Wednesday, April 1, 2015

March Wrap up...

I've had a not so good reading month, not sure why, but I've only just finished an Inspector Banks Mystery by Peter Robinson.  Interesting and somewhat confusing, I almost wanted to take a highlighter out and sort things out.  Eventually I got it!  I've not read much of Inspector Banks, I like him, but I don't know him.

A piece of my Heart, was a scary trip back to the time of the Manson Murders.  It was a very scary time, all that LOUD music, drugs and free love.  I'm so glad I wasn't part of that.  Never been to a rock concert, even though I did wear bell bottoms.

From Publishers Weekly

Det. Insp. Alan Banks investigates the apparently motiveless murder of Nicholas Barber, a rock journalist from London visiting a small town near Banks's Yorkshire police precinct, in Robinson's less-than-stellar 14th novel to feature the Yorkshire police detective. Meanwhile, another mystery unfolds in a parallel narrative, the fatal stabbing of a young woman at a local rock festival back in 1969. Needless to say, the cases are intertwined—as Banks puts it, "the past is never over"—and part of the pleasure is trying to piece together the links. Unfortunately, Robinson takes too long to connect the two stories, and the earlier thread suffers from the lack of Banks's engaging presence (though it does capture, with great fidelity, that odd mixture of self-absorption and idealism of the late 1960s and the whole hippie/rock music scene). As always, the author's prose is clear, observant and intelligent, but the story itself is not nearly as compelling as 2005's Strange Affair. 6-city author tour. (June)

6 comments:

bermudaonion said...

Some months are like that.

fredamans said...

Here's to hoping April is better for you. Happy April reading!

Jenny said...

Haaahaha dear Irene, does going to an Osmond Brothers concert in the early '70s count as a rock concert? If so, I've been to one. I dimly remember screaming a lot. I was fourteen. That sounds like a good book. I love mysteries. Happy Easter to you! xoxo

Margaret @ BooksPlease said...

I've read a few of the Inspector Banks books - but not this one. I like him too and the TV series. I did wear bell bottoms never went to a rock festival either -although, I did go to a 10cc show in a theatre and was deafened!!!

Vicki said...

I loved bell bottoms!! Still do and would wear them everyday if people wouldn't think I was nuts.

I'm not completely out of my reading slump yet either.

Beth Niquette said...

What an interesting book Irene! Thank you for your comments on my Ephemera blog today. lol I had to giggle over your comment about brothers and sisters. Yes, I remember some, er, slug outs myself. All a part of being part of a big family. ((hugs)) Blessings to you, sweet Friend. <3

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