by Christian Cantrel
I do love a good thriller, and twists and turns are usually a good thing and keep me on my toes. But Scorpion had so many twists that I felt the story was almost a little too clever for its own good, or maybe it was just too clever for me. A young woman in Moscow is about to start her day when her artificial limbs take control and force her over her high-rise balcony. And that’s just the beginning of a string of seemingly random deaths, including a baby. The one thing that links them all is a four-digit code that is found branded on their bodies. A CIA analyst is seconded to find the killer and that’s when things get a little meta. Time travel combined with intense computer lingo meant I was sometimes struggling to understand the where and how, but with some judicious skim reading I was able to keep the flow of the story going. A couple of major twists at the end meant I didn’t see it coming, and that’s always a good way to end a thriller.
The man who died twice
by Richard Osman
This is the second novel by Richard Osman and it’s the follow-up to the popular The Thursday Murder Club, which I absolutely loved. And I absolutely loved The Man Who Died Twice. In case you haven’t read the first book, we have a group of four murder enthusiasts who meet on Thursdays to try to resolve unsolved murder cases. The four members of this club are Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron. They all live in a retirement village, and Osman totally nails his characters. Elizabeth is driven and opinionated, Joyce is quiet and caring, Ibrahim is a retired therapist who really needs therapy himself and Ron is a bit rough and ready, but with a big heart. The latest escapade starts when Elizabeth receives a letter from a man from her past inviting her for tea. The problem is that the man is dead. So, who’s Elizabeth meeting? What follows is a hunt for some missing diamonds, some killers, an assault or two, a bit of chess one-upmanship and some of Joyce’s lovely baking. The Thursday Murder Club books are witty and clever. I really hope Osman has started writing book three.