Another batch of book related opinions.
This week I take a look at two books from two of my favourite authors - Alexander McCall Smith and John Grisham - as well as a couple of humorous books...
|Morality For Beautiful Girls|
by Alexander McCall Smith
In this the third book in the No.1 Ladies Detetive Agency series Precious Ramotswe deals with the issue of relocating the detective agency to the offices of Mr J.L.B. Matekoni's garage. She also investigates the out of character behaviour from Rra Matekoni himself, as well as a couple of cases involving an unusual orphan and a potential poisoning. This is another enjoyable account of Mma Ramotswe's eventful life, and any fans of the first two books will once again appreciate Morality For Beautiful Girls as the format is the same. The narrative also contains the occasional brief passage which summarises the most significant events of the first two books, so this third book could quite easily be read as a stand-alone book by any new readers.
|Tricky Business by Dave Barry|
Tricky Business by Dave Barry - 4.0 / 5.0
Tricky Business is set on the Extravaganza Of The Seas gambling cruise ship, where the passengers suddenly find their regular unremarkable lives becoming drastically more exciting, thanks to a dodgy criminal deal which takes place on the boat and which sees several dubious criminals double crossing each other for a bigger slice of the pie. It's a funny book, and the style of humour was right up my street and reminded me of Carl Hiassen. The characters often engage in random conversations which are unrelated to the overall plot, but which help you get to know the characters, and this random banter was something which appealed to my reading tastes. As a note of caution, the book features some very violent scenes involving a lot of death and graphically described injuries, so Tricky Business is a book that probably won't appeal to everyone.
|The King Of Torts by John Grisham|
The King Of Torts by John Grisham - 4.9 / 5.0
The blurb to The King of Torts describes a small time lawyer (Clay Carter) who accidentally stumbles upon one of the dodgiest pharmaceutical cases in the history of law and medicine. I was expecting the book to deal exclusively with this storyline, but it turns out that this is just the first of many plot developments. In actual fact The King Of Torts is a story of greed, and how it can potentially turn you into the thing you previously hated the most, rather than a tale exclusively related to the pharmaceutical case. You begin the book rooting for Clay Carter to succeed, but as the plot progresses he gradually transforms into the thing he used to despise. Once I started reading The King Of Torts I had it finished in a few days and looked forward to reading this book at every available opportunity. The King Of Torts is John Grisham at his brilliant best.
The Book Of Bunny Suicides by Andy Riley - 4.7 / 5.0
|The Book Of Bunny Suicides by Andy Riley|
More book reviews by Charles Fudgemuffin:
Book Reviews (Part 9)
Book Reviews (Part 10)
Book Reviews (Part 11)
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