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Here is a summary of my latest batch of reading!

Vengeance by Bengemin Black

It’s a fine day for a sail, and Victor Delahaye, one of Ireland’s most successful businessmen, takes his boat far out to sea—then kills himself in front of his partner’s son. This mysterious death immediately engages the attention of Detective Inspector Hackett and his sometime partner, Quirke, consultant pathologist. The stakes are high, and Hackett and Quirke must proceed with caution as they question Mona Delahaye, the dead man’s young and very beautiful wife; James and Jonas Delahaye, his identical twin sons; and Jack Clancy, his ambitious, womanizing partner. When a second—and even more shocking—death occurs, it becomes clear that a terrible secret threatens to destroy the lives and reputations of Dublin’s elite, in this novel from Benjamin Black.

This is my current read and after a good start I feel like I am losing momentum with it. It feels like scenes are repeating themselves without giving me any new information, which is kind of important in a mystery / crime novel. But then I haven’t come to the second death yet so maybe things are about to pick up?

Confessions of a Police Constable by Matt Delito

Thieving ninjas, racist fast-food patrons, road traffic accidents, mischievous shoplifters, sudden deaths, car chases, and domestic violence – it’s all in a day’s work for London-based PC Matt Delito.

Working at the front-line on the streets of London can be thrilling, frightening, rewarding, infuriating, and sometimes plain hilarious.

This was my latest non-fiction read and it was a very enjoyable one. Lots of funny, interesting stories from a narrator you easily warm to. The last story is perhaps the most chilling one to read, but I don’t want to spoil it by giving any of the details. I’ll also give credit to this book for being respectful – it honoured the work of other members of the police force, and it is respectful to the ‘customers’ that Delito comes across. No-one is a simple out-an-out joke, except for perhaps the racist fast-food patron, even in the shortest of stories every person is shown as a person; not an idiot, not an inconvenience, not a monster just a person, sometimes shining in difficult circumstances, sometimes crumbling, but still a person all the same.

Lost Lake by Sarah Addision Allen

The first time she saw Lost Lake, it was just a picture on a postcard, but she knew she was seeing her future.

That was half a lifetime ago. Now all that’s left is a once-charming collection of lakeside cabins succumbing to the Southern Georgia heat and damp, and an assortment of faithful misfits drawn back to Lost Lake year after year by their own secret dreams and desires.

It’s not quite enough to keep Eby Pim from selling up and calling this her final summer at the lake. Until one last chance at family knocks on her door.

Kate spent her best summer at Lost Lake, at the age of twelve, before she learned of loneliness, and heartbreak, and loss. Perhaps, if she returns, her young daughter can cling to her own childhood for just a little longer… and maybe Kate herself can rediscover something that slipped through her fingers so long ago.

One by one, people find their way to Lost Lake, looking for something: a second chance, a mystery solved, a heart mended. Can they find what they need before it’s too late?

 Yay! Another Sarah Addison Allen book to read! I really enjoy her work, it’s sweet, magical and beautifully written. I think I’ve read about four of her books now but I have either given them away to freidns afterwards or they were borrowed from the library, so I think it is time I start buying my own copies to keep because they are the kind of books I will want to read again.

The Lost Lake is another comfortable read, it is not my favourite of her stories but there is still much to like here. I especially loved this man-eater character who sizzled with so much sexual energy that her heels set of sparks on the pavement!

I feel that someone out there should join Sarah Addison Allen’s works into one town and do a TV series on all of her characters. It would be a bit like Once Upon a Time, everyone has a secret, lots of people with odd little powers, romance, magic and lots of mouth watering food involved! Please will someone make this real for me?