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The Punishment She Deserves (Wer Strafe Verdient) von Elizabeth George!

*** Enthält unbezahlte, unbeauftragte Werbung ***

Mein (leicht zerlesenes) Exemplar des neusten Lynley-Krimis

Meine Stammleser wissen es schon längst: Ich bin ein riesen Fan der Autorin Elizabeth George und insbesondere ihrer Inspektor Lynley-Reihe. Ich liebe ihre Charaktere – die schusselig forsche Barbara Havers genauso wie den leicht versnobten und doch grundsympathischen Inspektor Thomas Lynley. Das englische Setting ist dann noch die Kirsche auf der Sahne. Trotzdem habe ich mit dem letzten Krimiband The Punishment She Deserves (Wer Strafe verdient) etwas gewartet. Die über 700 Seiten haben mich etwas abgeschreckt. Am Ende fand ich es dann aber eigentlich super, dass ich solange etwas von den Figuren und der Geschichte hatte :).

Diesmal spielt sich alles in dem Städtchen Ludlow ab. Der örtliche Diakon wird eines schweren Verbrechens beschuldigt, verhaftet und kurz darauf in Polizeigewahrsam tot aufgefunden. War es Selbstmord oder hat doch jemand nachgeholfen? Zunächst versucht Sergeant Barbara Havers zusammen mit Superintendent Isabelle Ardery Licht ins Dunkel zu bringen. Doch letztere ist zu sehr mit ihren privaten Problemen (und insbesondere ihrem Wodka-Konsum) beschäftigt, um der Sache die notwendige Beachtung zu schenken. So kehrt Barbara mit DI Thomas Lynley noch einmal  zurück nach Ludlow, um den Ereignissen auf den Grund zu gehen.

Wie immer, ein fulminanter Krimi von Ms. George. Ausgezeichnetes Herbst-Lesefutter :).

Habt eine wunderbaren Start in eine ausgezeichnete neue Woche!

Just One Evil Act by Elizabeth George!

Yes indeed, I read another Inspector Lynley crime novel by Elizabeth George. There’s just nothing better on a wet fall day than to sit under a warm blanket and enjoy the thrilling adventures of the London-based superior officer and his weirdo assistant Barbara Havers. In Just One Evil Act, Barbara’s neighbor kid Hadiyah is taken by her mother without any hint where she went with her, letting her father Azhar and Barbara in grief behind. Then Hadiyah is kidnapped in Lucca, Italy. Barbara will do anything to find the kid and to help her friend Azhar …and DI Lynley has to deal with the consequences of Barbara’s headless decisions. A great read with many turns! Ideal for grey November weekends!

I wish you a spooky Halloween and a wonderful laid-back weekend!

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Fall Reading List!

There’s no better time for reading than during the autumnal season. Since outside it’s stormy and wet, everyone starts to get comfy inside again – preparing for the winter. And suddenly you remember all those books you bought during the last months and actually planed to read immediately… Okay, I do not intend to lie to you by showing you my Fall Reading List that consists of only THREE books. Everyone who knows me better is totally aware of the fact that there are at least FIFTY more (that’s the number of the last counting of a friend of mine, two months ago) waiting for me on a (high!) stack in my living room… But I believe it’s a lot more motivating to start with a small number of distinct titles I will manage to read for sure during the next months (plus the books that somehow always cross my way in the bookstores, which have to be read instantly – no matter what actually would be the next book on the list 😉 ).

Which books are on your reading list? Or are already lying on your bedside table? Let me know!

 Elizabeth George – Believing the Lie

Crime novels by Ms. George are highly addictive for me (and millions of other readers). Thus, it was very hard to wait for the new Detective Inspector Lynley book. Thank god, the paperback is out now: I went into my local bookshop at least ten times to check for it and waiting for only a few more days would have resulted in me buying the hardcopy. …You may imagine my relieve when I finally hold the book in my hands!  But to my defence I have to tell you that the Scotland Yard detective and his somewhat nerdy assistant DS Barbara Havers solve their crimes in such a charming, very english way, thereby expiering their own personal tragedies, it’s hard to withstand the intention to pack your things and immediately take the next train/plane to London to meet them in person!

Jeffrey Eugenides – The Marriage Plot

I read about this book somewhere a few month ago and ordered it immediately (together with an incredible thick volume of George Eliot’s Middlemarch) …and then it had to wait a while before I rediscovered it on my book stack (OK, I admit it: I planed to read the George Eliot first and after holding this heavy weight in my hands I changed plans and rediscovered The Marriage Plot 😉 ). I  am already half way through this book and still the plot is hard to explain in a few sentences. The big question the book deals with is whether the great love stories of the 19th century are dead or if they are also possible in a story that is written today. Until now, the novel is incredible, telling about the love and live of Leonard, Madeleine and Mitchell – one influenced by the other during a year in the early 1980s. Big recommendation!

Daniela Krien – Irgendwann werden wir uns alles erzählen …Yes, indeed a German book!

This one belongs actually a friend of mine. She herself get it as a gift by a friend  of her and after reading it, strongly recommended it to me. To be honest, I have difficulties to remember what it is about (This is what happens when you write your posts in the train without any internet/amazon connection 😉 ), but what I still am able to recall is that it deals with the so-called German-German  History (“Deutsch-Deutsche Geschichte”) and with a couple that has to deal with some of it’s consequences. Thus, there are three good reasons to read it for me: 1. Never underestimate a friend’s book recommendation. 2. It’s a very interesting topic for me, because it’s about a time my own family went through many consequences. 3. I really should read a lot more German books!

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