30 November 2012

What I've read in November 2012

Nearly at the end of the month, and I won't finish any more books this month.

I read 12 books this month - nearly all on my Kindle. My choice of books was largely determined by the fact that I wanted to complete the Global Reading Challenge for 2012 which I did.

There are 4 books by Australian authors, means I am close to completing  self-imposed target of 20 books for the 2012 Aussie author challenge- just one to go.

Last month my pick of the month was A DECLINE IN PROPHETS by Australian author Sulari Gentill - this was the winner of Davitt Award for Best Adult Crime Fiction 2012 (Australian Sisters in Crime)

This month my choice is the next book in Sulari Gentill's Rowland Sinclair series:  MILES OFF COURSE  If you haven't caught up with this series, make time to do so.
A close second was PERFECT HATRED by Leighton Gage
  1. 3.9, THE JEWELS OF PARADISE, Donna Leon  - Kindle
  2. 4.6, WINTER CHILL, Jon Cleary  - Aussie author, audio book
  3. 4.4, SUICIDE RUN, Michael Connelly - Kindle 
  4. 4.7, PERFECT HATRED, Leighton Gage  - Kindle
  5. 4.5, ALL YOURS, Claudia Pineiro  - Kindle
  6. 4.4, WHO KILLED PALOMINO MOLERO?, Mario Vargas Llosa  - Kindle
  7. 4.4, A POCKET FULL OF RYE, Agatha Christie  - Kindle
  8. 4.4, FAULT LINE, Robert Goddard  - British author, audio book
  9. 4.8, MILES OFF COURSE, Sulari Gentill  - Australian author, historical setting, library book
  10. 4.5, SCARED YET? Jaye Ford  - Australian author, review copy
  11. 4.4, BEYOND FEAR, Jaye Ford  - Australian author, library book

See what others have chosen for their Pick of the Month for November.

29 November 2012


  • published Grove Atlantic 2012
  • Format: Kindle e-book
  • File Size: 399 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0434022284
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (October 4, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009IJZD9C
  • source:  review copy supplied by publisher through NetGalley.com
Synopsis (NetGalley)

Donna Leon has won heaps of critical praise and legions of fans for her best-selling mystery series featuring Commissario Guido Brunetti, one of contemporary crime fiction’s most beloved characters. Over twenty-one books this sharp, kind-hearted native Venetian {??] has exposed read­ers to contemporary Venice in all its aspects: its arts and architecture, food and family life, but also its crime and insidious corruption. With The Jewels of Paradise, Leon takes readers beyond the world of the Venetian Questura in her first stand-alone novel.

Caterina Pellegrini is a native Venetian, and like so many of them, she’s had to leave home to pursue her career elsewhere, mostly abroad. With a doctorate in baroque opera from Vienna, she lands in Birmingham, England, as a research fellow and assistant professor. Birmingham, however, is no Venice, so when she gets word of a position back home, Caterina jumps at the opportunity.

The job is an unusual one. After nearly three centuries, two locked trunks, believed to contain the papers of a once-famous, now largely forgotten baroque composer, have been discovered. The composer was deeply connected in religious and political circles, but he died childless, and now two Venetian men, descendants of his cousins, each claim inheritance. With rumors of a treasure, they aren’t about to share the possible fortune. Caterina has been hired to attend the opening of the trunks and examine any enclosed papers to discover the “testamentary disposition” of the composer. But when her research takes her in unexpected directions and a silent man follows her through the streets, she begins to wonder just what secrets these trunks may hold. From a masterful writer, The Jewels of Paradise is a superb novel, a grip­ping tale of intrigue, music, history, and greed.

My Take

While there will be some who love this book, I'm afraid I am not one of them. I think I love the Guido Brunetti series (see my reviews below) too much.

THE JEWELS OF PARADISE felt a bit bloated to me. I couldn't fault the research and accepted that the author had a few things she needed to get off her chest, but there were times when I felt myself losing interest.

Part of (my) trouble is probably that it barely falls into the crime fiction category. Sure there is a possible murder that took place some 400 years ago when a prominent man simply disappeared, and then in the current setting there is some fraud and deception happening. But the author felt too compelled to give me the benefit of her research and I also got impatient with Caterina humming over baroque music in her head.

I found the final denouement barely satisfactory. I could understand why the "cousins" were interested in the possible treasure but couldn't get a handle on what the lawyer was trying to do. Although there is some irony at the end that made me chuckle. It tied in well with the discussion in the story about people seeing things differently because they are viewing them from different perspectives.

My rating: 3.9

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25 November 2012

Review: WINTER CHILL, John Cleary - audio book

  • originally published 1995
  • audio book published by Chivers 2011
  • playing time 9 hours 40 mins
  • Narrator Christian Rodska
  • ISBN 978-1-4458-1306-6
  • source: my local library
Synopsis (Audible.com)

It is 3.30 a.m. The Sydney monorail performs its endless circuit like a pale metal caterpillar - all for the benefit of one dead passenger.

Elsewhere in the city’s bleak midwinter, Darling Harbour buzzes to the sound of 1,000 American lawyers attending an international conference. And that means 1,000 opinions as to who killed their president. Two bodies later, and the more Scobie Malone fillets the heart of the city’s legal profession, the more he cuts into an intrigue of international proportions.... 

My Take

#12 in Jon Cleary's Scobie Malone series, CID police procedurals set in Sydney, that reflect current events such as the building of the Sydney Opera House and the holding of the Sydney Olympics.

