The prolific Kate Atkinson once again shows herself to be a master at crafting literary mystery with Started Early, Took My Dog. Unlike many mysteries, where the action is plot-driven (characters conveniently appear to carry things along), Kate Atkinson uses murder and mayhem to flesh out her characters and the dastardly crimes that define who they are and what they're capable of.
Her characters are quirky, snarky, flawed, and world weary - not an archetypal hero to be found among the lot. They ponder the wisdom of past choices they've made as well as those they are currently dealing with. In some cases, the decision to take action or to not must be made in mere seconds, and the fateful dilemmas in which they find themselves bring to mind the saying "timing is everything."
As circumstances unfold, characters continue to gain three-dimensionality. This is achieved not only by ...
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No Man's Land
by Simon Tolkien
Inspired by the experiences of his grandfather, J. R. R. Tolkien, during World War I.
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