Carnival For The Dead by David Hewson

bookshelves: published-2011, mystery-thriller, venice, italy, series, autumn-2014, under-500-ratings

Read from February 10 to November 30, 2014
Giovanni Grevembroch: “Medico Industrioso” Plague Doctor – (18th century)

Description: Carnival for the Dead finds the forensic pathologist in Venice searching for her missing aunt Sofia. Unable to locate her, Lupo instead discovers a piece of fiction inexplicably featuring her and her aunt, leading to deadly intrigue of a particularly Venetian flavor.

Narrated in a somewhat condescending Listen With Mother mode by Juanita McMahon.

Vulpino

3* A Season for the Dead
3* Lucifer’s Shadow
CR Carnival for the Dead

The Elementary Sherlock Holmes by Portico

bookshelves: reference, published-2014, net-galley, ipad, e-book, winter-20142015

Read on November 30, 2014

Portico. Pavilion Books.

Archive Date Dec 10 2014

Description: ‘To a great mind, nothing is little’ Sherlock Holmes Sherlock Holmes has become such an iconic figure that he’s almost real. He’s on our TV screens, he’s in our films and, of course, the books are still as popular as ever. This fascinating little miscellany tells you everything you need to know about this enduringly popular figure, and lots of stuff you don’t! It contains the plots of all the novels, character descriptions, details of some of the plethora of Sherlock websites, and highlights the best films and TV adaptations. Entertaining and engrossing, The Elementary Sherlock Holmes will satisfy the curious and enlighten even the most dedicated Holmes fan.

As Holmes himself said, ‘Education never ends,’ so if your knowledge is anything less than comprehensive, I deduce that The Elementary Sherlock Holmes is precisely what you need.

Worried about future pub quizzes? You couldn’t do any better than learning your Sherlockian onions with this reference book and I shall be buying this as a stocking filler for a couple of young fans.

My only complaint is that this is too short at 111 pages.

3.5*

In the Sight of Akresa

bookshelves: currently-reading, autumn-2014, e-book, shortstory-shortstories-novellas, under-100-ratings, fantasy

Recommended to ☯Bettie☯ by: Shelby *wants some flying monkeys*
Read from November 29 to 30, 2014

Claire’s lover has no tongue. A slave liberated from a heathen temple, Aya cannot tell the story of her stolen voice, or of her and Claire’s unfolding love. She cannot speak her pain, her joy, or her sorrow. And if she sees that which eludes the blind goddess of justice, she cannot bear witness. “In the Sight of Akresa” is a tragic fantasy romance from debut author Ray Wood.

Read here

The faithlessness of gentry is a well known thing
3.5*

The Young Tsar by Leo Tolstoy

bookshelves: shortstory-shortstories-novellas, under-10-ratings, slavic, autumn-2014, teh-demon-booze

Recommended to ☯Bettie☯ by: Laura
Read from November 29 to 30, 2014
Description: THE young Tsar had just ascended the throne. For five weeks he had worked without ceasing, in the way that Tsars are accustomed to work. He had been attending to reports, signing papers, receiving ambassadors and high officials who came to be presented to him, and reviewing troops. He was tired, and as a traveller exhausted by heat and thirst longs for a draught of water and for rest, so he longed for a respite of just one day at least from receptions, from speeches, from parades-a few free hours to spend like an ordinary human being with his young, clever, and beautiful wife, to whom he had been married only a month before.

Listen here

Moralistic shortie about the oppressed masses resorting to alchohol – and all in front of a new naïve Tsar *gasp*

Havana Red by Leonardo Padura, Peter Bush (Translator)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04stc63

Description: Lieutenant Mario Conde’s fondly held prejudices are tested by this case involving a man found strangled in Havana Woods wearing a beautiful red dress. A dramatisation of the third story in the Havana Quartet.

Directed by Mary Peate

Leonardo Padura is a novelist and journalist who was born in 1955 in Havana where he still lives. He has published a number of short-story collections and literary essays but he is best known internationally for the Havana Quartet series, all featuring Inspector Mario Conde.

In 1998, Padura won the Hammett Prize from the International Association of Crime Writers and in 2012 he was awarded the National Prize for Literature, Cuba’s national literary award.

3.5* Havana Blue
3.5* Havana Gold
4* Havana Red

NB wiki sourced: The Feast of the Transfiguration of Jesus is celebrated by various Christian denominations. The origins of the feast are less than certain and may have derived from the dedication of three basilicas on Mount Tabor. The feast was present in various forms by the 9th century, and in the Western Church was made a universal feast on August 6th by Pope Callixtus III to commemorate the Siege of Belgrade (1456).

