Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Mary's Book Recommendation & My Review of "Where Memories Lie"
Mary can always be counted upon to bring me good books to read at Lake Geneva. No one, and I mean no one reads as much as Mary. She has stiff competition in her Akemann brothers and I come in about 10th place in this race. Despite my ability to read quickly, often a book a day while on vacation, I get distracted by walking the shore path, boating, swimming, eating, napping... you get the picture and my pace has to drop way back. Excuses, excuses. This abbreviated review is dedicated to Mary, who always makes me feel welcome since she brought the book - and fudge, over to Sybil Lane.
"Where Memories Lie" by Deborah Crombie (abbreviated for ADHD blog readers)
and sorry about the above picture - you all know where it came from!
Crombie writes a good murder mystery. This is the 12th in a series but stands alone well and is really the best one so far I think. Gemma James and Duncan Kincaid are British sleuths (my favorite kind) who are surrounded by interesting side characters. The author does a great job of bringing these new characters to life - before she kills them off.
In this latest novel elderly Erika Rosenthal asks her friend Gemma for help. How did her diamond brooch, missing since her escape from Nazi Germany, come to be for sale at an art auction house? Erica's fascinating story is revealed through her reluctant conversations in the present and through glimpses of the past through the eyes of a policeman in 1952. The plot weaves the two time lines togher flawlessly for the reader.