The Delicate Storm, by Giles Blunt, is a Canadian mystery (Note as per normal, there may be some spoiler content although I won't ruin the ending for you.) set in North Bay, Ontario, the town I was born in. For the purposes of his novels, Blunt calls the town Algonquin Bay, but pretty well everything else is recognizable as North Bay.
This is the second in the John Cardinal mysteries, Cardinal being an inspector for the Algonquin Bay police force. His partner, once again, is Inspector Lise Delorme, a northern Ontario French Canadian. They have a nice relationship, some twinges of possible romance, but Blunt doesn't make a bit deal about it. In fact, in this story, the relationship between Cardinal and his wife is nicely developed in this story.
As per the first story in the series, this one is nicely developed, with a few twists and turns to make it very interesting. There are parts to be played by both the RCMP and the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service (CSIS). The story definitely has a Canadian feel; weather always playing a part, historical reference to one of Canada's major events of the 70's, the FLQ crisis. I really enjoyed this story and look forward to the next, Black Fly Season (yup, definitely Canadian..)
One thing I enjoy about the stories are the discussion of books, especially collectibles and each story revolves around antique books. Being someone who loves wandering around used book stores, makes Dunnings stories even more interesting.
In this story, Janeway is involved solving a murder, of course, and also tracking down a collection of books by Sir Richard Burton. The search is on behalf of an old woman, one of whose book Janeway had purchased at an auction.
Needless to say, there is murder, mystery and an interesting journey following Sir Richard Burton's wanderings around the Eastern states before the Civil War. If you enjoy a good mystery and hunting for used books, the Janeway books are for you. And I don't think you necessarily have to read them in sequence, although probably a good idea to at least start with Booked to Die as it does explain how Janeway goes from the Police Force to bookseller.
What I'm currently Reading.
Set in 1540, andduring the hottest summer of the 16th century, Shardlake finds himself involved in two different mysteries. Firstly he is trying to help a young girl, Elizabeth, defend herself against charges that she murdered her male cousin. Compounding the difficulties of this case is the fact that the young girl won't speak about anything.
In the other case, Shardlake has been called back to work by Thomas Cromwell to search out the Dark Fire, a legendary substance that supposedly the Byzantines used to destroy Arab navies.
So far, the story is moving along nicely and once again Sansom has drawn an intricate, suspenseful story. Looking forward to reading more.
The novel, along with the sequel Sarkhan, are set in the fictitious nation, Sarkhan, of course. The novel was an attempt to show Americans that their foreign policies weren't working and that there were other ways of achieving their aims and helping these other countries. That involved learning local customs and languages, following the way of life, etc.
I read the novel once before in junior high school and was totally hooked by the story. Sarkhan, as well, struck a chord with me. Eugene Burdick also wrote one of my favourite novels of that time, Fail Safe, probably one of the best political thrillers ever.
I bought this book in one of my used book store searches and wanted to see if it was as good now as I remembered it. So far, so good.. :0)
Rotary Club Book Sale
This weekend, the local Rotary Club has been having a book sale in the local shopping mall. Jo and I went to take a look while we were doing out grocery shopping yesterday and happily for both of us, we managed to find some books of interest. The price sure was right, $2 for hard covers, $1 for non - fiction paperbacks and $.50 for your standard paperback.
Jo found herself a Terence Conran design book, The Soft Furnishings Book. She said it was a bit out of date as it was originally published in 1986, but looking through it, the book is in such excellent condition.
As well, it's just a pleasure to look through, lovely photos, well - organized, as any Terence Conran book seems to be. It adds to her collection as Jo does like her design and decorating books and has a nice selection.
For $1.00, you can't go wrong. Definitely an excellent worthwhile purchase.
Another good buy, it was $2.00. Lovely condition again, it looks like it might be an interesting, humourous read.
Comments on the back, include Mel Brooks' "Surprisingly funny.", as he would say, being such a close friend.
I like Neil Simon's comment, "How Paul Robeson Save My Life is Carl Reiner's funniest book. Maybe it's because it's his shortest book. I love short, funny books."
Jo was pleased with her finds. I think I might enjoy reading the Carl Reiner one, looks good.
Now my purchases. I've grouped them to make it easier to show and take up a bit less space.
|The Grand Dame of Mystery|
I've bought a few of Ngaio Marsh's Inspector Alleyn mysteries before and have enjoyed them. It was really nice to find a few more buried in the boxes at the Book sale.
|The French Police Inspector|
|Tried and true mysteries|
|Classic Spy/ Adventure Thrillers|
|Also a great movie|
Keep buying books!!