All the books in last week’s post were all historical based, but that’s not the only genre I enjoy. The books I’m including are those that not only do I remember but ones where I can leave the bed unmade, the dishes abandoned in the sink and let the whole world go by as I feverishly turn the pages, or in my case, click on my kindle.
SIX CANVASES Thomas Bauer
Set in New York, this is a good page turner in the traditional fashion. It kept me turning the pages and guessing right up until the end.
A Manhattan art dealer becomes obsessed with an artist dying young and the enigmatic woman he loved. When he discovers strange canvases the artist hid in his attic, he embarks on a quest to solve the mysteries of the artist’s life. The small fishing village the artist lived in, the beautiful Cory Forbes, and the canvases take him on a journey that leads him to the brink of murder.
THE THIRD TWIN Ken Follett
I guess the title gives the game away, but it did not detract from the narrative told by a master storyteller. Some authors just have that special way with words and he is one of the masters.
Jeannie Ferrami, a scientific researcher investigating the behaviour of identical twins who have been raised separately, uncovers a perplexing mystery; identical twins who were born on different days, to different mothers, in different places. One, Steve, is a law student, and the other, Dennis, a convicted murderer. As Jeannie works with Steve on her project she finds herself falling in love with him, but their world is shattered when he is accused of a monstrous crime.
FROM THE ASHES OF AMIENS Jana Petken
A book by a seasoned writer, with extensive research into the period of World War II. It’s a solid reminder that there is good and bad on both sides of a war.
January 1944—a senior member of the French Resistance betrays his comrades to the Abwehr and Gestapo, but who?
Within hours, the Germans arrest hundreds of suspected resistance fighters and incarcerate them in the infamous Amiens prison.
When a Resistance spy inside the prison informs his leaders, Dominique Ponchardier and Boniface Monier, of German plans to conduct mass executions within weeks, they are helpless to respond.
Part 3 next week