Cormoran Strike Mystery Series Review

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I finally decided to read the Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith, also known as J. K. Rowling. As a fan of mystery novels and a fan of J. K. Rowling, you would think that I would have grabbed these books the second they were released, but somehow they never really piqued my interest that much. Recently though, while searching for some page-turning mysteries, I decided to finally give them a read. I ended up reading them all back to back within one week, so it’s fair to say that I’m completely hooked.

The series centres around Cormoran Strike, an Afghan war veteran struggling to get by as a private investigator. His girlfriend has left him and he is down to one client when a mistake by a temp agency sends him an assistant. Robin has recently moved to London and this temp assignment is not something she expected, but it is certainly interesting. From here we dive into the cases investigated by Strike and Robin, while getting to know the two characters and see the development of their partnership. Continue reading “Cormoran Strike Mystery Series Review”

Tangerine by Christine Mangan

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“Tangier and Lucy were the same, I thought. Both unsolvable riddles that refused to leave me in peace. And I had tired of it – of the not knowing, of always feeling as though I were on the outside of things, just on the periphery.”

Alice Shipley is shocked to see her old friend Lucy Mason in Tangier, where Alice had recently moved with her new husband, John. The two friends were inseparable during their college days, however an incident occurred that altered that friendship, and they hadn’t spoken since. Now, seemingly out of nowhere, Lucy appears on Alice’s doorstep as if nothing happened, and is attempting to fall back into their old way of being. Alice tries to convince herself that this is a good thing since she has not adjusted well to her new life in Tangier, and Lucy being the fearless one between them, always made Alice a little more bold, a little more brave. But it isn’t long before Alice starts getting that familiar, unsettling feeling when it comes to Lucy Mason. And when her husband disappears, she starts to question everything, including her own state of mind.  Continue reading “Tangerine by Christine Mangan”

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

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“Somebody’s going to be murdered at the ball tonight. It won’t appear to be a murder so the murderer won’t be caught. Rectify that injustice and I’ll show you the way out.”

Aiden is reliving the same day over and over again; the day that Evelyn Hardcastle is murdered. At an illustrious party thrown by her parents, Evelyn is killed — again and again. Doomed to repeating this day, Aiden’s only way out is to solve the murder and prevent Evelyn’s death. But within the shadows an enemy lurks, and nothing is what it seems.

“How lost do you have to be to let the devil lead you home?” Continue reading “The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton”

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

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“The point is—as far as the Society is concerned—if you are not honest, and determined, and brave, then it doesn’t matter how talented you are.”

Morrigan Crow is cursed as a result of having been born on Eventide, the unluckiest time for a child to be born. Not only is she blamed for all misfortune that befalls the people of her town, the curse also means that she is to die at midnight on her eleventh birthday. When the time draws near and Morrigan awaits the inevitable, a strange man named Jupiter North appears at her home. He gives her the choice to come with him to the mysterious land called Nevermoor, and with shadowy hunters on their tail, they set off from Morrigan’s home and the only place she has ever known. Soon she learns that Jupiter has selected her to compete for membership to the very prestigious, the Wundrous Society, for which she must successfully complete four dangerous trials. Hundreds of children compete and each have to demonstrate an exceptional talent, which is something that Morrigan does not believe to possess. However, her being able to stay in Nevermoor depends on her acceptance into the elite organization, otherwise she must return to her former home and confront her deadly fate.  Continue reading “Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend”

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal

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“You waste everything because you’ve always had everything.”

Now that is an attention grabbing title! Undoubtedly when I came across this novel while browsing my local bookstore I couldn’t help but reach for it to see what it was about. This was before the hype surrounding it really hit, and quite honestly when a book is so hyped up and I begin to see it absolutely everywhere, my interest wanes quite a bit. I ended up really enjoying this book and it is one I would easily recommend. So, what is it all about?

Nikki is the daughter of Indian immigrants and has spent most of her life distancing herself from the culture and traditions of the Sikh community, instead opting for a more Western life. She dropped out of law school and got a job bartending, intent on finding her way in the world and discovering what she truly wants to do. After the unexpected death of her father, Nikki takes a job teaching, what she believes is a creative writing course, at a community centre in the close-knit Punjabi community in London. Because of a misunderstanding, the Sikh widows who show up believe that it is a class for English literacy not creative writing. When one of the widows finds a book of sexy stories and shares it with the class, it leads to the women creating stories of their own, and Nikki guides them in sharing their stories and expressing their creativity. The class becomes immensely popular even with attempts to keep it a secret, as there are many who would be against such a thing. Particularly the Brotherhood, a group of young men who deem themselves to be the community’s “moral police.” As the class grows and the gossip flows, Nikki slowly discovers the answers to a death that shocked the community, and finds herself amidst a possible scandal. Continue reading “Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal”