Flavia is a child who is introverted, smart and isolated from her dysfunctional family. When she finds a dead bird, then a dead man in her garden, she’s determined to use her knowledge of chemistry and her brains to figure out who killed him and to prove her father is innocent.
I can see where Flavia can be annoying to many people, but for me, she brought back a lot of my own childhood memories and miseries.
Chet might have failed K9 training but he’s landed on his feet, and is now a partner of the Little Detective Agency along with his human Bernie. When I young girl goes missing and the dicks are hired by the girl’s mother, Chet and Bernie set out on a journey to find the girl and bring her home.
A fun story, narrated by Chet who tends to be just a tad forgetful, but he remembers the important things, like half-off BBQ coupons, you can be sure!
First book of the Raj Quartet. A wonderful, powerful book depicting British and Indian relations at the height of WWII when Gandhi was pushing for Independence and the British were more focused on defeating Japan and Hitler.
It’s the story of a rape, the events leading up to it, and how all sides, and individuals see it and interpret the events so differently, through their own prejudices and assumptions.
I read his way back in about 2000, so it was a surprise to see how well it held up to a re-read.
Moon has no idea who he is, never mind what he is. He’s different and has never seen another person like himself. He’s a shifter, can fly, and is living among groundlings. But he’s forced to flee often when his secret is discovered.
He’s learned to trust no one, with good reason, but when someone who looks like him saves his life, he reluctantly agrees to accompany his new friend Stone to Stone’s colony.
It’s a tale of self discovery, facing one’s fears and hopes, and learning to reach out to others so we can find a place for ourselves in the world.
There’s an interesting romantic subplot, which is crucial to Moon’s decisions, but does not drive the story.
Lots of suspense and action as Moon helps Stone and Stone’s people defeat the dreaded Fell who pray on everyone.
Very well written, with powerful female characters, lots of character development and complex and intriguing world building.
Will definitely read more of this series and Martha Wells in general.