Yesterday I posted that a revised version of Alex Kertész mystery Death of a Gypsy is now available on Amazon. I can now add that it’s also free (Amazon couldn’t make up its mind about that for a while).
In this adventure Alex is asked to shepherd an old Gypsy from Transylvania to meet his long-lost sister in Paris. The Gypsies in Transylvania speak Hungarian, which is Alex’s native language, so this should be simple. It becomes complicated when Alex has
A newly revised version of Death of a Gypsy is now available on Amazon.
Hungarian born scientist Alex Kertész shares a common language with the Gypsies in Transylvania, so he foresees no problems when his wife’s family in Paris delegates him to escort an old Gypsy man on a momentous journey from Romania to France.
But the old Gypsy has a problem that’s now Alex’s problem. Solving it involves a trip to Albania, where Alex finds himself in the middle of a situation
The Three, published be Sarah Lotz in 2014, is a seriously weird book that reminded me of The Blair Witch Project, that student film effort that was talked about a lot some years ago. I saw a bit of it on TV, and couldn’t understand what all the fuss was about. People claimed that the students filming themselves blundering around in the woods in the dark created a frightening atmosphere that made a not bad horror movie, but after interminable minutes of shaky, out of focus black a
I read less than half of “My Lost Daughter”, published by Nancy Taylor Rosenberg in 2010. I plowed on for a while even though I wasn’t enjoying it, but really, there are few things more pointless than reading for entertainment something that isn’t entertaining. For all I know the plot may be fine, but the characters were becoming more and more annoying.
The main character is a middle-aged judge (she has a grown daughter) who is in a relationship with a handsome
I read recently that distopias are much more common than utopias in futuristic fiction. That makes sense, since there can’t be much suspense, danger, or other plot engine in paradise. There’s plenty of both in the city of New Crobuzon described in China Miéville’s Perdido Street Station, published in 2000, but on consideration, it may not be any more of a distopia than some big cities of today. The political leadership is presiding over a police state with only a half
Closed Casket, published by Sophie Hannah in 2017, is the second of Hannah’s attempts to continue Agatha Christie’s mystery series featuring eccentric and brilliant Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. She has devised a plot intricate enough to mimic Christie and hasn’t done a bad job of presenting Poirot. Scotland Yard Inspector Edward Catchpool, narrator of most of the story and Poirot’s foil, is also well done. The rest of my comments explain why I will avoid Hannah’s first
The Spy House, published by Matthew Dunn in 2015, is a competently written thriller and one of the most annoying books I’ve ever read. I’m sure I’ve read some other Dunn thrillers featuring joint MI6 and CIA agent Will Cochrane, but this one made more of an impression because the plot is over-the-top ridiculous and Dunn, according to the book’s cover, is a former MI6 officer who must know better.
The plot was obviously taking an odd direction when the assembled personnel at a Wh
The Travelers, published by Chris Pavone in 2016, is one of the most entertaining books I’ve read in a long time. And that’s interesting, because his basic premise could easily have been too far fetched to support a short story, let alone a 646 page (in the edition I read) tome.
Maybe one of the things that helps the book succeed is the main character, a travel writer who is a nice young man with standards in life, including doing his job well and being faithful to his wife.&nbs
I’m an impatient reader. This means, among other things, that I don’t enjoy long, intense, and as far as I’m concerned pointless novels about random peoples’ (usually) tragic lives. As my English teacher’s old aunt said when he offered to take her to a Shakespeare play, “Murder, rape, incest – no thanks, I have enough of that at home!”
The New Mrs Clifton, published by Elizabeth Buchan in 2016, is one of those books that I generally avoid, but with two mitigating features.
The Madman’s Tale, published by John Katzenbach in 2004, is a very well written mystery/suspense story told mostly from the point a view of a certified schizophrenic. The challenge here is to see things as the schizophrenic does, which is a little like trying to write from the point of view of a psychopath or homicidal maniac, made slightly easier by the possibility of talking to an actual schizophrenic without requiring armed guards.
In this story Francis Petrel, a young man wh