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text 2017-09-19 23:23
Classic Crime Club?
Death of an Airman - Christopher St. John Sprigg
The Red House Mystery - A.A. Milne
The Tiger in the Smoke - Margery Allingham
Resorting to Murder: Holiday Mysteries: A British Library Crime Classic (British Library Crime Classics) - Martin Edwards
Ask A Policeman - Dorothy L. Sayers,Gladys Mitchell,Detection Club,Anthony Berkeley,John Rhode,Milward Kennedy,Helen de Guerry Simpson

I'm considering starting a classic crime book club. We have a number of mystery/crime readers here on booklikes, and I'm wondering if there is enough interest to do a monthly book club?

 

Parameters:

 

One book per month, chosen by the club members;

Published between 1900 and 1960

Starting in October

 

Is anyone interested?

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review 2017-08-14 06:54
Crochet Bathroom Accessories, Give Your Bathroom Some Color and Personality with Crochet by Dorothy Wilks
Crochet: Crochet Bathroom Accessories. Give Your Bathroom Some Color and Personality with Crochet - Dorothy Wilks

Crochet Bathroom Accessories, Give Your Bathroom Some Color and Personality with Crochet by Dorothy Wilks gives clear directions on making bathroom accessories. Examples are:  Ribbed Shell Toilet Paper Hanger, Ribs and Stripes Toilet Tissue Cover, Flowers and Vine Toilet Paper Cover and Hanging Laundry. These items could add personality to a bathroom.

 

I gave it almost four stars because the directions are well written. The patterns are a bit old-fashioned. This is not for someone just beginning to crochet.

 

I received a complimentary Kindle copy from Amazon. That did not change my opinion for this review.

 

Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Crochet-Bathroom-Accessories-Color-Personality-ebook/dp/B011N13CNG

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review 2017-08-14 06:10
The Spring Cleaning Murders, An Ellie Haskell Mystery by Dorothy Cannell
The Spring Cleaning Murders - Dorothy Cannell

The Spring Cleaning Murders, An Ellie Haskell Mystery by Dorothy Cannell is a quick cozy mystery to read. Because it kept me guessing, I gave it four stars.

 

Ellie's family meets a new housekeeper, Mrs. Large. "'Morning, all.' Her voice was deep and gruff and--as might be expected--she was definitely a big woman. A good six-feet tall, with a long lugubrious face and a plodding walk."

 

Ellie is thinking about the loved ones in her life: "the heart has many nooks and crannies, each of which can only be filled by certain people."

 

I received a complimentary Kindle copy from Random House Publishing Group-Alibi and NetGalley. That did not change my opinion for this review.

 

Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Spring-Cleaning-Murders-Haskell-Mystery-ebook/dp/B01KE61LTI

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review 2017-08-03 16:05
The End of Oz - Danielle Paige

"Hi, Amy," I said. "Are you going to kill me now?"

I really liked this book. It ended on a good note and tied everything together nicely. Although the ending still left me wondering, I think this should be the last book because there's no reason to continue the series after what happened. I loved how Amy evolved since the first book. She became this strong, confident, powerful and caring person. Her and Nox's relationship was one of the things I loved about this series. It was full of love, compassion and trust.

In this book, Dorothy was stripped of her evil and we actually got to know her character from the alternate point-of-views which was great. I felt like I could actually understand how Dorothy felt when she did all of those horrible things to Oz. It's great to show both sides of the story, I applaud Danielle Paige for that.

At the ending, I was tearing up so much because of the feelings and emotions that were being displayed. I'm very glad that I decided to read this series. There were little typos throughout the book, like missing a period after a sentence or a misspelling of a word, but overall it was awesome.

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review 2017-07-29 20:39
Depends on what you're looking for.
Shake Shack: Recipes & Stories - Mark Rosati,Randy Garutti,Dorothy Kalins,Danny Meyer

The origin stories behind brand names are fun reads for me so I was intrigued by this book. It's basically what it says on the tin: recipes and stories regarding the Shake Shack brand. Their burgers, hot dogs, shakes, etc. How they came to be, a bit about the vendors they work with, plus recipes of various foods. Of course they don't give away company secrets (why would they undercut their profits?) but it's a fun cookbook/brand microhistory that might appeal to its fans.

 

There's not much to say about it. I picked this up on a whim after seeing it was available at my local library. Since I have actually only been in an SS location maybe twice that I can think of, I had no idea this book was being published. But it's a very nice-looking book with plenty of glossy pictures of their food, of the recipe steps, pictures of their food items, etc. 

 

That said, I didn't think it was the most amazing work. I have no objection to this type of book in itself and thankfully I felt it matched the title. But the writing is not that interesting (being from the company itself it's really just PR) and as I thumbed through it I felt like the book was trying to be everything to everyone: a cookbook, a history of SS, an acknowledgement/thank you to the vendors/customers/people behind the brand, etc. I'd guess for general SS fan who is a bit more interested in them it might be a great book.

 

Overall it was a good library borrow but for the right person who loves Shake Shack, is into burgers/hot dogs/the foods SS sells or enjoys general food/brand microhistories, this could be a good gift or borrow. I'd recommend getting this from the library or at least thumbing through at your local bookstore to see if this is something you really want to add. 

 

For a good microhistory behind a burger chain that has more warts (and no recipes if I remember correctly), the book 'In-N-Out Burger: A Behind-the-Counter Look at the Fast-Food Chain That Breaks All the Rules' was quite enjoyable. I don't care for the hype around that chain, but as a look behind the curtain I thought that was an interesting book.

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