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Mr. Peanut by Adam Ross


Mr. PeanutMr. Peanut by Adam Ross

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

An odd one. I think I liked it, but it was so hard to read in places. By which I mean the subject matter was both infuriating and reflective of reality. Making me feel, I suppose, helpless.
That was probably the point..! Minor SPOILERS in the review below:

Mr Peanut is actually three different, but tangentially related, mysteries. The first is David Pepin, who is accused of killing his wife. He pleads innocent, despite spending a lot of time actually plotting her demise. The two investigators have their own strange and sordid histories, each relating to their marital strife. Hastroll’s wife refuses to leave her bed, possibly due to a form of depression, but refuses to explain her actions. Sheppard’s wife was herself murdered, and there remains a grey area of what actually happened that night.

Told in a non-linear fashion, this narrative is tricky to keep track of. The characters, both victims and perpetrators seem pretty unlike-able! If only people would actually talk straight with one another, the situations might have been easier – or avoided all together. The characters seem to get in a state because their respective other-halves can’t read their minds. Obviously. That old trope of “if you haven’t figured it out already, then I’m not going to tell you” attitude is useless in reality because it just gets you nowhere.

COMMUNICATION! Is very important in a relationship.. that includes friends, and marriage, and well most walks of life. Books do tend to teach you important lessons.  So maybe that was the point!

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Silver Blaze by Arthur Conan Doyle


Silver Blaze (The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, #1)Silver Blaze by Arthur Conan Doyle

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

One (rich) man and his (race) horse.
In fairness, there’s not a lot more to say about this story. Aside from remembering, of course, that the curious incident of the dog in the night time, is that the dog did not bark – the absence of any sound or indication, is that very curious incident.

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The Adventure of the Copper Beeches by Arthur Conan Doyle


The Adventure of the Copper Beeches
The Adventure of the Copper Beeches by Arthur Conan Doyle

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A governess who has been struggling to find work is suddenly provided with a too-good-to-be-true offer by a corpulent gentleman and his wife, who have some strange requests for her behaviour. Is her new employer hiding something? Yes, they are. Obviously.

Another short story which has Sherlock solving the case by simply disproving a number of theories that he had come up with prior to even leaving Baker St., leaving the one remaining solution.

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The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet by Arthur Conan Doyle


The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet
The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet by Arthur Conan Doyle

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A short one. Part of a fancy coronet goes missing. Sherlock Holmes talks down to people, runs around a bit without telling Watson what he’s doing, and then proudly produces the missing gems with a flourish and some self-congratulating. That’s about it!

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Safe House by Chris Ewan


Safe House
Safe House by Chris Ewan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Safe House is at first a missing person case which soon becomes much more complicated. Set on the Isle of Man, Rob Hale is a plumber who meets a mysterious pretty girl, Lena; takes her for a motorbike ride, crashes, and is subsequently abducted. Both the police and his family question whether Lena even existed in the first place, due to the fact that Rob suffered a head injury in the crash. With multiple groups of people trying to find Lena for their own agendas, it becomes more and more dangerous for Rob and Rebecca, a private investigator. Rob and his family are also still reeling from the recent tragic suicide of his sister, Laura. Is there more going on here than at first glance?

A compelling enough story with some interesting twists and turns. With such a large number of characters, not all were fleshed out perhaps in as much detail as they could have been. I would also have liked to have learned more about the British Intelligence angle and what there motives and actions were. What was primarily focused on was the more domestic, or personal, perspective from the character of Rob, and events unfolded with only as much detail as he discovered throughout. With only a few glimpses into the kidnapping/hostage situation that Lena found herself in, and how she handled herself in order to survive.

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