Desperate Undertaking – Lindsey Davis

Desperate Undertaking - Lindsay Davis
Desperate Undertaking – Lindsay Davis

It’s been a while since I’ve spent any time in ancient Rome in the company of intrepid investigator Flavia Albia. Nice to be back!

Well, nice to be back in her company; not so nice to be following her investigation of a series of grisly murders, replicating death scenes from famous plays.

Another “nice” – there are some familiar faces amongst the acting fraternity (a theatrical troupe Falco and Helena met in Syria) and in the civil service (need to work out that haemorrhoid reference) – and I did get a bit teary reading the inscription on Nux’s headstone. Best of Dogs indeed….

Author page: Desperate Undertaking – Lindsey Davis

Trace Elements – Donna Leon

Trace Elements - Donna Leon
Trace Elements – Donna Leon

It’s a sweltering July in Venice and Brunetti and Griffoni, with occasional assistance from Vianello and Signora Elettra, are investigating the last few cryptic words of a dying woman. They wind up investigating environmental crime revolving around a water sampling company, and a murder.

Plenty of pertinent observations about food, friendship, misogyny and modern life in Italy – and Venice in particular.

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Troubled Blood – Robert Galbraith

Troubled Blood - Robert Galbraith
Troubled Blood – Robert Galbraith

More detective-ing by Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott, this time in and around Clerkenwell with occasional trips to Cornwall and elsewhere.

References to Robin using her “iPod” and “Oyster card” threw me for quite some time, until I twigged that it’s set in 2014. Even so, those still don’t sound right to me.

Also the paperback clocks in at over 1000 pages. Not easy wrangling a book that big in bed. So I’m glad I got to spend Spring Bank Holiday Monday reading it in the lounge. Thankfully it is a real page turner.

Author page: Troubled Blood – Robert Galbraith