Dervla McTiernan was born in Ireland and lived there until 2011, before moving to Western Australia with her family. Her debut novel The Rúin is set in Ireland and its setting and dialogue quintessentially Irish, but there’s a snippet of her new country of abode, as one of the characters returns from a long stay in Australia.
I read Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner, the first in this series featuring (then DS, now DI) Manon Bradshaw last year – although I didn’t know (more in the series would follow) at that time. Looking back on my review I certainly took to Manon, who I described as a ‘no nonsense’ sort of person. Which remains the case in her second outing.
I need to confess that I had no idea Sophie Hannah had revitalised Agatha Christie’s famous Belgian detective and his little grey cells until this book appeared on a listing. It was only then I discovered Hannah had previously released The Monogram Murders, featuring Hercule Poirot, in 2014 – almost 40 years after the passing of Dame Agatha.
I adore Agatha Christie. I’ve read all of her books a million times. At least. Once upon a time I used to call them my bath books as I could read a novel in the bath in an hour. (Which was before I sat in the bath for hours on end reading!)
I love flawed characters. And I’m sure I’m not the only one. Of course there can be a fine line between someone having the odd idiosyncrasy and someone who’s downright psychopathic… in an evil, rather than quirky way #obvs!
There needs to be something redeeming or likeable about them, but – in general – the odd weakness or foible makes characters more relatable (and usually more enjoyable).
In Missing, Presumed, we meet (key player) DS Manon Bradshaw on a date with someone she met online. It’s a great introduction as well get an early understanding of her no-nonsense and kinda screwy take on the world.