Raven Black by Ann Cleeves
This is my review of the book Raven Black by Ann Cleeves, which I read recently. The observant will have noticed that there has been a slight gap between books. This in no small part has been due to not having time to read.
The sun has shone, the rain has poured, the garden is growing leaps and bounds and we are fully booked with guests at the present, and I am building new websites for people which means not much time for reading. Anyway that is my excuse.
This is my second Ann Cleeves book – in fact I have read them slightly in the wrong order. This was book one and the previous month I read the book two, but that did not spoil the story.
It is all about murder in the Shetlands, and detective Jimmy Perez sets out to solve the case. Though I have never been to the Shetlands Ann manages to bring the characters and scenes to life, just as if I was watching in from a window.
It is a complex story that goes back through a generation. Initially the loner and simpleton Magnus Tait is blamed for the crime, but as the story unfolds it reveals layer by layer a much more darker story. Amazingly Ann kept me guessing till almost the very end, which is always a good sign.
I now need to find book three next and hope that that is as good as the first couple. So this was book This was book 47 week 35 fiction 44 (audio books 13) non fiction 3
Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins
This is my review of the book Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins which I listened to recently as a librivox recording.
The secret was recorded by Sarah Mrs Treverton's maid as she lays dying. Sarah then hides the paper bearing the message in an unused room at Porthgenna Tower. Sarah leaves Porthgenna Tower rather than revealing the secret.
The novel then jumps forward some twenty years. Rosamund has married the blind Leonard Frankland, who now owns Porthgenna Tower. Sarah, under an assumed name, obtains a post as servant to the family, and gives Rosamund a cryptic warning to avoid the room in which the Secret is hidden. This of course makes sure that Rosamund does all she can to find out what the secret is. - But I cannot reveal any more otherwise I would give the game away.
The end of the story is a little protracted but all in all a good yarn to while away the miles on the road.
This was book 46 week 33 fiction 43 (audio books 13) non fiction 3
This is my review of the book The Dresden Text by Derek Wilson, which I read recently. I know I mentioned internet connection problems previously, and so they have continued. This time BT just cut the land-line completely – it did eventually come back (2 BT engineers sent to repair it) but then we have had a few days of intermittent disconnections. BT are evidently putting in new poles along the road and this does not help. We are getting very used to the red light on the Home Hub indicating no broadband connection. As the issue is with the line up our road and to our house I suppose we would have the same problem which ever supplier we used. But that does not mean it is an issue. Automated emails from BT telling us to restart our hub are not really helpful. How many times does it need to be restarted in a day 2, 5, or every time we want a connection! That does seem crazy..
Getting back to the book – this was nothing to do with modern technology but rather a fragment of medieval manuscript taken from a very old Bible. This is dramatically stolen and the owner of the security firm tasked to look after it decides to find out who had taken the document.
This involves a chase right across Europe. I notice that the book was written in 1994 and I wonder if this gave Dan Brown ideas for his book The Da Vinci Code which was written in 2003, as they do have some similarities. I am sure I am not the first person to notice this.
Anyway an enjoyable book well worth reading – I will try and find other Derek Wilson books to read, as evidently Tim Lacy the star of the story features in these as well.
So this was book 45 week 32 fiction 42 (audio books 12) non fiction 3
When we were thinking of what to have as the digital wallpaper for July, it was not really that difficult as we had recently been enthralled by the annual red kite feeding festival, as the silage is cut in the fields around our house.
This year there was a grand total of 14 red kites
Whilst it was difficult to capture the seen as it was going on all around us out of the 180 images taken we did think this one will make a nice wallpaper
Part of the issue when photographing them is their speed especially when changing direction and swooping down on their prey
They did not spend too much time hovering waiting for the poor animals to appear as the farmers grass cutter was forcing them out into the open
We hope you like our choice of Red Kite digital wallpaper for July taken in south west Scotland last month. Hopefully we have included all common screen size combinations, so you can enjoy it too, over this coming month. There are more free digital wallpapers to be found here...
Books read in June
There is a saying that time and tide wait for no-one. If one adds in internet connection problems then trying to keep a business running that uses the net this is an issue. Add keeping my book list reviews up to date is a real problem. (All I can say is if using BT Broadband then do read their spam emails because if they say they are going to change your settings even if you have not asked them to they will and it is not easy getting them to put things right and as to telling you why they changed things then “that is a mystery – The system seems to have a mind of it's own” as the man from their finance dept said).
So after much thought rather than playing catch up all the time, I will list all the 7 books I have read or listened to in the last few weeks without a review and then hopefully move on from there.
So this brings the total up to book 44 week 32 fiction 41 (audio books 12) non fiction 3
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