Against the background of  an international conference for lawyers being held in Sydney, an American lawyer who turns out to have been born in Australia is killed. His body is discovered on the monorail and then the security guard who discovered the body is murdered.

There's quite a bit of human interest in the story too. Scobie Malone has two teenage children and his wife discovers she has breast cancer. Scobie Malone is a principled detective who believes in thorough investigative techniques.

A good story made even better by the excellent narration of Christian Rodska.Quite an intricate plot.

My rating: 4.6

In 2004 Cleary (1917-2010) won a Ned Kelly Award for best novel for the last of the Scobie Malone books DEGREES OF CONNECTION. He also won an Edgar Award for Best Novel in 1975 for a non Malone novel PETER'S PENCE.

Jon Cleary was probably better known for the fact that he wrote THE SUNDOWNERS.

Wikipedia has a good listing of the Scobie Malone books with single sentence plot outlines.
    Cleary once stated that, "There's more than a bit of me in Scobie. We both come from fighting Irish stock, we're both from Erskineville, the wrong side of the tracks, and both of us slugged our way up." Malone was a Catholic family man with rigid principles who mostly worked in Sydney, although his adventures occasionally took him overseas.
    Other regular characters in the series included:
    • Malone's Dutch wife Lisa, who he first met working as Sir James Quentin's secretary in The High Commissioner. She was based on Cleary's wife Joy.
    • Malone's partner Sergeant Russ Clements, who eventually became head of Homicide.
    • Inspector Leeds, Malone's superior.
    • His father Con and mother Brigid (based on Cleary's parents).
    • His children Tom and Maureen (based on Cleary's grandchildren).
Scobie Malone (Fantastic Fiction)
1. The High Commissioner (1966)
2. Helga's Web (1970)
3. Ransom (1973)
4. Dragons at the Party (1987)
5. Now and Then, Amen (1988)
6. Babylon South (1989)
7. Murder Song (1990)
8. Pride's Harvest (1991)
9. Dark Summer (1991)
10. Bleak Spring (1993)
11. Autumn Maze (1994)
12. Winter Chill (1995)
13. A Different Turf (1996)
14. Endpeace (1997)
15. Five Ring Circus (1998)
16. Dilemma (1999)
17. The Bear Pit (2000)
18. Yesterday's Shadow (2001)
19. The Easy Sin (2002)
20. Degrees of Connection (2005)

Sadly I have only one or two of this series, and that really is something I should correct.

2012 Global Reading Challenge completed

2012 Global Reading Challenge: 21/21 - -  

Completed at Expert Level.

I committed myself to reading 21 titles, all crime fiction, 3 titles each from 7 "continents". My 7th continent - historical crime fiction.
Blog site: 2012 Global Reading Challenge

 Africa - completed

  1. 4.5, THE LIMPOPO ACADEMY OF PRIVATE DETECTION, Alexander McCall Smith (Botswana)
  2. 5.0, DEATH OF THE MANTIS, Michael Stanley (Botswana)
  3. 4.6, TRUE MURDER, Yaba Badoe   (Ghanaian author)
Asia - completed
  1. 4.5, A BALI CONSPIRACY MOST FOUL, Shamini Flint (Indonesia)
  2. 4.5, THE THIEF, Fuminori Nakamura (Japan)
  3. 4.2, ASIA HAND, Christopher G. Moore (Thailand)
Australasia/Oceania (my modification) - completed

  1. 5.0, THE BROTHERHOOD, Y.A. Erskine (Tasmania)
  2. 4.7, BLOOD MOON, Garry Disher (Victoria)
  3. 4.0, BODY ON THE STAGE, Bev Robitai (New Zealand)
An extra hurdle for Australasia - at least one from New Zealand.
I can count separate Australian states.

Europe - completed
  1. 4.7, HEADHUNTERS, Jo Nesbo (Norway)
  2. 3.5, OUR KIND OF TRAITOR, John Le Carre (Britain)
  3. 4.6, THE COLD COLD GROUND, Adrian McKinty (N. Ireland)
North America - completed
  1. 5.0,  A TRICK OF THE LIGHT, Louise Penny (Canada)
  2. 4.5, THE END OF EVERYTHING, Megan Abbott  (North America)
  3. 4.4, SUICIDE RUN, Michael Connelly (North America)
South America - completed
  1. 4.4, WHO KILLED PALOMINO MOLERO?, Mario Vargas Llosa (Peru)
  2. 4.5, ALL YOURS, Claudia Pineiro (Argentina) 
  3. 4.7, PERFECT HATRED, Leighton Gage (Brazil)
7th Continent: Historical crime fiction - completed
  1. 4.5, MURDER AT THE SAVOY, Maj Sjowall & Per Wahloo (Sweden in 1960s)
  2. 4.4, THE RESURRECTION MEN, Sara Fraser (England 1826)  
  3. 4.7, DEATH COMES AS AN END, Agatha Christie  (Egypt 2000 BC

24 November 2012

Review: SUICIDE RUN, Michael Connelly

  • Format: Kindle (Amazon)
  • File Size: 422 KB
  • Print Length: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin (October 4, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • source: I bought 
Synopsis (Amazon)

In this first collection of three thrilling Harry Bosch stories, Michael Connelly once again demonstrates that he is the greatest living American crime writer.

