Archive for September 3rd, 2009

3rd September
written by Steph
My September selection for BookPage

My September selection for BookPage

My third review for BookPage can now be read online (at this page, to be precise)!  For September, I reviewed R.J. Ellory's A Quiet Belief in Angels.  Ellory is a Brit by birth, though he has a penchant for setting his books in the good old U.S. of A.  He's a well established crime thriller powerhouse overseas, but this marks his American publishing debut.  Y'all know I love a good mystery, but A Quiet Belief in Angels was an unexpected delight as it really strove to surpass the traditional conventions and boundaries of its dreaded "genre" fiction label.  The writing was pretty magnificent, doubly so because you keep remembering the pitch-perfect dialogue is written by someone who didn't grow up in the South.  I found this novel to be more a piece of literature than I did a mystery, and I enjoyed it very much indeed.  I ripped through it in about 3 days, my heart breaking nearly continuously the entire time... but I couldn't help but keep flipping those pages to let Ellory expertly crush my heart a little more.  I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes mysteries but LOVES literature.  I'll be sure to check out more stuff by Ellory in the future (even if I have to plan a trip back to Canada to do so!).  Please check out my review and let me know what you think! Rating: 4 out of 5 P.S.  Ellory's personal story is almost as interesting as the one in the novel itself: he was orphaned at a young age and then was arrested and convicted for poaching at the age of 17 and sentenced to a few years in prison.  While in jail, he began reading and writing obsessively, which is how his writing career was born.  With a story like that, how can he not write amazing novels?  Sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction!