Under the Harrow by Flynn Berry

27246107  This is the current month’s read at the Goodreads English Kindle Mystery Club.  I actually nominated this one, which is rather embarrassing as I  didn’t care for it at all.  This was less of a mystery and more of a journey into the psychological breakdown/disconnection of the main character.  The book is written in the first person and in a stream of consciousness voice.  It is difficult to follow as the story jumps around in the time stream and even contradicts itself in the current time, within a sentence or two on the same page.    The mystery of her sister’s death is solved at the very end but it is not something the reader would have uncovered.  Heavy emphasis here on the psychology study, it was not really my cup of tea.

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The Sound of Broken Glass, Priest, & The Body in the Marsh

 

The Sound of Broken Glass is the 15th book in the Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James series.  In this installment, Gemma has been promoted and is running a case while Duncan takes family leave to look after their foster daughter.  The case involves a barrister found dead in compromising circumstances.  As Gemma deals with the case and connections to the past, Duncan looks on somewhat jealously as he deals with taking care of the house and children.  This installment was more focused on the family life, however there was still enough mystery here to solve.  I look forward to the next book as Duncan returns to work and a transfer.

Priest is the 5th installment in the Jack Taylor series.  This picks up directly after the horrifying ending of the book 4th and the repercussions of that event.  As Jack recovers and tries to come back to himself and make some amends, he takes on a new case from his long time nemesis.  A priest with a past involving preying on altar boys is killed brutally and the church just wants it all to go away.  Jack gets dragged into the case reluctantly initially and then intrigued he continues even after being warned off by interested parties.  This was a great installment in the series!

The Body in the Marsh is this month’s read at the Kindle English Mystery Club.  This is the first in the DCI Gillard series.  Gillard gets involved in a case concerning a long-lost love.  They find signs of a murder, some forensic evidence, but still no body.  The husband, a pompous academic, seems unconcerned and then he also disappears.  Finally, the family fortune appears to be stolen in a real estate scheme.  Gillard investigates and mourns for his lost love, but things are not exactly as they seem.  I figured out the twist relatively early on but thought the scheme itself was cleverly done and enjoyed reading this.

Real Tigers & I am Watching You

Real Tigers is book 3 in the Slough House series.  In this series, River, Jackson Lamb and crew find themselves caught up in a “test” of information security and systems that goes terribly awry.  As one of their own is kidnapped and political intrigues abound, they have to try to save Slough House and their lives from a clean up operation.  Fun, action packed spy thriller with lots of pithy dialog and an intriguing story line.

I am Watching You is a psychological thriller involving the disappearance and murder of a young woman on a trip with a friend to London.  A woman who witnessed her on the train steps forward to help the police and finds herself vilified in the aftermath.  Now she is receiving threatening letters and finds herself being drawn back into the investigation of the crime.  The point of view changes frequently as does the timeline throughout the novel.  The main motif of the novel is the long-lasting impact one’s actions or inactions can have, far beyond what could be predicted.  An okay thriller read.