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text 2017-08-20 10:40
Reading progress update: Chapter 32
The Miss Silver Mysteries: Grey Mask, The Case Is Closed, and Lonesome Road - Patricia Wentworth

Was anyone else absolutely horrified that Charles let Margot get behind the wheel of an automobile?

 

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text 2017-08-19 00:44
Reading progress update: Chapter 17
The Miss Silver Mysteries: Grey Mask, The Case Is Closed, and Lonesome Road - Patricia Wentworth

I made it through Chapter 17 last night. I can't beat Themis Athena's excellent breakdown of the cast and plot thus far, so I'll just add this:

Is it just me, or do these Golden Age mysteries always make London feel like the smallest city ever? I swear. If you need to run into someone you haven't seen in ages, go to London. If you need to run into someone you only saw once from behind, go to London. If you need to run into someone  you've never met who is crucial to the plot, go to London.

London: The Biggest Smallest Foggiest City on the Murder Mystery Map

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text 2017-08-17 00:50
Reading progress update: Chapter 5
The Miss Silver Mysteries: Grey Mask, The Case Is Closed, and Lonesome Road - Patricia Wentworth

I got slammed with work and am way behind on the buddy read, only managing five chapters in three days. *sobs quietly* I'm also behind on reading everyone's updates as I'm trying to avoid possible spoilers.

 

I agree there's a Seven Dials vibe, and I'm also picking up on Jane Austen-ish-ness. Miss Standing strikes me as a sort of Lady Bertram/Lydia Bennet hybrid. Thoughtless, lazy, devoid of proper feeling, and utterly unconcerned with anything that isn't amusing. I think MbD was right, the conspirators are going to rue the day they conceived a plot involving her. I can't wait!

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review 2017-08-13 12:25
The Dark Lake
The Dark Lake - Sarah Bailey

I won an ARC of The Dark Lake in a Goodreads giveaway. It was my first ever GR giveaway win after being a member for nearly eight years. Miracles do happen, people.

 

This is a competently written and plotted crime novel with an authentic Aussie small-town flavor. It’s predictable, but not annoyingly so, and it hits all the right beats and combines enough of the standard tropes to be successful, but I can’t rate it higher.

 

We spend most of the book in Detective Sergeant Gemma Woodstock’s head, and after a while that comes to be something of a chore as she spins in mental spirals around the murder victim, her dead high school boyfriend, her affair with her married partner, and her live-in boyfriend/baby-daddy. Adultery-as-character-development is one of my least favorite literary devices ever. The relationship drama is relentless and very soap-opera-esque, so much so that in my head the town of Smithson is populated entirely by cast members from Home and Away (Aussie primetime soap).

 

And let’s face it: I am never going to love first person present tense.

 

This is the kind of crime drama you read when you want to hang out with characters whose lives suck more than yours. If you don’t like too much relationship angst cluttering up your murder investigation, maybe steer clear, but if you don’t like too much murder investigation cluttering up your relationship angst, give this book a try. For me, it was just okay. Not bad for a debut novel.

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text 2017-08-03 18:46
Wouldn't you know it...
Russian Hill - Ty Hutchinson

The first book I picked out from the free books slush pile turned out to be worth continuing. How many books am I reading at once now?

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