<![CDATA[GM CAMERON - Murdersheread]]>Fri, 15 Sep 2017 20:34:22 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[Why only 4 stars? It is superlative...]]>Wed, 13 Sep 2017 10:52:23 GMThttp://gmcameron.co.uk/murdersheread/why-only-4-stars-it-is-superlative
Seven for a Secret (Timothy Wilde, #2)Seven for a Secret by Lyndsay Faye
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wonderful stuff - the story of the Wilde brothers , the big brash Valentine who is both a fireman hero in !840s New York AND a captain of the newly formed NYPD. His smaller brother Timothy, the only policeman without a beat - because his peculiar talent for detecting means he is called into the most difficult cases.
Lyndsay Faye's rich and creamy writing, her historical knowledge plunge us deep into the period, and deep into the unfolding mystery. Indeed she can lead us by the nose anywhere she chooses. Impeccable writing. I am so jealous.

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<![CDATA[Comedy crime master]]>Wed, 13 Sep 2017 10:18:38 GMThttp://gmcameron.co.uk/murdersheread/comedy-crime-master
Bad Move (Zack Walker #1)Bad Move by Linwood Barclay
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is MUCH funnier than Linwood Barclay's later work. Zack is a control freak SciFi author who cries wolf too often as his safety fears lead him to give 'examples' to his family of what could happen if they don't follow his rules. Soon he finds a dead body for real - but his bumbling investigation (told in the first person) leads him to dark places.
Things HAPPEN to Zack, awful things. But we like that he knows his own weaknesses and is guilty about his failings. He loves his wife and teenage children. He is naive about his suburban neighbourhood. He is very likeable. And irritating.
But he is nosy too, and that means he takes us on a journey towards solving the murder, and encountering more violence as he goes.
I eventually liked this book with its flawed, but well meaning narrator.

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<![CDATA[New detectives in 1840s New York]]>Wed, 13 Sep 2017 10:03:00 GMThttp://gmcameron.co.uk/murdersheread/new-detectives-in-1840s-new-york
The Gods of Gotham (Timothy Wilde, #1)The Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love love love these characters, Timothy Wilde and his wilder brother, Valentine - both a captain of the new New York police force and a fireman, city heroes who try to save the victims of the ramshackle buildings in the 19th century city. I discovered that Lyndsay Faye could write an impeccable 19th C ENGLISH novel (Jane Steele) and determined to read everything. I am not disappointed. A mystery, a fascinating look at the early corrupt and burgeoning New York, characters of such depth that they could break your heart - but frequently leave you laughing.
Be glad you didn't live in the New York of the 1840s - but if you had, the pragmatic morality and great hearts of the Wilde brothers would give you hope for the future

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