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Par Lance

Par Lance is where I come to talk with my friends, mainly to discuss books. 

Par can mean at face value,and Lance is just me.


From the Oxford English Dictionary:

Parlance /'pa:l(Ə)ns/

noun [mass noun] a particular way of speaking or using words, especially a way common to those with a particular job or interest: dated terms that were once in common parlance | medical parlance.

origin late 16th cent. (denoting speech or debate): from Old French, from parler 'speak', from Latin parabola 'comparison' (in late Latin 'speech').

Currently reading

Secrets of Mental Math: The Mathemagician's Guide to Lightning Calculation and Amazing Math Tricks
Arthur Benjamin
Stephens' C# Programming with Visual Studio 2010 24-Hour Trainer
Rod Stephens
The Stonor Eagles
Sacrifice - S.J. Bolton Grim, gripping and gruesome

There are several intertwined storylines running through this book.

The narration in the first person by Tora Hamilton, a consultant surgeon, an outsider in the Shetland Isles, despite her husband's local roots, works very well.

The whole saga begins with Tora digging a hole in her field to bury the body of her recently deceased horse. She is shocked to find a well-wrapped human body at the bottom of her pit. Is it an ancient burial? Is it a recent murder victim? Who is it?

As she begins to investigate, despite discouragement from her boss, the local police and her husband, more mysteries are heaped on top of the original. Even worse, she soon discovers that she can trust nobody!

The tension mounts, as she gets close to the truth, whater that is. You are kept guessing, and you will fear for her life.

One thing about reading a book in the first person, in my experience, is that you have great expectations for the survival of the main character. But are those expectations justified? The author could be playing an awful trick on you! That isn't a spoiler, but you'll just have to read the whole book to find out if I am teasing you.

Footnote. There was one exception to my final theory: The Book Thief, where the narrator is Death himself. A superb book!