October was a good month for the blockbuster!
Lethal White by Robert Galbraith: This is the fourth book in the Cormoran Strike series. I enjoyed the mystery aspect, which begins when a mentally ill man bursts into Cormoran’s office raving about a murder he witnessed as a child, but my real interest in this fourth novel lay in the personal lives of the detectives, especially after book three’s cliff-hanger ending. Readers of a more sensitive nature will be glad to know that Lethal White is a much less gruesome read than books two and three. It’s intense, but not gory or graphic and I read large chunks of it in one sitting because I wanted to know what happened next.
A Column of Fire by Ken Follett: This is the third book of the Kingsbridge Novels and the story opens as Queen Mary Tudor is reaching the end of her life and soon-to-be Queen Elizabeth I is preparing to take the throne. The central character in Ned Willard who, as a young man, is prevented from marrying the girl he loves. He leaves Kingsbridge in order to join those who serve and advise Elizabeth, and we end up following him across half a century. The Tudors are my favourite area of British history and I always enjoy a story where fact and fiction are expertly intertwined.