The Absolutist; John Boyne - Other Press
Norwich, 15-16 September 1919
SEATED OPPOSITE ME in the railway carriage, the elderly lady in the fox-fur shawl was recalling some of the murders that she committed over the years.
"There was the vicar in Leeds," as she said, smiling a little as she tapped her lower lip with her index finger. "And the spinster from Hartlepool whose tragic secret was to prove her undoing. The actress from London, of course, who took up with her sister's husband just after his return from Crimea. She was a flighty piece so no one would blame me for that. But the maid-of-all-work in Connaught Square, I rater regretted killing her. She was a hard-working girl of good Northerner stock, who perhaps didn't deserve such a brutal ending."
"That was one of my favourites, I replied. "If you ask me, she got what was coming to her. She read letters that were not hers to read."
What do you think, read more or pass? I've read a few books by this author and just loved them, This one has been on my TBR list for a bit - I love the intros and can't wait to read on.
It's on my wish list and if available on audio, all the better.ReplyDelete
I'm looking forward to starting this one some time this week - print and eBook but, I bet the audio might be great too.Delete
Fascinating! Now I definitely want to read more.ReplyDelete
I like your new blog header!
Thanks Laurel, it was time for a change. I thought that intro was great...I definitely want to know more about this elderly woman.Delete
I would keep reading...this is an author I have long wanted to sample.ReplyDelete
Beautiful new header!!
Thank you Catherine, I've wanted to change my header for a while but was nervous as BLOGGER is so temperamental.Delete
I want to read his other novel, so if you read this one, I might get a better idea of whether or not it's worth it. Keep going!ReplyDelete
I'm hopping to read ALL of his books at some point.Delete
That does sound like a good one, we'd read more too!ReplyDelete
Yes, I am curious about this elderly killer LOLDelete
Elderly lady + some of the murders she had committed = I'm hooked!!ReplyDelete
Mine is also on a fierce woman!: https://francebooktours.com/2021/04/20/victorine-first-chapter-first-paragraph/
It does sound addictive.Delete
This sounds like a fun one! I recognize the author's name, but don't know if I've read him or not. I'll have to check my blog.ReplyDelete
I've read a couple by him that I really liked.Delete
Ah! I have read his books and enjoyed them quite well. So glad to know he has a new one out! Yay!ReplyDelete
This one isn't new just a new edition.Delete
I just realized that when I went to add it to my Goodreads' list! :)Delete
Wow talking about murders! I'd keep reading. :)ReplyDelete
This cracked me up. "She was a flighty piece so no one would blame me for that"
I know seriously LOLDelete
It sounds utterly intriguing!ReplyDelete
Doesn't it? I hope to begin in a couple days.Delete
Great opening! I would definitely read this one. It's a new-to-me author.ReplyDelete
Yes, that intro pulled me right in.Delete
Wow! What an opening!ReplyDelete
I know and am elderly lady at that!Delete
I've read two books by this author and I loved both of them. Definitely read on!ReplyDelete
I think this will be my 3rd or 4th. Boy With the striped Pajamas was my first.Delete