One of the good things of being self employed is being able to vary ones working day, but there is a downside to this work does not stop at 5 or when ever you stop work, it stops when the work that needs to be done is done. This does mean that when things get busy, there is not time for updating blogs. Also my reading went into the slow lane, as was too shattered to do much.
During the remainder of August I read a little and these three books take me up to the 52 books and I will record them as being read in 43 weeks
Book 50 Solitude Creek by Jeffery Deaver
Book 51 Simple Genius by David Baldacci
Book 52 Wars of the Roses by Conn Iggulden
I am sorry to say I do not have time to write any detailed form of review other than to record that I read them. Hopefully over the next few weeks things will get back into balance and I can spend so more time on this.
This is my review of the book Ashton Kirk Investigator by John Thomas McIntyre which I listened to as a librivox recording. https://librivox.org/ashton-kirk-investigator-by-john-thomas-mcintyre/
I enjoy librivox as I come across writers and stories that I have never heard of. Ashton Kirk is one such story. A sort of wealthy CSI from 100 years ago with his own team of helpers come investigators. It is a really good story and I will quote what is said about the book
“Ashton-Kirk, who has solved so many mysteries, is himself something of a problem even to those who know him best. Although young, wealthy, and of high social position, he is nevertheless an indefatigable worker in his chosen field. He smiles when men call him a detective. "No; only an investigator," he says. He has never courted notoriety; indeed, his life has been more or less secluded. However, let a man do remarkable work in any line and, as Emerson has observed, "the world will make a beaten path to his door." Those who have found their way to Ashton-Kirk's door have been of many races and interests. Men of science have often been surprised to find him in touch with the latest discoveries, scholars searching among strange tongues and dialects, and others deep in tattered scrolls, ancient tablets and forgotten books have been his frequent visitors. But among them come many who seek his help in solving problems in crime. "I'm more curious than some other fellows, that's all," is the way he accounts for himself. "If a puzzle is put in front of me I can't rest till I know the answer." At any rate his natural bent has always been to make plain the mysterious; each well hidden step in the perpetration of a crime has always been for him an exciting lure; and to follow a thread, snarled by circumstances or by another intelligence has been, he admits, his chief delight. There are many strange things to be written of this remarkable man--but this, the case of the numismatist Hume, has been selected as the first because it is one of the simplest, and yet clearly illustrates Ashton-Kirk's peculiar talents. It will also throw some light on the question, often asked, as to how his cases come to him.”
I enjoyed listening to this so much that I am now listening to the next one in the series, but that is for another day. I will record it as book 49 week 40 fiction 44 (audio books 8) non fiction 5
Rip Tide by Stella Rimington
This is my review of the book Rip Tide by Stella Rimington which I actually read a few weeks ago, but it somehow got missed off. Though this is not the first of Stella books I have read it is the first that is being recorded in my book-list. The book is a Liz Carlyle novel and so it continues the saga of her life in MI5 as an intelligence officer.
This time the story is focused on the very real and current problem of pirates at sea. Here it is off the Somalian coast, but when one of the pirates is captured by the French authorities and turns out to be a British born Pakistani then MI5 is called in to investigate.
How do they explain how a lad has gone from a well to do family in Birmingham to being found on a pirate skiff in the Indian Ocean off Somalia. Also how do the pirates just seem to know which boats are worth attacking.
The story then moves to an NGO's which is shipping out goods in the ships. This is being carried out by the Athens office. An operative is sent to the office to investigate but quickly is found dead. There must be a link somewhere. Can Liz and her colleagues find it out and solve the mystery.
This is a very plausible story and plot line presumably because Stella is using her inside knowledge of covert spy operations.
It was an enjoyable read and I will record it as book 48 week 40 fiction 43 (audio books 7) non fiction 5
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