The Infidel Stain is indeed lots of fun, even if Carter uses 'begs the question' in a way no 1840s Englishman would. I don't know why, unless it's the American publisher who also changed the spelling. Shall read the next one; am not a fan of India so not likely to read the first. Mind, I'm not a fan of 1840s London either, but still. Will not spoil myself by googling Chartist to discover how the movement eventually ended. Badly, I assume.
It was linked around, as well.
Can you remember what site that was?
Published: December 2016 by Deadlines
Format reviewed: E-book (mobi)
Series: Tara Sharp #2
Genres: Crime, paranormal
Reading Challenges: Australian Women Writers Challenge 2017
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Disclaimer: I was provided with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This review contains spoilers for previous volumes/books.
Tara’s quirky PI business is attracting some even quirkier customers. She’s not sure how Madame Vine’s Escort Agency got her number. And then there’s the eccentric motorcycle racing team owner, Bolo Ignatius. Both these clients want to Tara to investigate suspicious circumstances that turn up dead bodies. That can only mean one thing in this town: John Viaspa. Tara goes in for round two with the local crime boss, while balancing the tight rope of her deliciously complicated love life.
Sharp Turn is the second Tara Sharp book and continues to be fast-paced fun. Although Tara finds herself in some prickly situations (sometimes quite literally), the story maintains a light-hearted tone.
The first book in the series got off to a bit of a slow start, but Sharp Turn came roaring out of the gate. Within two chapters, the story had reintroduced reoccurring characters and set up several new plots. It verged on a little too fast for me, but fortunately settled.
I really enjoyed the return of some of the characters. Cass was a particular surprise–a streetwise teen who helped Tara out in the first book. She’d seemed like just a passing character, so I was delighted to see her back. Not only that, but she gets fleshed out as we learn a bit more about her background. She serves as an excellent foil for Tara. The fact she has more life skills than Tara–particularly when it comes to cooking–highlights Tara’s privilege, as does Cass’s relationship with Tara’s mother.
The romantic relationships were a bit of a weak point of the book. There are appearances from both love interests, just long enough to remind us that they are still there with very little meaningful interaction. New complications are added to both relationships, but these felt flimsy and unsatisfying. Overall, Tara gives the impression of not being interested in any kind of relationship beyond the superficial.
The mystery elements were stronger, with each of the cases deftly intertwined. Coming from a family of motorbike enthusiasts, I also really enjoyed the setting. It felt vibrant and full of tension.
If you’re looking for a quick, fun read, Sharp Turn doesn’t disappoint.
Mirrored from Earl Grey Editing.
- Adam Savage (Mythbusters) on gender as a spectrum
"Being trans means often having to navigate 'myths' about gender, and it is usually a burden that trans people alone are tasked with explaining," Smith explains over email. "So it meant a lot to me to see Savage use his privilege and position to speak out on behalf of folks like me, and for scientific reality."
- Conservatives want to police everyone's gender. Mmmmm-hmmmmmmmm. Wonder why?
- (No, I haven't forgotten; she has a point.) Unsettlingness of The Handmaid's Tale (AlterNet, Jessica Valente). (Somebody mentioned that the series is somewhat gorier than the book and that some of the stratification has been subverted. Good.)
Currently I'm in London - came back this afternoon to check on the post as I'm waiting to see whether the ESA people are going to demand a medical - but the post on the mat didn't include anything from them. So I concluded I'd wait to see what was in tomorrow's post before heading to get other stuff prepared for later in the week.
It was only when my mum phoned and pointed out that Monday is a bank holiday and that there'll be no post that I discovered the slight problem with this plan. Whups. :O
I'm still doing GYWO, of course, so that helps me keep track as well. And I'm feeling... clearer? now than I have felt in a while. Writing is how I express myself. And I haven't been expressing myself. This is healing. I'm healing. And it feels good.
It was a good visit - the cooper's hawk decided I was too interested in their breakfast and carefully took it away to the back of their enclosure, one of the rescue big desert tortoises was very near mutiny because it's been so warm that they'd had had lots of time outside in their big outside field, and they did not believe it was too cold this morning for desert tortoises! (It really was too cold for desert tortoises.) And I spotted one of the prairie chickens! Always a treat - they like to hide. But the really surprising thing was when I left, on the road in front of the visitor center, I spotted a killdeer!
It spotted me at about the same time. We stared at each other for a moment. And then it went tippa tippa tippa toe running across the street and across the grass. Nope! Not today, Monkey!
(I wasn't gonna chase it, but I did watch it out of sight, because they have the most interesting gait.)