In SUICIDE RUN, the apparent suicide of a beautiful young starlet turns out to be much more sinister than it seems.
In CIELO AZUL, Bosch is haunted by a long-ago closed case - the murder of a teenage girl who was never identified. As her killer sits on death row, Bosch tries one last time to get the answers he has sought for years.
In ONE DOLLAR JACKPOT, Bosch works the murder of a professional poker player whose skills have made her more than one enemy.
Whether investigating a cold case or fresh blood, Bosch relentlessly pursues his quarry, always on the lookout for the 'tell'.

My Take

This short story collection, quickly read, is an excellent reminder of what is so good about the Harry Bosch stories.

SUICIDE RUN is the perfect illustration of the fact that Harry Bosch always picks up more from a crime scene than others do. Great story.

CIELO AZUL is written in the first person, Harry Bosch's point of view. He shows how he never achieves closure if he can't give a murder victim a name. Again a great story.

ONE DOLLAR JACKPOT - this one is more a novella in length and structure. Harry Bosch has a gut feeling about this one but lacks proof. It demonstrates how often his gut feelings are right.

This is a really quick read, if you are looking for one, but still gives you some essential Harry Bosch.

My rating: 4.4

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23 November 2012

Review: PERFECT HATRED, Leighton Gage

  • Format: I read this on my Kindle via an e-copy ARC sent to me by the author
  • Publisher: Soho Crime (February 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616951761
  • ISBN-13: 978-161695176
  • available for pre-order from Amazon
Synopsis (Amazon)

Chief Inspector Mario Silva and his team have a heavy work load with several high-profile cases. First, a suicide bombing that was apparently the work of a militant Islamist group.

Then, a gubernatorial candidate is assassinated in broad daylight at a campaign rally. Could the cases be related? To complicate Silva's investigation, a criminal with a very bad grudge against the Chief Inspector has been released from prison and is plotting ugly revenge.

My Take

First up, let me point out that I have reviewed an ARC of this book courtesy of the author but that it is now available for pre-order from Amazon. Publication date is Feb 19, 2013.

While I pointed out in my recent review of  ALL YOURS by Claudia Pineiro that I felt I hadn't really learnt a lot about life in Argentina, the same cannot be said of PERFECT HATRED which is set mainly in Brazil. The author's awareness of politics and corruption, and the recent appearance of terrorism and jihad in Brazil all come through loud and clear, and the events and themes of PERFECT HATRED are set against that background.
    “Just politics and favoritism is an understatement,” Arnaldo said, standing up. “In case you guys never noticed, politics and favoritism is what Brasilia is all about.”
The book begins with a bomb blast in Sao Paulo. A Muslim extremist detonates a bomb hidden in a baby carriage outside the American Consulate.

350 km to the south in Curitiba, Plinio Saldana, apparently squeaky clean, looks like a golden hope for the governorship of the state of Parana. When he is elected, it will signal the end of corruption and nepotism, and his election looks a cert:
    The turnout that day was unprecedented. People had flocked into the city from all over the state. The Civil Police later estimated the size of the crowd to have been somewhere between 250 and 300 thousand—the largest ever to witness the assassination of a Brazilian politician
Seemingly without a qualm his wife Stella steps up as the new candidate, while Mario Silva and his team of federal cops try to work out how and why Plinio could have been assassinated by one of his own team.

Are the two events connected or are they both just signs of political disaffection in Brazil? 

A third story joins the plot when wealthy gangster Muniz tries to ensure that he will not go to jail for crimes he has committed by arranging the assassination of both the public prosecutor responsible for the case against him, and the federal cop, Mario Silva, who saw him gun down an unarmed, penniless priest.

PERFECT HATRED is #6 in Gage's Mario Silva series. Do I have to read them in order I hear you ask? Well, I'd recommend that strategy although I realised today that I haven't read them all.

PERFECT HATRED is an excellent read. Be sure to order your copy.

My rating: 4.7

Author's website

Other books in the series I have reviewed


22 November 2012

Crime Fiction Alphabet 2012: My Contributions

The Crime Fiction Alphabet meme has been run 3 times in the past 4 years on this blog and has proved both challenging and popular.

Some contributors decided on a pattern for their posts.
For example Bill at Mysteries and More from Saskatchewan decided he would put up 26 mystery author profiles of authors whose books he had read. Yesterday he wrote a summary post.

Margot at Confessions from Mystery Novelist decided she would list protagonists used by mystery novelists.

I decided I would select from books/authors I have read and reviewed this year.
Below are my selections.

A: Anne Holt
D: Garry Disher
F: Gordon Ferris
G: Sulari Gentill
H: Howell, Holt and Horst
I:  Ian Rankin
J:  Jo Nesbo
K: Karin and Katherine
L: Louise and Lovesey
M: Michael Robotham
O: Octavia
P: Louise Penny
R: Ruth Rendell
S: Shamini Flint
U: Unger
V: Virginia Duigan
W: Martin Walker
Y: Yvette and Yaba
Z: Zita and Zero

I was very pleased to find that I had overlapped only 3 times!

If you were a contributor to the Crime Fiction Alphabet for 2012 and have written a similar summary post (doesn't matter if you don't have all the letters covered) I invite you to add a link to your post on the Mr. Linky below.

20 November 2012

Crime Fiction Alphabet 2012 - the Summary: N to Z

Did you catch the first part of the summary for this fabulous meme yesterday?

Each week for the past 26 weeks participants have suggested an author, a title, or a topic beginning with a letter of the alphabet.They've linked their suggestion to a post on their blog.

