The Artful Readers Club #1

Friday, January 25, 2013


As you might know i have signed up for Darcy's The Artful Readers Club today is the day we reveal our first review and art work.

The book I chose to read first was From The Dead - Mark Billingham. I chose to read this first almost by accident as i wasn't 100% sure if i'd read it before so decided to read a couple of pages before i knew it i'd read 90+ pages and we were still in December.
  • The story is centred around a private detective who has been engaged by a woman who has recently been released from gaol, the case is proving trickier than she anticipated and to the police officer who originally investigated the crime for help.
  • The PI turns to DCI Tom Thorne, for help as she has come to a dead end,  Donna her Client initially doesn't want the police involved but it turns out they need their help.
  • Donna has been sent a number of photographs of her ex husband, the ex husband she paid to be killed 10 years earlier and spent the last 10 years in gaol for. Donna recruits a PI to get to the bottom of the mystery. A number of sub plots lead off the main story such as the Ex Husbands double life, a missing daughter and another missing girl and the polices embarrassment when a trial falls apart.
  • I really enjoyed this book, I read a wide variety of books but always enjoy crime fiction. I like this book as its set in the UK.I was screaming at the book as I knew where it was. My Art is this photo. Sadly its not a great drawing and i didn't like it so didn't colour it it. it might be a work in progress.
  • Over all i really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to others, I have read another book by the same author and I would read others.

 This is the book I read, I didn't pay £5 for it most of our books come from Charity shops.
 The back, if you can make it out





In February i'm planning to read The Elegance of the Hedgehog.

Have you read either book? Would you read either book?

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39 comments

  1. Oh that sounds intriguing, particularly as it's set in the UK, might have to have a look at this one! I like your artwork, and hope you can grow to love it, see it as a work in progress hun!

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    1. Thanks, This is the second Mark Billingham book i've read and i would read more

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  2. Sounds like a great book but I must say I need to be in a specific mood to read a crime book. Keep trying with the drawing. I'm intrigued to see how it comes out. :)

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    1. I love crime novels, i'm pretty sure i'm not carrying with the drawing. Next months will be better?!

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  3. Sounds like an interesting book Stefi... yes... keep going with your drawing... can't wait to see it finished...

    Jenny ♥

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    1. Thank you, the book was good. I think the drawing will be staying as it is for now x

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  4. Sounds like a fun read, I like a good twisty turny crime book too. And I reckon you'll like your drawing a lot more once it has some colour on it, so don't give up yet :)

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    1. Hi, it was a good book, had some twists but was enjoyable to read, i'm not very good at colouring in so think my drawing will be staying as it is x

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  5. It really does make reading the review easy and interesting with the bullet-point approach, and each comment on the book really stands out and is memorable, so thank you for that approach. I used to buy almost all my books from charity shop, and then return them after reading, but these days find the print too small, which is one reason I love my Kindle so much.
    It sounds an interesting book, worth looking out for, and as Virginia says,it's always good to have a book set in the UK, especially if you know the area.
    I think your artwork looks interesting. Very graphic, and I feel it would look good coloured with felt-tip pens to enhance that graphic quality. Colouring in (inside the lines) with pens is so relaxing and gives a great appearance, I love them. I'd love to see your artwork completed.

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    1. Thanks Jez, i don't know the area's in the UK where the book is set (london I've never been and Wakefeild Prison where i have also never been!) but i read a lot of Kathy Reiches and The Kellerman Family books so it's nice to have some UK terms and spellings for a change!

      I am not very good at colouring in so i think i'm leaving this as it is but have higher hopes for some of the other books in my pile x

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  6. Like NatashaMay I have to be in a certain mood for crime books, in a way theory scare me more than horror... Why? I think maybe because I can imagine the stuff actually happening where zombies are just extreme fantasy characters ;)
    I agree with everyone else, add some colour to your drawing, you may actually really love out :-)

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    1. thats a good point, i don't find them scary, i've not really read anyhting scary the only fantasy type books i've ever read are the twilight saga, some Sookie Stackhouse books and for my shame some vampire high school crapola that my friend gave me x

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  7. I love a good crime/thriller book too! I wish you had finished your artwork, the drawing looks so promising. Sounds like a good book, and I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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    1. Thanks, i was a good book, the art is staying as it is for the moment

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  8. im with gina there, looks like a good start of thedrawing

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    1. Thanks Jay, for the mo its going to stay as it is

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  9. Sounds like an interesting book with a good plot line. I agree with other that I think the drawing looks pretty good!

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  10. Loving the look of the blog, have you been tinkering with it? Great review. lots of positive points that recommend the book. its a great sketch too and you should def colour it in.

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    1. Thanks Darcy, i picmonkey'd a new header the other night, i really want a new blog name so trying to keep it as simple as possible until i can think of a new name x

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  11. I am with everyone else on you finishing off your sketch, sometimes we need to walk away and come back to our work with fresh eyes. Your review was really good and the book sounds really intrigueing.

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    1. Thans Shirley, the art is staying put for the time being, maybe i will come back to it, i'm much happier reading than drawing x

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  12. Just imagine being in jail for quite some time to find out the person you thought was killed is still alive? I don't think this is a book to get a good night sleep! :)
    How about your Art? What's the story there? It looks good! ♥

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    1. The book wasn't scary or creepy, but it was interesting and i would read more of his books, the art is well what it is. its staying as it is as wellx

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  13. It sounds a great read and you have got me tempted. I hope you do something more with your sketch..go for it girl! ManonX

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  14. Mark Billingham is a well respected crime writer - but new to me as I am a lapsed reader! Thank you for your informative synopsis and look forward to seeing the finished artwork.

    Janet xx

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    1. thanks, it was a very enjoyable book

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  15. Interesting read, not an author I know. Keep going with the artwork that too looks interesting. Have read your next book, you are in for a treat.
    Jen x

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    1. looking forward to the next book, i've had it on my to read pile for a while now

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  16. It seems that I wasn't the only one screaming at a book this month lol. I, too, love books set in places I know.

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    1. it is nice when you can visualise the place

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  17. You should watercolour your sketch...I want to see what is on the shelves behind her lol. Glad to finally find you :D XXX

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    1. That just goes to show how bad my drawing is, they are apartments behind him! google Benalmadena Marina to get an idea of what i was trying to draw x

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  18. I always enjoy reading Mark Billingham books but they're never the first books I turn to - I seem to keep forgetting about him. I'm pretty sure I've not read this one so I'll have to check it out.

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    1. it is an enjoyable read, this is only the 2nd one i've read but i'll be on the look out for more x

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  19. I had never heard of this author but I love crime drama so I definitely need to check out this book. Sounds like a great premise. I agree that you should add some watercolor and see where it goes from there. I can't wait to read next Monty's review since I have been thinking of reading that book for quite some time.

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    1. thanks, he is worth a read, and makes a change from america crime books. i've finished febs book and it's amazing, thinking of reading it againx

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  20. Pretty sure I've read mark Bellingham before so might look out for this too. Like the little drawing ... Hope you get to progress it!

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