Kate Atkinson is one of my favourite contemporary authors - not only is her writing excellent and her plots are very clever, keeping me wanting to read on and on and on, but also some of her books are set in Yorkshire, which is always a plus with me.
"Big Sky" is her fourth book featuring detective Jackson Brodie, who was so well protrayed (in my opinion) by Jason Isaacs in the eponymous TV series.
Places I know feature in this book: Scarborough, Robin Hoods Bay, Helmsley, Bridlington (which was one of the few places in Yorkshire I did not really like), Harrogate and Leeds, for instance.
The case Brodie is given at the outset of the book does not feature all that much in the course of the story, but that thread is picked up again towards the end. Speaking of threads, Kate Atkinson proves once more a master weaver. When you least expect it (most of the time), her characters, places and events form an artful pattern, to be admired as it emerges.
A lot of the book involves sexual exploit of girls and women; definitely not my favourite subject and nothing one should draw entertainment from, and yet it forms the backbone of the book, along (of course) with Jackson Brodie and the place in life he founds himself at. In spite of this, it is a beautiful book - I can't put it any other way.
I would like to tell you loads more, but that would only spoil the reading experience for you, if you plan on borrowing or buying the book. In case you have read it, you are welcome to guess in your comment who my favourite protagonist was (clue: a human being, not one of the dogs).
PS: I have used my mid-afternoon coffee break to write this review, in case you were wondering about the unusual time for me posting.