In all, there have been nearly 400 crime fiction reading suggestions of both titles and authors.

The letter N
crime fiction alphabet Participants
1. Margot Kinberg - Edward Stratemeyer's Nancy Drew
2. gautami tripathy (Nemesis)
3. Margaret @ BooksPlease -Now You See Me by S J Bolton
4. Srivalli- The Leopard by Jo Nesbo
5. MiP - NEXT OF KIN by Elsebeth Egholm
6. Peter Reynard - N or M?
7. Scott: N is for Nero Wolfe
8. TracyK (Night at the Vulcan)
9. Bev@My Reader's Block (Meredith Nicholson)
10. Katrina (The new Sonia Wayward)
11. Mysteries and More from Saskatchewan ("N" is for Stuart Neville)
12. The Game's Afoot - N is for Nonídez, Manuel Nonídez
13. Peggy Ann - Natural Causes by James Oswald
14. a hot cup of pleasure - No Comebacks by Frederick Forsyth
15. Sergio (Tipping My Fedora) - NIGHTMARE CRUISE by Wade Miller
16. MaryR - N is for Name of the Rose

The letter O
crime fiction alphabet Participants
1. Margot Kinberg - Denise Mina's Maureen O'Donnell
2. TracyK - O is for Anthony Oliver
3. The Game's Afoot - O is for Oliver, Maria-Antonia Oliver
4. Srivalli -The Great Impersonation by E Philiphs Oppenhiem
5. Margaret @ BooksPlease - Baroness Orczy, The Old Man in the Corner
6. gautami tripathy - (Out at Night by Susan Arnout Smith)
7. Clarissa Draper - Knots
8. Peggy Ann - When the Music Stopped, Elizabeth Ogilvie
9. a hot cup of pleasure - Ordeal by Innocence by Agatha Christie
10. Mysteries and More from Saskatchewan ("O" is for Gregg Olsen)
11. Bev@My Reader's Block (O' Artful Death)
12. MiP - O is for Octavia (THE NOBODIES ALBUM, Carolyn Parkhurst)
13. O is for OLD SCHOOL TIE by Paul Thomas (Crime Watch - Craig)
14. Scott: O is for Outlaw
15. Sergio (Tipping My Fedora) 0 One for the Road by Fredric Brown
16. MaryR - O is for Okrant

The letter P

crime fiction alphabet Participants
1. Margot Kinberg - Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot
2. TracyK - Pardonable Lies, Jacqueline Winspear
3. gautami tripathy - (Paul Byers)
4. Margaret @ BooksPlease - Postern of Fate, Agatha Christie
5. The Game's Afoot - P is for Padura
6. Srivalli- The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain
7. Peggy Ann-Phoebe Atwood Taylor
8. Bev@My Reader's Block (Bernadette Pajer)
9. MiP - P is for Louise Penny
10. Scott: P is for Phillip and Perry
11. Clarissa Draper - Lynda La Plante
12. a hot cup of pleasure - Primal Fear
13. Mysteries and More from Saskatchewan ("P" is for Edward O. Phillips)
14. Sergio (Tipping My Fedora) - PIZZA HOUSE CRASH by Denise Danks
15. MaryR - P is for Louise Penny

The letter Q
crime fiction alphabet Participants
1. Margot Kinberg - Anthony Bidulka's Russell Quant
2. Margaret @ BooksPlease - Death of a Red Heroine by Qiu Xiaolong
3. The Game's Afoot - Q is for Quinteto de Buenos Aires
4. Srivalli- A Question of Belief by Donna Leon
5. Peggy Ann-Death in the Quadrangle
6. And The Game's Afoot - Q is also for Quílez
7. Scott: Qis for Ellery Queen
8. MiP -Q is for THE QUARRY
9. Bev@My Reader's Block (A Question of Time)
10. a hot cup of pleasure - Question of Blood by Ian Rankin
11. TracyK -- A Quiet Flame by Philip Kerr
12. Sergio (Tipping My Fedora) - QUEEN IN DANGER by Adam Hall
13. Mysteries and More from Saskatchewan ("Q" is for Kwei Quartey)
14. MaryR (Q is for Spencer Quinn)

The letter R
crime fiction alphabet Participants
1. Margot Kinberg - Alexander McCall Smith's Mma. Precious Ramotswe
2. gautami tripathy - (Rosemary Harris)
3. Margaret @ BooksPlease - Bad Boy by Peter Robinson
4. Srivalli- R is for Ruth Rendell
5. Jose Ignacio - The Game's Afoot - Rafael Reig
6. Peggy Ann-Raspberry Jam
7. MiP - R is for Ruth Rendell
8. Scott: R is for Remington Steele
9. TracyK - Helen Reilly
10. a hot cup of pleasure: Rex Stout's Mother Hunt
11. Sergio (Tipping My Fedora) - REUNION WITH MURDER by Timothy Fuller
12. Mysteries and More from Saskatchewan ("R" is for Robert Rotenberg)
13. Peter Reynard - Jack Reacher
14. Bev@My Reader's Block (Mary Roberts Rinehart)
15. MaryR - R is for Ellen Raskin

