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review 2019-12-26 09:39
Owl be Home for Christmas (Meg Langslow, #26)
Owl Be Home For Christmas - Donna Andrews

This was the only Christmas story I read this year, and I started it just as everything started going pear shaped in RL, so it took me forever to read it.  I know this is a 'me' problem, but the longer it takes me to finish a book, the more scattered the story feels to me, so this entry by one of my favorite current authors got short shrift from me this year.  Still, it was good; the mystery was well constructed and the holiday spirit was high.  The Christmas dinner almost made me misty eyed and made me love Donna Andrews as an author just a little bit more than I already did.

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text 2019-12-11 13:33
24 Festive Tasks: Door 19 - Festivus: Book
Owl Be Home for Christmas - Donna Andrews,Bernadette Dunne


Not quite as hilariously funny as the first three Christmas books from the series that I read -- maybe Ms. Andrews's brand of humor is beginning to pall for me after all, or maybe Bernadette Dunne (whom I ordinarily really like as a narrator) just doesn't work for me quite as well here as she does otherwise -- and the "who" (and at least in part, "why) was a fairly obvious guess ... but there's still more than enough humor and hilarity to make this an easy fit as a Festivus book, so here we go.


(Task: Read any comedy, parody, or satire.)


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text 2019-11-29 19:12
Weekend reading & watching!
Murder in the Snow: A Cotswold Christmas Mystery - Gladys Mitchell
Thin Air: (Shetland Series 6) - Ann Cleeves
An English Murder - Cyril Hare
Murder With Peacocks - Donna Andrews

Unfortunately, I did have to work on Friday, but I'm plotting lots of good reading and watching over the weekend. My daughter and her new husband will be visiting starting next Wednesday, so weekend after next I have a 5 day weekend, since I'm taking the 9th, 10th & 11th off!


My big plan for this weekend is to get some of the holiday decorations up. I always decorate my front porch, and will get that finished since it's going to be dry all weekend. There's nothing like decorating outside in typical Oregon weather. 


I have a pair of new to me Christmas mysteries on tap: Murder in the Snow by Gladys Mitchell, which was previously published as Groaning Spinney, and An English Murder by Cyril Hare. I also have the next in the Shetland Island series, Thin Air, checked out of the library, and finally got my hand on Murder with Peacocks, the first in the Meg Langslow series!


I'm also going to find time to watch some movies/television, and will likely turn to one of my old favorites, Poirot, while I do some Christmas sewing - I want to get the Christmas stockings I am making for my daughter finished before they arrive on Thursday!

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review 2019-11-12 19:25
One of this year's Christmas mysteries
Duck the Halls - Donna Andrews

I had a little bit of a hard time rating this book because I liked it, but I also think that it is one of those series that will grow on me since it seems to be so character driven.


I usually don't like jumping into series in the middle, but these books are pretty expensive for kindle, and, while my library has most of them, the first one has entered some sort of parallel universe where it is apparently infinitely unavailable. It's Schrodinger's book, but it pretty much only does not exist. I decided to just say screw it, and start with book #16, which may not have been ideal.


I get the sense that the crime involved is really secondary to the characters, and I don't know the characters yet. I was trying to explain it to my husband, and came up with "The Northern Exposure of murder mystery series" but set in Virginia, not Alaska. Lots of eccentric, quirky characters who do eccentric and quirky things. I spent the entire book trying to figure out what Meg Langslow does, and I'm still not sure. Something churchy, but not a pastor or rector or anything? She has an office in a church - I figured out that much.


Anyway, I feel like I need to read more. I liked the characters I met, even if there was a lot happening that was confusing to me. I can't get Murder with Peacocks, apparently, but I can get Murder with Puffins, which is book 2.


MBD, what do you think? I already have two other Meg Langslow Christmas mysteries: Six Geese A-Slayin' and Lark, The Herald Angels Sing, checked out. Should I return them, and start at the beginning, or should I just go on as I have begun with the scattered approach and expect that everything will start to make more sense about five books in?


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text 2019-11-05 17:21
Christmas/holiday reading library binge
Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas - Stephanie Barron
Holiday Grind - Cleo Coyle
A Highland Christmas - M.C. Beaton
Duck the Halls - Donna Andrews
Christmas: A Biography - Judith Flanders

I went on a bit of a Christmas binge yesterday, and put a bunch of books on hold at the library for the season! 


If I don't like 'em, I can just return 'em. Libraries are awesome!



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