Books onlineIn Senior Gap Years, you have the time to catch up on all the books you missed. These are independent reviews of books that I am enjoying in retirement (yes, I used the “R” word!). Please free to comment on the reviews.

A Treachery of Spies (by Manda Scott)

[star rating="4" max="5"] This novel has tremendous potential. The premise is indeed interesting; there are two threads: one set in the last months of World War II in the Jura area, and the other in 2018 following murders in Orleans and investigated by Captain Picaut. But I have reservations ...


The Girl from Venice (by Martin Cruz Smith)

[star rating="5" max="5"] This would be a great holiday read if you were vacationing in Northern Italy. The story is primarily located the lagoon in Venice and Lake Garda to the west. The plot deals with the period towards the end of the war in 1945.


Missing Pieces (by Laura Pearson)

[star rating="5" max="5"] What a superb debut from Laura Pearson – she is going to be an author to look out for. Her tragic story about a family who try to cope with two deaths is sad but poignant and uplifting.


Greeks Bearing Gifts (by Philip Kerr)

[star rating="4" max="5"] Bernie Gunther is now an insurance loss adjuster. He is the same uncouth character with a nose for solving a crime. This time he has to investigate the sinking of a boat that is supposedly seeking Greek relics. Mossad, corrupt politicians, and Nazis all add to the intrigue.


30 Days of Justis (by John Ellsworth)

[star rating="5" max="5"] In 30 Days of Justis attorney Michael Gresham discovers that a daughter (he never knew he had) is on death row for the murder of a Judge. There are just 30 days to save her, and he is fighting cronyism and the prejudice against sex workers. The suspense builds as we approach the final days.


Tips for Living (by Renée Shafransky)

[star rating="4" max="5"] Nora has escaped from New York City to small town Pequod after her now ex-husband's (Hugh) affair resulting in pregnancy! She has started re-building her life as a journalist on the local rag until her life is shattered by Hugh's purchase of a property in the town.


Things We Never Said (by Nick Alexander)

[star rating="5" max="5"] It is a sad, funny but uplifting read. It is a roller coaster emotional journey as we follow life for Sean after his wife Catherine has died following a long fight against cancer. Compelling and thoroughly enjoyable.


A Dark so Deadly (by Stuart MacBride)

[star rating="3" max="5"] This standalone crime thriller depicts a dark community haunted by a serial killer, who likes to mummify his victims, in Scotland. The crime is investigated by a motley squad of misfits. Excellent dialogue. An entertaining read but probably instantly forgettable.


Free Books to Download or Read

In retirement (or as my partner says: "Gap Years"), you inevitably have more time to read! In the digital age visits to the library become less frequent so how can you read for free? Free Books Online There are a number of sites where you can read books online but they tend to the older public domain books. There are sites where you can read modern novels online (or download them): For example, where I discovered books by Philip…


The Bone Field (by Simon Kernick)

[star rating="4" max="5"] An evil crime thriller that is quite disturbing. The "hero" detective has a dubious moral compass, and the perpetrators of various murders are even more diabolical. Who is worst? Difficult tell at times!

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