November 13, 2017

Lonely Graves by Britta Bolt

Lonely Graves is the first book in a crime fiction series written by Britta Bohler and Rodney Bolt under the pen name of Britta Bolt. Both authors draw on their professional and life experiences to write what I think will be a fantastic series.

The Lonely Funerals series features Pieter Posthumus (Pieter is relieved when others do not comment on his last name at first meeting), a team member of the council department known as the Lonely Funerals team. The Lonely Funerals team is responsible for visiting the homes of those who die without family or friends willing to wrap up the deceased's affairs and take care of funeral arrangements. Pieter cares deeply for those deceased persons whose files appear on his desk, and he goes about making final arrangements for them with the utmost respect. Pieter is not a detective but, of course, there is going to be something suspicious and complex with each death that draws him into investigating. If the first in the series is a good measure, the investigations will lead into crimes surrounding very current issues (immigration and terrorism in this case).

The Lonely Funerals series is off to a good start for me. I like the character of Pieter Posthumus and look forward to seeing him develop further as the series continues. I was a bit scattered as I tried to keep track of character names, and was stretched a bit by some regional descriptions because I have no familiarity with Amsterdam, but I found myself easing into it as the story and characters developed - this was aided by a list of Dramatis Personae in the front of the book (thank you Authors!). The pacing of the book was good, especially since the authors needed to spend time developing new characters and settings. The pace picked up toward the end of the book as the pieces of the crime(s) started coming together. I stayed up way too late reading in order to see what would happen!

Books two and three in the series are already on my reading stack and I look forward to jumping into book two right away. I really want to spend more time with Pieter and (hopefully) some recurring characters that are a part of his life - this is an excellent sign of my enjoyment.

I highly recommend this if you like crime fiction, a flawed and compassionate main character, and a plot that draws you into the story.

January 10, 2017

Books Read 2016

Note from Terri: My apologies to those who have viewed this more than once. I was delayed in completing the list and forgot I had scheduled it to post automatically - twice. The following list is finally the finished version. Thank you for sticking with me, Friends!


The Wise Woman by Philippa Gregory
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie - MONTHLY FAVORITE
My Brilliant Friend (The Neapolitan Novels, #1) by Elena Ferrante
The 13 Clocks by James Thurber
The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester
The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
The Martian by Andy Weir


Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers, #1) by Becky Chambers
Jubilee by Margaret Walker - MONTHLY FAVORITE
The Garden Intrigue Lauren Willig
Singing to a Bulldog by Anson Williams


The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea by Yukio Mishima
Turbulence by Samit Basu
Circling the Sun by Paula McLain
True Grit by Charles Portis - MONTHLY FAVORITE
This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki
Rock with Wings: A Leaphorn, Chee & Manuelito Novel by Anne Hillerman
To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf - FAVORITE RE-READ


The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
Orlando by Virginia Woolf - MONTHLY FAVORITE
The Dark Gnu and Other Poems by Wendy Videlock
Foreigner (Foreigner, #1) by C.J. Cherryh
Plum Wine by Angela Davis-Gardner
Slade House by David Mitchell
Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss
The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat by Edward Kelsey Moore


Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
Signs Preceding the End of the World by Yuri Herrera
Mr. Splitfoot by Samantha Hunt
Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson
Slingshots and Love Plums by Wendy Videlock
The Hours by Michael Cunningham - MONTHLY FAVORITE
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
Kabu Kabu by Nnedi Okorafor
Labyrinth (Languedoc Trilogy, #1) by Kate Mosse
The Future is Japanese by Nick Mamatas


Light Years by James Salter - MONTHLY FAVORITE
Six-Gun Snow White by Catherynne M. Valente
Dream London by Tony Ballantyne
Dream Paris by Tony Ballantyne
Enchanted Islands by Allison Amend


Hild by Nicola Griffith
The Fountains of Paradise by Arthur C. Clarke - MONTHLY FAVORITE


How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn
Before the Feast by Sasa Stanisic
The Healing by Jonathan Odell - MONTHLY FAVORITE
The Chrysalids by John Wyndham | Review
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
Chess Story by Stefan Zweig
In the Cafe of Lost Youth by Patrick Modiano | Review
The Decision by Britta Bohler
The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty


The Dogs of Riga (Wallander #2) by Henning Mankell - MONTHLY FAVORITE
Ragnarok: The End of the Gods by A.S. Byatt
Eleven Kinds of Loneliness by Richard Yates
Pnin by Vladimir Nabokov
Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks


The Magician by W. Somerset Maugham
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov - MONTHLY FAVORITE (Re-read)
The Whole Enchilada by Diane Mott Davidson
The Almost Nearly Perfect People: Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia by Michael Booth
I Remember You: A Ghost Story by Yrsa Sigurdardottir
Girl Jacked by Christopher Greyson


Jack Knifed by Christopher Greyson
Jacks Are Wild by Christopher Greyson
The Cozy Life by Pia Edberg
Jack and the Giant Killer by Christopher Greyson
The Sense of An Ending by Julian Barnes - MONTHLY FAVORITE
Data Jack by Christopher Greyson
Thanksgiving by Melanie Kirkpatrick
Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch


Dashing Through the Snow by Debbie Macomber
A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny - MONTHLY FAVORITE
Mouse Guard: Fall 1152 by David Petersen
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
A Christmas Party by Georgette Heyer