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Time Travel Thursday

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It’s Time Travel Thursday! This is where I take a look back at what I was reading this time last year (or the year before or the year before that…) and compare it to what I am reading now.

This day last year I was reading:

Book Review – The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

Fast Forward to today:

The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman

Book Description From Goodreads:

“It’s the following Thursday.

Elizabeth has received a letter from an old colleague, a man with whom she has a long history. He’s made a big mistake, and he needs her help. His story involves stolen diamonds, a violent mobster, and a very real threat to his life.

As bodies start piling up, Elizabeth enlists Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron in the hunt for a ruthless murderer. And if they find the diamonds too? Well, wouldn’t that be a bonus?

But this time they are up against an enemy who wouldn’t bat an eyelid at knocking off four septuagenarians. Can The Thursday Murder Club find the killer (and the diamonds) before the killer finds them?”

A Death In Custody by

Book Synopsis from Waterstones:

Brixton in the late 1990s. Delroy Brown, a young black man being held in police custody, dies in a confrontation in his cell with a police officer.

The officer claims to have acted in self-defence but fails to give a satisfactory explanation for being in the dead man’s cell.

Chief Inspector Elliott conducts an investigation into Delroy’s death, but his enquiries are obstructed by a lack of co-operation from police officers, the activities of a corrupt private investigator – and the legal system itself.

The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell

Book Description From Waterstones:

When newly widowed Elsie is sent to see out her pregnancy at her late husband’s crumbling country estate, The Bridge, what greets her is far from the life of wealth and privilege she was expecting . . .

When Elsie married handsome young heir Rupert Bainbridge, she believed she was destined for a life of luxury. But with her husband dead just weeks after their marriage, her new servants resentful, and the local villagers actively hostile, Elsie has only her husband’s awkward cousin for company. Or so she thinks. Inside her new home lies a locked door, beyond which is a painted wooden figure β€”a silent companion β€”-that bears a striking resemblance to Elsie herself. The residents of The Bridge are terrified of the figure, but Elsie tries to shrug this off as simple superstition–that is, until she notices the figure’s eyes following her.

A Victorian ghost story that evokes a most unsettling kind of fear, this is a tale that creeps its way through the consciousness in ways you least expect–much like the silent companions themselves.

As you can see I have finally got round to reading the second Richard Osman. It is strange that I was reading the first one at the same time last year, how time flies! You can also see that I wasn’t reading quite as much last year as I was only just getting back in to reading after many years – one book at a time was quite enough for me!

What were you reading this time last year or the year before (or the year before!)?

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Pandemic Reading List 2021 – The Murders In The Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe

Over Lockdown I decided that I would use this time to learn new things. I therefore took part in a number of free online Future Learn courses. For one of the courses I was required to read The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe.

I wasn’t sure whether I would enjoy a book that I was told to read, however I was pleasantly surprised.

The Murders in the Rue Morgue is seen as the original murder mystery story that has a super intelligent “Detective” and a bumbling Police Force. In the early 19th Century when this was written, this was something unique to write about.

Whilst it is a short story, it kept my interest throughout with the little bits of information that kept being added. To put the book into “todays” context it has a Holmes/ Watson vibe, however the ‘answer’ at the end is surprising and not something that I would expect from a modern day murder mystery.

It was interesting to read a murder mystery story written by an early 19th Century author as it gives an insight into to what London was like then and also what 19th Century readers were reading.

Overall I enjoyed this book and was glad that I was introduced to it.

Rated 4/5

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Pandemic Reading List 2021 – The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman – Popular on Social Media

Available at the library

I was quite excited when I found out that Richard Osman had written a book. I like his TV programme House of Games and I like him as a co-host on Pointless, so I was interested to see what sort of book he would write. I was slightly concerned that it might be a bit high brow for me, but I need not have worried.

There were a mix of reviews around, but I decided to ignore them and approach the book with an open mind. 

I was not disappointed. There were lots of twists and turns that were cleverly written and kept me guessing until the end. I have read a lot of murder mysteries, but this one was unique in its setting and it really held my interest. 

I loved all the characters with their individual background stories lightly touched upon and the setting of a residential home. It was a lovely little community (despite the sometimes concerning back stories) and made me want that for my future! I can’t wait to read the next book and pre ordered it pretty much straight after reading this one!

Rated 5/5

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