End of Year Wrap Up

For the last afternoon of the year, why not talk shortly of the last books I haven’t reviewed, so that tomorrow will start with a blank slate?

  • P.D. James, Death Comes to Pemberley

It seemed like a good idea. Well, indeed, who hasn’t thought of mixing two of your favorites? My mother always says that as a little girl she tried cheese and chocolate together, hoping that the taste would be wonderful. So you can guess what comes of P.D. James-meets-Jane Austen? Disappointment. It could have been worse. It wasn’t bad, but it was bland on both counts: mystery and Austen world. Mind you, I haven’t tried Jane Austen-meets-Zombies, but I suspect I should steer clear of that too.

  • Andrea Camilleri, La Rizzagliata (2009, Fr. 2012)

Discovery for 2012: I love, love, love Italian mysteries and noir. This short one, focusing on the intricate links between police, justice, politics and journalists in Sicilia, was brilliant. Despite the large cast of characters (enough for a list to be provided at the beginning, something that never fails to scare me), the plot was tight and light enough for me to read in 2 days over Christmas.

  • Angelica Garnett, Deceived with Kindness

The jury’s still out on this one. A memoir by the daughter of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant (except she believed for 17 years that her father was Clive Bell), this short book gave a refreshingly new look on the Bloomsbury milieu. Over here it sometimes feels as if Virginia and Vanessa have become icons or saints, so nothing bad can be said about them. But Vanessa’s daughter was a mess, a consequence of not knowing who she was and what she was supposed to do. She speaks of emotional distance and selfishness, but the trouble is that she sounds a bit self-indulgent too. Worth reading anyhow.

  • Michael Connelly, The Lincoln Lawyer (2005)

My second audiobook (thankful for all the business trip and train hours over Christmas!), what a blast! I love Connelly’s mysteries, but only ever knew Harry Bosch until now. Now, I’m ready to embrace the defense side with the Michael Haller series in 2013. I was totally unaware that a movie had been made out of the book (I listened in French, and the translated title sounds like a chess opening, not a legal mystery), so I was shocked yesterday: what, Matthew McConaughey as Haller?? I would have chosen anyone at least 15 years older.

That’s it for 2012 books! See you next year and best wishes to everyone!

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17 thoughts on “End of Year Wrap Up

  1. I’m glad I’m not the only one who was disappointed by the PD James. I’m not against sequels in principle, but she surely doesn’t need to bring her original mind to bear on someone else’s material. And that’s for reminding me about the Garnett. I meant to read it when it came out but had completely forgotten about it.

  2. I was so disappointed by the P.D. James too. I have never tried cheese and chocolate together but I imagine it might taste something like Death Comes to Pemberley. Happy New Year!

  3. I love Andrea Camilleri, too (and Italian crime novels in general). I’ve been slowly making my way through them from the first–it’s just about time for me to pick up another I think! And I really need to try Michael Connelly–I’ve heard so many good things about him! I’m going to pass on the PD James–I’ll stick to her mysteries I think! Happy New Year and best wishes in 2013!

    • Thank you! My best wishes to you too, especially with the big life change ahead of you ;), I hope you can find some time to keep reading and blogging, but if you don’t for a while, don’t worry, it’s fully okay too!

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