smrc - books 9 & 10 (I & J)

Author: Sara Eames

Date Published: Jul 30th 2018, 8:29am

Both of these books are part of a couple of series that I enjoy reading. They both have a strong female protagonist/detective and both are mysteries - although Book J had darker subject matter. As a fan of mysteries, I had deliberately chosen both of these books as I knew I would enjoy reading them.

Book I was "In This Grave Hour" by Jacqueline Winspear. I do enjoy the Maisie Dobbs series - and this was another good one in this series. As I read it as part of my mini summer alphabet reading challenge, I have missed some of the prequels to this book. For the mystery part, this did not matter as the story works as a stand-alone within the series. However, in terms of events in Maisie's life, some things had happened in previous books that I was unaware of until they were mentioned in this one. This did not spoil the story for me, it just means that when I go back to earlier instalments in this series, I will be aware of what is going to happen. However, back to the book itself. It was a good story with well-written characters and a plot that moves at a steady pace. It could be classed as a cosy mystery although it is quite dark in places. All-in-all, a good book that is worth reading.

Book J was "The Janus Stone" by Elly Griffiths. Another excellent instalment in the Ruth Galloway series. I enjoy these books and am slowly working my way through all of them. At the moment, I am reading them as I find them and not in order, so the events in Ruth's life are all over the place. However, this does not detract from the main story as each one can be read as a stand-alone book. The book itself is brilliant. It deals with a dark subject - the murder of a child - and handles it sensitively and with decorum. The diary passages are intriguing and add to the overall sense of menace that grows throughout the book. All characters are well-written and the plot moves at a steady pace. I did not completely solve this one - though I did guess one main part of the story - but I did not feel cheated when I got to the end as the clues had been given throughout the text. I look forward to reading more in this series.