JANE’S BOEKENTIPS

THE CUCKOO’S CALLING by Robert Galbraith
This is the first of a new mystery series starring a private detective who is beautifully realized by Galbraith. PI Strike is a multi- dimensional character and readers will find him very compelling. Strike is not a successful detective and his business is about to go under. But suddenly he gets a case and it will either save him or kill him. Strike is a former military man who is now a civilian because he got his leg shot off. This information just adds so much to the story as we have a hero who is physically or emotionally flawed.
This British mystery is very good and keeps the reader interested, but I think that the great success with this book is the author’s gift of creating believable characters and realistic dialogue. I would guess that this British series will be a welcome addition to the mystery genre and that Galbraith has potential to be a very successful writer.
P.S. Robert Galbraith is not a real name, the true author of this book is J.K. Rowling. This is an impressive piece of writing.
WHERE’D YOU GO BERNADETTE by Maria Semple
Wow and triple wow. This is one of the most unique books I have read in a long time. It is creative, original, funny and completely entertaining. Put this book down under a pure pleasure to read.
The novel is straight forward, with one narrator. There are many voices in this story, including Bernadette, her husband, her daughter, her hated neighbors, a school principal, and a psychiatrist. The story is told through emails, faxes, documents and the first- hand account of an eighth grader.
I really don’t want to give too much away, but you just have to dive in to this story and see how long it takes for you to smile or laugh. Semple’s gift at satire is obvious, and she knows how to find humor in almost anything—working for Microsoft, the politics of middle school, the pros and cons of living in Seattle, parenting teenagers, etc. It all comes together so beautifully in this one book. This novel is one of the best reviewed books of the year and now I know why. Please give it a chance.
 I just saw a wonderful film on dvd: 42. This is the story of Jackie Robinson’s first year playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers. This has a great cast and it is not just about baseball.

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