Tuesday’s Gone by Nicci French: This second book in the Frieda Klein series was better than Blue Monday (#1) in my opinion. More character development and the mystery was more intriguing to me. The London based psychotherapist, Frieda Klein, reminds me loosely of the Jessica Fletcher character from TV series Murder, She Wrote. Loosely, as I said, because when our main character is involved, a murder is going to take center stage.
I like Frieda even though she isn’t what one would describe as a warm personality. Perhaps you have to be completely in control and compartmentalize your life if your profession is psychotherapist. Yet there are qualities about her personality that I admire.
We have a rousing start with unbalanced woman named Michelle serving tea and buns to a decaying corpse she has propped up on her sofa. The police, specifically Inspector Mal Karlsson, involve Frieda as the woman in question may be a murderer or know something about the murder of the man in her home as she dragged him home from an alleyway. There isn’t any identification to be found but, in a series of improbable events, Frieda Klein is set on the path to discovering his identity. Early on in the story we learn the man’s name is Robert Poole. More mystery about that later but to mention it would reveal a spoiler so, enough said on that now. “Robert” is indeed a fascinating character.
Robert Poole made people “feel attended to” which is something most of us want. We like when someone listens to us, seems to care about what we are saying, our concerns and our interests.
Characters from the previous book show up and as I mentioned, more character development in this book. I have now read 3 of the 8 books in the series and look forward to the final installment when it’s published. I think that’s called Day of the Dead.
Food is mentioned here and there.
Two whiskies and two packets of crisps. He took a seat at the table and opened both packages. “I got salt and vinegar and cheese and onion. I didn’t know which you liked.”
“Neither, really,” said Frieda.
“You probably don’t like pubs either,” said Karlsson.
“It’s better than the police station.”
- Frieda and Reuben talking over the phone. She asks him to put potatoes in the oven for baking so they can have those for dinner. But he hadn’t put potatoes in the oven, he’d made a greasy, rich lasagna, garlic bread and a green salad.
Frieda on a date with Harry at a Pop-up restaurant:
“I am Inga,” said the woman, “And I am from Denmark. My husband Paul is from Morocco. We cook together. I will bring you wine and food and there is no choice. No allergies, no fads?”
They were served a plate of pickled fish with sour cream, smoked meats, yogurts, savory pastries and wine.
Evidently a pop-up restaurant serves a handful of people and they pop up in various locations, serve dinners and one day they relocate.
- Josef bakes a honey cake with cinnamon and ginger.
- A dinner party at Oliva’s place – Salmon fillets cooked in pastry, meringues for dessert, lots of wine.
- Yvette hands out packets of sandwiches, ‘Cheese and celery for you, tuna and cucumber for you and chicken for me.”
- Frieda and Chloe eat at a Tapas restaurant – They ordered squid, roasted bell peppers, a Spanish omelet and a plate of spring greens.
I had quite a bit of choice for my food inspiration and almost made lasagna, because it sounded so good. But I went with Tapas.
Chicken and Guacamole Tostadas for Tapas
1 ripe peeled avocado
1 cup plus 2 Tablespoons finely chopped tomato
3 tablespoons minced fresh onion
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
½ teaspoon salt
1 clove of garlic minced
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
2 cups shredded skinless rotisserie chicken
¼ cups smoked paprika
8 (6 inch) tostada shells
Place avocado in small bowl; mash with a fork. Stir in 2 TB tomato, 1 TB onion, 1 TB juice, ¼ teaspoon salt and garlic.
Combine remaining 1 cup tomato, 2 TB onion, 1 TB lime juice, ¼ teaspoon salt and cilantro. Toss well.
Combine chicken, remaining TB juice and paprika; toss well to combine. Spread about 1 TB guacamole over each tostada shell. Top with chicken mixture and about 2 TB salsa.