Chief Inspector George Gently is called in to a holiday resort at the height of the season to investigate a disturbing murder. With no clothes or distinguishing marks on the body, Gently must establish who the victim is before he can hope to search for the killer. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. The plot is strong and Martin Shaw plays the character on T.V exactly as the book is written.
Biscuit rating 4 out of 5
The Shopkeeper’s Daughter by Lily Baxter
Ginnie Travis has been working hard in her father’s shop, when the Nazi air raids force Ginnie and her sister to flee to the North of England and live with their aunt. Ginnie unexpectedly falls in love with an American soldier, and things become complicated when she discovers he has secrets of his own. This was really hard to put down. Unlike a lot of other books you could not predict the ending; it had so many twists and turns. The best book I’ve read for ages.
Doreen – Perry Barr
Biscuit rating 5 out of 5
US by David Nicholls
Nicholl’s previous novel, One Day, had been a real favourite of mine, so I started this follow up expecting to be disappointed, but how wrong I was. This is, in turns, hilarious, serious, sad and exciting, as we follow Douglas and his family on a grand tour of Europe-embarked upon just after Douglas’s wife Connie confesses that she is going to leave him. We route throughout for out hapless hero in his attempts to connect with his moody teenage son Albie, and rekindle his marriage with Connie, all to the back drop of Europe’s great works of art. There are many fantastic scenes concerning the folly of being young, the shock of becoming parents, and the inevitability of growing older that ring true and will draw a nod of acknowledgement from the reader. Nicholls is a master at turning every day trials and tribulations into epic page turners on the scale of the best addictive thrillers. I found this extremely hard to put down, the writing is so easy and the characters very realistic. A great read.