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Monday, August 19, 2013

R.I.P. Lee Thompson Young


The actor who stars as Detective Barry Frost on Rizzoli & Isles was found today by his landlord after he failed to show up for work. The cause appears to be suicide from a self-inflicted gun wound. Young was 29. I am a big fan of the show and totally speechless. My thoughts go out to his friends and family! R.I.P.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Second Honeymoon (James Patterson & Howard Roughan)

When FBI agent John O'Hara receives a call from a man desperate for his help, little does he know his whole life will turn upside down. The man's son and daughter-in-law have been found murdered on their honeymoon in the Caribbean. He wants justice, and will pay O'Hara handsomely to hunt down the killer.

Quote: "We'd only just met. I could be cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs for all he really knew."

My thoughts on this book: It is not just about the 'Second Honeymoon' serial killer; we also have the 'John O'Hara' serial killer on the loose...
I had mixed feelings about this novel; on the one hand, it was full of twists and turns, which was hard to put down, but something felt too much like his other novels. It was fun to read and I loved it, but somehow it does not go on the 'books that speak to me' list, there is a secret ingredient missing...

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

La cage dorée (Ruben Alves, Hugo Gélin, Jean-André Yerles)

Maria and José Ribeiro have been living in Paris for over 30 years. These Portuguese emigrants are loved by everyone in the neighbourhood, so when they finally get the chance to return to Portugal, no one wants them to leave.

Starring: Rita Blanco, Joaquim de Almeida, Roland Giraud, Chantal Lauby, Barbara Cabrita, Lannick Gautry, Maria Vieira, Jacqueline Corado, Jean-Pierre Martins, Alex Alves Pereira, Nicole Croisille, Pedro Miguel Pauleta

Why I loved this film: This is the typical emigrant movie. They have paid attention to every detail on Portuguese emigrants abroad, particularly in France: verbal tics, food they eat, and music they listen to.
Ruben Alves managed to depict this community with sincerity, accuracy and tenderness. Every character - main and supporting - is outstanding and perfectly played by all actors.
This is an overall enjoyable and hilarious movie. I was laughing all the way through and would not mind seeing it again.
The only downside is all the kids and the noise at the movies. I do not think this is a kids' film due to all the swearing, and if you are Portuguese and love our actors, please wait until they actually speak to start laughing out loud. Every time Maria Vieira opened her mouth people would start laughing straight away. She is funny but after a while it became annoying.

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Rush of Blood (Mark Billingham)

Three couples meet around the pool on their Florida holiday and become fast friends. But on their last night, the teenage daughter of another holidaymaker goes missing, and her body is later found floating in the mangroves.
When the shocked couples return home, they remain in contact, and over the course of three increasingly fraught dinner parties they come to know one another better. But they do not always like what they find.
Then a second girl goes missing...


Quote: "... Whatever God you believe in, we all get tested in different ways."

Why this book speaks to me: This is brilliantly written with great pacing. There is never a dull moment. It does keep you guessing until the very last chapter. I thought I had figured out who did it by the second death but I was totally surprised and shocked by the outcome. However, I liked the way the book ended and it leaves you wandering whether there will be a follow up. Sometimes it reminded me of an Agatha Christie type of novel but more modern. Totally different from what you see on book shelves.