Author: ctarda

  • A Morbid Taste for Bones

    A Morbid Taste for Bones

    The first in the Fray Cadfael series. Not for me, I went almost 20% in before giving up. No stars because I didn’t finish it.

  • Say hello to Otto II (aka The Black Pearl)

    Say hello to Otto II (aka The Black Pearl)

    One of the upsides of being back in Ottawa is that, at least in between late April and late October you can pretty much bike everywhere. The city is reasonably flat, bike infrastructure is not terrible, drivers are (in general) used to and respectful of cyclists, so getting a new bike made all the sense…

  • The Cornish Campsite Murder

    The Cornish Campsite Murder

    The seventh (7th!) book in the Nosey Parker series. A not particularly remarkable murder-mistery, whodunit, or whatever you want to call it. Easy, entertaining read. 3 out of 5 stars

  • Back in Canada



    I’m not much of a beer person, but it felt great to be able to order one of these again.

  • A Little White Death

    A Little White Death

    The third book in the Inspector Troy series, a mix of my favourite genres: detectives and spies. 4.7 out of 5 stars. A Little White Death at

  • The Last Nazi

    The Last Nazi

    If my favourite genre is cold-war-in-Berlin spy novels, my second favourite genre is nazis-who-escaped thrillers. And yet, I didn’t find this one, even though I tried to read it to sweeten up the experience of giving We All Want Impossible Things a try. No stars because I did not finish it. The Last Nazi at…

  • We All Want Impossible Things

    We All Want Impossible Things

    Beautiful, maybe even fun, but so sad that I could not finish it. That being said, I will come back to this one whenever I am ready to read about death. No stars because I didn’t finish it. We All Want I possible Things at

  • My Favorite Terrible Thing

    My Favorite Terrible Thing

    Unexpected plot twist(s) 3.5 out of 5 stars My Favorite Terrible Thing at

  • Well, This Is Me

    Well, This Is Me

    Funny. 4 out of 5 stars Well, This Is Me at

  • Come and Get It

    Come and Get It

    Some college dorm drama, with an undercurrent of race relations, money and lack of thereof. It took me some effort to finish reading it, but I don’t regret it one bit. 3.5 out of 5 stars Come and Get It at

  • The Winter Visitor

    The Winter Visitor

    Someone killed someone, and police investigates. I did like this one, but the language was a bit too colloquial for me, which made me enjoy it a bit less I would have. 3.5 out of 5 stars The Winter Visitor at

  • Leading the Unleadable

    Leading the Unleadable

    I don’t pot much about work stuff, because by definition it’s not fun, but this is one of the books that have impacted me the most in the last few months, for content like this The exceptional leader looks at all the problems and obstacles he faces. He thinks about what the common denominator is…

  • Birdman


    Yikes. This was a good one, but a very gory one. I liked it, but I am not sure I want to say in public that I liked it, because, yikes, it this was a gory one. 4 out of 5 stars Birdman ất

  • 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