Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly NOT Want To Read A Book

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I’ve decided to do a top ten Tuesday after a long time. Mainly because I could NOT resist this topic! But I don’t want to include cover images for books I didn’t want to read in case the author gets offended so this will be an image free (maybe GIF filled) post! Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010.

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The Women Of Baker Street

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  • Author : Michelle Birkby
  • Publisher : Pan Macmillan
  • Genre : Historical Fiction, Mystery
  • Source : Publisher
  • Rating : 3/5 Stars

Sherlock Holmes is a favourite of most of us. Be it reader or non reader, he is such a popular character that almost all of us know him. But we all, atleast we ladies, wondered about the women involved in his life. Yes, he doesn’t think much of women, but these women show him that they aren’t as bad as he thinks an god knows he needs to be taken down a peg or two, as Dr.Watson so kindly suggests.

Mrs.Hudson and Mary Watson are back with their second mystery and this time, it’s spooky. We have supernatural elements, lost children and one two many unnatural deaths at the hospital where Mrs.Hudson is currently recuperating. Combine all of these and the always curious Mary, and we have an investigation on our hands!

This is one of those books that you read, tucked into your bed on a rainy night with thunder and lightning crashing outside, reading away at a casual speed. It is also one of those books that you can read outside while chilling on your porch on a sunny day. It is a typical vintage mystery with spooks galore and a killer hidden in plain sight and if you love this genre you will love this book.

The story is ell paced, slow and steady, feeding us the background of each character, their situation, how they react in different circumstances, each allowing us to make our own decisions about them. But this is where the slight of hand, or words, happen. The author could either guide or misguide your idea of who the criminal is and the author truly succeeded in fooling me. I did not see it coming and I cannot tell you how much that pleased me!

The author’s skill with characters is also brilliant because while we all know and love Mrs.Hudson on the TV series, the author takes these two characters and remakes them completely from scratch. In fact, she’s written the characters so well that while I haven’t read the first book, I felt like I had. And I felt the horror they felt each time the previous story was brought up. We don’t see Mary’s POV but she is also well written, though the impression you get of her is very different from the impression she gives on TV.

What I like about this book is how little we see of the men. The are there somewhere in the background, not necessarily ridiculed or dismissed as some feminist books do, but they are just there. No need to insult them or relegate their roles, the author ensures that they do their part without stealing the limelight that these two female characters certainly deserve. I have to say though, Dr.Watson certainly came out looking a lot better than Sherlock did and for that, I’m thrilled. And when it comes to the mystery, the author takes seemingly unrelated things and connects them in a plausible and relevant fashion, making you say, “Bloody hell it was so obvious all along!”

On the negative side I did find certain things a little dragged out, a few of the decoys a little unbelievable and some of the interactions a bit contrived. But only some, maybe about 10% of it. The rest of the book, the mystery, was perfectly cozy and entertaining. I’d certainly read the next book in this series and most definitely the first as well. As for recommendations, if you enjoyed the original Sherlock mysteries or Hercule Poirot and anything else by Agatha Christie you will absolutely enjoy this one.

32716025When Mrs Hudson falls ill, she is taken into a private ward at St Barts hospital. Perhaps it is her over-active imagination, or her penchant for sniffing out secrets, but as she lies in her bed, slowly recovering, she finds herself surrounded by patients who all have some skeletons in their closets. A higher number of deaths than usual seem to occur on this ward. On her very first night, Mrs Hudson believes she witnesses a murder. But was it real, or just smoke and mirrors?

Mary Watson meanwhile has heard about young boys disappearing across London, and is determined to find them and reunite them with their families. As the women’s investigations collide in unexpected ways, a gruesome discovery in Regent’s Park leads them on to a new, terrifying case.

Available for purchase on Amazon India, Flipkart, Book Depository and Wordery.

Dangerous Games

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  • Author : Danielle Steele
  • Publisher : Macmillan
  • Genre : Mystery
  • Source : Publisher
  • Rating : 4 Stars

This is a guest post. Sort of. Dangerous Games is a book about politics and danger, of investigations and women who are awesome, of trust and conspiracies. In this book Danielle Steele shows off two female characters who are absolutely lovely in their own ways. Alix is a tough, kickass, journalist who has no fear and rides into the most dangerous areas without a single worry for her safety. On top of that she is a single mother doing quite an amazing job at raising her child. Olympia is an absolutely lovely woman, a gem of a person who hasn’t stepped out on her own since her husband, a presidential candidate, died. She is inherently good and while dependant on a close confidante, is still her own woman. These two women discover something they shouldn’t and when the come together to take it on, the story takes a rather action packed turn.

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Three Short Reviews

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248743431. Tang Dynasty Poets

I don’t think I can say much about this collection of poetry except that i think a lot was lost in translation. There are times when a poem felt like it had originally had a symmetrical rhythm and somehow in the middle that was a jarring line that broke it but didn’t seem like it was meant to be broken, if you know what I mean. I did like a few poems though, most of them by Li Po. The book consists of poems by three poets, Wang Wei, Li Po and Tu Fu, and they are meant to be celebrated poets of this period. I can’t say I’m a big fan but I probably would have understood the beauty of it all if I had known the language. I rated this 2.5 stars, I didn’t enjoy it much but I think the problem was simply the translation, and there are poems I did enjoy within this collection.

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MORE New Releases To Want

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Aaaaand as usual I am back to share my wishlist of new releases with you. This time it’s as exciting as the previous one (as I say every time) and you’ll not be able to leave this page without wanting a few of them.

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1. The Other Half Of Happiness – Ayisha Malik (part two of Sodia Khan) is out in paperback this month and while I haven’t read the fist one, the cover itself is enough to make me want this. “Sofia Khan is just married. But no-one told her life was going to be this way. . . Her living situation is in dire straits, her husband Conall is distant and his annoyingly attractive colleague is ringing all sorts of alarm bells. When her mother forces them into a belated wedding ceremony (elopement: you can run, but you can’t hide), Sofia wonders if it might be a chance to bring them together. But when it forces Conall to confess his darkest secret, it might just tear them apart.” I’ve heard this being described as an eastern Bridget Jones and that definitely makes it appealing. Available for purchase here.

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