October Book Reviews

Girl in Disguise by Greer Macallister. This novel is based on a true story of the first woman hired as a Pinkerton detective. In her notes, Macallister states that not much was known about Kate Warne, but she used what she could find to right a detective and love story. I liked this book, but there were times when it had very little movement forward…with one case blending with the next as Kate worked as an operative and then a spy during the Civil War. Rate: 3.8

Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood. She is such an amazing writer. I thought I had read everything of hers years ago, but I don’t remember this one. I am so impressed with Atwood’s ability to engage me. This story, about an artist who has returned to Toronto, home of her childhood, for a retrospective show, combines past and present and forgotten memories into an emotional journey for both reader and protagonist. I have been working on transitions myself, and I learned a lot reading this book. Rate: 4.8

Two Days Gone by Randall Silvis. Marlene might not be writing her official book review post anymore but she still lets me know when she reads a great book. In fact, with this one, she gave me the book. Because it was a library book checked out on her card I had to read it right away. It was an amazing and captivating book so I did nothing for an entire day but read it. I’m happy to say that there are more books featuring Sergeant Ryan DeMarco because I love this author. Such a sense of tension, character and detail. Yes, it is a murder mystery. Yes, this one happens to feature a writer, so we get lots of great detail about what it is to be a writer, and YES, the characters all grow and change and face lots of conflict. Thank you Marlene! Rate: 4.5

Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny. Marlene reviewed this one a while back…she didn’t recommend it. Not sure why it was on my list. I almost abandoned it around page ten…Penny head hops! In real terms this means she changes point-of-view mid stream. The unofficial rule is to stay in one character’s POV, at least for a scene, if not a whole chapter. Head hopping is one of my pet peeves. BUT I am glad I kept reading. Unlike Marlene, I really loved this book. Maybe it is the difference between audio and reading, but the mixing of three different mysteries intrigued me. I was also captivated by the Canadian history. I found myself looking up things right and left, because I wanted to know more. (Search Ice Slides Quebec and go straight to the images!). I actually highly recommend this book and I’m going to immediately read another of Louise Penny’s mysteries. Rate: 4.0

Key for my personal rating system:

5.0 – A book I will never forget, will quote, will tell everyone I know they MUST read it.

4.0 – An excellent book, but doesn’t quite make the best books of all time list.

3.0 – A recommendation, good read, decently written

2.0 – Some redeeming qualities, I finished it, but I’m not likely to seek out more by the author.

1.0 – Don’t wast your time.