Tag Archives: Set in England

The Cuckoo’s Calling (Cormoran Strike #1) by Robert Galbraith

Summary: The Cuckoo’s Calling is a 2013 crime fiction novel by J. K. Rowling, published under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

A brilliant mystery in a classic vein: Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel’s suicide.

After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.

Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

You may think you know detectives, but you’ve never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you’ve never seen them under an investigation like this.

My Review:   When I found this book I was super stoked to read a book from JK.   Like everyone I am a fan of Harry Potter, in fact I often say Harry Potter got me through my first two years of college.
This book was fantastic which is to be expected as it is written by JK.   The characters are nicely developed and dare I say she might have built a mystery better than she did a fantasy world.  JK guys Harry Potter is better… but only because it is Harry Potter.

This book is well written and complex enough to keep you up on a work night.   I loved reading  this book and trying to solve the mystery.   Such a great story that I highly recommend you read if you need a good crime novel fix.

Review: Zom-B (Zom-B #1) by Darren Shan

Summary: Zom-B is a radical new series about a zombie apocalypse, told in the first person by one of its victims. The series combines classic Shan action with a fiendishly twisting plot and hard-hitting and thought-provoking moral questions dealing with racism, abuse of power and more. This is challenging material, which will captivate existing Shan fans and bring in many new ones. As Darren says, “It’s a big, sprawling, vicious tale…a grisly piece of escapism, and a barbed look at the world in which we live. Each book in the series is short, fast-paced and bloody. A high body-count is guaranteed!”

My Review:  I FREAKING loved this book.  I am a bit addicted to zombie novels and always searching for more.   This book was unique because it tackles serious issues such as wife beating and racism.  Which of course has been done before but what makes this book unique is the main character struggles with the fact that even though his father is a racist he wants to make him proud so he will do racist things.

It is such a well written book and a very fast read.  IT has one heck of a cliffhanger that will make you scream “the F” at 3am.   It is so good!

The characters are well developed and you are able to opinions quickly believe me because they are so well written.   The plot is fantastic and very well paced.  I couldn’t put it down, I really hated that I had to return my library copy… which just means I will buy it so I can read it again 🙂

Have you read Zom-B… pretty wicked moment huh? 

 

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

In this tightly wound story, Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. At first, Lo’s stay is nothing but pleasant: the cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers remain accounted for—and so, the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo’s desperate attempts to convey that something (or someone) has gone terribly, terribly wrong…

With surprising twists and a setting that proves as uncomfortably claustrophobic as it is eerily beautiful, Ruth Ware offers up another intense read.

 

My review:  You know I can’t wait for this to be made into a movie (because eventually it will be.)   This book read like a very good suspense thriller movie and I enjoyed it from start to finish.

Lo was very believable to me.  In the beginning of the book, I wasn’t quite sure what the hell was going on but the author developed this story with a slow burn that eventually it was full on boil that had you turning page after page.    Her development was believable she started very weak and developed into an outright strong chic and I dug it.

This was set on a cruise and if you have been on a cruise you know, you don’t really have anywhere to go until you make land.  What if you witnessed a murder?  what then… what if there was no evidence of that murder?  Creepy as hell even more creepy cause  you HAVE NO WHERE TO FREAKING GO.

Such a great book that I highly recommend you read if you haven’t already.

A Spy’s Devotion (The Regency Spies of London, #1) by Melanie Dickerson

Summary: In England’s Regency era, manners and elegance reign in public life—but behind closed doors treason and tawdriness thrive. Nicholas Langdon is no stranger to reserved civility or bloody barbarity. After suffering a battlefield injury, the wealthy, well-connected British officer returns home to heal—and to fulfill a dying soldier’s last wish by delivering his coded diary.

At the home of the Wilherns, one of England’s most powerful families, Langdon attends a lavish ball where he meets their beautiful and intelligent ward, Julia Grey. Determined to maintain propriety, he keeps his distance—until the diary is stolen and all clues lead to Julia’s guardian. As Langdon traces an evil plot that could be the nation’s undoing, he grows ever more intrigued by the lovely young woman. And when Julia realizes that England—and the man she is falling in love with—need her help, she finds herself caught in the fray. Will the two succumb to their attraction while fighting to save their country?

My Review: I absolutely loved this book.  I was initially drawn to the book because it was set in Regency England which is a time period I am obsessed with.   (Like really obsessed with, I have watched Austenland one too many times)  So when I learned this was in fact a spy novel set during the time period it was downloaded before I could say, yes please.

Freaking Fitzwilliam Darcy

Anyway I digress.  I loved the characters especially Julia, yes she was very true to the manners expected in the Regency era but she had some grit and I loved that.  Plus her love interest?  Langdon is one that would give Mr. Darcy a fair run for his money.   hahaha see what I did there?  Anyway, the plot was fantastic, you knew what was going on and there wasn’t much of a guessing game of what would happen but it was still very exciting and quite the page turner.