Sunday, September 21, 2014
Reading right now:
“Blood on the Water” by Anne Perry. This is Perry’s 20th William Monk novel. In this historical mystery it is 1856, the Suez Canal is almost complete and Monk is still in charge of the River Police in London. It opens when Monk witnesses a pleasure boat blowing up with 200 people killed on board. For political reasons, the River Police are not allowed to investigate the bombing. The regular police quickly arrest an Egyptian man who is sentenced to hang for the crime. Monk discovers that the evidence is flawed and is given back the mess of trying to find out who was really behind the crime. Along the way, Monk’s wife Hester plays her usual important role in solving the crime, as does their “unofficially” adopted son Scuff. Best of all, Oliver Rathbone is back. I love Perry’s characters, her presentation of Victorian England, and her story ideas are always interesting. What I don’t like is her emphasis on the thoughts and feelings of the characters instead of on how they go about catching the bad guys. There are way too many questions asked during the novel which to me feels like a waste of words—pay attention to how the crimes are being solved instead of just having the characters ask themselves endless questions. That method becomes irritating to me when I think the emphasis should be on how they get the answers to these questions.
“Wouldn’t It Be Deadly” by D. E. Ireland. This is the first book in a new series by Meg Mims and Sharon Pisacreta who are calling themselves D. E. Ireland. The series is based on “Pygmalion” by George Bernard Shaw with Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins getting caught up in murder and mayhem. “Wouldn’t It Be Deadly” starts off after Eliza’s success gets her a job as an assistant to Higgins’ rival Emil Nepommuck. Nepommuck takes credit for Eliza’s transformation which enrages Higgins. When Nepommuck is found murdered, Higgins becomes the prime suspect. Eliza and Higgins must team up to find out which of Nepommuck’s enemies is his real killer.