The letter S
crime fiction alphabet Participants
1. Peter Reynard - S is for Erle Stanley Gardner
2. Margot Kinberg - Karin Fossum's Konrad Sejer
3. Margaret @ BooksPlease - Maigret and the Ghost by Georges Simenon
4. Jose Ignacio - The Game's Afoot - Juan Jose Saer
5. Peggy Ann-A.D. Scott
6. Peggy Ann -The Shole Keys
7. Scott: S is for Sherlock Holmes
8. TracyK - Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
9. MiP - S is for Shamini Flint & Inspector Singh
10. a hot cup of pleasure: Successor by Ismail Kadare
11. Bev@My Reader's Block (Strange Murders at Greystokes)
12. MaryR - S is for Sayers
13. Mysteries and More from Saskatchewan ("S" is for Josef Skvorecky)
14. Sergio (Tipping My Fedora) - SALT RIVER by James Sallis
15. Srivalli- The Scarlet Letters by Ellery Queen

The letter T
crime fiction alphabet Participants
1. Margot Kinberg - Adrian Hyland's Emily Tempest
2. Srivalli- The Tragedy of Z by Ellery Queen
3. Peter Reynard - Tarquin Hall
4. Jose Ignacio - The Game's Afoot - Paco Ignacio Taibo II
5. Margaret @ BooksPlease - The Four Last things by Andrew Taylor
6. Peggy Ann -Josephine Tey
7. Scott: T is for Travis McGee
8. TracyK - The Tattoo Murder Case by Takagi
9. Bev@My Reader's Block (Will Thomas)
10. MaryR - T is for Traditional
11. Sergio (Tipping My Fedora) - Traitor's Purse by Margery Allingham
12. Mysteries and More from Saskatchewan ("T" is for Donald Serrell Thomas)
13. a hot cup of pleasure: Twelve Red Herrings by Jeffrey Archer

The letter U
crime fiction alphabet Participants
1. Margot Kinberg - Rita Mae Brown's Tally Urquhart
2. Srivalli- U is for Undertow and Upson
3. Bev@My Reader's Block (Unhappy Hooligan)
4. TracyK - U is for Under World
5. Margaret @ BooksPlease (Fear in the Sunlight by Nicola Upson)
6. Jose Ignacio - U is for Ungar, Antonio Ungar
7. MaryR - U is for Upson
8. MiP - U is for Unger
9. Mysteries and More ("U" is for The Battling Prophet by Arthur W. Upfield)
10. Mysteries and More ("U" is for Arthur W. Upfield)
11. Sergio (Tipping My Fedora) - UNFINISHED PORTRAIT by Agatha Christie

The letter V
crime fiction alphabet Participants
1. Srivalli- V is for Villar
2. Margot Kinberg - Håkan Nesser's Inspector Van Veeteren
3. Bev@My Reader's Block (Vera Caspary)
4. Margaret @ BooksPlease (The Chalk Circle Man by Fred Vargas)
5. Jose Ignacio - V is for Villar, Domingo Villar
6. TracyK - S. S. Van Dine
7. MiP - V is for Virginia Duigan, THE PRECIPICE
8. Mysteries and More from Saskatchewan ("V" is for Michael Van Rooy)
9. V is for Vanda Symon's THE FACELESS (Crime Watch - Craig)
10. a hot cup of pleasure: Vision by dean Koontz
11. Sergio (Tipping My Fedora) - VERONICA'S ROOM by Ira Levin
12. The Maine Massacre by Janwillem van de Wetering - Peggy Ann
13. MaryR - V is for Victoria Dock

The letter W
crime fiction alphabet Participants
1. Margot Kinberg - Sara Paretsky's V.I. Warshawski
2. Scott: W is Without Due Process
3. Margaret @ BooksPlease - Wycliffe and the Cycle of Death
4. Srivalli- W is for Edgar Wallace
5. Peggy Ann -Episode of the Wandering Knife
6. Jose Ignacio - W is for Wilson, Robert Wilson
7. Mysteries and More from Saskatchewan ("W" is for L.R. Wright)
8. MiP - W is for Martin Walker, THE CROWDED GRAVE
9. Bev@My Reader's Block (The War of the Worlds Murder)
10. TracyK - W is for R. D. Wingfield
11. MaryR - W is for Well Schooled in Murder
12. Sergio (Tipping My Fedora) - THE WENCH IS DEAD by Fredric Brown

The letter X
crime fiction alphabet Participants
1. Margot Kinberg - Exes
2. Mysteries and More from Saskatchewan ("X" is for Qiu Xiaolong Again)
3. Bev@My Reader's Block (E. X. Ferrars)
4. Jose Ignacio - Alfonso X of Castile
5. MiP - X is for DEATH OF AN EXPERT WITNESS, P. D. James
6. Margaret @ BooksPlease - The Expats by Chris Pavone
7. Mysteries and More ("X" is for A Loyal Character Dancer by Qiu Xiaolong)
8. TracyK - X is for XPD
9. Sergio (Tipping My Fedora) -BEAST OF THE CAMARGUE by Xavier-Marie Bonnot
10. Srivalli- X is for When Red is Black by Qiu Xiaolong
11. MaryR - X is for Qui Xiaolong

The letter Y
crime fiction alphabet Participants
1. Margot Kinberg - Louise Penny's Yvette Nichol
2. Margaret @ BooksPlease - Murder by Yew by Suzanne Young
3. Bev@My Reader's Block (Felicity Young)
4. Mysteries and More from Saskatchewan ("Y" is for Scott Young)
5. MaryR - Y is for Yiddish Policeman's Union
6. Scott: Y is for Alan Geoffrey Yates
7. MiP - Y is for Yvette and Yaba
8. TracyK - The Yiddish Policemen's Union
9. Jose Ignacio - Yanet Acosta
10. Mysteries and More (Murder in a Cold Climate by Scott Young)
11. Sergio (Tipping My Fedora) - THE YELLOW DOG by Georges Simenon
12. Srivalli- False Pretences by Margret Yorke

