For some reason, around the holidays I always love reading cozy mysteries. Murder in Old Bombay is a cozy mystery with a more thrilling side than your usual choice.
Set in 1892 Bombay, Captain Jim Agnihotri is laying in the hospital, bored and recovering. While he’s constantly scanning the newspapers, he reads an interesting story of two women falling to their death off the university clock tower in the middle of the day, and local authorities are deeming it suicide. Catching a letter to the paper from one of the victim’s husband, however, Captain Jim decides to interview the widowed man and discover why he so adamantly believes it wasn’t suicide. When he meets with Adi, he quickly accepts the offer to investigate the crimes fully, Sherlock Holmes style. What follows is an adventure Captain Jim nor Adi could have imagined. Throw in a love interest and a band of ragtag children, this story was one I could not stop reading until the very end!
I was so invested in the characters from this story right away, and needed to know what happened to these women. I loved the historical aspects, and the author described the settings in such detail that I was able to picture this historic city with ease. I loved how Captain Jim ended up making friends, and having a sense of family that he had never experienced. Overall, I would highly recommend picking this one up, and look forward to reading more by this author!
Do you let yourself leave a book unfinished? Or do you power through to the end no matter how much you aren’t enjoying it?
I recently started reading Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch. It has been on my shelf for years, and I’ve always heard such great things about it. It’s a bestseller, it has won a Pulitzer – very well acclaimed. So I figured I would really enjoy it.
However, I found it had a very slow pace, and there wasn’t a lot happening within the plot to keep me turning the page. With it being a book of almost 800 pages, I really need excitement and to see where the plot is going. I felt this book really lacked a clear plot – somewhere you can see it going and finishing, that keeps you reading because you want to know the resolution. It was feeling more like a chore for me to read, as opposed to being my fun, free time activity.
I have a very hard time walking away from a book, leaving it unfinished. It feels as though I’ve quit, and I hate that feeling. I need to at least feel like I’ve given it enough of a try, to really wait to see if it’s going to pick up or pique my interest. Unfortuntely, I made it over halfway through The Goldfinch, but with 300+ pages still to read, I really didn’t feel like I could do it, especially with having an ever-growing pile of books to be read.
I know a couple of people who feel a similar way to me about this book, and I also know people who have loved it. It just goes to show that it all comes down to the reader, and how we receive the books we’re reading. My sister is going to read it towards the end of the month, and if she tells me the ending is exciting and satisfying, then I may pick it back up. However, for now, it remains a book I Did Not Finish.
I can’t get over how much I LOVED this book. Madeline Miller is an amazing author.
The writing style takes you into an amazing world of Ancient Greece and the Trojan War. The characters are people you’ve heard of as Greek heroes, like Achilles and Chiron, and her writing makes it so easy to picture the characters and settings they live within.
I also really liked the unexpected love interest within this story – the entire time I was rooting for this couple, and really enjoyed seeing them grow together as children and accept the love they had. They made it through many trials together, and fought together in the Trojan War. Even through adversity with parents and the people around them, they still stayed with each other and it ended in a beautiful way.
Not only is this a beautiful story, with both love and war, but it is loosely based on real historical figures. You are learning about Ancient Greek people and practices while enjoying a beautiful epoch. The glossary in the back helps you understand the relationships of the characters and the role they played in history.
Overall , I would definitely read this again, probably in the near future, and definitely recommend this as a read. I give this one FIVE BIG FAT STARS! ❤
my name is Laura, I live in Canada with my boyfriend, my dog, my books and my plants. I started a book account on Instragram late this summer, and found a wonderful community of book lovers. I have since then found an absolute joy in reviewing the books I read, and discussing those books with the reading community.
I decided I wanted to expand my instagram into a blog, where I can write more in-depth reviews and add more images.
I’m greatly inspired by my sister, who started her book blog almost a year ago, and has helped me realize the beauty of this community – I have made some genuine friends who share my passion for reading, and have helped me open up! I have come to know a lot of people from around the world, and even work with a few publishers to read and review books before they are released to the general public.
I look forward to sharing my thoughts with you on the great (and not-so great) books that I read from my cozy home library.