Today on Books in Review I have a fun young adult read that made me laugh out loud, Louise Penny’s 12th book in the Gamache series and we’ll take a look at The Muse by Jessie Burton
The Prom Goer’s Interstellar Excursion by Chris McCoy starts with Bennett pulling off the impossible – he has managed to ask his dream girl, Sophie, to go to the prom with him, and she actually said yes! Literally moments later, she is abducted by aliens in the middle of the New Mexico desert. Yes, it’s that kind of book! Faced with a dateless prom and the possibility of being arrested for kidnapping or worse, Bennett’s sole choice is to hop a ride into outer space with a band of extraterrestrial musicians – and so begins the attempt to bring Sophie back. I realize that you are probably shaking your head, but this book was so much fun. It’s a coming of age story with teenage angst and young love, surrounded by an extraterrestrial reality show, alien concert venues and outlandish egos. Does he get the girl? You’ll have to read The Prom Goer’s Interstellar Excursion to find out!
A Great Reckoning, the 12th book in the Gamache series, has just come out and it is wonderful. If you haven’t read Louise Penny yet, please do. Although her books are categorized as mysteries, they are really so much more. She has developed, over the course of the 12 books, a cast of characters that are so well drawn they feel entirely real. Three Pines, once the destination for many of Chief Inspector Gamache’s investigations, is now his home. His retirement has not lasted long, though, and he takes charge of the Surete Academy, convinced that he has to stop the evil of the police department right at its source. He is not very popular there, to put it mildly. Years of corruption and violence have produced cadets more willing to take advantage of the population than to protect them. When a teacher is killed at the academy, the fingers point at four cadets, another teacher and Gamache himself. Read A Great Reckoning and then join us in waiting not-so-patiently for book 13!
The Muse by Jessie Burton starts out in 1967 England. Odelle is a Caribbean émigré trying to make her way in London. When she lands a job at the prestigious Skelton Art Gallery, things are looking up. There, she discovers a painting rumored to be the work of Isaac Robles, a young artist of immense talent whose mysterious death has confounded the art world for decades. Flashback to Spain 1936 where Olive Schloss, daughter of a Viennese Jewish art dealer and an English heiress, follows her parents to a small village on the Spanish coast. There she grows close to Isaac and Teresa, brother and sister who help on the estate. When she enlists their help to showcase her artistic talents while hiding her identity, things are put in motion that reverberate through the decades. Although only 30 years separate the two stories, it felt like a lifetime. Full of art, history and rich locations, The Muse will fill up your senses and stay with you for some time.