I didn't bound out of bed with quite so much enthusiasm today, can't think why.
Besides taking and posting ridiculous numbers of photos (I know I should post less but I'm not a good self editor and I do like showing you where I've been) I managed to finish the book I was reading when I left home and finish two others.
Val McDermid - Beneath the Bleeding: The latest in a series of books about profiler Tony Hill and DI Carol Jordan (you know the series now filmed with Robson Greene). I've thoroughly enjoyed previous books in this series (the first two The Wire in the Blood and The Mermaids Singing were real "page turners")I'm unsure what to make of this, a bit of homegrown terrorism seemed a bit passe or perhaps too much like the news. I also had problems with just how Hill can go on the net and "suss" details out and work out peoples personality almost by looking at them.
There are the odd twist and turn but it doesn't strike me as a wow book. More of a yeah ok not bad book. Even so it zipped on a long at pace and I'll give it *** but for those of you knew to McDermid start at The Wire in the Blood (and avoid the Lindsay Duncan novels).
Patricia Highsmith - The Talented Mr Ripley: The story of how the totally amoral Tom Ripley insinuates himself into Richard Greenleaf's world and his impact on it. Told from Ripley's perspective Highsmith does a good job at making us empathise with someone who is a "nasty piece of work". A crime novel? yes! but also so a study of human character and morality. *****
Agatha Christie - Death on the Nile. Oh come on you know it Poirot on a boat down the Nile. A woman is killed and the obvious suspect has an airtight alibi. I have a problem rating this one, I've seen the film many times so its not as suspenseful as it may have been coming to it afresh. Still it is a much better book than the Murder on the Orient Express but not as good as her classic The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. We'll say ****
Curious really how Christie has dominated English crime and her contemporaries have vanished without trace.