years and years, it was a thrill to finally make it there.
My bartender, Bird, was a literal hoot; she made my time there quite fun. I met some fellow Jerseyans, and had some excellent local beer, after a hot toddy, of course.
Delving into new cases with Hugo is always a treat. I was intrigued by the premise of this novel - Hugo meets an hot new artist whose sculpture medium is books. When she has an art exhibition, attended by Hugo and the US Ambassador, a gruesome murder is also on display for the spectators.
I enjoyed that Mark Pryor let us get to know the players before the murder occurred, including the victim, so I really was aggrieved by the crime. The only element of this book that I strongly disliked was having Tom so far away. His disparate storyline, I understand was necessary, but I missed the camaraderie between Tom and Hugo.
This installment undoubtedly set up future books with Hugo, and his Parisian adventures. I'm looking forward to the bookish crimes that lie ahead.
I received a digital copy from Edelweiss, and Seventh Street Books, in exchange for an honest review.
A disgraced architect, the extravagant and lively (backstage) world of theater, and London backstreets and taverns all merge in this immersive novel following the exploits of Douglas Layton.
I loved reading this meticulously detailed book, written by Charles Balfoure, as our protagonist attempts to start over after a horrid prison sentence. Maintaining his innocence, Layton returns to London under a different name, and attempts to solve the case he was convicted of.
Being a fan of historical fiction and mysteries, this was the perfect merger of genres for me. I recommend this novel for anyone interested in London, architecture, theater and/or mystery - quite the list.
I received this novel through Edelweiss - from Sourcebooks - in exchange for an honest review.
A lovely mix between a textbook, and a novel. Margalit Fox lays out the case of Oscar Slater, a Jewish man convicted of a murder he most certainly did not commit. Conan Doyle, through his own deductions and attentiveness to the details of the case, assumed Slater's cause, and was instrumental in getting his sentence commuted (albeit years and years later). I enjoyed Fox's conversational tone amidst lots of evidence and technical vocabulary.
I recommend this book highly for any true crime fans, or Conan Doyle / Sherlock aficionados.
I anticipated reading this book for a long time, so the hype might have overshadowed the book for me a bit. There's a lot to love: Knecht's language is so sparse yet descriptive. I felt like I was at the coffee shops and offices alongside Vera. This novel is very specific in time and place; I loved learning about the politics of the era, and the importance of surveillance and counter surveillance. I applaud Vera's unerring perseverance, unapologetic pluck, and believe in herself. This book is not a traditional spy novel - it's a slow burn, female driven intriguing novel.