Beautiful cover, strange book.
description: For years, guests of the Tuscany Hotel could leave their pasts behind and live among fellow artists. Now guests of a different sort fill the rooms, searching for their memories—no matter the cost.
A lot of Greek mythology in this one, something I usually love. However, although crucial to the story, I found the mythology a bit over the top. The book fits the magical realism genre, mixing miracles and muses and myth. Some books are really hard to review, I'm going for Lark's haiku review style:
Lost your memory?
Visit Tuscany Hotel
Remember the past.
Didn't love it, but...
Read in December; blog post scheduled for March 22, 2019.
Fantasy/Magical Realism. April 9, 2019. Print length: 352 pages.
Murder Served Cold is part of a series by Eric Brown that takes advantage of the popularity of more traditional mysteries like those of the 1920's and 30's. Brown sets the story in the post-war British countryside of the 1950's.
The novel borrows much from the Golden Age of Detective Fiction style, but has the slightly more modern (if still historical) setting of post-war Britain.
A country house converted to a sort of boarding house as a result of huge estate taxes, an odd-lot of permanent guests, a missing painting, and of course, a murder. The series features Donald Langham and Ralph Ryland as private investigators, who are hired to find the stolen painting. They solve that conundrum fairly quickly by finding the painting, but not who took it. Add a little blackmail and murder and a couple of cocktail hours.
I liked Langham and Ryland and thought they felt genuine for the time period. Brown did a good job with the 50's setting and the "vintage" writing style.
In addition to this series, Eric Brown also writes science fiction (for which he has won several awards) and children's books.
Read in December; blog post scheduled for March 22, 2019
Mystery. April 1, 2019. Print length: 208 pages.