November 2018 books

Tombland (Matthew Shardlake, #7)Tombland by C.J. Sansom

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Phew, Tombland is long! I mainly listened to the audiobook version (I also have it on Kindle), and it took me almost a month. It’s the latest in the Shardlake series, a lawyer, now in the reign of King Edward. Shardlake now works for the Lady Elizabeth and is trying to lead a simple life when he is asked to investigate a murder involving a distant relative of Elizabeth in Norfolk. Shardlake goes to investigate, and this bit did sometimes drag, I didn’t care ‘that’ much about land disputes between the Norfolk gentry. But when Shardlake and his companions get captured by a group of Norfolk rebels, things get really interesting.

Based on the real-life rebellion at Norwich (and elsewhere), the story covered a period of history I didn’t know much about (and I’m from Norfolk), I vaguely remember hearing about it, but I had no idea about what it was about or what happened. Although it’s easy to be sympathetic towards the rebels now, I thought Sansom handled the whole thing beautifully, really getting into how the rebels felt. The prelude to the battle scenes and the battles themselves, were really moving. I also like how Sansom imagined what it might be like to be an autistic boy in that area, with one of his characters being sensitively portrayed. He also touched upon something else (a spoiler) sensitively too, I think.

I hope that Sansom writes more Shardlake, I know that it took him a while to write this one, all that research going into this doorstop of a book plus he was ill. It definitely sounds in the book that Sansom wants to continue, there are two new characters that I’m desperate to find out more about, and I loved how Nicholas’ character progressed in this, so I want to see what happens next for him too.

Lies Sleeping (Peter Grant, #7)Lies Sleeping by Ben Aaronovitch

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love the Rivers of London series, I think that the books are fantastic although the last few haven’t been my absolute favourites but this one, Lies Sleeping is totally on form, and I really enjoyed it. If you’re new to the series, do not read this one, start at the beginning and definitely give the audiobooks a go because the narration and music are fantastic. But if you’re all caught up with Rivers of London, in this one Peter and the team are trying to stop The Faceless Man once and for all, The Faceless Man, on the other hand, has other ideas about that. There is a really epic chase sequence through London and as usual, it’s laugh out loud funny. Please please, Netflix or somebody, pick up the rights to Rivers of London, I need to see this made on screen.

QuicksandQuicksand by Malin Persson Giolito

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

It took me a very long time to get through this one, a Swedish crime thriller about a teenage girl who gets caught up in a school shooting. Her boyfriend is the murderer and she to is accused of involvement, so is in prison awaiting trial, so there are a lot of flashbacks. Both the boyfriend and the main character come from extremely well-off families, so there’s lots of hanging round being spoilt, privileged kids. The boyfriend is particularly bad news, and I spent most of the book wanting to scream at the main character “For god’s sake leave him”. Anyway, the book has a very slow start, but it did pick up my interest towards the end.

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