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text 2020-07-04 22:33
Reading progress update: I've read 171 out of 320 pages.
Capital Crimes: London Mysteries - Various Authors,Martin Edwards

So far, I like the variety of authors that Martin Edwards has picked, but few of the stories have been fun reads:

 

The Magic Casket - R. Austin Freeman

An interesting concept. I liked the local colour of mentioning exhibits at the museum in South Kensington (now the V&A), but other than that the depiction of the Japanese gangsters makes this one another one that won't be all that memorable.

 

The Holloway Flat Tragedy - Ernest Bramah

This is not my first Bramah, but it is the first that I have DNF's even tho it is a short story. There is something about Bramah's writing and his Max Carrados stories that just bores me stiff. 

It's a pity, the setting around Holloway sounded promising.

 

The Magician Of Cannon Street - J. S. Fletcher

Interesting up to a point, but it's another story that features the "evil foreigner" trope. That's not unusual for a GA mystery but it does lessen my reading enjoyment. Meh.

 

The Stealer of Marble - Edgar Wallace

This was delightful. True to form Wallace with the smart, yet totally bonkers, solution. 

 

The Tea Leaf - Robert Eustace and Edgar Jepson

Fantastic. I loved this locked room mystery. Not dissimilar to the Wallace story that precedes it (The Stealer of Marble) but I loved that this one combines several elements I liked with good mystery that kept me guessing. 

To be fair, I did not expect anything less from Robert Eustace. :D

 

I'll probably finish the rest of the stories tomorrow or Monday. 

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text 2020-07-04 19:16
Reading progress update: I've read 67 out of 320 pages.
Capital Crimes: London Mysteries - Various Authors,Martin Edwards

Reading on:

 

A Mystery of the Underground - John Oxenham:

 

I have no idea what I just read. I may have missed the point ... and plot of this story in its entirety. This is not one that will be memorable at all.

 

The Finchley Puzzle - Richard Marsh:

 

Erm, this story evidently emulates one by ACD, and one of my favourite Holmes stories at that. While the original required some suspension of disbelief, Marsh's story was absolutely preposterous, and not in a good way.

 

Onwards!

 

 

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review 2020-07-02 03:02
Tales from Margaritaville
Tales from Margaritaville: Fictional Facts and Factual Fictions - Jimmy Buffett

A recent re-read for me, though I dare not try to add the dates, as I'm afraid BL will blow my original dates out.

 

I love these stories and continue to love them every time I read them.  They remind me of my home, and their eccentric and quirky.  What I didn't remember from previous re-reads was the Australian thread that runs through both the book and many of the stories.  Buffett opens with a quote from Bruce Chatwin's The Songlines, in an introduction titled "Walkabout", and at least one - two? - stories include references to aboriginal myth.  A small thing, but a nice parallel for a Florida girl on a decade-plus walkabout down under. 

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review 2020-07-02 02:50
Miss Kopp Just Won't Quit (Kopp Sisters, #4)
Miss Kopp Just Won't Quit - Amy Stewart

I always enjoy these books; they're soothing reads in many ways, as Stewart doesn't try to over dramatise or create more suspense than history dictates.  (This series is based on the real events and life of Constance Kopp.)  This 4th instalment surrounds the election for Sheriff, a pivotal point for Constance, because the sitting sheriff - the one that was bold enough to hire a woman - has hit his term limit and can run.

 

It's a bittersweet story with an interesting ending.  I look forward to finding out how the Kopp sisters fare.

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review 2020-07-02 02:32
Airs Above the Ground
Airs Above the Ground - Mary Stewart

Not her best work, but a fun read nonetheless.  More a straight up mystery than romantic suspense, and while the plot villain was obvious, Stewart at least had some fun misleading the reader about the plot itself.

 

Aside:  I bought this years ago at a FOTL sale for a dollar; when I finished reading it, I saw that it was published and printed 3 blocks from where I live now.  On its site now sits a 'home improvement store' - Bunnings, the Aussie answer to Home Depot.  A place a spit and swear about every time I have to visit it.  Now, it seems, I have even more reason to dislike it - I'd rather the book publishers were still there.

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