The letter Z
crime fiction alphabet Participants
1. Margot Kinberg - Donna Leon's Elettra Zorzi
2. Srivalli- Zone Defence by Petros Markaris
3. Bev@My Reader's Block (M. J. Zellnik)
4. Mysteries and More from Saskatchewan ("Z" is for Mark Richard Zubro)
5. Margaret @ BooksPlease - The Whispers of Nemesis by Anne Zouroudi
6. TracyK - Zombies of the Gene Pool
7. MiP - Z is for Zita and Zero
8. Scott: Z is for Zelda
9. Jose Ignacio - Carlos Zanon
10. Mysteries and More (The Truth Can Get You Killed by Mark Richard Zubro)
11. Sergio @ Tipping My Fedora - The Zebra-Striped Hearse by Ross Macdonald
12. MaryR - Z is for Zouroudi

19 November 2012

Review: ALL YOURS, Claudia Pineiro

  • Format: Kindle (Amazon)
  • File Size: 218 KB
  • Print Length: 178 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 190473880X
  • Publisher: Bitter Lemon Press; Tra Org edition (December 18, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc
  • Translated by Miranda France.
  • Language: English
  • Source: I bought it
Synopsis (Amazon)

Ines is convinced that every wife is bound to be betrayed one day, so she is not surprised to find a note in her husband Ernesto’s briefcase with a heart smeared in lipstick crossed by the words “All Yours” and signed, “Your true love.”

She follows him to a park on a rainy winter evening and witnesses a violent quarrel he has with another woman. The woman collapses; Ernesto sinks her body in a nearby lake. When Ernesto becomes a suspect in the case she provides him with an alibi. After all, hatred can bring people together as urgently as love. But Ernesto cannot bring his sexual adventures to an end, so Ines concocts a plan for revenge from which there is no return.

Claudia Piñeiro, formerly a journalist and playwright, is the author of literary crime novels that are all bestsellers in Latin America and have been translated into six languages. All Yours follows on the success of Thursday Night Widows, published in 2010 in the United States.

My Take

Set in Buenos Aires, this novel has an interesting structure: mostly the voice that we hear is Ines herself; but often there are phone conversations between Lali and her friend Paula which is how we know that Lali is in trouble; sometimes we are provided with material photocopied from a Spanish book on forensic practice found in Ines' bedside table. Most incidents are provided without author intervention or description.

Ines has nothing much to do all day except her housework so she keeps her house spic and span. It also means that she hasn't got much else to focus on apart from herself and Ernesto, providing of course you discount their daughter Lali, who is 17, finishing school, and in all sorts of trouble, but neither of her parents are aware of that.

Ines thinks she has now got Ernesto where she wants him, but then she discovers he is still leading a double life, and from that point on she can only see one way out.

Although I've read ALL YOURS for the South American category of the 2012 Global Reading Challenge it doesn't seem to me that I've learnt much about life in Buenos Aires. Having read this and THURSDAY NIGHT WIDOWS I can now see why Claudia Pineiro is such a popular Argentinian crime fiction writer. Her novels are unusual to say the least.

My rating: 4.5

Crime Fiction Alphabet 2012 - the Summary: A to M

Our journey is over for 2012.

Many thanks to those who've contributed every week or occasionally.

Today and tomorrow I'll sum up the posts.

The letter A
crime fiction alphabet Participants
1. Ngaio Marsh's Roderick Alleyn - Margot Kinberg
2. Ariadne Oliver - Agatha Christie @ The Book Jotter
3. A for Amnesia @ Tipping My Fedora
4. The A-Ha! Moment - Clarissa Draper
5. A for J. R. L. Anderson (Bev@My Reader's Block)
6. A is for Argemí - The Game's Afoot
7. "A" is for Rennie Airth - Mysteries and More from Saskatchewan
8. And Then There Were None @ a hot cup of pleasure
9. A is for Anne Holt - MiP
10. Arthur Conan Doyle: The Sign of Four -Margaret @ BooksPlease
11. A is for Another Time, Another Life - Fleur Fisher
12. A is for Eric Ambler - TracyK@BitterTea&Mystery
13. Academic murder @ Peggy Ann's Post
14. The Character Depot - Archer, Jeffrey
15. Tea Time with Marce (A - Andrea Kane)
16. A is for Alibi-Srivalli
17. MaryR- Agatha Raisin

The letter B
crime fiction alphabet Participants
1. Mysteries and More from Saskatchewan ("B" is for Gail Bowen)
2. Jo @ The Book Jotter (B is for Barry Lyga)
3. Margaret @ BooksPlease - Blue Lightning by Ann Cleeves
4. TracyK @ Bitter Tea & Mystery (B is for Robert Barnard)
5. Clarissa Draper - the Back Story
6. The Game's Afoot (B is for Bolaño)
7. raidrgirl3(Blood and Circuses)
8. Peggy Ann 'The Black House' by The Little Sisters
10. Margot Kinberg - Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch
11. Sergio@Tipping My Fedora (Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey)
12. B for The Bat (Bev@My Reader's Block)
13. Burning Court by John Dickson Carr (Srivalli)
14. Crime Fiction Alphabet - Dan Brown
15. Fleur Fisher: B is for Bolton
16. MaryR - Booktown Mysteries

