Beneath Devil’s Bridge by Loreth Anne White My rating: 4 of 5 stars I haven’t read much by Loreth Anne White yet: I have read two books of her “A Dark Lure” series and liked those well enough to keep an eye on White.Consequently, this book came as a bit of a “shock” because it’s a complete departure from the narational lines established by those previous books. In “Beneath Devil’s Bridge” we read about an old case from...

The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is the kind of book most of my fellow males will avoid like the plague. All the more so if they ever – by accident, of course! – happen to come across the “Author’s Note” in this book which explicitly states “Since my readers are almost exclusively women”… Well, here I am, and I profess: I greatly enjoyed this book despite knowing that it most certainly ...

Jeder Mensch by Ferdinand von Schirach Ferdinand von Schirach ist ein beachtlicher Streiter für Recht und Gerechtigkeit – sowohl als Jurist wie auch in seiner “zweiten Karriere” als Schriftsteller. (Jedes seiner bisher veröffentlichten Bücher ist übrigens uneingeschränkt lesenswert.)Er hat ein feines Gespür für das, was Recht ist, was Recht sein könnte und was Recht sein sollte und die Klugheit, sich dafür auf vielerlei Ebenen ...

Junge Frau, am Fenster stehend, Abendlicht, blaues Kleid by Alena Schröder My rating: 5 of 5 stars Die “Junge Frau” ist ein leises und berührendes Buch, ohne jemals ins Sentimentale abzugleiten. Es liest sich schnell, leicht und locker, ohne es an Empathie für seine Protagonistinnen mangeln zu lassen oder das teils tragische Schicksal zu banalisieren. In zwei Erzählungssträngen erzählt Schröder die Geschichte von vier (eigentlich fünf...

The Duke and I by Julia Quinn My rating: 4 of 5 stars Recently, I came across “Bridgerton” on Netflix and – much to the dismay of my family – I really enjoyed it. Now, what would be more sensible than to look for the “source material”? So I did and was somewhat mystified why, at the time of writing this, “The Duke and I” only features an average score of 3.87. Looking into this made it obvious that one scene from the Netfl...

Funkenmord: Kluftingers neuer Fall by Volker Klüpfel My rating: 2 of 5 stars Puh… Das also war Kluftinger 11 und einem von uns beiden geht langsam die Puste aus. Ich habe jetzt extra mal nachgeschaut: Klüpfel und Kobr sind jeweils Jahrgang 1971 und 1973. Weite Teile des Humors der beiden Autoren stammt aber eher aus dem miefigen Altherren-Umfeld: Angefangen von Vodka-saufenden Russinnen, über einen indisch-stämmigen Priester, dessen Darstel...

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir My rating: 5 of 5 stars Just when I thought Andy Weir was a “one-hit wonder” for his great and exciting “The Martian”, he comes along and writes something that completely blew away my mind. “Project Hail Mary” is spectacularly well done, features even more “scientific vibes” and despite being deeply rooted in science fiction, everything in this book feels (shockingly) plausible and believable. Earth ...

The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James My rating: 4 of 5 stars It’s 1982 and Vivian “Viv” Delaney leaves her confining home to find fame and fortune in New York City. By chance, Viv ends up in Fell, New York, where she finds a job as a night manager at the eponymous Sun Down Motel.At the end of November 1982, Viv disappears. 35 years later, in 2017, her niece, Carly Kirk, follows in Viv’s footsteps after the death of Carly’s mother, Viv...

Fugitive Telemetry by Martha Wells My rating: 3 of 5 stars I seem to be the odd one out but this new Murderbot novella simply didn’t work for me. At times, it felt very slow while, at other times, the story raced along – a very uneven pacing, unfortunately. Mensah and the others hardly played any role and our beloved Murderbot pretty much acts as some random security consultant, trying to make sense of a murder. Apart from the (here rathe...

Marrying Mr. Wrong by Claire Kingsley My rating: 3 of 5 stars Oh, well, from the lofty heights of Obama’s presidential memoirs which I enjoyed, I went on to read this. I needed a short moment of pure escapism and easy-going reading: “Please excuse me for a moment while I disengage my brain!” For that purpose, this novel worked well enough – albeit not perfectly but we’ll come to that. Anyway, this is the third instalment of a loosel...

Beneath Devil’s Bridge, by Loreth Anne White
Book Review / June 17, 2021

Beneath Devil’s Bridge by Loreth Anne White My rating: 4 of 5 stars I haven’t read much by Loreth Anne White yet: I have read two books of her “A Dark Lure” series and liked those well enough to keep an eye on White.Consequently, this book came as a bit of a “shock” because it’s a complete departure from the narational lines established by those previous books. In “Beneath Devil’s Bridge” we read about an old...

