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My name is Pat and I live in Florida. My skin will never be smooth again and my hair will never see color. I enjoy collecting autographs and playing in Paint Shop Pro.,along with reading and writing. Sometimes, I enjoy myself by doing volunteer "work" helping celebrities at autograph shows. I love animals and at one time I did volunteer work for Tippi Hedren's Shambala Preserve.

Monday, October 04, 2010

Stone's Fall

This is my 4th book for RIP.

Stone's Fall by Iain Pears

Paperback: 608 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau; Reprint edition (June 1, 2010)
ISBN-10: 0385522851


From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. British author Pears matches the brilliance of his best selling An Instance of the Fingerpost (1998) with this intricate historical novel, which centers on the death of a wealthy financier. In part one, after John Stone falls to his death from a window in his London mansion in 1909, Stone's seductive, much younger widow, Elizabeth, hires Matthew Braddock, who works as a journalist, to trace a child of her late husband's she never knew existed until the child is named in his will. Braddock, a novice in the world of finance, uncovers evidence that Stone's actual net worth was far less than commonly believed, even as he finds himself falling for his client. In part two, set in 1890 Paris, Henry Cort, a shadowy spy, provides another perspective on the bewitching Elizabeth. Stone's own reminiscences from his time in Venice in 1867 cast further light on the circumstances of his demise. The pages will fly by for most readers, who will lose themselves in the clear prose and compelling plot.

As the Amazon review states.. this book is written in 3 parts. Again I find Mr Pears writing in a similar manner as Wilke Collins, seeing the same Mystery by 3 different people.

Part one was not bad.. a little too much "money" talk, but over all quite interesting.

Part two had me bored somewhat.  A lot of how money rules the world one might say.

Part three.. makes up for any downfalls of parts one and two!  I guess I should have guessed the ending of part three but I didn't and found myself laughing at the result.  Not that it's funny... it isn't!  But I laughed at me for not figuring it out.

To be honest parts one and two weren't really that bad... the subject matter didn't hold my interest a lot (money and how the banks rule), but I'm sure others will feel differently. 

This is my second Iain Pears book, the first being  A Instance of the Fingerpost, which was another good read.  I think I am liking these mysteries that are written in the style of Wilke Collins..except for the fact that they also seem to want to beat him in how long the books are!   lol..

I hope the next books catches my interest .. it's another big one at 687 pages!  gah!


Blogger Kathleen said...

I've had this one on my shelf for ages it seems. Sounds like it paid off in the end for you. I hope the next chunkster you read will be as good for you.

1:22 PM  
Blogger DesLily said...

Kathleen: the only books I get real excited over are those that I 'cannot put down" lol.. most everything else is a "good read" just not "wow" lol

2:47 PM  
Blogger Cath said...

I think the money sections would bore me a bit too, despite being married to a retired bank manager... don't tell him. ;-) I do plan to read Instance of the Finger Post sometime soon though.

6:39 PM  
Blogger Debi said...

Soooo glad part 3 came through for you and made this a worthwhile read! Especially at over 600 pages. :P

7:09 AM  
Blogger Kailana said...

I have always wanted to try this author but haven't actually done so yet. I am not sure if this is the book to start with, though. If it is a bit boring I might never read anything else by him and then I might miss something really good!

4:16 PM  
Blogger Carl V. said...

Look at you, tackling the chunksters yet again! This one would have grabbed my attention merely because of the cover. Sounds like an interesting read and I'm certainly glad you enjoyed it, especially after the middle part wasn't to your liking.

1:56 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

This is one I've been interesting in reading someday. I read "Instance of the Fingerpost" when it first came out and "The Dream of Scipio" earlier this year, both of which I enjoyed (the former more than the latter). Pears also wrote a series of Art History Mysteries which I loved!

Thanks for stopping by my place!

3:03 PM  

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