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Mr. Peanut by Adam Ross

Mister Peanut by Adam RossI finished reading Adam Ross’s novel Mr. Peanut over a week ago, and I’ve been beating myself up over whether or not to write a review. As regular visitors will know, I only publish reviews of novels that I would recommend other people should read. Mr. Peanut left me in a bit of a quandary, in that to me at least, it ran a fine line between brilliant and annoying.

The book is certainly rather different from the norm, and could be said to sit across multiple genres. It is not your typical crime novel, and neither does it sit perfectly comfortably in the literary fiction section. After letting myself ruminate on it for a few days however, the elements that slightly annoyed me began to fade in importance, and my remaining impression is one of a somewhat unusual, but very intelligently and absorbingly written piece of fiction. Will it be to your own taste though?

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Mozart’s Last Aria by Matt Rees

Mozart's Last Aria by Matt ReesMatt Rees is undoubtedly best known for the series of crime novels set in the Middle East featuring his fictional creation Omar Yussef. Rees gathered the ideas and inspiration for the Omar Yussef series whilst working as a foreign correspondent in the region, but it was during a sabbatical away from the danger and violence, in the more tranquil surroundings of Austria, that the idea for Mozart’s Last Aria started to take shape.

Good historical fiction, whether crime based or otherwise, takes a serious amount of research and it appears that Mozart’s Last Aria is no exception in this respect. So after all that hard work, has the author provided us with a symphony or a jangling dischord?

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