My 2012 Travelogue

Those who know me will be surprised by the title of this post. I am probably the laziest person when it comes to actual travelling (A cause of constant chagrin to my wife!) but I am quite a literary traveller. So with the countdown for 2012, I decided to chronicle my travel sojourns of the…

Leave The Grave Green – Deborah Crombie

My Rating – 4.25/5 Summary – Connor Swann, son-in-law of famous conductor Sir Gerald and renowned soprano Dame Caroline is found dead in Thames. The circumstances are ambiguous and it is not sure whether it was suicide, accident or murder. Duncan and Gemma are sent to investigate the case. Soon they realise that the perfect…

The Man Who Smiled – Henning Mankell

My Rating – 3.25/5 Summary – Eighteen months after the events of The White Lioness, Kurt Wallander is still suffering from manic depression. On sick leave, living life of a drifter, he has become a solitary nomad roaming alone on a beach in Denmark. His emotional life is so wrought that he has decided to…

Charm City – Laura Lippman

My Rating – 3.75/5 Summary – When “Wink” Wynkowski announces bringing a pro basketball team to Baltimore, people of Baltimore are excited. But a nasty piece of article in local newspaper Beacon-Light kills his plans. Unable to save his crumbling business empire without Basketball deal, Wink commits suicide.  Editors at Beacon Light hire Tess to…

All Shall Be Well – Deborah Crombie

My Rating – 4/5 Summary – When Jasmine Dent, Superintendent Duncan Kincaid’s neighbour dies in her sleep, nobody has a reason to believe something might be wrong. Jasmine was suffering from terminal cancer and Duncan should have been relieved because of her painless death. But his instincts tell him to look deeper. Did Jasmine commit…

A Share in Death – Deborah Crombie

My Rating – 4/5 Summary – Superintendent Duncan Kincaid is on a well earned timeshare holiday in a picturesque Yorkshire village. But on the first night Sebastian Wade, young assistant manager at Followdale House, where Kincaid is staying is electrocuted. Kincaid now can’t let go his police instincts and the motley bunch of fellow holidayers…

A Room Full of Bones – Elly Griffiths

My Rating – 3.5/5 Summary – Ruth Galloway is trying to balance her life enjoying her career and perplexed by single motherhood. She is drawn towards the mystery of a medieval bishop and the struggle for the repatriation of aboriginal bones to their homeland. This coupled with two mysterious deaths leads to her reluctant teaming…