It must be time to read!


I dropped in to see a friend who was working in one of the charity shops in town on my way to work this morning…and look what I scored.

The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan,#1 in the Cormac Reilly series.

It’s been twenty years since Cormac Reilly discovered the body of Hilaria Blake in her crumbling Georgian home. But he’s never forgotten the two children she left behind…

When Aisling Conroy’s boyfriend Jack is found in the freezing black waters of the river Corrib, the police tell her it was suicide. A surgical resident, she throws herself into study and work, trying to forget – until Jack’s sister Maude shows up. Maude suspects foul play, and she is determined to prove it.

DI Cormac Reilly is the detective assigned with the re-investigation of an ‘accidental’ overdose twenty years ago – of Jack and Maude’s drug- and alcohol-addled mother. Cormac is under increasing pressure to charge Maude for murder when his colleague Danny uncovers a piece of evidence that will change everything…

This unsettling crime debut draws us deep into the dark heart of Ireland and asks who will protect you when the authorities can’t – or won’t.

The Sunday Philosophy Club by Alexander McCall Smith, an author I haven’t read before, but about whom I have heard only good things.

Behind Edinburgh’s regimented Georgian facades, its moral compasses are spinning with greed, dishonesty, lust and murderous intent. Isabel Dalhousie knows this. Isabel, in fact, rather relishes it. An accomplished philosopher and editor of the Review of Applied Ethics, she knows all about the difference between good and bad. Which is probably why, by instinct, she is an amateur sleuth. And instinct tells her the man who tumbled to his death in front of her eyes after a concert in the Usher Hall didn’t fall. He was pushed…. The Sunday Philosophy Club marks new territory — but familiar moral ground — from the author of The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. With Isabel Dalhousie, Alexander McCall Smith introduces a new and waspish female sleuth to tackle murder, mayhem — and the mysteries of life.

And Friends, Lovers, Chocolate by the same author, the second book in the Isabel Dalhousie series, of which The Sunday Philosophy Club is the first.

Isabel Dalhousie thinks often of friends, sometimes of lovers, and on occasion of chocolate. As an Edinburgh philosopher she is certain of where she stands. She can review a book called ‘In Praise of Sin’ with panache and conviction, but real life is . . . well, perhaps a bit more challenging – particularly when it comes to her feelings for Jamie, a younger man who should have married her niece, Cat. Jamie’s handsomeness leaves Isabel feeling distinctly uneasy and ethically disturbed. I am a philosopher, she thinks, but I am also a woman.

And more disturbance is in store. When Cat takes a break in Italy, Isabel agrees to run her delicatessen. One of the customers, she discovers, has recently had a heart transplant and is now being plagued by memories that cannot be rationally explained and which he feels do not belong to him.

Isabel is intrigued. So intrigued that she finds herself rushing headlong into a dangerous investigation. But she still has time to think about the things that possess her – things like love and friendship and, of course, temptation. The last of these comes in many forms – chocolate, for example, or seductive Italians.

Have you read any of these? If you did, what did you think?

Cheers and happy reading

Author: sandysbookaday

I love good quality chocolate. I love the ocean and love to be in, on or beside it. I read any and every where. I am a proud mum and Nana. I like wine, gin, Southern Comfort, a cold Heineken on a hot day. I am very versatile like that. I cross stitch, do jigsaws, garden, and work on a farm. I am an occasional scribbled. I have far too many books I want to read to ever find the time to die. I am an active member of Goodreads as Sandy *the world could end while I was reading and I would never notice* and review on Amazon under the name Sandyj21. My Goodreads reviews are automatically linked to my Facebook page. Groups I belong to and participate in on Goodreads include: The Mystery, Crime and Thriller Group; Mysteries and Crime Thrillers; Psychological Thrillers; Reading for Pleasure; Crime Detective Mystery Thrillers; English Mysteries; Dead Good Crime; Kindle English Mystery, All About Books and NZ Readers. April 2016 I made the Top 1% of Goodreads reviewers (As follows) Hello Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*, In our community of readers, you stand out in a notable way: You're one of the top 1% of reviewers on Goodreads! With every rave and every pan, with every excited GIF and every critical assessment, you've helped the Goodreads community get closer to a very important milestone – the 50 Million Reviews mark!

5 thoughts on “It must be time to read!”

  1. I have wanted to read Dervla McTiernan, so will watch for your review when you get to it. I am not a fan of Alexander McCall Smith (I tried reading one of his books and couldn’t get into it) but I think I am in the minority. I hope you enjoy them all.

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    1. I have never read McCall Smith – although I bought a couple from the charity shop a while back, I still haven’t gotten to them. I requested this and bought the others because I always see such good reviews. I guess that now I am going to find out for myself. *:) I recently read a Dervla McTiernan, and liked it but wasn’t bowled over by it. I found it a bit overly complicated, but then that is what you get for starting at book 11 (I think) through a series.

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      1. Yes, I read one of hers and found that it was a bit complicated, but I did enjoy it. Sometimes it works to dive in and others it doesn’t. We are such risk takers. πŸ˜πŸ˜†

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