What (am I currently reading)?
I am currently listening to the audiobook The Secret Life of Mr Roos by Håkan Nesser, narrated by Martin Wenner. This is the 3rd novel in the Inspector Barbarotti series; I understand there is one more to come. However it is the first novel by Håkan Nesser that I have read/listened to, and is working very well as a stand alone.
The hardcover edition was published in October 2020, the paperback will be released in October 2021. It is published by Pan MacMillan.
A secluded hut in the middle of the woods. A double life that could be his downfall. The Secret Life of Mr Roos is the third Inspector Barbarotti novel from the ‘Godfather of Swedish crime’ (Metro), Håkan Nesser.
At fifty-nine years old, Valdemar Roos is tired of life. Working a job he hates, with a wife he barely talks to and two step-daughters he doesn’t get on with, he doesn’t have a lot to look forward to. Then, one day, a winning lottery ticket gives him an opportunity to start afresh.
Without telling a soul, he quits his job and buys a hut in the remote Swedish countryside. Every day he travels down to this man-made oasis, returning each evening to his unsuspecting wife. Life couldn’t be better, until a young woman arrives in paradise . . .
Anna Gambowska is a twenty-one-year-old recovering drug addict. On the run from the rehab centre she hated and an abusive relationship she can’t go back to, all Anna’s prayers are answered when she comes across a seemingly vacant hut in the Swedish woodland. But it’s not long before Anna’s ex discovers her location, and an incident occurs that will mar the lives of both Anna and Valdemar forever.
Inspector Barbarotti doesn’t take much interest when a woman reports her husband as missing. That is, until a dead body is found near the missing man’s newly-bought hut, and Mr Roos becomes the number one murder suspect . . .
The Secret Life of Mr Roos is the third novel in Håkan Nesser’s Inspector Barbarotti quintet.
Why (have I chosen to read it)?
This was recommended by a Twitter book blogger. I picked it because I was looking for something that I hoped would be light, involving and easy to listen to. Turning out to be a good choice
While (I am reading it)
This week I have been up to the garden wholesalers to order my balcony flower boxes. Though I only have 3 small boxes, they provide a great service of filling my plastic boxes (which then go in the wooden holders) with the flowers of my choice, and always are of great quality and last the season through. I have ordered hanging red geraniums and cream surfinia.
I will return in the middle of May to pick them up. I am told it is important, here in Austria, to wait until the three Eisheiligen (Ice Saints) have had their birthdays before putting plants out, as their birthdays often bring a spell of cold weather.
Whilst there I was impressed by this potting machine.
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All the best, Emma