The letter C
crime fiction alphabet Participants
1. Margot Kinberg - Kerry Greenwood's Corinna Chapman
2. C for Champagne for One (Bev@My Reader's Block)
3. C is for John Dickson Carr (Peggy Ann)
4. C is for Cambridge Theorum (TracyK @ Bitter Tea)
5. Clarissa Draper - Crime Scene investigations
6. C is for COLLECTING COOPER by Paul Cleave (Crime Watch - Craig)
7. The Game's Afoot (C is for Cela)
8. Mysteries and More from Saskatchewan ("C" is for Robert Crais)
9. C is for Ann Cleeves @ The Book Jotter
10. C for Crowley, as in Aleister, the notorious British occultist.
11. C is for THE CALLER by Karin Fossum - MIP
12. raidrgirl3(CJ Sansom)
13. Margaret @ BooksPlease - Catriona McPherson
14. Fleur Fisher (C is for Christie)
15. Sergio @Tipping My Fedora - C is for John Dickson Carr
16. MaryR - C is for Cozies
17. Case of the Imaginary Detective (a hot cup of pleasure)
18. Srivalli - A Cold Day For Murder by Dana Stabenow
19. Crime Fiction Alphabet - Cornwell

The letter D
crime fiction alphabet Participants
1. Margot Kinberg - Reginald Hill's Andy Dalziel
2. The Game's Afoot (D is for Diez)
3. Bev@My Reader's Block (Dead as a Dinosaur)
4. Margaret @ BooksPlease - Dana Stabenow
5. TracyK @ Bitter Tea (Len Deighton)
6. D is for Damien Seaman (Peggy Ann)
7. Clarissa Draper - Drowning
8. Fleur Fisher (D is for Dickens - Monica Dickens)
9. BLOOD MOON by Garry Disher (MiP)
10. Valli ( The Book of the Crime by Elizabeth Daly)
11. Mysteries and More from Saskatchewan ("D" is for William Deverell)
12. Jo (D is for Daisy Dalrymple or Carola Dunn)
13. MaryR - D is for Dashiell Hammett
14. Sergio@Tipping My Fedora (Death is a Lonely Business by Ray Bradbury)
15. Crime Fiction Alphabet - author Clarissa Draper

The letter E
crime fiction alphabet Participants
1. Margot Kinberg - Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza's Inspector Espinosa
2. Bev@My Reader's Block (Elizabeth Ironside)
3. Margaret @ BooksPlease - Endless Night by Agatha Christie
4. The Game's Afoot (E is for Escolar)z)
5. Fleur Fisher - E is for Elizabeth
6. E is for Enigma - Kerrie MiP
7. Carter Brown - The Exotic - Scott
8. E is for EDGE by Jeffery Deaver (Crime Watch - Craig)
9. Clarissa Draper - Evidence
10. E is for Eilis Dillon (Peggy Ann)
11. TracyK @ Bitter Tea (An Empty Death, Wilson)
12. Mysteries and More from Saskatchewan ("E" is for Jill Edmondson)
13. Jo @ The Book Jotter - E is for Enid Blyton!
14. Sergio (Tipping My Fedora) - E is for Stanley Ellin
15. a hot cup of pleasure (E is for Eight of Swords by John Dickson Carr)
16. Ed McBain - JL Campbell
17. MaryR - E is for Evanovich

The letter F
crime fiction alphabet Participants
1. Margot Kinberg - Camilla Läckberg’s Erica Falck
2. Mysteries and More from Saskatchewan ("F" is for Zoë Ferraris)
3. Margaret @ BooksPlease - Fatherland by Robert Harris
4. The Game's Afoot (F is for Fonseca)
5. Fleur Fisher - F is for Fitt
6. F is for Ferris - Kerrie at MiP
7. Scott
8. F is for Freeman Wills Croft (Peggy Ann)
9. F is for FRIENDLY FIRE, Michael Wall - Craig at CrimeWatch
10. TracyK - F is for Fer-de-Lance
11. Sergio@Tipping My Fedora - Face to Face by Ellery Queen
12. Jo (F is for Fatal Frost)
13. F is for Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey (a hot cup of pleasure)
14. Peter Reynard - Five Little Pigs by Agatha Christie
15. MaryR - F is for Flavia

The letter G
crime fiction alphabet Participants
1. Margot Kinberg - Dorte Hummelshøj Jakobsen’s Rhapsody Gershwin
2. Bev@My Reader's Block (The Golden Scorpion)
3. Peter Reynard - Eric Garcia
4. Margaret @ BooksPlease - Sue Grafton
5. The Game's Afoot - Mempo Giardinelli
6. Clarissa Draper - God Complex
7. TracyK - G is for Elizabeth George
8. Scott- Get Off At Babylon by Marvin Albert
9. Mysteries and More from Saskatchewan - "G" is for John Grisham (Part I)
10. The Filigree Ball by Anna Katherine Green - Peggy Ann
11. FleurFisher (G is for Greenwood)
12. Mysteries and More from Saskatchewan - "G" is for John Grisham (Part II)
13. a hot cup of pleasure - G is for Geographer's Library by Jon Fasman
14. Sergio (Tipping My Fedora) - William Goldman
15. G is for Grey (Jo @ The Book Jotter)
16. MaryR - G is for Grafton

