Mary Bridgeford

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  • To Paint A White Room Red on Aug. 30, 2013

    The first time I read 'To Paint a White Room Red', I had just finished reading 'Forbidden' (also by F. Buchan) and I was predisposed to be forgiving of the crusty (Ass-----) but redeemable protagonist, Andrew Mackenzie. This author writes dynamic, complex characters that are so real that you finish his books bereft of the loss of them. Upon the second reading, I found Andrew's behavior towards a co-worker unforgivable but, that subplot is not explained until later in the series. Andrew is tragically flawed. The plot in 'White Room' is less epic than 'Forbidden' but what wins me is the realism. The world that Buchan created around the Alcester/East End detective squad is simultaneously squalid, hopeful, and believable. The character development is so deep and complete that it is absolutely compelling. Besides the cast of characters, it is one of the best portrayals of police investigation that I've ever read. The series focuses on developing leads and pursuing information that is decidedly un-glamorous. It presents an insight into real police work and managing investigations with multiple detectives, limited resources and imperfect people. White Room is a good start to a great series. I highly recommend it but, IF you're not in love - read the next one anyway. The series grows, expands and ultimately develops a fantastic ensemble of characters including one of the best female protagonists ever written.
  • To Paint A White Room Red on Aug. 30, 2013

    This series is best read in order: 1) To Paint a White Room Red. 2) The Shadows These Lies Cast Upon Us. 3) For All These Wicked Things we Dream. 4) None Live Forever. 5) When Angels Fall. 6) When the Devil Comes Knocking. 7) The End of Times.
  • The Shadows These Lies Cast Upon Us on Aug. 30, 2013

    This series is best read in order: 1) To Paint a White Room Red. 2) The Shadows These Lies Cast Upon Us. 3) For All These Wicked Things we Dream. 4) None Live Forever. 5) When Angels Fall. 6) When the Devil Comes Knocking. 7) The End of Times.
  • For All These Wicked Things We Dream on Aug. 30, 2013

    This series is best read in order: 1) To Paint a White Room Red. 2) The Shadows These Lies Cast Upon Us. 3) For All These Wicked Things we Dream. 4) None Live Forever. 5) When Angels Fall. 6) When the Devil Comes Knocking. 7) The End of Times.
  • None Live Forever on Aug. 30, 2013

    This series is best read in order: 1) To Paint a White Room Red. 2) The Shadows These Lies Cast Upon Us. 3) For All These Wicked Things we Dream. 4) None Live Forever. 5) When Angels Fall. 6) When the Devil Comes Knocking. 7) The End of Times.
  • When Angels Fall on Aug. 30, 2013

    This series is best read in order: 1) To Paint a White Room Red. 2) The Shadows These Lies Cast Upon Us. 3) For All These Wicked Things we Dream. 4) None Live Forever. 5) When Angels Fall. 6) When the Devil Comes Knocking. 7) The End of Times.
  • When the Devil Comes Knocking on Aug. 30, 2013

    This series is best read in order: 1) To Paint a White Room Red. 2) The Shadows These Lies Cast Upon Us. 3) For All These Wicked Things we Dream. 4) None Live Forever. 5) When Angels Fall. 6) When the Devil Comes Knocking. 7) The End of Times.
  • The End of Times on Aug. 30, 2013

    This series is best read in order: 1) To Paint a White Room Red. 2) The Shadows These Lies Cast Upon Us. 3) For All These Wicked Things we Dream. 4) None Live Forever. 5) When Angels Fall. 6) When the Devil Comes Knocking. 7) The End of Times.
  • Charlotte's Feathers on Sep. 29, 2013

    One of the best Angel stories I've ever read. This is one of those "feel good-cry your eyes out" experiences. There are surprises delicately woven into the narrative. It reminds me of the defense attorney's closing statement in John Grisham's movie 'A Time to Kill' - he asks the jury to close their eyes, then relates the sad circumstances of the black girl's death, then he ends with : "now imagine she's white". This story takes you on a journey in someone else's shoes, BUT you won't know in whose shoes you travel until the end of the story. Stay with it. What a wonderful story.