We polished off the last of the Christmas presents by end of Feb. Two stalwart favourites were: Kate Atkinson and C.J. Sansom and their hardback offerings. 'Started Early, Took the Dog' was Kate Atkinson's fourth outing for Jackson Brodie - a sardonic but very human ex-private investigator. Unusally it took us a while to get into this book, but by half way we were totally hooked. A good array of Atkinson characters - oddly attractive and by the end you are just rooting for the retired cop Tracy.
Similarly experience with C.J. Sansom's fifth adventure for the Tudor hunchback lawyer Matthew Shardlake: 'Heartstone'. Found this very slow going at first but stuck with it and post 200 pages it started to zoom along. The twist was virtually impossible to see coming - well we didn't see it coming, but then I don't get out much (why would I want to leave my lovely cosy bed). If you like historical detective fiction then sample this series, Book 1 is 'Dissolution'.