The Viscount Who Loved Me (Bridgertons #2), by Julia Quinn
Book Review / June 8, 2021

The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is the kind of book most of my fellow males will avoid like the plague. All the more so if they ever – by accident, of course! – happen to come across the “Author’s Note” in this book which explicitly states “Since my readers are almost exclusively women”… Well, here I am, and I profess: I greatly enjoyed this book despite knowing that it most ...

Jeder Mensch, von Ferdinand von Schirach
Book Review / June 5, 2021

Jeder Mensch by Ferdinand von Schirach Ferdinand von Schirach ist ein beachtlicher Streiter für Recht und Gerechtigkeit – sowohl als Jurist wie auch in seiner “zweiten Karriere” als Schriftsteller. (Jedes seiner bisher veröffentlichten Bücher ist übrigens uneingeschränkt lesenswert.)Er hat ein feines Gespür für das, was Recht ist, was Recht sein könnte und was Recht sein sollte und die Klugheit, sich dafür auf vielerl...

Junge Frau, am Fenster stehend, Abendlicht, blaues Kleid, von Alena Schröder
Book Review / June 4, 2021

Junge Frau, am Fenster stehend, Abendlicht, blaues Kleid by Alena Schröder My rating: 5 of 5 stars Die “Junge Frau” ist ein leises und berührendes Buch, ohne jemals ins Sentimentale abzugleiten. Es liest sich schnell, leicht und locker, ohne es an Empathie für seine Protagonistinnen mangeln zu lassen oder das teils tragische Schicksal zu banalisieren. In zwei Erzählungssträngen erzählt Schröder die Geschichte von vier (eigent...

The Duke and I (Bridgertons #1), by Julia Quinn
Book Review / June 1, 2021

The Duke and I by Julia Quinn My rating: 4 of 5 stars Recently, I came across “Bridgerton” on Netflix and – much to the dismay of my family – I really enjoyed it. Now, what would be more sensible than to look for the “source material”? So I did and was somewhat mystified why, at the time of writing this, “The Duke and I” only features an average score of 3.87. Looking into this made it obvious that one scene from...

Funkenmord (Kommissar Kluftinger #11), von Volker Klüpfel & Michael Kobr
Book Review / May 30, 2021

Funkenmord: Kluftingers neuer Fall by Volker Klüpfel My rating: 2 of 5 stars Puh… Das also war Kluftinger 11 und einem von uns beiden geht langsam die Puste aus. Ich habe jetzt extra mal nachgeschaut: Klüpfel und Kobr sind jeweils Jahrgang 1971 und 1973. Weite Teile des Humors der beiden Autoren stammt aber eher aus dem miefigen Altherren-Umfeld: Angefangen von Vodka-saufenden Russinnen, über einen indisch-stämmigen Priester, dess...

Project Hail Mary, by Andy Weir
Book Review / May 25, 2021

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir My rating: 5 of 5 stars Just when I thought Andy Weir was a “one-hit wonder” for his great and exciting “The Martian”, he comes along and writes something that completely blew away my mind. “Project Hail Mary” is spectacularly well done, features even more “scientific vibes” and despite being deeply rooted in science fiction, everything in this book feels (shockingly) plausible and believab...

The Sun Down Motel, by Simone St. James
Book Review / May 14, 2021

The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James My rating: 4 of 5 stars It’s 1982 and Vivian “Viv” Delaney leaves her confining home to find fame and fortune in New York City. By chance, Viv ends up in Fell, New York, where she finds a job as a night manager at the eponymous Sun Down Motel.At the end of November 1982, Viv disappears. 35 years later, in 2017, her niece, Carly Kirk, follows in Viv’s footsteps after the death of Carly’s m...

Fugitive Telemetry (The Murderbot Diaries #6), by Martha Wells
Book Review / May 8, 2021

Fugitive Telemetry by Martha Wells My rating: 3 of 5 stars I seem to be the odd one out but this new Murderbot novella simply didn’t work for me. At times, it felt very slow while, at other times, the story raced along – a very uneven pacing, unfortunately. Mensah and the others hardly played any role and our beloved Murderbot pretty much acts as some random security consultant, trying to make sense of a murder. Apart from the (...

Marrying Mr. Wrong (Dirty Martini Running Club #3), by Claire Kingsley
Book Review / May 1, 2021

Marrying Mr. Wrong by Claire Kingsley My rating: 3 of 5 stars Oh, well, from the lofty heights of Obama’s presidential memoirs which I enjoyed, I went on to read this. I needed a short moment of pure escapism and easy-going reading: “Please excuse me for a moment while I disengage my brain!” For that purpose, this novel worked well enough – albeit not perfectly but we’ll come to that. Anyway, this is the third instalment o...