I lost my reading mojo for a while and got behind for my reading goal. Then I got sick. Most of my family got this nasty cold that has been going around. My husband was a lot worse that I am and he's already getting better. I have a head cold and my throat is so sore. I don't really have my reading mojo back completely but I had a little itch to read here and then. I took this book with me on our trip to Denali for our Anniversary on the 1st but didn't really have time to read. It was our 27th Anniversary and we had fun even though it was rainy. There's some pictures from our trip on my instagram.
I finally finished this book and I was having a hard time with the review. I'm not sure if I'm really being fair or if I just don't feel well. This book was better than many of the others in the series as far as the writing goes but the story felt like a cat and mouse game with a lot of back and forth without any progress. Anyway, here is the review I wrote.
(updated to add...)
Mary Beth, the owner of the local needlework store in Stony Point, received word that the owner of her building and the theater next door needed to sell both properties. His wife was ill and he needed the money to pay for her surgery. He told Mary Beth she would buy the property but she needed to buy both. He gave her until the end of the month to come up with the money. He also made a deal with a large burger chain that wanted to buy the property which was located on main street. They wanted to tear down the building where the Mary Beth's shop was for a parking lot and make the theater their newest Burly Boy Burger but they had to wait until the end of the month to honor the agreement with Mary Beth. The problem was that Mary Beth didn't have the money and had no idea where it would come from. Her friends all wanted to help and all started looking for things they could sell to help. Annie found a pretty vase in her attic she intended to sell but she dropped it and it broke. When she was cleaning up the mess she found an old key with a lion on it. She remembered that it was something Mary Beth have given her a long time ago and that she also had other antique furniture with the same lions that her mother had passed down to her. That old furniture had belonged to Mary Beth's grandmother and had been in their family for 150 years. She took it to Mary Beth and they looked at the antique furniture for a hidden spot for a key hole. They finally found one and inside a hidden cubby hole they found a message with a riddle. They started to try to solve the riddle and soon realized their was another clue in the antique writing desk, only Mary Beth had just sold it. They decided to try to track it down to ask if they could look for a hidden spot and see if their was another clue.
This story was so interesting but it kept losing me too. I liked the mystery of the antiques and the keys and messages and how it connected with family history but for some reason I didn't read right through it like many of the other books. I kept putting it down and forgetting about it. I think there was just too much going on that made it feel disjointed. When it got to the part where Annie got the idea about the trees I thought I'd missed a page or something. It finally made since later in the book but it still seems like odd leap. Still, I did like the writing style of this author more than some of the others. Her writing is more current and the characters felt more realistic. I think the story just needed a little smoothing out.
So, with the category Genre: Horror to fill, did I go to my Kindle folder for Horror and choose one of the 53 books waiting to be read? Noooooo...
This time of year it's more fun to go to the top 100 Free Books in the Horror category on Amazon and start loading up more! There are certain authors always there that I've learned to skip past because they don't write well or their stuff always turns out to be Romance. Nothing against Romance, but it's not what I look for under Horror and I resent spaces being taken up by inappropriate genres. Advice to writers to get their books listed under as many categories as possible actually harms their reputation.
So, I've acquired all those pictured. The Amulet Thief might take over the Relics and Curiosities square to relieve me of an 800+ page book and one of these will fill my Horror genre square. I'm leaning towards Creepy Pet, just my sort of thing.
I think I may need to keep a folder for possible future Bingo selections. I even found a cozy that looked fun. I seem to be finding a lot of anthologies this year. That could be an interesting category for a future Bingo.
If you're into zombie dystopia, The Fall series is all up for free today. Grab them quick because free offers often end after the weekend. I can't vouch for the quality of any of these but you can't beat the price.
So I've just finished my fourth visit with Flavia De Luce and covered my Cozy Mystery square.
I found this one quite touching so I'm willing to forgive the implausibility of the plot.
Besides, it's set at Christmas and no one complains about stretched plots in "Miracle on 34th Street".
I'm more than halfway through Josephine Tey's remarkable "Brat Farrar" for the as-yet-uncalled Murder Most Foul square.
I'm fascinated by her confident and cinematic authorial voice and her evocation of an England now long gone.
The New Release square was called today. I've chosen "High Lonesome Sound" by Jaye Wells for this square. Here's the rather spooky sounding publisher's summary:
"In the sleepy mountain town of Moon Hollow, Virginia, there is a church with a crooked steeple. No one will say for sure how it got that way, but it’s the reason the whole town gathers every Decoration Day to honor the dead.
But this year, there are two fresh graves up on Cemetery Hill, a stranger’s come to town, and the mountain’s song is filled with dark warnings.
The good people of Moon Hollow are about to learn that some secrets are too painful to bear, and some spirits are too restless to stay buried."
This book's storyline takes place between books 3 and 4.
I liked this book better than the first novella (Rockets Dead Glare). It was the perfect Halloween bingo story - it takes place in October, at an abandoned mansion, with a ghost and a cold case to solve. Jill is sensitive to the ghost's demands to solve her case and her teaming up with Esmeralda was perfect. No one else in the party seemed to be interested in the case until Jill started to put all the pieces together, then everyone tried to help. Greg was the voice of the skeptic, but he knew better than to go against Jill's detective skills, so it was nice to see him let her take the lead and support her. And bonus points for finding the rapist/killer and seeing them brought to justice even after all the years have past.