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About Madeleine

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  • Birthday 06/05/1964

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  • Reading now?
    The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden & The Winter Secret by Lulu Taylor
  • Location:
    SE England
  • Interests
    Reading, walking, visiting places of interest, getting out of London.

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  1. What's the weather like?

    Sunny here as well, last night was cold so there was quite a lot of frost this morning. Not sure what it's like out at the moment, though it's meant to get into the teens later, although that's what they said last week and it's been quite cold!
  2. What's Up in February? - 2019

    Glad the dentist went well, that numb feeling is weird isn't it? February is going by quickly isn't it?
  3. Rest in Peace

    Albert Finney last week, and also author Rosamund Pilcher, who was the grand age of 94 and of course is best know for the Shell Seekers.
  4. Madeleine's Book Log - ongoing

    The Darkness by Ragnar Jonasson - this is the first in a new trilogy by the author of the Dark Iceland series, this is Hidden Iceland and the main protagonist is a female police officer called Hulde (sorry can't remember her surname!) who is, so she thinks, a few months away from retirement, and dreading the day when she has to leave, as her job is pretty much her life, following the death of first her young daughter and then her husband. But then her boss calls her into his office and tells her that her successor is starting in 2 weeks, all her cases have been delegated to her colleagues and she can leave right now if she wants to. Stunned, she asks for a little more time and so her boss gives her two weeks notice, and tells her that, to keep herself busy, she can look into any cold case she chooses. She immediately picks the case of Elena, a young Russian asylum seeker who had been found dead on a remote beach a few months earlier, but a quick investigation concluded that her death was suicide, case closed. But when Hulde discovers that Elena had been granted asylum, and that the investigation was at best sloppy and at worst left vital details off the record, she starts to dig deeper and, inevitably, makes some discoveries that others would like kept secret. And that's all I can really say, it's a fairly standard police procedural, but gradually we also find out about Hulde's own past, there are several twists along the way, and the final ending is quite surprising and certainly original. A quick enjoyable read and I look forward to the next book, which is a prequel. 9/10
  5. Brian's Book Log - Ongoing

    I've started this series too, would like to know more about Lotte's background. I have the second book lined up.
  6. Hayley's Reading 2019

    I'm halfway through the first book and still waiting for the story to really take off, so I'm finding it a bit of a slog at the moment.
  7. Brian's Book Log - Ongoing

    Finished this last night and what an ending, which lifts the book above the usual police procedural. I've looked at Brian's spoiler now and agree with all he says I must admit that I didn't agree with all her actions though, and some of the problems she brought on herself. such as the early case with the hit and run. But I did root for her! would love to see this made into a TV series.
  8. new here!

    Hi and welcome!
  9. Madeleine's Book Log - ongoing

    I have read Austen, and I'm not a big fan myself - I hated Emma and Persuasion, was left cold by Mansfield Park and Northanger Abbey, but Pride... and Sense.. are OK. Too twittery really for me, plus studying the first two for A level probably didn't help either!
  10. Madeleine's Book Log - ongoing

    Exactly, so I don't think you can really say it was archaic. Apparently it's semi-autobiographical, as the author was one of four sisters, so I assume she wrote of her own experiences too, as that was how it was back then. Jane Austen's books have similar themes too.
  11. Madeleine's Book Log - ongoing

    Yes my original version had that too, they obviously put the two together.
  12. Wouldn't it be Good - Nik Kershaw