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review 2018-09-21 03:14
Home for the Haunting ★★★★☆
Home For the Haunting - Juliet Blackwell

This is the first book that I've read in this cozy mystery series that wasn't on audio. I miss Xe Sands, because she always provides a terrific performance. But I'm happy to report that I enjoyed this 4th book in the Haunted Home Renovation series just as much even without the audio.

 

The MC's "why would anyone find ugly old me attractive" shtick is still annoying, and I'm still unimpressed with the romance, but there is enough fun stuff for this book to rise above those irritants. We get to meet Mel's super-annoying, super-girly sister, we get some new friends and the return of some old friends, and I especially liked getting to know Mel's frenemy Inspector Crawford a little better. We get a couple of new homes from different styles and periods with plenty of loving description.

 

The mystery is well developed and I was teased with lots of clues and red herrings to sift through. Whodunnit was one of my suspects, but not my favorite, so the reveal worked for me. Oddly, this is the first book where we spend very little time with the dead. The ghosts give little more than a cameo appearance in this book, and I missed them a little.

 


eBook version, borrowed from my public library.

 

I read this for the 2018 Halloween Bingo square Amateur Sleuth: this mystery will have a main character who is not a member of law enforcement. The MC, Mel Turner, owns a construction company but somehow finds herself in the midst of a murder mystery, recent or ancient, at every job site. Naturally, she usually manages to solve it before the cops do.

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text 2018-09-18 23:37
Home for the Haunting - 16%
Home For the Haunting - Juliet Blackwell

OK I love that she's volunteering with an organization ("Neighbors Together") that does home repairs/renovations for the elderly and disabled. I used to do that through my work with an organization called "Hearts and Hammers", although we unskilled workers were limited to scraping, sanding, painting, and planting the flowerbeds. It was really a lot of fun, and something that I felt had an immediate and lasting impact. 

 

I did get a terrible case of poison ivy all over my face from it one year, though. 

 

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text 2018-09-17 02:21
Home for the Haunting- 5%
Home For the Haunting - Juliet Blackwell

”By gosh, if I’m going to sink into the quicksand of do-good volunteerism, I’m taking my friends and family down with me”

 

said everyone who has done charity work, ever. 

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review 2018-08-19 18:18
I Am No One You Know ★★★☆☆
I am No One You Know - Joyce Carol Oates

This is my first experience with Joyce Carol Oates, so I’m not sure if this is typical of her work. I found it both compelling and frustrating. The stories were mostly character portraits, and those characters were usually damaged, isolated, seeking to explain or understand themselves. Pretty grim reading, in other words. As for frustrating, they were structured almost like flash fiction, where there is no narrative arc. Every story just… stops. I could have been okay with this through a handful of stories, but I was weary of the whole thing long before I got through all nineteen.   

 

eBook, purchased via kindle.

 

 

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text 2018-08-04 04:40
Just off the library waitlist ...
Renegades - Marissa Meyer

I've heard such mixed reviews about this book from a fave author.

 

I expect I'll either DNF quickly or really love it.

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