Gambrelli is a Detective Inspector for the French police. He’s happily married and his children are grown. He’s a little bit irascible during an investigation but he tries to fair and thorough. When he receives a call informing him that he has been summoned to the Island of Q to investigate a murder, he wonders why since the island is not in his jurisdiction. Then he finds out that Prosecutor Bertrand has been arrested for the crime and he only trusts Gambrelli to investigate. Now the Prosecutor and Gambrelli have been at odds several times in the past so this could present some challenges. Nevertheless, the case is intriguing and Gambrelli approaches it with his usual eye to detail. Along the way he must deal with mistresses, a jealous sister, thugs and a smuggler, but Gambrelli always gets his man, or woman.
This is a fun story in the cozy mystery category. The action begins on the Island of Q and continues in Paris. Gambrelli is a wonderful character, very well developed and very likable. There is also a really nice supporting cast of junior detectives, difficult superiors, his endlessly patient wife and of course, the really bad villains. The story has some very interesting twists and will keep you guessing as to who the actual murderer is until the end. I thoroughly enjoyed this and highly recommend it.
Welcome friends to another peek into the inner workings at Alinefromabook.
TBR – The week started at 274 and is now at 274. I added 2 books this week and finished 2 books, so no change.
NetGalley score – this number jumped from 76% to 78% – so close to the coveted 80%!
Goodreads challenge – I am now just 1 book behind schedule. Slowly getting caught up.
3 weeks till I go back to work. It’s been pretty quiet here at my place this past week. But I have a birthday coming this week so that might stir up a little excitement. Here’s what’s coming on the blog:
Marriage can be a lot of things, but none are the kind of thrill ride that Alice and Jake find themselves on when they join the Pact just after the honeymoon. Alice’s client, Finnegan, recommends them for membership in this organization whose mission is to improve marriages. What The Pact is not so up front about is the “the manual” has to be followed strictly and punishment for a violation may be swift and severe. When Jake and Alice start meeting other members they begin to have second thoughts about joining the group. But very soon, they discover that getting out is not an option…
This story had me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. I loved Jake and Alice right away, both as individuals and as a couple. As they get deeper involved in The Pact their resiliency and love for each other just keeps growing. The Pact tries to control every aspect of the members’ marriages but Alice and Jake are not OK with that and will not allow their brutal system of punishment to break them. I found this story so creative and engaging that I read it in record time. One note of caution: there are a couple of brutally violent scenes in this story that some readers may not be comfortable with. Overall, I loved this story for its great characters and creative story line.
How much damage can a lie do? Can it alter the course of your life? Four women are about to find out. Kate, Thea, Fatima and Isabel met while at boarding school in Salten. Kate’s father was the art master at the school. The girls like to play the Lying Game amongst themselves and they were inseparable. Now grown, some with families, Thea, Fatima and Isabel find themselves being summoned by Kate with the simple message “I need you”. They rush to Salten and there they find out that a body has been found buried in the beach. Unfortunately, they know way too much about it but have maintained their lie for so long that it could destroy their lives if it becomes known.
This psychological thriller was a roller coaster ride of a story. My emotions were all over the place. The characters felt so real it was like I was reading about people I already knew. I found the story to be complex enough to keep me engaged and guessing. The story moves back and forth between things that take place in current time and during the time when the girls were in school, so it has the feel of coming at the mystery from both ends at the same time. I will be adding Ruth Ware to my favorite author list because I enjoyed this one so much. Highly recommend this one.
Now that Psychology week is over (I really didn’t plan for this week’s book reviews to be psychology related, it just kind of happened that way) let’s see where we stand.
TBR – current number is 274 and I only added one book this week! (Pats myself on the back)
NetGalley score – Remains at 76% (gives myself a thumbs-up)
Goodreads challenge – 2 books behind schedule (kicks myself in the butt)
So, I’ve got about a month until school starts and I’m back to work, that means a lot of reading if I want to get caught up on my challenge.
On the home front I did make some good progress. I managed to get all the stuff that had been accumulating in my basement organized and stored away. So now you can actually walk from one end to the other without tripping over anything. (Another pat on the back)
Coming up – I’m planning to post 3 narrations this coming week. I’ve got my review of “The Lying Game” by Ruth Ware going up on Tuesday to coincide with the book’s release day. I’ve just started reading “The Marriage Pact” by Michelle Richmond. That review should go up on Friday. So that’s it for this week. I hope everybody enjoys their week!
We all experience anxiety to some degree, and some amount of anxiety is helpful to decision making. But what happens when anxiety becomes disabling? In “On Edge”, Andrea Peterson tells us her story of struggling with anxiety, the ups and downs, the treatments that have worked or failed, and how she has come to terms with it. In addition to her personal story, she has interwoven the science behind what causes anxiety, what eases anxiety, and ways to cope with it. This book is a fascinating journey into the mental process that is anxiety and the many ways that it manifests itself in our daily lives.
I really enjoyed this book. The author has thoroughly researched every aspect of the topic, with chapters focusing on medications, alternative treatments, anxiety in children, and how anxious parents can avoid creating anxious kids. I like that in every chapter she tells a part of her story but then talks about the science that relates to that aspect of her journey. The book is very well organized and presents even the more difficult scientific pieces in an easy-to-read format. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who lives with anxiety, no matter how severe, or to someone who wants a better understanding of a friend or loved one’s anxiety experience. Anxiety is here to stay but understanding it can make it easier to cope with.