Tuesday, 29 November 2022
DAVID SIDDALL - THE GIRL FROM RIGA (2022)
Wednesday, 16 November 2022
LOREN D. ESTLEMAN - EVIL GROWS & OTHER THRILLING TALES (2012)
Loren D. Estleman has been writing and publishing books and novels since 1976. His fiction includes westerns, mysteries, thrillers, and historical thrillers. Along the way, he's written a number of crime stories. Stories about the darker side of life, broken hearts, swindles, double-dealing and just plain evil men and women who define the title of this collection. No matter how many times you put it down...Evil Grows.
In this collection of twelve tales, you'll find killers, cheats, liars, detectives, and more twists and turns than a country road. Contents include:
How's My Driving?
Saturday Night at the Mikado Massage
The Pioneer Strain
The Tree on Executioner Hill
Lock, Stock, and Casket
State of Grace
Another Audible enjoyed (with a decent narration by Paul Heitsch) collection of short stories from an author who I've been meaning to read for a long time, just never got around to. I've a few Estleman novels on the pile - the Peter Macklin hitman series, Gas City and the odd Amos Walker PI novel. I may actually have read an early Amos Walker novel, though if I did it kind of feels like it was in a previous life, as zero memory remains of the book title or contents; only the lingering suspicion that it wasn't amazing, as I never picked up another by him soon after.
Two months on, I can't remember much about the stories, only that I wasn't bored. Ergo - I enjoyed the collection and the narration didn't annoy me. If it had, I would have remembered that at least.
The Mikado Massage story stands out when flicking through the table of contents, so I guess that one was the most memorable. A close second would be The Tree of Executioner Hill, which had a twist at the end, which I saw coming. I didn't enjoy the story any the less for that. The others - good, bad, indifferent? Probably good, maybe indifferent and perhaps the odd one which I didn't vibe.Time to try one of his novels.
3 from 5
Read - (listened to) September, 2022
Published - 2012
Page count - 124 (4 hrs 39 mins)
Source - Audible purchase
Format - Audible
Tuesday, 15 November 2022
RALPH DENNIS - A TALENT FOR KILLING (2019)
Tuesday, 8 November 2022
RODDY DOYLE - JIMMY JAZZ (2013)
Jimmy Rabbitte hates jazz, always has. But his wife Aiofe loves it, and Jimmy loves Aiofe. So when, in attempt to convert him, she buys him two tickets for a Keith Jarrett concert he decides to take Outspan, former member of Jimmy's band The Commitments, who has come back into his life after a chance meeting in the cancer clinic. Jarrett is famous for being intolerant of any noise at all - a cough, a sneeze, a wheeze - from the audience, stopping playing and shaming the perpetrator. And Outspan's diagnosis is lung cancer, it's pretty bad, and he needs an oxygen cylinder to breathe properly.
Will Outspan create havoc? Will Jimmy learn to love jazz at last?
Late 80s, early 90s Roddy Doyle was on a growing list of authors whose latest books I just had to have. I had more than a few laughs reading The Van, The Commitments, The Snapper. Like a lot of authors I fell away from his work, choosing to follow newer kids on the block and having my head turned this way and that. Enough affection for the author and his books remained that they survived several culls of the collection over the past thirty years, in the optimistic hope that I'd re-read them one day.
Moving on, the next best thing I suppose is that I read a short offering that I picked up about 9 years ago for my kindle.
Family, friendship, ill health, sacrifice, jazz, the things you endure for love and a few smirks and chuckles - always to be welcomed on a rainy autumn morning before heading off to work.
Really enjoyable, a real mood lifter and a timely reminder of how much his work resonates with me. I love the Dublin vibe, the people, the setting, the chat, the cussing, the banter and the attitude.
4.5 from 5
I'll be trawling the collection soon, looking for something else by Doyle.
Read - November, 2022
Published - 2013
Page count - 22
Source - purchased copy (probably for ZERO pence)
Format - Kindle
Thursday, 3 November 2022
KRONOS ANANTHSIMHA - A SHOT TO KILL (2021)
Tuesday, 1 November 2022
DONALD E. WESTLAKE - THEY ALSO SERVE (1961/2011)