Case Histories

9 05 2009

Case Histories by Kate Atkinson

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From the blurb:

Cambridge is sweltering, during an unusually hot summer. To Jackson Brodie, former police inspector turned private investigator, the world consists of one accounting sheet – Lost on the left, Found on the right – and the two never seem to balance. Jackson has never felt at home in Cambridge, and has a failed marriage to prove it. Surrounded by death, intrigue and misfortune, his own life haunted by a family tragedy, he attempts to unravel three disparate case histories and begins to realise that in spite of apparent diversity, everything is connected…

And according to the Guardian this is:

‘AN ASTONISHINGLY COMPLEX AND MOVING LITERARY DETECTIVE STORY…THE SORT OF NOVEL YOU HAVE TO START RE-READING THE MINUTE YOU’VE FINISHED IT’

It is pretty good and Kate Atkinson does write extremely lucidly. The interweaving of the various plot lines is handled really well and makes for a pacy and entertaining tale. More than just a detective story but the case for immediate re-reading is perhaps over-stated…

3 star

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27 05 2009
Cambridge mysteries. « The Hieroglyphic Streets

[…] neat. Bookdwarf says you can’t put it down. Jenny hugely enjoyed it. Paul thinks it’s pretty good. Devourer of Books did eventually enjoy it. It didn’t work for showhost. Atkinson’s […]

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