Book: John Sandford “Rules of Prey”

June 9, 2016

John Sandford’s first book, “Rules of Prey” is the first in what became known as the ‘Pray Books’.  Featuring Minneapolis cop, Lucas Davenport.  In this story up against the Mad Dog killer.  The plot is a fast paced and intelligent crime novel with a truly bad guy. The hero is a rich, tough, loner cop who seems to work outwith the police department protocol.

bookHaving worked through a long running series of Bosch books, I was looking for a new character in a successful and long running series.  This might be it, I wasn’t that thrilled with the book but will try some more to see how it develops.

 


Book: Haig Gordon “Tales of the Kirkcudbright Artists”

June 9, 2016

Spending a week in Kirkcudbright (known as ‘The Artists Town’) and found this book in the cottage we were staying in – which was Yellow Door Cottage by the way and highly recommended!

bookThe book is a quick overview of the history of the artists who came from or were drawn to this small town.  Starting with probably the most famous son of Kirkcudbright, EA Hornel in the opening chapters the author then weaves his story with Jessie M King (part of who’s house we are staying in).  While this book probably doesn’t give much depth to any of the artists featured it gives a great overview of them and the reasons they were drawn to this lovely little town.

I was also surprised and delighted to find out that one of my favourite and most visited pieces of art in Kelvingrove Art Gallery (Old Willie: The Village Worthy by James Guthrie) – was painted here, also the stories of St Trinians originated here (sort of)…