Sunday, February 21

Book Review: One Good Turn

Title: One Good Turn

Author: Kate Atkinson

Pages: EBook

Summary: Two years after the events of Case Histories left him a retired millionaire, Jackson Brodie has followed Julia, his occasional girlfriend and former client, to Edinburgh for its famous summer arts festival. But when he witnesses a man being brutally attacked in a traffic jam - the apparent victim of an extreme case of road rage - a chain of events is set in motion that will pull the wife of an unscrupulous real estate tycoon, a timid but successful crime novelist, and a hardheaded female police detective into Jackson's orbit. Suddenly out of retirement, Jackson is once again in the midst of several mysteries that intersect in one giant and sinister scheme.

My Rating: 8/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: While the book started off fairly slow, the first quarter seemed to drag, the book picked up and ended up being a pretty good and engrossing read. There were so many little pieces here and there that all came together in the end and I think the author did a fantastic job at bring everything together.

The overall case, or cases all had their own interesting piece here and there. I enjoyed how they all worked into one scheme in the end, some parts I was figuring out along the way, others through me a bit but all connected together well. The characters and their story arcs all came together naturally rather than feeling forced which I've found in similar books to this one - but the author did a fantastic job at bring it all together.

The characters were also well developed and well done throughout the book. They were a fairly miserable group of characters and I can't say I have a favourite character in this book, although some I liked more than others and some I wanted to just smack upside the head - which does show that the author has written some believable characters for me. Jackson Broadie is an interesting character, I like him the best, but I wouldn't exactly say he's a likeable character, although sometimes his inner thoughts did make me laugh and he grabbed my attention the most - I don't think he'd be a character I'd say he's likeable. He's definitely intriguing enough for me to want to read more about him, but still not exactly likeable.

In the end a good book, that has me looking forward to reading the rest of the books in the series.

Would I recommend it to read: I would this one was well done and enjoyable to read, slow at first but well worth reading through to the end.

What to read next: When Will There be Good News? (Book Three in the Jackson Brodie Series), Inspector Rebus would also be a good choice

Challenges: 2016 Category Challenge, EBook Challenge, Mount TBR Challenge


  1. I keep meaning to try this series. I have the first book kicking around somewhere!

    1. The first was slow, this was well done. I bought the TV series and looking forward to watching it, so I'm trying to get through this. This particular book was good - and you don't necessarily need to read the first to read this one - although it does help

  2. Love Jackson Brodie! I wish Atkinson would write a few more mysteries. I love the way several mysteries eventually come together.
    FYI there was a BBC mystery series made about Jackson Brodie, maybe 3-4 episodes with Jason Isaacs as Brodie. It was so good!

    1. I would like more books in the series too! I'm not sure I'm ready to let the character go. I bought the series season one and two. Jason Isaacs is one of my favourite actors, so looking forward to what he brings to Jackson Brodie.