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review 2019-01-19 03:39
The Bone Orchard by Paul Doiron
The Bone Orchard - Paul Doiron

The Bone Orchard is the 5th book in the Mike Bowditch series.


I need to give a word or warning in case anybody actually reads my blogs.  This book, along with the first book, The Poacher's Son, is written with sex scenes.  While I'm not a prude and a series I really like is Ann Charles' Deadwood series that seems to have more romance in them as the series continues, I think  Paul Doiron goes a little too far.  He gets into the "insert part A into part B" with his descriptive romance scenes.  If that's your thing fine. I think that's a lot of what my wife reads.  I just want to warn people about this so they don't recommend it to anyone they wouldn't want to read scenes like this.  They are only a couple of pages if that much, but I think it would a little too much for some younger readers that think they are reading about game wardens.  I'm not judging and I'm still reading the series. I'm already in the 6th book, "The Precipice" and while he's implied sex he definitely did not get as descriptive as he has before.


Now for the review.  The book starts out with two wardens answering to a 911 call about a veteran that returned from serving as an MP and losing most of his face when an IEP went off near him.  The wounded warrior had been taking his meds and drinking, locking himself in a barn and basically forced in what is called a police assisted suicide.   One of the officers was Mike's former sergeant and friend.  Within a couple of days, she is shot in an ambush at her home and is near death, with Bowditch showing up to save her life.


"The Bone Orchard' follows former warden and now civilian Mike Bowditch as he tries to find the attacker of one of his best friend and mentor in Bowditch's usual style, that is going against the grain of authority.  For me, while I enjoyed the book but it was not his best book he's written.  My opinion is Doiron's main character ramble through much of the middle of the book making it not quite as exciting as I hoped it would have been.  If you're reading the series I would definitely read the book.


The Bone Orchard by Paul Doiron

Book 5 in the Mike Bowditch series

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text 2019-01-17 20:03
Down for the Count - Reading progress update: I've read 22%.
Down For the Count (Pushkin Vertigo) - Martin Holmen,Henning Koch

Hey, the slang changed to proper British. Reads a lot smoother.

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text 2019-01-17 15:36
Agatha Christie completion update

I'm catching up a few reading projects, so I thought I would go through and identify which of the very few full-length Christie mysteries I have left:


Why Didn't They Ask Evans

N or M

Death Comes As The End

Destination Unknown

The Pale Horse

By The Pricking of My Thumbs


Postern of Fate

Sleeping Murder


That's actually more than I thought, although I am aware that some of them are true clunkers - I've heard nothing good about Postern of Fate.


I also have several of the short story collections left, including Harley Quin & Parker Pyne.


I also haven't read the books she published under the Mary Westamacott name, which are a bit difficult to find, but are by no means unobtainable. 


Giant's Bread

Unfinished Portrait

Absent in Spring

The Rose and the Yew Tree

A Daughter's A Daughter

The Burden


And I definitely want to track down the three Detection Club stories:


The Floating Admiral

Ask a Policeman

Six Against the Yard



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review 2019-01-17 15:28
A surprisingly enjoyable later Christie
The Pale Horse - Agatha Christie

I went into The Pale Horse without much hope that I would enjoy it - I'm down to the last 8 (now 7) Christie novels, and I'm reserving the ones that I thought would be the best bets for enjoyment to the end.


The Pale Horse was published in 1961, between A Cat Among the Pigeons and The Mirror Crack'd From Side to Side. It's not a book that shows up on the best - or worst - lists of Christie mysteries, so I knew almost nothing about it.


My first pleasant surprise occurred on page 8, when Ariadne Oliver makes an appearance. Fangirrrrrrl moment ensues:



I also had it in my head that this was one of Agatha's rare (and mostly unsuccessful) international thrillers. I was therefore pleasantly surprised that this is just a straight up mystery, and one with a really solid twist, actually. 


The mystery itself is both implausible and fairly silly, but that didn't stop me from enjoying it a whole heckuva lot. I liked it better than Destination Unknown, although I still think that They Came from Baghdad was a tiny bit more fun.

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review 2019-01-17 02:20
Crime on the Fens
Crime on the Fens - Joy Ellis

This is, I believe, Ms. Ellis' first published book, though its original title was Mask Wars.


This book introduces us to DI Nikki Galena and DS Joseph Easter. DI Galena is a detective who not only had a young woman die in her arms, but whose daughter is in a persistent vegetative state due to a drug over dose. She's now hell bent on clearing the streets of drugs and punishing the dealers though whatever means necessary. She's tough, and has a reputation as a hardass, and pretty much no one wants to work with her.  She's been told by her superiors that she is to work with DS Easter, who is transferring in, and to make it work...or else.


DS Easter, on the other hand is pretty much so clean he squeaks. He's also rumored to be highly religious and as such has the nickname of "Holy Joe."


As the two begin to work together, they both begin to realize their preconceived notions about the other were wrong, and there's much more to each of them than meets the eye.


I really liked both of these characters (especially DI Galena) as well as the other members if Galena's team. I'm looking forward to seeing how they grow over the course of the books.


( I do have a feeling that there's going to eventually be a romance between Galena and Easter. I don't know why, but I just do.)


The plot, I won't even try to describe it, but it starts with a missing girl, and a rash of crimes being committed by people wearing hideous face masks. Are these two events, and well as several other crimes all linked? And if so, how? And why?


I am so glad that Richard Armitage started narrating Ms. Ellis' other series (Jackman & Evans), because otherwise, I may never have discovered her work, and that would be such a shame.


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