For The Love of Books | Currently Reading October 2020

Troubled Blood by Robert Galbraith: In a break from romance novels, I devoured this over the course of a week.

Private Detective Cormoran Strike is visiting his family in Cornwall when he is approached by a woman asking for help finding her mother, Margot Bamborough — who went missing in mysterious circumstances in 1974.

Strike has never tackled a cold case before, let alone one forty years old. But despite the slim chance of success, he is intrigued and takes it on; adding to the long list of cases that he and his partner in the agency, Robin Ellacott, are currently working on. And Robin herself is also juggling a messy divorce and unwanted male attention, as well as battling her own feelings about Strike.

As Strike and Robin investigate Margot’s disappearance, they come up against a fiendishly complex case with leads that include tarot cards, a psychopathic serial killer and witnesses who cannot all be trusted. And they learn that even cases decades old can prove to be deadly …”

Some of the plot was complicated and I wasn’t a huge fan of all the astrology stuff. What I did like was seeing the relationship between Strike and Robin evolve.

What I highlighted: “Every married person he knew seemed desperate to chivvy others into matrimony, no matter how poor an advertisement they themselves were for the institution.” 

Eliza Starts a Rumor by Jane L. Rosen: This is a quick and easy read. That said, I didn’t expect the ending of this book to make me cry. It was funny, heartwarming, and brave. I really liked how the bond between these struggling strangers turned into a sisterhood. There are many struggles in this novel that are easy to connect and relate to. A story of empowerment. 

Because I enjoyed this, I picked up Rosen’s earlier novel, Nine Women, One Dress, which I’ll mention next month.

11 thoughts on “For The Love of Books | Currently Reading October 2020

  1. Thanks for the book recommendations. I read the second to last Robert Galbraith book, the one were Robin gets married & have vowed to never waste my time again with this author again ( in spite of the fact she wrote my beloved Harry Potter books) but OK I’ll rethink (col). Eliza Starts a Rumour sounds like one I need to check the library for. This also made me chuckle since we just started watching The Trouble With Maggie Cole, talk about rumours!

    Happy weekend.

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  2. So is the latest installment in the Strike series less profane and graphic than her last one. I didn’t know there was a TV series, will definitely look into that, hoping the TV sensors held them in check a bit.

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    1. On the whole, yes, although there are some not nice bits. The BBC TV series is excellent – I believe it’s currently available through the BBC iPlayer, if you have access to that.


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