The Smiling Man



This is the second in the Aiden Waits series.  Aiden is a police officer permanently working the night shift after a career shadowed in disgrace and turmoil.  In this book, we see flashes of Aiden’s childhood to understand more of why he is such a train wreck of a human being.  A man is found in a closed hotel under suspicious circumstances, as Aiden investigates he finds more questions than answers.  There is also a subplot of Aiden’s past that runs parallel to the main story line.  This was quite a fast paced and engaging read.   Fans of Jack Taylor would probably enjoy this.

Back from a Hiatus…


Work has been crazy and I have not been reading as much as I would like, but it has been a while since I posted and these are the books that I remember reading since my last post.   Of these my hands down favorite was Bred in the Bone, book 3 in the Jasmine Sharp and Catherine McLeod series.  I am really enjoying this series and will definitely continue with it.

Whispers of the the Dead was interesting and certainly a well plotted out mystery but the forensic detail and focus on some of the more gruesome details of decomposition was a little much for me.  Be prepared for much graphic detail and insect life.

The only one of these that I would NOT recommend anyone spending time on was I Choose You.  Plot holes, misuse of medical diagnosis terms, lots and lots of characters with dropped story lines, etc.   Just not well thought out and constructed.

The others were all perfectly fine mysteries with the Dagleish books leaning towards the police procedural side while The Fat Detective is more PI soft boiled crime.  I enjoyed all of these.