Monthly Archives: March 2011
An elderly Swedish farmer wakes up early one cold morning and is sure he has forgotten something.
After a few minutes, the farmer realizes it’s too quiet, so he gets out of bed and starts to investigate. Within minutes, the farmer discovers two bodies at a nearby farm, and Kurt Wallander’s homicide team is brought in to investigate.
I discovered Henning Mankell’s Wallander stories on PBS, with Kenneth Branagh starring as Wallander. The PBS stories are pretty good, so I thought I would give the books a chance.
Kurt Wallander is the most depressed fictional character I’ve ever encountered. He’s divorced, his grown daughter won’t talk to him, he’s gained a ton of weight since his divorce, etc.
You’d think the stories would be boring, right?
Not so, as the depressed detective is able to forget his problems long enough to work a murder.
Every time Wallander and his team think they have the murders solved, they are proven wrong, and Wallander is certain that he is a lousy cop.
“Faceless Killers” is a solid murder mystery, as I was able to feel sympathy for Wallander, for all of his personal issues.
But I also admire Wallander’s problem-solving skills, as he follows this case with the determination of a bulldog.
Mankell has written ten Wallander books. The latest, “The Troubled Man,” is the last in the series and became available today.
I’ve got the second Wallander book, “The Dogs of Riga,” ordered from the Seattle Public Library.
Treachery In Death is the thirty second novel in this series written by Nora Roberts as J.D. Robb.
Robb writes these books almost as fast as I can read them.
When I learn that a new “In Death” story has been published, I acquire the book asap, drop everything else I’m reading, and devour the new offering.
I’ve just got to see what the characters are up to, and this latest story does not disappoint.
In this latest offering, Eve Dallas investigates dirty cops with the help of her team–Peabody, McNab, Truehart, Baxter, Mira, Commander Whitney, and a number of other series regulars.
Oh yes, Roarke, Eve’s smoking hot, uber-rich and amazingly smart hubby, is along for the ride as well as Eve brings down the daughter of New York City police royalty.
My favorite series books allow me to see characters grow in depth, to screw up royally and pay the price, and manage to be around for the next installment.
Treachery In Death is about the choices people make, the good ones and the crummy ones as well.
The ‘In Death’ series is not great literature, the mystery elements could be stronger, but the stories are solidly entertaining.
Because the characters are fun, flawed, complex, and a bit over-the-top.
A great weekend read.
This book has been sitting on my “must read” pile for some time.
I swear, one day this book started calling my name and I picked it up, then I just couldn’t put it down.
This is a very good book about a family going through hell (think of “Dante’s Inferno”).
My throat started hurting Sunday afternoon, and I’ve been sick since. I’ve not been able to do much of anything since Sunday, even work, so I was able to finish this excellent story.
As human beings, we all have our good and bad parts. Maybe bad is not the best word, how about we all do things from time to time that we are not proud of? I like that better.
This is the story of a family, fallible human beings who goof up big time. Who hasn’t goofed?
The Tenth Circle is worth your time and attention because it’s a story about living, making mistakes, and moving on.
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I have access to clean water every day, and I guess that I take this for granted.
UNICEF reports that worldwide, over 884 million people use unsafe drinking water.
That’s just not right.
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