This quirky mystery features a socially-inept retired P.R. executive trying to adjust to small-town life after a career in London. I confess I was not able to like the protagonist, who solves the rather contrived mystery by a matter of persistence and luck. This has been a popular series, so obviously others are more enthusiastic!
Well, I read the whole thing, but I don't think Ms. Raisin is going to be a favorite. I find the character a little too unsympathetic, I guess. But she seems to have many fans, so hopefully someone else will enjoy the book more than I did!
This book was fun! I thought the environmentalist angle was just a tad overdone, but the story was engrossing and the characters appealing. Baker did a good job of creating a coherent alternative world.
"The Complete Custom Closet" has some good ideas for maximizing the use of one's closets, mostly by creating built-in shelving and drawers. It's not fine furniture, but I'd advise anyone who wants to use the designs in the book to have a little previous woodworking experience. Or just use it for inspiration!
I think I might have loved this book when I was about thirteen. Definitely geared to teenage girls, and unlike some works for children or "young adults," it's too simple in style to be really interesting to an adult. There's a little bit of implied sexuality, but on a very innocent level that shouldn't be a problem for most parents.
This story is interesting because of the genealogy angle, but otherwise depends entirely on the rural western-Ireland setting for its interest; the characters are kind of flat. It breaks one of the cardinal rules of mystery writing: that the reader have all the information the detective does. Not a bad book, but not a superlative one, either.
Interesting and somewhat surreal retelling of a Hungarian folk story, set in modern-day Detroit. I found it a bit confusing in the beginning; this was due in part to the frequent changes in points of view, and in part because the book plunges right into the story with no setup, leaving the reader to figure out for oneself what's going on. But I persevered and ended up with that delighted, surprised feeling one sometimes gets at the end of a good story.
I'm not familiar with Megan Lindholm, but I regard Steven Brust as one of the most interesting and creative fantasy authors I have read.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It was a little frustrating that the book ends in the middle of the story, but I was able to find a copy of the sequel quickly on PBS and am now in the middle of that. I enjoy the pseudo Sino-Japanese flavor of the culture, and the story itself is interesting and a little different. It's not "great literature," so I didn't give it five stars, but it's well thought out, believable, and absorbing.