I picked up Something in the Blood, a Honey Driver Mystery, with high hopes. It is a British cozy set in Bath with a middle aged female protagonist, Honey, who works in the hospitality industry. I just couldn’t get into this one from the start, I didn’t find Honey Driver to be an appealing character. I just didn’t like her. She was very heavy handed in her search for clues and dealing with suspects. The clues were too obvious so I figured out the “reveal” relatively early on. I have had other books give away the ending but have still been able to enjoy the story for the setting, the characters, or the writing. Just not for me, I guess.
The Quiet Girl is from Peter Hoeg, who also wrote Smila’s Sense of Snow. I thought Smila’s book was great and this one had some aspects the same. The main characters both have a special talent or skill and both are somewhat isolated from mainstream society. Kasper was more difficult for me to connect with as a character than Smila. He was a complicated character, who followed his own rules and moral code. The plot was intricate with many twists and turns. I enjoy Peter Hoeg’s writing style and I did like this book, however I still prefer Smila’s to The Quiet Girl.