The Chalk Man review


Goodreads: In 1986, Eddie and his friends are just kids on the verge of adolescence. They spend their days biking around their sleepy English village and looking for any taste of excitement they can get. The chalk men are their secret code: little chalk stick figures they leave for one another as messages only they can understand. But then a mysterious chalk man leads them right to a dismembered body, and nothing is ever the same.

In 2016, Eddie is fully grown and thinks he’s put his past behind him, but then he gets a letter in the mail containing a single chalk stick figure. When it turns out that his friends got the same message, they think it could be a prank–until one of them turns up dead. That’s when Eddie realizes that saving himself means finally figuring out what really happened all those years ago.

Well, let me say up front that I am not a fan of books that go back and forth between timelines.  It just isn’t for me.  Tell me the whole story from the present view and share old parts via conversations or dreams.  Hate going back and forth.

Having said that again, I did like this story of the full grown Eddie more than the youthful one.  Had the killer figured out pretty quickly but there were still a couple questions that didn’t get answered till the end.  I didn’t care for the ending – I just didn’t but that is me.

The story is decent and the characters often reminded me of several other books that center on events that started out with them as youths and ended with them never reaching their potential as adults.

This is a good book to sit down and read on a long, snowy weekend. I would be inclined to read the author again and give the book an A.


Girl in the Ice review

28233082Goodreads: Her eyes are wide open. Her lips parted as if to speak. Her dead body frozen in the ice…She is not the only one.

When a young boy discovers the body of a woman beneath a thick sheet of ice in a South London park, Detective Erika Foster is called in to lead the murder investigation.

The victim, a beautiful young socialite, appeared to have the perfect life. Yet when Erika begins to dig deeper, she starts to connect the dots between the murder and the killings of three prostitutes, all found strangled, hands bound and dumped in water around London.

What dark secrets is the girl in the ice hiding?

As Erika inches closer to uncovering the truth, the killer is closing in on Erika.

The last investigation Erika led went badly wrong… resulting in the death of her husband. With her career hanging by a thread, Erika must now battle her own personal demons as well as a killer more deadly than any she’s faced before. But will she get to him before he strikes again?

Just finished this book.  I have to say, I knew the killer long before mid-book which made me happy to know I haven’t lost my touch.  The protagonist is Erika Foster, a detective newly reinstated after a previous investigation ends up in the loss of several of her team. A bit raw and still recovering herself from the tragedy, Erika throws herself into her new case – the girl in the water.

I did like Erika though I think she felt a bit stereotypical.  Still, one tends to jump in her corner early on.  The story flows nicely and keeps one intrigued even after guessing the killer.  How much did I like the book? Well, I went and bought the four so far in the series.  The library didn’t have #2 available so figured I’d just buy them all – if I don’t like the way it goes, I won’t keep reading them.  I give the book an A.

Agatha Raisin and the Wellspring of Death review

344665Well, all through this book I swore I had already read it.  I find nothing to indicate I did but I knew it all so well that I’m sure I must have.  Guess I didn’t think enough of it to do a review – or whatever.

So Agatha has solved another crime whilst almost being offed herself in the process.  A little thickheaded towards who the killer could be though the rest of us saw it a mile away.

I’m still not sure why people love and rave so much about this character – I find her barely tolerable.  She is rude and crude one moment and off crying in her bedroom over hurt feelings the next.  It is a wonder she ever figures anything out.  However, having said that, I didn’t hate her so much in this book so maybe that is a good sign.  Maybe by the end of book eight, I’ll think she is as superb as so many others rave.

Anyway, this was a decent story and yes, I will give this series another chance. The writing is well done with lovely descriptions of gardens, quaint little towns, tea parties and crumpets.


So it is Monday again so time for the big reveal on what we are currently reading.  I just finished the book in the last post but couldn’t decide what book to start next, so I’m starting two:

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In my search to find new things to read, I thought I’d give old Agatha another try.  Find it so hard to believe that this is the same author who wrote the Hamish Macbeth series.  But maybe I need to get further into the series to appreciate the main character.

The other book promises to be “gripping” so that might be refreshing. 🙂

House of Lost Souls review


Well, this book was not what I expected – was hoping for more of a “Supernatural” spin of an evil house but this was more about ghosts from long ago. I’m not a big fan of any book that jumps generations, as I know I have said many times.

An alright read, long…very long.  Am really taken by the cover – no idea why but it was what made me read the book.

Waiting on Wednesday

It is Wednesday ~ I know, you are thinking “No duh, Kath, way to be Captain Obvious”.  My 38 year old son tells me that all the time though, obviously, you have to substitute “mom” in place of my name.

However, as it is Wednesday, I must reveal the books I am waiting on – the list is rather extensive so will only name a few:

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These are all books I’m waiting for from the library – they have been out for years but I’m just getting around to them on my Goodreads list.

My “preorder” list is smaller:

Death of an Honest Man  The Cat of the Baskervilles: A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery