Die of Shame & The Luckiest Woman Ever

 

Die of Shame by Mark Billingham is a book club read this month at the English Kindle Mystery Club on Goodreads.  This story centers around a rehab group of six that meets in Tony, the counselor’s, home.  One of the members is brutally murdered and the book reflects on the happenings before her murder in the group, Tony’s notes and his personal life as he deals with his patients, and the current investigation.  I have read another Mark Billingham book and quite enjoyed it, but for some reason I had difficulty staying with this one.  It is organized with dual time lines and a great deal of flipping back and forth.  Also, none of the characters, including the detective really grabbed me so I ended up reading about the first third and then skimming and  reading the last 50 pages or so.

The Luckiest Woman Ever by Nell Goddin is the second book in the Molly Sutton series. Molly, an ex pat American, has moved to France and opened a small bed and breakfast after a disappointing divorce.  In this book, it is winter and she has invited a friend to come over the states and keep her company. They stumble on the murder of a thoroughly unpleasant old lady and Molly begins to stick her nose in to the investigation.

I am really enjoying the entire setting of this series.  It really comes to life with Nell Goddin’s writing.  I also like the character of Molly and her interactions with the townspeople.  I did have a little difficulty with the resolution, but overall I enjoyed the book and will read more in the series.

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