Still Life

by Val McDermid | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 0751576948 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingPlum-crazywing of Brighouse, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on 11/29/2021
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Journal Entry 1 by wingPlum-crazywing from Brighouse, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on Monday, November 29, 2021
When a lobster fisherman discovers a dead body in Scotland’s Firth of Forth, Karen is called into investigate. She quickly discovers that the case will require untangling a complicated web—including a historic disappearance, art forgery, and secret identities—that seems to orbit around a painting copyist who can mimic anyone from Holbein to Hockney. Meanwhile, a traffic crash leads to the discovery of a skeleton in a suburban garage. Needless to say, Karen has her plate full. Meanwhile, the man responsible for the death of the love of her life is being released from prison, reopening old wounds just as she was getting back on her feet.

Journal Entry 2 by wingPlum-crazywing at Brighouse, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on Saturday, February 19, 2022
This was McDermid's third & final chance to impress me (gave up on the first I tried & not overly enamoured with the second) .....& this one I liked!

Despite it being book 6 in a series it works well as a stand alone. I found no difficulty in picking up which relationships worked well & where there were established tensions. It certainly helped that the characters were all likeable & the combo of DCI Karen Pirie, Jason & Daisy is one I look forward to meeting again.

The story involves the working of cold case after a body is retrieved from the sea. At the same time Karen is already looking into the discovery of a skeleton found in an old camper van. The lies & secrets that are uncovered make for a good story, though one that I found a bit convoluted at times - I found myself often confusing the people involved in the cases being investigated.

Overall, a good read that has encouraged to try some more of this authors work.

Released 9 mos ago (9/2/2022 UTC) at By mail / post / courier, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases


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Released as part of the 2022 SEPTEMBER SAPPHIRE CHALLENGE (#4)

Journal Entry 4 by daffodil-2 at Norwich, Norfolk United Kingdom on Monday, September 5, 2022
Received in the post today along with 7 other books from Plum-Crazy. Thanks very much. I have had mixed reactions to the books of this author so will see how I go with this one.

Journal Entry 5 by daffodil-2 at Norwich, Norfolk United Kingdom on Wednesday, January 11, 2023
REVIEW:-"I did enjoy this book but felt it could have been condensed somewhat. I liked all the Police characters but didn't always need to know what was on the menu every time they stopped for a snack. I thought the details about the paintings were a little too detailed and unnecessary at times however I really liked hearing about how the Police worked encompassing all the new technology but I was a bit worried about Jason at one stage! It was good how the investigation into two separate cold cases was entwined into one story. I would definitely be interested in reading more titles by this author but I may chose the slightly shorter ones in future."
I intend to offer this book to another bookcrosser.

Journal Entry 6 by daffodil-2 at Norwich, Norfolk United Kingdom on Thursday, March 30, 2023

Released 2 mos ago (3/30/2023 UTC) at Norwich, Norfolk United Kingdom


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Journal Entry 7 by 4evagreen at Furness Vale, Derbyshire United Kingdom on Saturday, April 1, 2023
Arrived safely along with its friends. Not an author that I've read before but will certainly give it a go. Thanks for sharing.

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