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The Summer Book by Tove Jansson

Published February 3, 2022

The Summer Book by Tove Jansson

Mixed feelings about this book - it was relatively short, so I can’t complain on that front, but it really did feel like nothing happened. It started out well and quite interesting, Sophia is a fascinating character in an odd situation, and I did like the many conversations between her and her grandmother, but as a book, it didn’t really seem to be going anywhere and if I’m honest, I wasn’t bothered when I got to the end of it. Well written but I’d love to have a bit more structure to it.

Let's Hear It For the Deaf Man by Ed McBain

Published October 21, 2020

Let's Hear It For the Deaf Man by Ed McBain

The next book I own in the 87th Precinct series and this time we see the return of the Deaf Man, as heralded by the title of the novel. He’s popped up on a couple of previous occasions, and whilst I like the continuity of a nemesis, I’m not sure I care too much for the Deaf Man - his motives don’t really come across and the weird way he toys with the police doesn’t seem to have a point to it.

Sadie When She Died by Ed McBain

Published October 10, 2020

Sadie When She Died by Ed McBain

This was another fun entry in the 87th Precinct series, with a crime that initially seems solved but has a bigger story behind it. Only the hero, Steve Carella, is convinced that there’s more to the crime than first appears and he has to convince those around him to help him out. Meanwhile, the love lives of various detectives is also interwoven in the story, which is impressive because it’s not a particularly long book.