The letter H
crime fiction alphabet Participants
1. Margot Kinberg - Helene Tursten's Irene Huss
2. TracyK - Cyril Hare
3. The Game's Afoot - H is for Hill, Antonio Hill
4. Margaret @ BooksPlease - The Hanging in the Hotel
5. Peggy Ann - The Housekeeper
6. FleurFisher (H is for Hidden)
7. Bev@My Reader's Block (Dorothy B Hughes)
8. Peter Reynard - Hazel Holt
9. a hot cup of pleasure (H is for Hamlet, Revenge! by Michael Innes)
10. Mysteries and More from Saskatchewan ("H" is for Robert Harris)
11. Scott: H is Harry Stoner P.I.
12. H is for Howell, Holt and Horst - MiP
13. Srivalli ( The Holcroft Covenant)
14. MaryR - H is for Hard Boiled
15. Sergio (Tipping My Fedora) - He Who hesitates by Ed McBain

The letter I
crime fiction alphabet Participants
1. Margot Kinberg - Peter Temple's Jack Irish
2. Sergio@Tipping My Fedora (Invisible Green by John Sladek)
3. gautami tripathy (Ice cold Hands)
4. Bev@My Reader's Block (Elizabeth Ironside)
5. Margaret @ BooksPlease - Michael Innes
6. The Game's Afoot - I is for Izzo, Jean-Claude Izzo
7. irene, Impartial Witness
8. Fleur Fisher - I is for Ivy
9. I is for Ian Rankin - MiP
10. TracyK @ Bitter Tea & Mystery (Information Officer)
11. Valli - I Could Murder her and Claude Izner
12. Scott: I is for Injustice For All
13. Mysteries and More from Saskatchewan ("I" is for Greg Iles)
14. a hot cup of pleasure (I is for Ian Rankin)
15. MaryR I is for Interred with their Bones
16. Peter Reynard - Isaac Asimov

The letter J
crime fiction alphabet Participants
1. Margot Kinberg - Agatha Christie's James Japp
2. TracyK - J is for Sebastien Japrisot
3. Peggy Ann - Jo Nesbo
4. gautami tripathy (James Lepore)
5. Margaret @ BooksPlease - Peter James
6. Scott: J is For James Hadley Chase
7. MiP - J is for Jo Nesbo
8. J is for Jimenez, Georgina Jimenez - The Game's Afoot
9. Mysteries and More from Saskatchewan ("J" is for Stan Jones)
10. Sergio (Tipping My Fedora) - J is for Jonathan Latimer
11. a hot cup of pleasure - Jung, Muzaffar
12. Srivalli-Journey into Fear by Eric Ambler
13. MaryR - J is for Josephine Tey

The letter K
crime fiction alphabet Participants
1. Margot Kinberg - Martin Edwards' Daniel Kind
2. gautami tripathy (Kari Lee Townsand)
3. Margaret @ BooksPlease - Katherine McMahon, The Crimson Rooms
4. The Game's Afoot - K is for Kohan, Martin Kohan
5. Peggy Ann - Rob Kitchin
6. MiP - Karin & Katherine
7. Scott: K is for Frank Kane
8. Peter Reynard - Kate Summerscale
9. Clarissa Draper - Knots
10. TracyK - Stuart M. Kaminsky
11. Mysteries and More from Saskatchewan ("K" is for Joseph Kanon)
12. Sergio - K is for Kaminsky
13. Srivalli- Rosemary Kutak
14. a hot cup of pleasure - K is for Kashmir Shawl
15. Bev@My Reader's Block (The Key)
16. MaryR - K is for Kincaid

The letter L
crime fiction alphabet Participants
1. Margot Kinberg - Tony Hillerman's Joe Leaphorn
2. The Game's Afoot - L is for Latour, Jose Latour
3. Margaret @ BooksPlease - Lord Edgware Dies, Agatha Christie
4. Peggy Ann - Linda Greenlaw
5. Scott: L is for Lament For A Lousy Lover
6. Peter Reynard - Dennis Lehane
7. MiP - Louise and Lovesey
8. a hot cup of pleasure - Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler
9. TracyK: John Lawton, A Lily of the Field
10. Mysteries and More from Saskatchewan ("L" is for Paul Levine)
11. Srivalli- Leave the Grave Green by Deborah Crombie
12. Judy Harper - LYING
13. Sergio (Tipping My Fedora) - THE LONG WAIT by Mickey Spillane
14. MaryR - L is for Donna Leon

The letter M
crime fiction alphabet Participants
1. Margot Kinberg - Åsa Larsson’s Anna-Maria Mella
2. gautami tripathy (BLEED FOR ME - Michael Robotham)
3. Peter Reynard - Murder in the Mews
4. Margaret @ BooksPlease - M R Hall
5. Scott: M is for Minor In Possession
6. Peggy Ann - Mildred Davis
7. The Game's Afoot - M is for Melo, Patricia Melo
8. TracyK - Charles McCarry
9. Mysteries and More from Saskatchewan ("M" is for Seicho Matsumoto)
10. MiP - Michael Robotham's SAY YOU'RE SORRY
11. Srivalli-The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey
12. Sergio (Tipping My Fedora) - MURDER ON THE BLACKBOARD by Stuart Palmer
13. a hot cup of pleasure (Miss Timmins' School for Girls by Nayana Currimbhoy)
14. M is for A MURDER OR THREE by Laurie Mantell (Craig - Crime Watch)
15. MaryR - M is for Ngaio Marsh

See the rest of the alphabet tomorrow.


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