Archive for March, 2012

The Betrayal of Trust

Susan Hill is one of my favourite British writers (Kate Atkinson is another). The Betrayal of Trust is her 6th book in the Simon Serrallier crime series. 14 year old Harriet Lowther disappears one day at a bus stop on the way to meet her mother at the hairdresser, and is never seen again. 16 years later, during a flash flood, her remains are discovered and Simon Serrallier is called upon to reopen the case that led nowhere when they first tried to solve her disappearance. Trawling through the old evidence and trying to find new clues to her death seems an impossible task, especially with the staff shortages and economic cutbacks in the Lafferton police force. And hovering in the background are two additional stories… one involving dementia and assisted living and one of assisted suicide. It sounds a depressing read, but it’s not, it’s fascinating and it makes you stop and think. As the book jacket says “it takes a brave, truthful look at old age and the associated problems of terminal illness”. Hill is a great writer and everything gels really well. And for a complete change of direction, while trying desparately to find young Harriet’s killer, Simon almost becomes unhinged by the realization that he’s fallen in love - with a married woman. Will there be more to come in future books about Rachel Wyatt. I think so. Lately I’ve picked up and put down lots of books without finishing them because I lost interest, but not this one. This is a good book. Susan Hill doesn’t disappoint.


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Looking Ahead to Spring

The Sins of the Father, book #2  in Jeffrey Archer’s Clifton chronicles, is due out the beginning of May. And since Archer left us hanging with the ending in Only Time Will Tell, the first book in the series, I can’t wait to get my paws on this next installment. So read up people, you don’t want to be left behind!

Also, Robert Rotenberg, one of my fave authors, has a new book called Stray Bullets coming out in early May. He’s a terrific writer. And if it’s anything like his previous books, Old City Hall & The Guilty Plea, it will be well worth the read and a huge success.

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Accounting for Crime

I liked this book, and that surprised me. It’s not often that someone in the book world can turn around and write their own, and be successful… just because you sell  ’em doesn’t automatically mean you can write ’em. Richard King, the author of Accounting for Crime, is the co-founder of Paragraph Bookstore on McGill College Ave in Montreal.  I was a little unsure of whether or not he could pull off a book involving an accounting firm and a hostile takeover of a cosmetic company and keep the reader hooked, but he has. I enjoyed this tremendously. Of course it might have a little to do with the fact that it takes place in Montreal, my hometown. The accounting firm of Scroyle, Caitiff, Rudishe and Spavin (honestly! names like that don’t just roll of your tongue) somehow finds themselves involved with 2 potential takeovers of the same company, one just under the radar of the law, and one involving a most notrious member of the Portuguese underworld. Robert Scroyle, the senior partner of the firm, ends up being kidnapped, forced by the big boss Bastinhado, to make this happen to his advantage and ignore the honest, well semi-honest, attempt of Lorenzo Villagio of Ravishing Cosmetics to buy Fresh Start, the company that Ravishing sends all their imperfect items, “rejects”, to for resale. The characters are all interesting and well written, and the bits of the city he mentions piqued my curiosity. Having lived in the west end, I couldn’t help but be intrigued by “a shopping centre in the west end of Montreal, close to the suburb of Cote-St-Luc”. Hey – I got groceries there for years! Check this book out… it’s fun… well written… and full of interesting tid-bits of Montreal.

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