It's a quiet evening in the Dumoulin household this evening. The missus and I had a nice drive around today, checking out some open houses (one of our past times). I decided to have fish and chips for dinner and went down to the little fish shop on Dyke Road, next to Portuguese Joe's Fish market. I think it's called Trollers. The fish was nice and tender and the fries and onion rings also excellent. All in all a satisfying dinner. While Jo has been listening to music and watching James Corden interviews online, I sat on the deck with the puppies, they sleeping on their cushions and me reading The Shanghai Murders, by David Rotenberg, the first book in the Inspector Zhong Fong mysteries. I've read the others but I have wanted to finally finish this first one. It's part of my Canadian 12 + 4 Reading Group challenge list.
And that is basically why I'm writing this entry. I'm doing extremely well so far this year with my reading challenges. I've finished 13 books in the 12 + 4 Canadian Lit challenge; The Shanghai Murders will be the 3rd last. That will leave me Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel and Dead Cold by Louise Penny, the 2nd book in the Inspector Gamache mysteries. So what I was thinking about the past couple of days was whether or not I should do another 12 + 4 challenge if I finish with this particular one before end June.
If I do, I want to continue with my Canadian Literature reading, although I might just make it a 12 + 0, vice 4. That will leave me room to finish off my other challenges as well.
I do have quite a few Canadian novels on my bookshelf so these are some I was considering choosing.
Keisha's latest mark is a man whose wife disappeared a week ago. She's seen him on TV, pleading for his wife to come home, or, if she's been abducted, pleading with whoever took her to let her go. Keisha knows a payoff when she sees one. So she pays a visit to our troubled husband and tells him her vision.
The trouble is, her vision just happens to be close enough to the truth that it leaves this man rattled. And it may very well leave Keisha dead.."
Benny is recovering in a Toronto hospital from a serious blow to the head. He has a condition called alexia sine agraphia; in layman's terms, it means he can still write but cannot read. And his memory has been affected too: although he can quote lines from his high-school production of Twelfth Night, he finds himself brushing his teeth with shaving cream. Even his girlfriend's name - Anna Abraham - continues to elude him.
When Benny learns that he has been found unconscious beside a dead woman, he figures he must have been close to solving a case. With Anna working as field agent and two Toronto cops reluctantly sharing their discoveries, Benny tries to piece together the events that led to a murder - and his own injuries."
Lara accompanies her employee to County Kerry, Ireland, for the reading of an old friend's will. The well-to-do Eamon Byrne left each of his quarrelling heirs a clue - a piece of a puzzle that wold lead to a mysterious treasure - but the family wold have to work together, combining the clues to give them meaning. When Lara discovers the ancient Celtic poem that serves as the key, she begins to close in on the treasure, fascinated by the intricate riddle. Line by line, stanza by stanza, she comes closer to the secret, but someone thwarts her at every turn - with murder..."
Influenced by the atmosphere of menace and fear, the group begins to share their own dark tales. One member, Angela, tells a mesmerising story about a child-stealer called the Sandman. Patrick, though, finds fantasy and reality blurring. Is the maniac at large in fact the Sandman? Is Patrick himself being stalked by the killer? What does Angela really know?
And when his own son is snatched, Patrick must embark on a horrifying journey to track down the elusive figure known as the Sandman."
Linking the two crimes, the detective finds himself in the midst of the Canadian mob. Their new ally is the ruthless Russian mafia, and in particular an enigmatic crime boss known as the Czar. When Cinq-Mars uncovers the identity of another mole within the Czar's organisation, he knows it is a race against time. Can she help him catch the Czar? Can he save her from almost certain death?"
So if I do decide to do one more CanLit challenge, I've got a nice mix I think. There a few other possibilities; Guy Vanderhaeghe's The Last Crossing, David Adams Richards Nights Below Station Street, William Gibson's Virtual Light or Douglas Coupland's Player One. They look interesting as well.
There you go. Enjoy your weekend. It's almost time for a new Midsomer Murders here.