A Fine House in Trinity by Lesley Kelly

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Joseph Staines, an unemployed chef, has left Edinburgh with the tallybook of the late debt collector, Isa Stoddart. Her son Lachie thinks Stainsie killed her, but Lachie has apparently committed suicide. To his surprise, Stainsie is the sole beneficiary of Lachie s will and has inherited a dilapidated mansion. Isa s debtors and the local priest who paid Stainsie to leave town want him gone. A certain young mum, Marianne (whose uncle, Wheezy, is Stainsie’s drinking buddy) does too, and his old school-friend, Detective Sergeant Jamieson, wants to interrogate him about the deaths. Why are the lawyers lying to him, and who is the bruiser asking about him down the pub?
My review.
I saw this author, give a reading from this novel, at Noir at the Bar in Edinburgh. And it struck a chord with me.
This is Lesley’s debut novel and I hope they’re more to come. This is a fast, edgy and funny read. It is two stories running concurrently.
Joseph Staines returns to Leith and finds himself in trouble with the local gangsters…….police and an unconventional priest.
The second story tells of his younger days, with brother Colin and friend Lachie, who just be connected to the above said gangsters.
He develops a friendship with Lachie that he is still trapped in thirty years later.
Joseph left town with a stolen tallybook, but two suspicious deaths and surprise inheritance lures him back.
No-one is pleased to see him. The debtors want him gone, the police have questions and a mysterious stranger is asking questions.
The writing is top notch. The tale well told and the ending satisfying.
I look forward to more stories from this author and I urge you to read this novel!
 

About the Author

Lesley Kelly has worked in the public and voluntary sectors for the past twenty years, dabbling in poetry and stand-up comedy along the way. She has won a number of writing competitions, including the Scotsman’s Short Story award in 2008. She lives in Edinburgh with her husband and two sons.

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Blue: A memoir by John Sutherland

 Blue: A Memoir – Keeping the Peace and Falling to Pieces

Blue by John Sutherland
My review.
A memoir of a senior police officer, John Sutherland. It tells of his time in The Metropolitan police force. It is told with humour and pathos. Told in short soundbites it tells the story of a man desperate to make a difference to the world we live in. The way he throws himself into his police career, rapid rise through the ranks and the sights he sees and the way he deals with it all.
He also is realistic enough to admit that despite his best intentions he really can make little difference.
But he tries and his attempts, long and unsociable hours put a strain on his psyche and plunges him into mental illness.
Putting him ironically in the position off many people he has attempted to help in the past
This is a memoir, of one man’s experience, is very personal and at times immensely moving.
It was very easy to read but at the same time thought provoking.
A book I’m glad I got the chance to read and for this my thanks goes to Lovereading for the ARC.

About the Author

Amazon’s John Sutherland Page

John Sutherland is a father of three, who lives with his wife and children in south London. For the best part of twenty-five years, he has served as a Metropolitan Police officer.
He won the Baton of Honour as the outstanding recruit in his training
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Book Review: In the Name of the Family by Sarah Dunant

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namefamily Thrilling exploration of the House of Borgia’s doomed years

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Description (courtesy of Goodreads): `It is better to be feared than loved’ – Niccolo Machiavelli. It is 1502 and Rodrigo Borgia, a self-confessed womaniser and master of political corruption is now on the Papal throne as Alexander VI. His daughter Lucrezia, aged twenty-two, already thrice married and a pawn in her father’s plans, is discovering her own power. And then there is Cesare Borgia: brilliant, ruthless and increasingly unstable; it is his relationship with the diplomat Machiavelli which offers a master class on the dark arts of power and politics. What Machiavelli learns will go on to inform his great work of modern politics, The Prince.  But while the pope rails against old age and his son’s increasing maverick behaviour it is Lucrezia who will become the Borgia survivor: taking on her enemies and creating her own…

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THE MAN UPSTAIRS by MARK L FOWLER #Book Review @MFowlerAuthor

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Frank Miller, hero of the best-selling mystery novels written by The Man Upstairs, works the weird streets of Chapeltown as a private detective. During the legendary case of the Black Widow everything changed when Frank became aware of his fictional existence. Proclaimed at the time as a work of genius, Frank wonders if it was the first sign that The Man Upstairs was sick. This latest case, involving the death of a care worker, and coinciding with the appointment of Chapeltown’s first elected mayor, has Frank baffled. The Man Upstairs appears to be losing the plot, giving the womanising Frank a steady girlfriend, Marge, who warns him that to survive he must change from the tired cliche that he has become. As the case darkens Frank recognises the depth of his creator’s sickness. His days are numbered as clearly as the pages in the books in which he…

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The Dead of Summer by Mari Jungstedt

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The Dead of Summer
 

The Dead of Summer (Anders Knutas #5)

“One of Scandinavia’s best crime writers”—The London Times

While vacationing on the Swedish island Gotland, a young father of two is shot on the beach while jogging. Assistant commissioner Karin Jacobsson, who must lead the investigation while Anders Knutas is on vacation, is at a loss until another horrific crime is committed. Mari Jungstedt successfully combines a thrilling, raw crime novel with a multilayered relational drama

My thoughts
This was an excellent read. It is the first book I have read by this author, but I will more of her books.
The book opens with murder of a man in a seemingly random, motiveless killing. The police seem to be getting nowhere with their investigation and though there are many false leads it is not till much later that the loose ends are tied up.
Alongside the main story we are allowed glimpses into the past. One of the qualities I liked about Mari’s writing is her feminine insight into a brutal world. As said earlier I will be looking for more by this author.
If you like Scandinavian crime, this is an author to look out for and invest a few hours in her company

 

Mari Jungstedt


Born

in Stockholm, Sweden

October 31, 1962


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Genre
Mystery and Thrillers

Mari Jungstedt is a Swedish journalist and popular crime fiction author.

Jungstedt worked as a reporter on Swedish national public radio and television, and was an occasional presenter on TV4’s daily talk show Förkväll.

Her first three novels are set on the island of Gotland and feature Detective Superintendent Anders Knutas and the journalist Johan Berg. Two of her novels were filmed for Swedish TV, and her work has been translated into English by Tiina Nunnally.

Mari Jungstedt lives in Stockholm. Her husband comes from Visby, Gotland, and they spend their summers on Gotland.