Day 9 – A favourite crime fiction book

Time, Gentlemen, please…

It’s fair to say that I’m a pretty big fan of crime fiction (in case you hadn’t noticed ;)) but as I have done quite a few posts recently about my favourite books and author in this genre for Thrill Week I have decided to go with one that I absolutely loved but seems to get overlooked a lot. Gentlemen and Players is by Joanne Harris who is more famous for her foodie-type novels, in particular Chocolat. She has, in fact, written quite a few books that could be described as darker and this is one of them.

From the first page you know that there are a murder or two which sets the reader up for the unfolding story ahead. The story is set in a public boys school that is centuries old and has a mighty reputation to uphold and is narrated by two people in turn to keep us guessing.Β Whatever you think you know about this book, think again: by three quarters of the way through I guarantee that you will flick back wondering when you could possibly have missed the signs (not once but twice).Β  I really did not see the ending coming – brilliant twist!

No blood, gore, forensics or profiling but a bloody good read!

 

Β  Which crime fiction books took you by surprise?

 

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18 thoughts on “Day 9 – A favourite crime fiction book

  1. I don’t think I read that one – Shelfari tells me I didn’t But I know the story, because of a tv film – can that be right? Otherwise, I read the book after all. I read most books by Joanne Harris.

    I found the recent Before I go to Sleep by S. J. Watson quite surprising, although I had my suspicions…

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  2. I loved Five Quarters of the Orange, Blackberry Wine and Chocolat. I’m a bit put off by reading anything else of hers, because I loved these foodie ones so much. I don’t want to taint her, if that makes sense, especially since everyone said Blueeyedboy was a flop. I might give this one a go though, your review does win me over πŸ˜‰

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    • Hurray for winning you over! πŸ˜‰ Yes, FQotO is in my top 20 of all time, and I absolutely loved BW and Chocolat too but don’t miss out on reading this one. Forget what you’ may have heard about Blueeyedboy – this is different. Let me know what you think when you read it!

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  3. I m still reeling about phantom of Breslau a great book true literary crime fiction at it’s best boof and of course the Holmes books which I think stand numerous rereadings and more important the test of time all the best stu

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  4. I’ve only read Chocolat which was ok, but am excited to hear about this one. Didn’t realise she wrote darker books. I used to read so many crime books I don’t think I can pick a favourite although Christie, Sayers and Elizabeth Peters always rank highly.

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  5. I’ve never head of the author/book but I’m looking for it on my local library. Thanks!

    By the way, as a crime reader, haven’t you been told so many times “oh, I don’t know how you can read such horrible things/crime novels are usually badly written? I have myself and it annoyed me so much…

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    • I hope you find it and enjoy, Elena πŸ™‚

      Yes, I agree that there is a lot of snobbism around crime fiction whch annoys me too. So much of this genre that I have read has been so clever and well written (not in all cases, but that’s across the board in fiction). Besides, I’d rather have a really entertaining read than some boring old fart of a book that’s trying to be too clever!

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      • That’s exactly my point, old fart trying to be too clever included πŸ˜€

        I just bought Kate Atkinson’s When will be there good news? A professor of mine says she’s the greatest author noawadays when it comes to crime fiction. I cannot wait to receive it!

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