Monday, September 15, 2014

The Memory Key

Palaces. Readers who enjoy police procedurals and can tolerate a quirky protagonist should consider reading the latest Alec Blume novel by Conor Fitzgerald titled, The Memory Key. Blume’s independence comes from being an outsider: an American working in Italy. The current case places him in political minefields, as he’s asked to shadow an investigation being conducted by the Carabinieri. Inserted throughout the plot are excerpts from a book Blume is reading about memory, and he reflects on using the technique of memory palaces. His relationship with Caterina becomes more strained in this installment, and Blume considers a change in Roman real estate for himself, a palace all his own. I enjoy the quirkiness and complexity of Blume. I find his behavior more unexpected than that which happens with most recurring protagonists. Rating: Four-star (I like it) Click here to purchase The Memory Key from

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