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Boxes by Pascal Garnier

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Boxes by Pascal Garnier
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Paperback, 112 pages
Published October 13th 2015 by Gallic Books
Orig. 2012 in French
Source: egalley via edelweiss


The cover of this book caught my eye and then when I saw the author being compared with Georges Simenon's psychologicals I just had to give it a try. I am a huge fan of Simenon's psychological novels (though not Maigret). Boxes is described as "noir" and in this case, that word means dark, cynical and depressing. It is comparable to Simenon but doesn't come close to his brilliance. I won't get into the plot as the book is a novella and we only know what is happening as it unravels with the plot. We do know at the beginning that Brice has moved into a new home he and his wife Emma bought, but Emma is missing. Why is eventually slowly revealed. Brice is not a stable person and he meets an equally unstable younger woman in the village to which he has moved. The atmosphere, the characters and the twist…

Pretty Is by Maggie Mitchell

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Pretty Is by Maggie Mitchell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Hardcover, 320 pages
Published July 7th 2015 by Henry Holt and Co.
Source: review copy from the publisher


I wanted to like this book, except the idea of the plot is much more exciting than the execution. It starts off promising enough with a reveal from the past promised and a present day thriller forming. However, I found the plotlines dropped prematurely and I eventually became tired with them. The book-within-a-book episode is simply a blocked off section in the middle and while I enjoyed that part, that's also where the promise of any further excitement left. The rest of the book was predictable and decidedly not thrilling. It was readable though and I stuck with it to see the characters through to the end still I was underwhelmed by the conclusion.



Winemaker Detective Series (9): Backstabbing in Beaujolais by Jean-Pierre Alaux & Noël Balen

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Backstabbing in Beaujolais by Jean-Pierre Alaux & Noël Balen,
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

ebook, 163 pages
Published November 19th 2015 by Le French Book
Source: egalley via edelweiss

Winemaker Detective Series (9)

Part of a long series, these books are always fresh. Quite different from the others so far, "Backstabbing in Beaujolais" uses foreshadowing for the opening chapter by beginning with the finding of a body then backtracking in time and spending a good portion of the book leading up to the murder. There are quite a few suspects and some French hanky-panky but this one of the cozier cases of the series. I particularly liked the epilogue which gave a "what are they up to now" on all the non-regular participants in the story. Not my favourite entry in the Cooker series but certainly a fun entry along the way. There are hints Margaux may be coming home and I can't wait to see if she will appear in the next book.


The Fairy Tales Of Ireland by W.B. Yeats

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The Fairy Tales Of Ireland by W.B. Yeats; illus by P.J. Lynch;
introduction by Neil Philip
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Paperback, 160 pages
Published 1990, by Roberts Books
Source: thrift shop

Not a particularly entertaining book. I'm not a poetry person so Yeats' authorship had nothing to do with my choice of the book. The illustrations are very nice. Each tale is headed with a silhouette and then includes one or more detailed ink drawings depending on the length. This makes the book look like a children's book. However, the introductory essay on Yeats' connection with fairy tales is scholarly as are the notes on each tale at the back. This particular book contains a selection of Yeats' tales which he collected in two volumes in the late 1800s, for a sampling of 20 tales all told. Frankly, Yeats does not have a storytellers' voice here and I was underwhelmed. I've read a lot of fairy and folk tales and a master teller Yeats is not. I hadn't heard any of th…