Never has a quote been so relevant to EVERY book worm around the globe (and further!). SO many books, but so little time! The same can also be said for book bloggers. We read that many books so we can share them with our audience, but we find ourselves short of time to write all our thoughts down in a comprehensive review.
This brings us nicely to ‘Mini Review Monday’. A place where, to compliment our current content, we can share with you some of our initial thoughts on books we have been reading over the last week.
Lady Susan – Jane Austen
Beautiful, flirtatious, and recently widowed, Lady Susan Vernon seeks an advantageous second marriage for herself, while attempting to push her daughter into a dismal match.
How many styles of writing can Jane Austen do?! This was a very clever novel as it is written in the style of letters between the characters. The main character Lady Susan was another different style of writing for Jane Austen, rather than the shy and retiring, or headstrong heroine, this time Lady Susan is a willful, deceitful, manipulative person, and I absolutely loved the character.
Throughout the book we see how Lady Susan’s mind works, and what her plans are for herself and those around her, but also how the other characters interact and what they believe the sort of person Lady Susan is depending on what she wants them to believe her personality to be.
This was a very quick read and one I will definitely be picking up again!
The Crow Trap (Vera Stanhope #1) – Ann Cleeves
Three very different women come together at isolated Baikie’s Cottage on the North Pennines, to complete an environmental survey. Three women who each know the meaning of betrayal… Rachael, the team leader, is still reeling after a double betrayal by her lover and boss, Peter Kemp. Anne, a botanist, sees the survey as a chance to indulge in a little deception of her own. And then there is Grace, a strange, uncommunicative young woman, hiding plenty of her own secrets. Rachael is the first to arrive at the cottage, where she discovers the body of her friend, Bella Furness. Bella, it appears, has committed suicide – a verdict Rachael refuses to accept. When another death occurs, a fourth woman enters the picture – the unconventional Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope…
I decided to try the Vera series as the TV series was going to be shown on the TV and was glad I did.
I found the story was well described and could visualise the moors and countryside that surrounds a cottage and farm which is the main setting for this book. It is a bit of a slow burner, Vera herself doesn’t appear straight away and the story revolves around the 3 women who come to visit the cottage to do an environmental survey, the first of whom finds the lady who lives in the farm has apparently committed suicide. Each of these ladies have good reasons for wanting to go to an isolate place and escaping the community, so when there is another murder will these secrets stay hidden?
I think this would be a good book for those that like Detective stories like Columbo.
Have you read any of the books above? Let us know your thoughts!