Where The Crawdads Sing – by Delia Owens

12 08 2022

It was one of those books that everyone seemed to be reading, that was on the shelves at Tesco every time I went, that they were making a film about; and yet every time I read the blurb, it just sounded a bit dull. But so many people were raving about it and recommending it to me, I gave in, got a copy at my next food shop, and gave it a go.

The story is told as two parallel timelines across the 1950s and 60s, meeting up at the end of the book.

  • In the first, Kya lives in a shack in the marshes, just outside a small town. As a small girl, her family gradually leave, and she lives an isolated life, selling mussels to get by, and collecting feathers, shells and all sorts of things from the marsh.
  • In the second, a body is found by the old fire tower by two young boys, and the challenge is to work out if it was an accident or murder, and if so, who did it?

I really enjoyed that she included a map of the area inside the front cover, to help you keep track of things, I always appreciate a diagram in a book!

It’s beautifully told; to repeat the NYT Book Review quote from the back cover: “Painfully beautiful… At once a murder mystery, a coming-of-age narrative and a celebration of nature.”

A strange combination of keeping you guessing, but being warm at the same time. I guess the lesson is, don’t judge a book by it’s blurb!!!

Internet highlights – w/c 24th July 2022

30 07 2022
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Internet highlights – w/c 17th July 2022

23 07 2022

UK heatwave in pictures.

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The Man Who Died Twice – by Richard Osman

16 07 2022

Yes it’s another murder mystery, but it was so nice to spend time with the guys in the Thursday Murder Club again!

More murders this time around, and some stolen diamonds too, as well as involvement from MI5 – plenty of drama! That said, it’s still the lovely heart-warming group of friends living in a retirement village, with all their eccentricities and quirks, alongside some very British references! There are many twists and turns as the book progresses, that kept me guessing ’til the end.

I really don’t want to say any more, to avoid spoilers, but there is so much to enjoy, do give it a go!

Internet highlights – w/c 10th July 2022

16 07 2022

Internet highlights – w/c 3rd July 2022

9 07 2022
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Internet highlights – w/c 26th June 2022

2 07 2022

How to correct an audience when they’re clapping on the wrong beat.

Adele’s “Hello” as a Bach Fugue.

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Internet highlights – w/c 19th June 2022

25 06 2022
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The Windsor Knot – by S.J. Bennett

25 06 2022

Two years ago I started reading Agatha Christie, and since seem to have got well into the world of murder mysteries, including Richard Osman’s Thursday Murder Club, and currently binge-watching Death In Paradise on BBC iPlayer. When I found one out there was a murder mystery with Her Majesty The Queen as the person trying to solve the crime, I couldn’t resist!

The morning after a “Dine and Sleep” at Windsor Castle, the visiting pianist is found dead in his room. Of course there is immediately an investigation by the appropriate authorities, but the Queen isn’t sure they’re going down the right path, so on the down-low and with the help of her assistant private secretary Rozie, she makes some enquiries of her own.

It was quite endearing, though I wish maybe the Queen had had a little more air-time than she did. There was there was a fair amount of time given to Rozie as obviously the Queen herself couldn’t be making contact with sources without attracting attention. That said, Rozie, was a good character, and it didn’t detract from the plot at all, just as someone who is a big fan of the Queen, I clearly just wanted to read more of her.

It’s set in spring 2016 so covers events like her 90th birthday, a brief visit from the Obama’s, mentions the upcoming Brexit referendum, and of course, Prince Philip is still on the scene, which made for some excellent moments. There were some lovely references to the respect the Queen gets from the military and her staff, “not because of what she is, but who she is”, which was a nice reflection on her

It was a bit of an easy/trashy read, and I enjoyed it, that said, I’m not sure I’d read a sequel. Much like the Obama-Biden mysteries, it’s fun, but one is probably enough.

Internet highlights – w/c 12th June 2022

18 06 2022

Adele’s “Hello” as a Bach fugue.

The scientific answer to the question “Is a hot dog a sandwich?”

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