Havana Gold: The Havana Quartet (Mario Conde Mystery) by Leonardo Padura Fuentes, Peter Bush (Translator)

bookshelves: autumn-2014, cuba, mystery-thriller, play-dramatisation, noir, series, radio-4, published-2001

Recommended for: BBC Radio Listeners
Read on November 29, 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04pr06y

Description: Lieutenant Conde goes on a trip through his childhood Havana haunts when a young female schoolteacher at his old school is murdered. And could it be that Conde has finally met the woman of his dreams? Dramatisation of the second novel in the Havana Quartet series.
Directed by Mary Peate
Leonardo Padura’s series, published in English as the Havana Quartet, is set over the course of 1989.

Leonardo Padura is a novelist and journalist who was born in 1955 in Havana where he still lives. He has published a number of short-story collections and literary essays but he is best known internationally for the Havana Quartet series, all featuring Inspector Mario Conde.

What a lovely discovery this series is. Recommended.

3.5* Havana Blue
3.5* Havana Gold

In 1998, Padura won the Hammett Prize from the International Association of Crime Writers and in; 2012, he was awarded the National Prize for Literature, Cuba’s national literary award.

Havana Blue by: Leonardo Padura (author) Peter Bush (Translator)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04p53k9

BBC description: The first story in Padura’s much-loved detective series set in Havana. It’s New Year’s Day 1989 and Lieutenant Mario Conde wakes up with another terrible hangover and a case which is close to home – his schoolboy rival, now a party grandee, is missing.

Leonardo Padura’s series, published in English as the Havana Quartet, is set over the course of 1989 – starting with Havana Blue which opens on New Year’s Day.

Leonardo Padura is a novelist and journalist who was born in 1955 in Havana where he still lives. He has published a number of short-story collections and literary essays but he is best known internationally for the Havana Quartet series, all featuring Inspector Mario Conde.

In 1998, Padura won the Hammett Prize from the International Association of Crime Writers and in; 2012, he was awarded the National Prize for Literature, Cuba’s national literary award.

A Summer of Drowning by John Burnside

Opening: Late in May 2001, about ten days after I saw him for the last time, Mars Sigfridsson was hauled out of Malangen Sound, a few miles down the coast from here.

Huldra

Page 22: Of course time exists – it’s out there in the world where other people live, but it’s only an idea. It’s purely theoretical. Out there, in the busy world, the clocks are ticking, but we are mostly alone on our Whale Island and, whether it’s white night or winter dark, there’s not much here to betray the passing of clock-time.

Theodor Kittelsen: Huldra forsvant

Harold Sohlberg

And the Sohlberg painting that is referred to often in this tale is used as the dustcover for the book:

Trustee from the Toolroom

bookshelves: published-1960, autumn-2014, adventure, seven-seas, treasure, islands

Recommended to ☯Bettie☯ by: Peregrinations
Read from November 08 to 28, 2014

Read by Frank Muller

Description: When his sister’s boat is wrecked in the Pacific, Keith Steward becomes the trustee for his little niece. In order to save her from destitution he has to embark on a voyage in a small yacht in inhospitable waters.

We start out in a flat in Ealing, West London. A lovely story of the mild and modest overcoming all the odds; utterly charming without being the slightest bit twee, just how Shute does it best.

Model boats

3* No Highway (1948)
4* A Town Like Alice (1950)
3.5* Round The Bend (1951)
3.5 Beyond The Black Stump (1951)
3.5* The Far Country (1952)
3* The Breaking Wave (1955)
4* On The Beach (1957
5* Trustee from the Toolroom (1960)

Egg Dancing by Liz Jensen

Description: With only a schizophrenic mother and a militantly hostile sister for backup, Hazel Sugden, food-splattered mum and queen of low self-esteem, is palpably unfit to save the future of mankind. But, when embryology, psychiatry and religion clash over the miracle designer drug Genetic Choice, the trio are propelled into action.

In memory of my beloved father,
Niels Rosenvinge Jensen.
Whose fault everything is.

Opening: ‘Expect a new world,’ said the evangelist, ‘and the Lord shall provide it.’
But he was lying as usual. The Lord provided nothing. Why should He?. I’ve worked in the holiday industry, and my theory is this: the planet God designed for us to inhabit is strictly self-catering.

Welcome to City Gridiron, somewhere cartoonish in mid 90s UK.

The Premise of Genetic Choice:

”All this drug is doing is to flush out – to deselect – the less competitive specimens, often before the woman even knows she is pregnant. Only the very highest-grade foetus will survive.”

And Channel Praise with its TV evangelists, most notably a certain Rev. Carmichael, and Christian game shows and competitions and Church-approved chart music in between.

Dark fun, fully recommended.

kakistocracy (plural kakistocracies): Government under the control of a nation’s worst or least-qualified citizens.

5* The Ninth Life of Louis Drax
4* The Rapture
4* The Uninvited
2* My Dirty Little Book of Stolen Time
TR War Crimes For The Home
4* The Paper Eater
4* Egg Dancing