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A Badger Faced Man

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A bearded nerd & movie/music obsessive who prods IT equipment for a living.

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Robert Galbraith, Robert Glenister, J. K. Rowling: Lethal White (AudiobookFormat, 2019, Mulholland Books) 4 stars

"When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask …

Review of 'Lethal White' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Lethal White opens where Career of Evil ended, at the wedding of Robin Ellacott to her long-time fiancé, where events soon conspire to establish a subplot of jarred relationships which threads its way alongside the main storyline (building on a will/won't they that fans of Moonlighting will be familiar with).

Even in handy paperback format Lethal White is a weighty tome, one that offers hours of reading pleasure but doesn't lend itself well to the daily commute. Despite the increase in pages from the previous book (and resulting strain on my already sore back from lugging it to work and back), the latest tale thankfully doesn't have the same tendency to wander away with the plot which the third book suffers with. Recommended.

Camilla Ceder: Frozen moment (2010, Weidenfeld & Nicolson) 2 stars

Review of 'Frozen moment' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

After languishing unread for several years this tome finally got its chance recently; in need of something new for the daily commute I plucked it from the dusty pile of books, primed it with a bookmark and stuffed it into my rucksack.

To be honest I didn't think my journey to and from the office, a daily expedition that involves both bus and train as well as no small amount of walking, could be any more of an ordeal. Then I added Frozen Moment to the mix, a book stocked with characters who buckle under a surfeit of back-story, a troubled lead detective backed up with a team of Scandi-Cop stereotypes and a tedious expository style which causes the plot to meander back and forth before the readers eyes. Suddenly delayed trains and inclement weather didn't seem so bad.

Admittedly, as a long time fan of Scandi-crime fiction, I wasn't …

Review of 'American by Day' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

I picked up American By Day whilst meandering around the piles of novels in a well known high street bookseller and, based solely on the blurb written on the back (which sold the book as a Scandi-flavoured crime thriller with a fish-out-of-water lead), decided to take a punt. And, whilst the précis on the rear of the book is technically correct, there is much more to this tale than the crime that leads our Norwegian protagonist across the pond; this a slow, measured social satire that uses a visitor's experience of small town America to take a wry, raw look at the US as a whole (as well as providing a text book take on how best to evade your pursuer if you're ever cornered in a supermarket or department store). Definitely recommended.