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text 2017-04-27 01:45
Reading progress update: I've read 63 out of 296 pages.
Inspector French Mystery - Freeman Wills Crofts

it's fun. I like it. Colin Firth should play Inspector French. meanwhile, whodunits involving arson are a morbid fascination with me. of course, at around page 30, the quaint little town was not thinking "Arson!'. now it's page 63; Inspector French has taken a look around. he's thinking "arson", so I'm thinking "arson". I don't know where all the money went, or even who actually died, but French and I are starting at "arson" and going from there...

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review 2017-04-26 19:22
Houseboat Mystery
Houseboat Mystery - Gertrude Chandler Warner

This one is wild, friends. The mystery makes no sense. And the food descriptions are lackluster. A little disappointing after Caboose Mystery which is also wild in a different way (circus clowns, friend betrayal, lost children, talking horses, glass making, diamond necklaces, Coke and orange juice drinks... seriously).

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text 2017-04-26 01:14
Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 296 pages.
Inspector French Mystery - Freeman Wills Crofts

experts insist that this author rivaled--even surpassed--Agatha Christie in book sales, waaayy back in the day. he doesn't now, I'm presuming, but stuff by him is at least back in print, giving him a fair chance at a rebound, and I for one am anxious to meet Inspector French, in this 1927 whodunit. goody goody, eh?

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review 2017-04-26 00:12
Alas, She Drowned
Alas, She Drowned (The Stratford Upon Avondale Mysteries) (Volume 1) - Monica Knightley

Oft expectation fails, and most oft there where most it promises."
William Shakespeare, All's Well That Ends Well.

I had really high hopes for this book, it started out as a promising mystery. Set in a charming Shakespearean-themed village, it had a great plot; an odious and unpleasant theater critic is murdered (always enjoyable when that happens!) and lots of suspects to muddy the waters. It really kept me guessing (and turning pages) and I didn't suspect the murderer at all.

But that's pretty much all the book has going for it. I really wish I could've rated this higher than 2 stars because the plot was a lot better than 2 stars but it came down to the unlikable characters. I thought Nick was an obnoxious bull's pizzle (Thank the bard himself for that one!) and Maggie's not much better. I really wanted more out of her character - she had a lot of potential in her back story but ended up a two-dimensional chatterbox with poor judgment skills.

Sigh.

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review 2017-04-25 20:06
The Janes
The Janes - B.M. Hardin

Title: The Janes
Author: B. M. Hardin
Publisher: B.M.H.
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five
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"The Janes" by B. M. Hardin

My Thoughts...

Now I will say this one is one of the most craziest, mystery, and suspenseful novel I have ever read...but it was GOOD! This author Ms. Hardin really knows how to keep ones attention and this one definitely did it for me. Wow, Jane, Jane, Jane...and that Blonde Jane... I think it was a total of 10 of them living on the same block! This story even though it was crazy was very captivating as I turned the pages looking to read more about Jane[s]. By the time I got to the end of 'The Janes'...more twisted Janes come out front and center that goes with that saying 'when something is too good to be true, more likely.. it is!' Will 'Blonde Jane' get hers?! What disappointed me more than anything about the read was the way the husband Brice treated his Jane...like she had no idea of what she was talking about but even more of a shocker was the best friend of Jane, Charity. Oh, well to truly understand it all you will have to pick up 'The Janes' to see how well they are presented to the reader. This is definitely one heck of a story I will not forget anytime soon. Thank you to the author for doing what you do so well and that is giving the reader a good read!

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