In The Absence Of Mrs Petersen

by Nigel Balchin | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: Global Overview for this book
Registered by dark-draco of Ledbury, Herefordshire United Kingdom on 4/17/2010
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Journal Entry 1 by dark-draco from Ledbury, Herefordshire United Kingdom on Saturday, April 17, 2010
We were clearing out one of the store rooms at work and found a box of old books. No-one knew who they belonged too and they were about to be thrown in the skip. Soon put a stop to that - so I brought them home for bookcrossing.

Journal Entry 2 by dark-draco at Ledbury, Herefordshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, October 19, 2010
I was quite surprised at how much I enjoyed this book - I wouldn't have chosen it myself, but having it fall upon me meant I had to give it a go.

When Jim Petersen witnesses the plane crash that kills his wife, he is thrown into a deep despair and runs of to Paris to get away from her memory. There, he meets Katerina, a woman that bears a striking resemblance to Sarah. When he mentions the similarity, Katerina asks him to take her to Yugoslavia, pretending that she is his wife, in order to recover a family fortune hidden there. With nothing else to do, he agrees, and they set off. But Katerina is keeping secrets and Jim could be the victim of her schemes.

Really funny in places and a definate sense of humour throughout. There is no way this story would work in the modern age, with all the security and ID we have to have now, but it does work in its own timeframe. It is obvious from the start that Jim is a bit of a dupe, but I love the way that it ends and how he gets himself out of it all. I would really recommend giving this a go.

Journal Entry 3 by dark-draco at A VBB, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- United Kingdom on Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Released 8 yrs ago (12/21/2010 UTC) at A VBB, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- United Kingdom


This was chosen from the First Lines Virtual Book Box and is off to Croatia.

It's first line is...
"There was an article in a magazine the other day, pointing out the remarkable saety of present-day air travel."

Hope you enjoy it.

Journal Entry 4 by vedranaster at Zagreb: Donji grad (city centre), Zagreb City Croatia on Thursday, January 27, 2011
The book arrived today, safe and sound.
Thank you for sending it, dark-draco, I look forward to reading it.

And by the sound of your review, it even takes place in this region.
What a coincidence that I should pick precisely that one! :)

Note to self: reserved for Tanamo

Journal Entry 5 by vedranaster at Zagreb, Zagreb City Croatia on Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Released 3 yrs ago (7/5/2016 UTC) at Zagreb, Zagreb City Croatia


Took me a bit to get into it, but once I did I thoroughly enjoyed the rest of the book.

What drew me out at first were slightly unconvincing characters, or rather, an unconvincing dynamic between the Petersens'. Once Mrs. Petersen was out of the picture things took a turn for the better. ;) What also didn't help was a Yugoslav name being spelled as Katherina, with an H. Highly improbable for that era. Would be quite unusual even today, so it nibbled away at the suspension of disbelief each time it popped up. And it popped up frequently. ;)

Was interesting to read about Yugoslavia from a foreigner's point of view.
All in all, it was a fun spy-like adventure plot very reminiscent of the old days, and very well written. Glad I gave it a go.

Now travelling to Tanamo in the UK. Hope you enjoy it, too!

Journal Entry 6 by wingTanamowing at Hinckley, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Thursday, July 14, 2016
Thank you very much for this book which has arrived safely. Thanks also for the labels.

Journal Entry 7 by wingTanamowing at Charity Fair in Hinckley, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Thursday, May 31, 2018

Released 1 yr ago (6/1/2018 UTC) at Charity Fair in Hinckley, Leicestershire United Kingdom


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