Typically British Reading Challenge 2010 – Update

The Typically British Reading Challenge 2010 is hosted by Book Chick City. I signed up once I did realise that I had not read many British crime fiction books this year and I thought it was a nice opportunity to dust off some of the books that were sitting in my TBR shelves. Voluntarily I limited my participation to my favourite genre, although the Challenge is not restricted to crime fiction book.


1. Anyone can join. You don’t need a blog to participate.

2. There are four levels:

“Put The Kettle On” – Read 2 Typically British novels.

“Gordon Bennett” – Read 4 Typically British novels.

• “Bob’s Your Uncle” – Read 6 Typically British novels.

• “Cream Crackered” – Read 8 Typically British novels.

3. Any book format counts. Must be fiction not non-fiction.

4. You don’t have to select your books ahead of time, you can just add them as you go. Also if you do list them upfront then you can change them, nothing is set in stone!

5. The books you choose can crossover into other challenges.

6. If you decide to participate in this challenge please use the link I have set up below with the button to post on your sidebar, this way others can find their way back to this post and join in the fun.

7. If you decide to join this challenge be sure to create a post telling others, please make sure you add a link back to this post so others can join in.

8. There will be a place for you to link your reviews, but this is optional.

9. Obviously only British authors count!

10. Timeline: 1st Jan 2010~ 31st Dec 2010. Only books started on January 1st count towards this challenge.

My aim is to read at least 6 Typically British novels. So far I’ve read 4:

The Coffin Trail by Martin Edwards

The Birthday Present by Barbara Vine

Raven Black by Ann Cleeves

Resurrection Men by Ian Rankin


A Place of Execution by Val McDermid

Written in Bone by Simon Beckett

Resurrection Men by Ian Rankin

Things do not seem to go too well for DI John Rebus. He has just been taken off the case he was working on, the murder of an Edinburgh art dealer, Edward Marber, now in the hands of newly promoted DS Siobhan Clarke. And he finds himself at Tulliallan Castle, the Scottish Police College, for tossing a mug of tea to his boss, DCI Gill Templar, during the course of the Marber inquiry.

Rebus, together with five other officers, has been sent there to learn new skills on a refreshing course. All they have in common is just one thing: somehow they have failed, mostly for an issue with authority. A younger officer probably would not have had another opportunity, but they are all lifers. That is to say they have been in the force for over twenty years on average and are close to retirement on full pension. And Tulliallan is their last chance to be resurrected.

At Tulliallan the ‘Resurrection Men’ have to work on a cold case. The purpose of this exercise is teach them the merits of teamwork, which is not exactly their strength. But soon it becomes clear that that there is some hidden agenda when more than one in the group, including Rebus, has worked on this unsolved case before, and they all have their own secrets that they wish to keep hidden….

Resurrection Men is a 2001 novel by Ian Rankin. It is the thirteenth of the Inspector Rebus series. The title is a reference to the body-snatchers of the 19th century, who were known as ‘resurrectionists’ or ‘resurrection men’. It is also the second of Rankin’s that I’ve read so far and the fourth book I read for my participation on the Typically British Reading Challenge 2010.

Resurrection Men is a dense and complex thriller that works pretty well as a stand alone book. It is very well constructed. Actually there are, at least, three stories which are compelling and nicely intertwined. The plots and subplots are convincing. The characters are credible and very well drawn. The dialogues are witty and dotted with some doses of humour, which makes this book a very entertaining read. Tension and suspense are nicely kept. Readers can also perceive, see and feel the atmosphere of Scotland, Edinburgh in particular, on each and every page. Overall a very satisfactory reading to the extent that, once finished, I’ve ordered more books in the series online. Maybe the solution at the end is not totally convincing, but overall I really enjoyed reading this book. Highly recommended.

Ian Rankin at Contemporary Writers.

Resurrection Men has been reviewed at The complete review, Books Please, Mostly Fiction Book Reviews.

Ian Rankin talks about Resurrection Men.

Resurrection Men at the author’s website and the publisher’s (Orion) website.

Search inside another edition of this book. (With an interesting note on terminology for non-British readers)

Ian Rankin

Resurrection Men (2001)

Orion Books paperback edition 2002

Number of pages: 486

ISBN: 978-0752848228

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