'The Flower Arranger' is one of the books I should've read and reviewed a long, long time ago. I was supposed to be a part of the blog tour around the publication, and I cannot emphasize enough how ashamed and sorry I am that I couldn't even think about it at the time. I couldn't even write an email about not doing it. I'm so sorry! I hate that this past year was so chaotic that I couldn't even do a blog tour for them, even if I agreed to it very much in advance. On the other hand, I'm not 100% sure that my review would have suited a promotional tour. It's not really a bad one, but to be honest, not completely a good one, either. 'The Flower Arranger' has a fairly good promise as a debut novel, but it fell a bit flat for me. Or my expectations were too high, who knows. Anyways, here's my review.
If you're familiar with the classic children's novel 'Pollyanna', you know very well what the so-called 'glad game' is. (I wasn't...embarrassingly I had to look it up...) If not, I'll tell you in a nutshell: it's making yourself think of something you can be glad about, even in the worst of situations. It's basically thinking positive... it's a game of optimism. So when I read the title and the description of 'Sherlock Holmes and the Glad Game' (and then went and read about who this Pollyanna girl is...) I knew that I must read a book where Sherlock meets this game and this girl! Cynical, rational Sherlock and naive, optimist Pollyanna interact...? It must be hilarious!
Get your coffee dose of the day, and read my review of a crime noir book by Irish author Ken Bruen!
Come on, let's have a coffee, and read the review of my very first ARC!
Make time for a little coffee break and we can start already! 😉 This review is about a hard-boiled crime story set in Scotland that I liked very much.