This week has been a relatively slow reading week for me. I finished the excellent Island of the Naked Women by Inger Frimansson; I read Gone Tomorrow by Lee Child; and have just, today, started Sacrifice by S. J. Bolton.
Island of the Naked Women for me lived up to its early and mid-promise. I've submitted my review to Euro Crime so will not write much more here, other than to recommend Pleasure Boat Studio, the publisher. Pleasure Boat is publishing mystery books via its Caravel imprint, and so far has three of Inger Frimansson's on its list – all translated by Laura Wideburg. Good Night, My Darling has just been named Book of the Year for translations by ForeWord Magazine, so Pleasure Boat is very pleased about that. Here is an essay by Inger Frimansson on writing mysteries. There are some more links to information about and reviews of her books in my earlier post.
Gone Tomorrow by Lee Child is a typical Jack Reacher book, so you'll either love it or have given up on his particular formula by now. Enough said – my review is in draft and my full assessment can wait until that is out.
Spurred by an ecstatic review in the Times yesterday of S. J. Bolton's second novel, Awakening, I picked up Sacrifice from my shelf this morning, where it has been sitting for a while, my proof copy courtesy of Karen Meek (also the generous source of my proof copies of Island of the Naked Women and Gone Tomorrow). I had been slightly put off this book as I have the impression that the supernatural is going to come into it. But so far I am completely hooked, and all is down to earth. The book is set in a remote island in the Shetlands; the main character is (so far) a competent, professional woman who in one day has to cope with finding a dead, much loved horse on her farm; dig a grave for it; discover in the grave the body of a murdered young woman; attend an emergency caesarian operation; perform a second emergency operation on the same patient; attend the post-mortem of the buried body; and advise on various aspects of the corpse. And her day isn't over yet. There's lots of nice, edgy tension between the police and medical characters, and the mystery is deepening. I can't wait to get back to it!