Good Reading : November 2014
GOODREADINGMAGAZINE.COM.AU GOOD READING NOVEMBER 2014 46 CRIME FICTION WOM word of mouth RATINGS ★ ★ ★★ ★★ ★★★ ★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★★ RG The Long Way Home Louise Penny Ar mand Gamache, charismatic former Chief Inspector of the Sûreté du Québec, has retired to the picturesque village of Three Pines, just north of the United States border. The village has featured in many of Louise Penny’s novels. Myrna Landers is still the owner of the bookshop, Olivier and Gabri still run the bistro, and Ruth Zardo’s pet duck, Rosa, has returned home. But Peter Morrow, Clara’s husband, has not, and Clara is worried that something may have happened to him. She asks Gamache for help. Tracing Peter’s year-long journey with the unofficial help of the Sûreté is not difficult: Paris, Florence,Venice and then Dumfries. Where? Dumfries, in Scotland. That Peter, an artist, would travel to France and Italy is understandable. But why Scotland? Armand is concerned. Is Peter searching for inspiration or is he fleeing from danger? Penny’s latest is a thought- provoking and evocative tale of love, life, friendship and murder wr itten with gentle humour and enough red herrings to keep the reader off balance. Passion and guilt, revenge and punishment, anger and hatred battle for our attention as we travel to a dangerous and remote destination. The dramatic conclusion is satisfying, but as regular readers of this Canadian author will already know, it’s the journey that’s important in Penny’s novels.You may guess the identity of the murderer, but you’ll enjoy the journey. ★★★ Sphere $29.99 Reviewed by Clive Hodges Want You Dead Peter James Fans of the Peter James series featuring Detective Superintendent Roy Grace have been divided in their opinion on this 10th book in the ser ies. Most commentators say that the writing is as taut and gripping as ever, but there are moments when the techniques employed by the writer to build suspense are a little too obvious. It could also be argued that the transparency reduces the impact of the more dramatic moments. In scenes frighteningly reminiscent of recent real-life headlines, Red Westwood has escaped a toxic relationship with a man she met through an online dating agency. She is now trying to rebuild her life. The narrative reveals the suffocating passion and overwhelming danger of life with a sociopath. Bryce Laurent is the man who cannot let her go; it seems that he has no conscience when seeking to vent his fury and exact his revenge. In counterpoint to this relationship gone horr ibly wrong, Roy Grace is preparing for his imminent wedding to Cleo, his long-time love. This happy occasion, however, is not without its own drama, and it touches on a long-running storyline of the series. But revealing more would risk the ire of fans. Compelling, terrifying and compulsive, this is one to be read with the lights on. Perhaps it’s not James’s best outing, but it’s certainly worth reading. ★★★★ Macmillan $29.99 Reviewed by Kelvin Murray Ffeaturing Detective Superintendent Roy in their opinion on this Most commentators say of the bookshop, Olivier and Gabri still run artist, would travel to France and Italy is understandable. But why Scotland? Armand is concerned. Is Peter searching for inspiration or is he fleeing from danger? provoking and evocative tale of love, life, friendship and murder written with gentle humour and enough red herr ings to keep the reader off balance. Passion and guilt, revenge and punishment, anger and hatred battle for More about Peter James Born in Brighton, England, in 1948, Peter James once worked as a house cleaner for Orson Welles. His mother, Cornelia James, was glovemaker to Queen Elizabeth II.
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