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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Case Histories

Case Histories by Kate Atkinson came highly recommended on more than one list I have read over the years, so I thought it was about time to pick it up for myself.

It's three stories in one--three cases, years apart--and these cases envelope a private detective hired to solve them, years after the fact.  The more he delves in, the more things start to get weird.  Is someone really trying to kill him?  And why?  What do these cases have to do with it?

I enjoy a good juicy mystery, especially one that involves the potential for the main character to be stalked and killed.  What can I say?  It's a guilty pleasure.  A creepy guilty pleasure, but a pleasure nonetheless.  So yeah, I found this to be delve-tastic in the way that I didn't want to put the story down.

SPOILER ALERT!  My biggest frustration with this book was that it advertised that the cases were all related.  It turns out they really weren't, and while that didn't affect the story line in itself it was something I was anxiously awaiting.

However, I do think this was an interesting book and I did enjoy it very much.  It's in juicy paperback size, leading people on the train to believe you are reading an illicit romance which can sometimes be fun.  But oh no, you are reading a mystery!  I love it.  Fooling people on the train, that is.

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