Mini-reviews: The Fiddler’s Gun by A.S. Peterson; Christine Falls by Benjamin Black; The Impostor’s Daughter: A True Memoir by Laurie Sandell

I find myself in the position of being behind on reviews again, and, although each of these books fully deserves its own, full-length review, I’m going to fall back on my catch-up method of doing mini-reviews.

Title: The Fiddler’s Gun
Author: A.S. Peterson
Genre: Historical fiction
Publisher: Rabbit Room Press
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Source: Print copy from my personal library
First line: The trouble with Phineas Michael Button began the moment she was born.

The Fiddler’s Gun is an engaging piece of historical fiction with a terrific protagonist. Fin Button was raised in an orphanage during the years leading up to the American Revolution. When circumstances conspire to put her on the run, she becomes a privateer, hoping that when the war is over, she can return and marry the man she loves. I enjoyed reading about Fin’s adventures. Peterson has a wonderful gift for putting the reader right into the world of the book and keeping them there through adventure after adventure, all the while dealing with some of the heavier issues of faith, forgiveness, and free will. I will definitely be looking for the sequel.

Title: Christine Falls
Author: Benjamin Black
Genre: Mystery, historical fiction
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Source: Print copy from the public library
First line: She was glad it was the evening mailboat she was taking, for she did not think she could have faced a morning departure.

I was about to put the audiobook version of The Silver Swan onto my MP3 player when I discovered that it was the sequel to this book, Christine Falls. Being obsessive-compulsive about reading series in order, I put the print copy of this one on hold and read it last week while in the hospital with Natalie. The mystery wasn’t a huge one – not difficult to imagine what was going on – but what makes this book so readable is its characters. Quirke, the emotionally damaged, hard-drinking pathologist; Sarah, the woman he loves – who just happens to be married to his adoptive brother, Malachy; Mal and Sarah’s daughter Phoebe, who is a grown woman and yet unable to make her own decisions. I really do love a good British literary mystery, and this one ranks up there with the Adam Dalgliesh mysteries by P.D. James. I can’t wait to listen to The Silver Swan.

Title: The Impostor’s Daughter: A True Memoir
Author: Laurie Sandell
Genre: Graphic memoir
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Source: Print copy won in a giveaway at Thoughts of Joy
First line: Whenever my father went out of town, he had the mail stopped.

I have read some graphic memoirs that I absolutely loved: Blankets, Maus, Persepolis – and some that I didn’t love as much, and, unfortunately, this one falls into the latter category. I do like Sandell’s writing style and the art is terrific, but I wish she left a bit more to the imagination when it came to the sex in the book. I was a bit afraid to read it when my boys were in the room, for fear of having them walk up and look over my shoulder only to see two naked people going at it. I guess I just prefer the books I read – especially if they include pictures! – to err on the side of subtlety when it comes to sexual content.

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9 Responses to Mini-reviews: The Fiddler’s Gun by A.S. Peterson; Christine Falls by Benjamin Black; The Impostor’s Daughter: A True Memoir by Laurie Sandell

  1. Overall it looks like you’ve been doing some good reading lately. I’ve read other reviews that raved over The Fiddler’s Gun – that sounds like one to check out.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Kathy – I really enjoyed it – and the Wingfeather Saga, that his brother, Andrew, wrote.

  2. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread

    I truly enjoyed Christine Falls and The Black Swan, and you are right, the attraction really is the characters. Funny, when I picked up The Black Swan, I didn’t realize that it was a sequel, but very quickly remembered Quirk and the gang, and was beyond excited to see them again. (At least I did read them in order!!!)

  3. Thoughts of Joy says:

    I agree whole-heartedly about The Impostor’s Daughter.

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  5. Ladybug says:

    I’m so glad that you enjoyed The Fiddler’s Gun, Carrie!