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March A-G

March was another Alphabet Soup, where we each picked a letter of the alphabet to guide our reading choices.
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For March we each picked a letter from a hat to guide our reading choices. But of course we also all read other books too, so let’s take our reviews in alphabetical order - from A to G in this article.

Michael Connelly - The Poet
Written in 1996 this is the first of two books featuring the character Jack McEvoy, a crime reporter. Investigating the suicide of his policeman brother, McEvoy realises there’s a cop killer on the loose who has committed a series of murders. Although Freyja thought the book was a bit long, she really enjoyed it and said it compared well to the Bosch and Haller series that Connelly is best known for. She gave it 4-Stars.

Rory Clements - Nemesis
The latest book in the Tom Wilde series. Wilde is an American professor teaching at Cambridge University. This book is set in the very early days of WW2 and real-life characters are woven into the stories, which always gives things a sense of place and time. In this book it’s the Kennedy family (Joe Kennedy was US Ambassador to the UK from 1938 to 1940) and the plot is about a Nazi spy ring trying to establish itself in England. The villain is a particularly nasty piece of work and the story is atmospheric, pacy and very readable. Cornish Eskimo found it difficult to put down and gave it 5 Stars.

Marjorie Eccles - A Dangerous Deceit
This is the second book in the Herbert Reardon series by British author, Marjorie Eccles (four titles in the series so far). Set in 1927 the story begins with the discovery of a body in the grounds of Maxted Court, home of the Scroope family. Soon it is clear to DI Reardon that the crime is linked to events that happened in the Second Boer War. Clover enjoyed the book, the sense of period and atmosphere, and she didn’t guess the ending (which is unusual for her). She gave it 4-Stars.

A.J. FinnThe Woman In The Window
A 5-Star winner, which Freyja has written a standalone review for. Read it here.

Elly Griffiths The House at Sea’s End
The third book in the Ruth Galloway series and given 4-Stars by the Cornish Eskimo, who only discovered Elly Griffiths a few months ago and is now working through the series in order of publication. This story starts with the discovery of four skeletons on a beach in Norfolk after a cliff fall. Forensic archaeologist, Ruth Galloway, is called in to help and ascertains that the bones were those of German soldiers from WW2. Soon the discovery becomes linked to recent suspicious deaths, and then there’s a murder. The Eskimo says these stories aren't dark but they're always enjoyable. The plots are interesting and the characters are well-drawn. If you can start the series from the beginning you'll get more involved with the regular characters.

Mark Greaney - On Target
The second book in the Gray Man series. Greaney co-authored several Jack Ryan books with Tom Clancy and, since Clancy’s death, has added more titles to that series. But the Gray Man is his own creation and Cornish Eskimo says the books stand toe-to-toe with Clancy’s in terms of storylines, characters and attention to detail. These are international thrillers which are escapist and exciting to read. Yes, the Gray Man is a paid assassin but he’s also got a conscience, so there’s always a twist in the plots. Rated 5 Stars by the Eskimo.

Part 2 of this review will cover authors H-V.

Because of Easter our next meeting will be on Friday, 26 April at 2.30pm. If you read crime fiction and would like to join us, you’d be very welcome!