I’ve just finished reading The Madness of Crowds
by Louise Penny. I enjoyed it, although I thought it was a bit drawn out near the end. If she had wrapped things up more quickly, it would have been a more satisfying read.
Written at the end of the pandemic (in Canada), it centres on a statistician who is using numbers to promote the idea that society cannot afford to support people who are old, weak or disabled. A frightening thought, but there are some crazy people around, so it was quite believable.
This is Penny’s 17th whodunit featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. She’s an excellent writer and has many devoted fans. I would recommend starting with one of her earlier books so you know who all the people are, but the stories are all standalone, so you don’t need to read them in order.
I also sped through The Stoning,
which my son kindly lent me. This is outback noir and features Sydney Detective George Manolis, who goes to investigate a murder in his hometown. It’s an impressive first novel by Peter Papathanasiou and deals with issues of racism and identity, along with the familiar theme of people struggling to survive in a dying country town.