Author: ctarda

  • Finders Keepers

    Finders Keepers

    The Second book in the Bill Hodges trilogy (the first one is Mr Mercedes), this one is another crescendo of tension. 4 out of 5 stars Finders Keepers at

  • Self-Esteem and the End of the World

    Self-Esteem and the End of the World

    The third (fourth?) graphic novel I read this year, and the one I’ve really enjoyed. 4 out of 5 stars. Self-Esteem and the End of the World at

  • Old Flames

    Old Flames

    The second novel in the Inspector Troy series (Blackout is the first). I have to admit I lost track of the plot a little bit at the end. Nonetheless, it’s pretty much a Cold War spy story, which is what I really like to read. 4 out of 5 stars Old Flames at

  • The Deed

    The Deed

    The messy, volatile complications that only family can bring. 4.5 out of 5 stars The Deed at Hachette Australia

  • Dissolution


    Not for me. I decided to stop trying when I noticed, after five days, that I was only around 35% into the book. No rating, because I didn’t finish it. Dissolution at

  • Laidlaw


    I read somewhere that there was a thing called “tartan noir” and that led me to this book. It is the first in the original Laidlaw trilogy, it is very noir, and as annoying as the phonetic transcription of conversations in Glaswegian can be, I have to admit that those add (a lot) to the…

  • Just Ride

    Just Ride

    This one can be summarised in one quote: your bike is a toy, have fun with it. 4 out of 5 stars Just Rude at

  • Death Under a Little Sky

    Death Under a Little Sky

    Just what I needed, after three dense and slightly uncomfortable books. Easy to read, loved the “will they won’t they”. 4 out of 5 stars. Death under a little sky at

  • Crooked Seeds

    Crooked Seeds

    Definitely not a “feel good” book. But outstandingly good. And what’s better, it is the third great book in a row. 5 out of 5 stars. Crooked Seeds at

  • Levitation for Beginners

    Levitation for Beginners

    I almost abandoned this book about 30% in, but I am so glad I didn’t. A book about everything, and nothing. 4.7 out of 5 stars. Levitation for Beginners at The Guardian

  • Wild Houses

    Wild Houses

    Quoting The Guardian’s review: Wild Houses is a novel of rootedness, in every sense of the word. Characters are rooted to the spot, trapped and immobile; they are rooted in place, embedded and overfamiliar; they are rooted together, knotted and interconnected; and, in the final reckoning, they are rooted out, left uncovered and exposed So far,…

  • A Spy Alone

    A Spy Alone

    Spy novels are kind of my thing, and yet it took me a long time to finish this one. But I finished it. 2.5 out of 5 stars A Spy Alone at

  • Reading List. Weeks 13 and 14,  2024

    Reading List. Weeks 13 and 14, 2024

    I have been travelling for work, and then it was Easter and, to be honest, I needed to switch off the work brain, so I haven’t read as much as other weeks.

  • Glorious Exploits

    Glorious Exploits

    That was something. Classic tragedy as a Celtic caper, as The Guardian put it. I still need to let this one sink a little bit, but… 4 out of 5 stars Glorious Exploits at

  • Wellness


    I am not sure how to feel about this one. I really enjoyed the first half of the book, the second half not so much. A bit too long for my liking, didn’t love the story, but liked a lot several bits of the writing. 3 stars out of 5? Wellness at

  • James


    I think this is the fourth of Percival Everett’s novels that I read. I imagine that there is a lot that I have missed, and I imagine as well that I should revisit The Adventures of Tom Swayer (which I read when I was a kid, and I don’t have any recollection of). 4 out…

  • Seattle


    A few photos from a recent work trip to Seattle, WA. All shot on an iPhone 15 Pro. I debated with myself, at length, whether to take my Leica QP with me in this trip, but even though the sharpness and the quality (defined as je-ne-sais-quoi) of the final images an iPhone produce is not…

  • One Good Turn

    One Good Turn

    The second book in the Jackson Brodie series, following Case Histories. Similar to Case Histories, several stories that appear unrelated end up getting tangled together. 4.5 out of 5 stars. One Good Turn at

  • Reading List. Week 11, 2024

    Reading List. Week 11, 2024

    Finally getting to publish this, although one week late. Week 11 was a travel week, so I did not have much time to read.

  • Remain Silent

    Remain Silent

    The fourth book in the Erin McAbbe series (which I’ve posted about before). A page turner, the kind of book you can definitely read while lounging at the swimming pool in a beach resort. Which is a good thing! 3.5 out of 5 stars Remain Silent at