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When did I first hear about Ian Rankin. Never, it was just a recommendation by the shopkeeper to whom I usually go for my book-shopping. Maybe he was just trying to earn a little extra for he had only one copy, but I am thankful to him. I still thank him today for making me read well written crime fiction books. Yes, Mr.Rankin know what to write and how, I have read almost half of his John Rebus’ series in past one year and half, and he never gets carried away, never off the mark, the plot would always be good, his protagonist, John Rebus, always satisfying the reader and that’s what makes you a good crime fiction writer. That’s what a reader would love to read. That’s what I love to read. And not only the plot is great, it’s simple and very imaginable. Mr. Rankin knows the trick of immersing the reader steadily in the deep criminal world of Edinburgh. Set in Darkness was not only my first book of John Rebus but also my only key to enter his world.

set indarknesThe inspector Rebus’ series shows  remarkable purview of the darker side to humanity. Rebus is a dedicated Scottish policeman, streetwise, methodical and persistent. But like all those he encounters, his has demons of his own to battle: a failed marriage, loneliness, alcoholism.

The novel opens with the discovery of a body buried in Queensbury House, an old historic building being renovated to accommodate the Scottish parliament. Without any clues to the identity of the deceased, this case takes a low priority until a second murder occurs on the very same site. Roddy Grieve, a wealthy and ambitious Labour Party candidate for the legislature, is found bludgeoned to death, and Rebus is assigned to assist Derek Linford in this higher profile murder. Linford has ambitions of his own within Scottish
law enforcement; and, as you might suspect, he and Rebus are opposite ends of the compass. Tactless, pompous and the golden boy of the police department hierarchy, Linford is placed in charge of the investigation, which he is obviously too inexperienced to handle. Rebus, on the other hand, organizes an efficient team of detectives and begins a methodic search for a motive that would bind these murders together. When the apparent suicide of a homeless man with an amazingly large bank account falls in the lap of his former disciple, Siobahn Clarke, she finds herself partnered once again with Rebus.

The main ideology of the author is to show duality of the city of Edinburgh through Rebus’s character and perspective: a quiet and peaceful city during daytime, but a dark and turbulent city during night time. He clearly relates his first two novels Knots & Crosses and Hide & Seek, to Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde just to create a modernized version of the classic.

Grounded in the traditional method of skillful plotting, Mr.Rankin leads readers in several directions at once. He offers up any number of suspects and  also tosses in a series of rape cases.

As if this novel didn’t have enough twists already, a villain from a previous Rebus novel, re-enters the inspector’s life, jeopardizing the dangerous investigation. Juggling three cases, appeasing his superiors, protecting Siobahn and watching his own back make Set in Darkness electrified with suspense. With Rankin’s superb characterizations and historic backdrops, this masterful writer takes his place alongside the best in the genre of crime fiction today.

Anyone who wants to have a satisfied feeling of reading a crime fiction, I mean good crime fiction, go for it. 4/5 for me, what about you?



Everybody PRAY for My Grandmother

Things are not looking good. Her kidneys are shutting down, and there is bleeding in the brain. We need a miracle.So if everyone can pray for her I would greatly appreciate all the prayers you can send her way. Her family is here with her, there is about 65 people here. We are waiting and praying. Thank you and GOD BLESS.





I was recently asked this question in one of my comments. They asked if I accept guest writers on my blog. Now, I have been thinking about this since I first started writing my blog. I knew it would be a way to get more content on my site and to help others to get more recognition for their writing. When you try to do all the writing yourself, sometimes it is hard to come up with fresh, and interesting material.

There is so many book reviews that you can do with out sounding like a broken record. If all you did was reviews, then your audience would get bored and move on to a site with something better. So having a guest writer or blogger will help in keeping your content fresh for the reader, and also keep you from getting a lot of headaches in trying to come up with new and better content.  So, if you would like to become a guest writer on this blog, please leave me a message in the comments. I will then formally send you an invite to become a contributor to this blog. Thank you and I look forward to meeting you.


Jennifer Reed(A Book Junkie)




Sorry I have not posted in a while, things have been crazy around the house. The MASTER HAS been doing some remodeling and has not had time to play. So I have been leaving her little presents around the house. Now I am on probation and cannot roam all over the house. I have to be in the living room supervised on my bed. What a real bummer!! With it getting colder they have been putting my sweater on me, and I look like a bib orange ball. That is probably why Sissy has been chasing me here lately. She thinks I am her pumpkin.

Now I also have to be put on a leash when I go out to do my business, just because my master’s mate left the back gate open and I decided to explore some. I guess I should have answered them when I called my name and I would not have to be on a leash. All because of her idiot mate does not know how to shut a gate when he comes home. The big dummy. So now I am trying to be on my best behavior and get out of the dog house, Hah.. Hah . hah. Dog house. That was a good one. It is time to eat I better go before Sissy eats it all. Charlie out.

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With a cold front that was moving in and my niece shared my bed with me, because her allergies were acting up. My other niece stayed the night with us and they have cats and my oldest niece is allergic to them that she had to stay in my room. Her mom had her bed and my younger niece had my sister’s bed, and me and my other niece had my bed. All night long my knee and legs were hurting because of my arthritis and my bad knee from the cold front moving in.

I was up several times to get some pain medication or just try to work the soreness out. By 7:15 I decided to get up. I normally don’t get up until 9 or10o’clock. So this was really early, especially with the new time change.  I thought I would get to take a nap, but I did not get to. I probably won’t go to bed until late again. I did not go to sleep last night until around 1 am. I hope I get to bed sooner. I hate having arthritis , for I am constantly in some small amount of pain every day of the week. It seems it never stops.  One day I hope to have some time or a whole day of no pain, that would be great.


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