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.
A Bird In The Hand – Ann Cleeves
Young Tom French was found dead, lying in a marsh on the Norfolk coast, with his head bashed in and his binoculars still around his neck. One of the best birders in England, Tom had put the village of Rushy on the birdwatching map. Everyone liked him. Or did they? George Palmer-Jones, an elderly birdwatcher who decided quietly to look into the brutal crime, discovered mixed feelings aplenty. Still, he remained baffled by a deed that could have been motivated by thwarted love, pure envy, or something else altogether. But as he and his fellow “twitchers” flocked from Norfolk to Scotland to the Scilly Isles, in response to rumors of rare sightings, George—with help from his lovely wife, Molly—gradually discerned the true markings of a killer. All he had to do was prove it . . . before the murderer strikes again.
George Palmer-Jones is a retiree and is persuaded to investigate the death of a popular birdwatcher. Obviously as he was brutally murdered the birdwatcher was not as popular as previously thought. As George makes his enquiries, the suspects that could have murdered Tom keeps on growing. Who had the motive and opportunity to kill this young twitcher?
This was a well researched book as Ann showed depth of knowledge in birdwatching and the terminology as the story developed. I did feel you could tell this was a novel written earlier in Anne’s career, as this book gave a different vibe to Vera. I am definitely looking forward to reading more in the series.
Until We Collide by Charlotte Fallowfield
What do you do when the guy you’re in love with is seeing someone else?
That’s the dilemma facing Paige Taylor. All of her life she’s only ever had eyes for the gorgeous Alec Wright, but despite their undeniable chemistry, their timing has always been off. Fast approaching her thirtieth birthday, Paige despairs of ever finding love and a happy ever after. Her best friend Poppie tells her that she can either watch life pass her by, or grab it with both hands. She convinces Paige to throw herself back into the dating pool, or she could be waiting for Alec forever.
What Paige didn’t expect was the catalogue of dating disasters to follow. A neck brace, jelly fish, stitches, flashing and an encounter with a gorilla were some of the most memorable. Despite some downright hilarious, humiliating and cringe worthy dates, her biological clock is ticking and Paige is determined to keep trying until she finds the one.
Was Alec Wright always her Mr. Right, or is he still out there waiting to be found?
Join Paige in her quest to find the ultimate prize. Love
Wow where has this book been hiding?
I loved the variety of characters in this book. The main character Paige is a lovely girl and this story follows her through the years from a never-been-kissed teenager as she tries to find love. Her first crush is Alec but unfortunately it never seems to be right time for them. So she tries to find a partner that will fill the Alec shaped hole in her heart. As the years pass Paige has a catalogue of mishaps and disasters, some laugh out loud funny and others cringeworthy.
This was a brilliant romantic comedy that fans of Love Rosie would enjoy. I will definitely be looking out for more from this author.
Have you read any of the books above? Let us know your thoughts!