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review 2018-07-21 20:41
A CURIOUS BEGINNING by Deanna Raebourn
A Curious Beginning - Deanna Raybourn
Veronica's last guardian has died and she is alone in the world.  When she returns to her cottage after the funeral she finds a man ransacking it and she is rescued by a baron.  They travel to London where the baron puts her under the protection of Stoker.  The next morning the baron is dead--murdered and the plot thickens.
 
I enjoyed this book.  I loved Veronica and Stoker.  She is a kick-ass broad and Stoker learns early not to get in her way.  Both have pasts and Veronica is always shocking Stoker with hers as she pulls his out of him. 
 
The world building in the story is good.  The mystery is good.  The story is good.  I hope some of the secondary characters remain in the series.  I look forward to book 2.
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text 2018-07-14 22:34
Finally sat down to update my bookshelf
Werner's Nomenclature of Colours: Adapted to Zoology, Botany, Chemistry, Minerology, Anatomy and the Arts - Patrick Syme
Single Malt Murder: A Whisky Business Mystery - Melinda Mullet,Gemma Dawson
The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the Four Months That Changed the World - A.J. Baime,Tony Messano
Sacre Bleu: A Comedy d'Art - Euan Morton,Christopher Moore

 

It has been a while since I have updated my shelves or even downloaded my purchases to my computer (a process even slower these days than adding them to my bookshelf here). But today had been housekeeping day and at least here I am up-to-date. Now I can go spend the rest of my credits. Or, perhaps I should invest some effort into finishing the books I have already bought. In other words, it is time to attack Mount TBR. <dashing knight in armor, on horseback and a flourish of trumpets>

 

The truth of the matter is that Mt. TBR is just not as daunting when it doesn't take up much needed physical space thus lacking the imperative to "get these books read and put away already." Moreover, I just am not inclined to read anything new right now or to even finish any of the three or four titles that I have begun and abandoned but am not ready to declare DNF. I have been enjoying a prolonged and relaxing period of working my way through my re-read list and it seems that the only thing that will be getting me out of this groove is that I am quickly reaching the end of the alphabet and thus the end of the list. Yes, I read the list A-Z and then start over; it saves having to choose what to read next or answering that age old question, "what do I feel like reading."

 

All told, I added one reference book, five books and six selections from the Great Courses catalog. I hope I chose well.

 

 

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review 2018-05-03 15:48
A Great Detective: The Amos Decker Character
Memory Man - David Baldacci

Excellent story!

 

Wonderfully unique protagonist with a deep dark history. I really felt for this man who lost everything, except his memories. The support characters (his old partner and his new sidekick) are also well fleshed out.and the plot keeps moving and twisting until there's no way to turn.

 

When Amos finally connects the memories of his past and relates them to the current murders, the wall tumbles.

 

I noticed this is book one - I will definitely read the following books about Amos Decker. Baldacci has written us a great character.

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text 2018-05-03 15:43
Trendy - but not my favorite
The Likeness - Tana French

OK Story, but not as good as the first book in the series. I read this awhile back and posted my review on Amazon, but just got around to listing it here.

 

I thoroughly enjoyed the first book, 'In The Woods'. The Irish murder squad worked a compelling plot, actually it was more like two plots that intertwine - it was excellent! Anticipating the same type of plot movement in book two, I started 'The Likeness' and was quickly disappointed.

 

French did a good job with setting and character development, however, the plot wasn't very suspenseful. It was all based on the nervousness of being undercover and trying to fool (trick) four close friends of the murder victim. Like the technique other current authors are doing lately, French was in the head of the protagonist most of the time. . . not my favorite type of writing.

 

Once in awhile being inside their thoughts in a tense situation is good, but when it's done too often, it takes away from everything else and it makes a poor substitute for a good plot. I was disappointed but will read Tana French again because her first book was excellent. I think this one was just a bit flat, it happens.

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text 2018-05-01 11:26
Homage to the Golden Age
Ten Dead Comedians: A Murder Mystery - Fred Van Lente

Fred Van Lente’s brilliant debut is both a savagely funny homage to the Golden Age of Mystery and a thoroughly contemporary show-business satire.

As the story opens, nine comedians of various acclaim are summoned to the island retreat of legendary Hollywood funnyman Dustin Walker. The group includes a former late-night TV host, a washed-up improv instructor, a ridiculously wealthy “blue collar” comic, and a past-her-prime Vegas icon. All nine arrive via boat to find that every building on the island is completely deserted. Marooned without cell phone service or wifi signals, they soon find themselves being murdered one by one. But who is doing the killing, and why? 

A darkly clever take on Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None and other classics of the genre, Ten Dead Comedians is a marvel of literary ventriloquism, with hilarious comic monologues in the voice of every suspect. It’s also an ingeniously plotted puzzler with a twist you’ll never see coming!

 

AMAZON 

 

Ten Dead Comedians: A Murder Mystery

 

  

When I saw this book, I just had to get it! I'm hoping to read sometime this week. Anyone else read yet or planning to read?

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