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review 2019-04-19 09:10
The Secret of Chimneys
The Secret of Chimneys - Agatha Christie

I must have had a pretty good day two years ago, because I gave this book a 3,5 star rating the first time around (you can read my review here).



Back then I already had the impression that the plot is incredibly convoluted and now that I have relistened to the book on audio, only one word comes to my mind in regards to the plot: the plot is completely gaga. That´s genuinly the only word that comes to my mind.


Herzoslowakia, the comrades of the red hand, the nationalist, the loyalists, the Isaacstein syndicate and of course King Victor, the infamous french jewel thief, who gets mentioned numerous times throughout the novel for seemingly no apparent reason at all. And of course there is Anthony Cade, who is the male version of a special snowflake.


The only good thing about this book is Superintendent Battle. I like him. Unfortunately the story centers around the character of Anthony, I wish Battle would have been at the center of the narrative. 


Of course, Hugh Frasers narration is perfection, as it always is. But that didn´t help with this book either. Definitely not one of my favorite Christies.

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text 2019-04-19 03:00
Reading progress update: I've read 40%.
High Heels Mysteries Boxed Set (Books 1-5) - Gemma Halliday

Like the first book, #2 is silly fun. Also like the first book, it has issues.


  • The editing is still woeful.
  • Maddie has traded in some of her misogyny for transphobia . . . which actually could still be linked to misogyny, now that I think about it.
  • Maddie’s decision making was questionable at best in the first book. In book two she descends all the way into Too Stupid to Live territory because she has to or there’s no plot. It doesn’t help that she’s aware she’s doing incredibly stupid things; it just serves to highlight how thin the plot is.
  • Jack Ramirez is still a sexist asshole, and Maddie continues to give him infinite passes because he’s hot and doesn’t seem to mind that she hasn’t got huge breasts.
  • This book is devoid of romantic tension, relying instead on sexual tension, and it seems the only way the author could think of to manufacture that sexual tension was through constant cock-blocking. It was kind of funny the first two times, but the joke got old fast. I went pretty quickly from wondering if Jack and Maddie would ever get to have sex with each other to wondering why they even wanted to.


It’s still mindless fun, which is what I’m currently in the mood for, so I’ll keep going with the series for now. I’m hoping for more appearances by Felix the Unrepentant Tabloid Reporter. He was easily the best part of this book, and possibly the only hope for re-establishing some romantic tension, since so far the series only seems to have that when Maddie’s attracted to more than one man.

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text 2019-04-18 19:31
Reading progress update: I've read 25 out of 246 pages.
A Shilling For Candles - Josephine Tey

An entire chapter dedicated to people recognizing the victim. Nice.

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text 2019-04-18 04:34
Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 246 pages.
A Shilling For Candles - Josephine Tey

Never ceases to amuse me that the main character's name is the same as the main character from the first Jurassic Park movie. 

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review 2019-04-18 04:14
Book Review: Mystery Train by Carolyn Keene
Mystery Train (Nancy Drew & Hardy Boys Super Mysteries #8) - Carolyn Keene

Title: Mystery Train
Author: Carolyn Keene
Series: Nancy Drew & Hardy Boys Super Mystery, 8
Format: mass market paperback
Length: 220 pages
Rating: 3 stars



NANCY DREW joins some of the best minds in the mystery field to help crack a famous unsolved case: the theft of the Comstock diamond. A private train will take the elite group from Chicago to San Francisco, the same route taken by the jewel thief fifteen years before. But someone is out to derail the search for clues and send Nancy on a chilling cross-country ride to terror.
FRANK AND JOE HARDY climb on board, lured by the promise of a $25,000 reward for whoever finds the diamond. Instead they find trouble: an open-air fist fight atop the speeding train, a runaway locomotive, and a beautiful gem of a different kind -- actress Kate Harkins. Joe is dazzled by her entrance -- and stunned by her exit.
The teen detectives suspect she's been kidnapped, and it soon becomes clear they've all been ticketed for disaster... on the
"Mystery Train"


Mini-review: Not bad. Had a few moments of wondering if the person who wrote this knew about the characters, as Bess was more desperate for love then usual, and too outrageous with her clothes (one of her outfits was described as being lime green, neon orange and neon pink). Frank made decisions worthy of Joe and Joe was smart enough to challenge Frank for the role of the smart Hardy. Other than that, it was okay.



Nancy Drew - Katherine McNamara

Frank Hardy - Timothée Chalamet

Joe Hardy - Skyler Gisondo

Bess Marvin - Abigail Breslin

Laurie Adams - Juliette Lewis

Jack Lerner - Patrick Wilson

Maggie Horne - Annette Bening

Sara Finney - Lashana Lynch

Conrad "Connie" Everett - Paul Kaye

Kate Harkins - Glennellen Anderson

Paul Fox - Lucas Till 

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