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As promised, here are the details of the second book I read over the last week.

Book 35 – My Soul To Take, by Yrsa Sigurdardottir.  Lawyer Thóra Gudmundsdottir is called out to a client’s new hotel to discuss the possibility of a claim against the previous owners: his business is a spiritual retreat, and the rumours of ghosts on the site are affecting both his staff, and his potential bottom line.  It’s a strange case, and not one that seems particularly likely to succeed. But when the hotel architect is brutally murdered, Thóra has a far more complicated investigation on her hands – and one that may prove her client is guilty…

This is one of the books I bought at the crime writing convention back in April – the writer was one of the panellists and she was really funny and interesting, plus she wrote in my book which is always nice!

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I’m telling you this for full disclosure before my review!

I enjoyed this book – I wasn’t sure if it would be too gory as it was described as ‘spooky and gruesome’ but actually it wasn’t too much for me.  The setting was extremely atmospheric: remote, foggy and grey, and this bleakness permeated the story.  The writing was not too convoluted, considering it is a translation, and despite the subject there was also a light touch that balanced out the darker elements.

In fact, this was one of the more unexpected elements really – not only a dark humour but also despite the atmosphere and the subject matter, this book did not have the feeling of heaviness I associate with this genre.

It is also the only crime novel I have come across with a resident sex therapist as part of the story!

This is the second book with the same lead characters and I will probably get the first one now to see where the story starts: I liked the characters, the interaction of murder with the acknowledged tedium of legislation and the glimpses into Thóra’s less than perfect personal life.

So overall I would recommend this for those who, like me, don’t want a lot of explicit gore but want an atmospheric book with a good story.

Happy reading,

EJ

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Apparently I used up all my energy on yesterday’s post because the lurgy is back and I am writing this wrapped up feeling sorry for myself.

So it seemed a sensible time to go back to my Mediterranean sunshine images and find a few to share.

BudsSunset

Maybe they’ll cheer you up like they do me, or inspire a bit of writing, or maybe they’ll make you want to head off on your own holiday!

I’ve limited the number but there are lots so don’t be surprised if we head back there another time!

Whatever they make you think, I hope it’s posMeditive!

Happy writing,
EJ
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Ending with a whimper, not a bang I’m afraid – I have been poorly today and unable to write…

I will write my book review tomorrow, if I am better.  In the meantime I am leaving you with this picture from my holiday.  Mostly because I need to remember that there is sunshine somewhere, even if it’s not where I live!

Blue sky

Happy writing,

EJ

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It’s my last full night away so I will be trying to turn one of these backwards, just for a few hours more.Time waits for no man

Saying that, I do love being away, but I do love coming home too! Hopefully I will have a lot of fun, exciting and entertaining memories to share – or at least a lot of writing done!

Happy writing,

EJ

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I am still on my jaunt to discover another beautiful place; I love to be able to explore a little of the environment when I am away, even if I’m not the type of person who braves rock-climbing and skiing!

Today’s inspiration is on that theme; it’s not a new photo but it is a place I hold in my heart:

The Tides they are a changingThis is the beach we were on last May – the grey-looking lines are the black volcanic sand, the white the golden sand that sits on top of it. When we put our feet in the waves and the sea rolled back, these lines were created from the lighter golden sand washing away.

It looks like art to me – but then nature is like that!

I hope you can see the beauty in it too.

Happy writing,

EJ

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My feet are by now on Spanish island soil, and I’ll be getting into the sunshine spirit – but I still need to fulfil my promise to you!  So here is today’s inspiration:

Mask for tea This picture is called, jokingly, mask for tea, because it’s all set up ready for me to eat it…  It is a very small reminder of a great Christmas night out with one of my best friends – and I still have the mask!

What I love about this is that the mask is so dramatic but a dinner table is fairly mundane, so the two together look rather incongruous, especially without the back story.  It gives an awful lot to ponder from a writing point of view.

So there we have it – May inspiration straight from December last year!

Happy writing,

EJ

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I am on holiday – woohoo!

So for the next week I’ll be unable to blog and you’ll have to put up with a bunch of pre-prepared posts (say that 20 times fast!) but these are things in my world I find inspiring.

Today’s offering is this – a book mark.  A few years ago, I got a set of these with a calendar; there was one for use each month.  Now I just use whichever one I can find – this was November’s!

Culture MarkThe reason I find this inspirational is because it is a brief snapshot of another culture, one I will never experience and can never fully understand – but I can read about it, look at images like this, and imagine it.

It makes it possible, in other words, to escape my reality and make a new one, and what fiction writer doesn’t do that?!

The bookmark has to have a friend, of course – and that brings me on to this week’s challenge Tuesday…

Book 20 – North of Nowhere, by Liz Kessler.  First, I will tell you I bought this because I liked the name, and only when I started reading it did I find out it was YA!  This is the story of Mia, a 13 year old girl, whose world is thrown into chaos when her grandad disappears.  Taken to quiet, boring Porthaven for the week to support her gran, Mia finds herself in the middle of an impossible reality…

So, as I said, this was a YA, and therefore not directed at me.  However, I rather enjoyed it.  There are three strands of the story – Mia and her missing grandad, her friend Peter, and the mysterious Dee.  These are neatly interwoven and although I could pick up the outcome relatively early on, I’m not sure if a younger reader could. Mainly because they might not have seen Terminator…

The style of writing is complex enough to keep me engaged, and I always appreciate YA books written without condescension; there’s nothing I like less than being spoken down to in a book!

Overall, I liked this story – it was descriptive, the characters were well-drawn and the premise worked well.

Happy reading,

EJ

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