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review 2019-08-28 17:36
The Singing Stones - Romantic Suspense Square
The Singing Stones - Phyllis A. Whitney

Disclosure:  I obtained the Kindle edition of this book when it was on sale from Open Road Media.


I had put this book on my list of possible Halloween Bingo reads, because I already had it and it sounded interesting from the description.  It proved to be a fairly quick and easy read, but I can't say it was a thoroughly enjoyable one.


Lynn McLeod and Stephen Asche were married for about a year.  She was 19 and a student, he was 27 and already an established architect.  He designed a fabulous home for them.  Before the house could be built, however, Stephen fell madly in love with a dancer, Oriana.  Crushed, Lynn left him.  She made a life for herself and pursued a career in child psychology, working mostly with seriously ill children.


Through an odd set of events, Lynn gets called back to Virginia to help with Stephen and Oriana's 10-year-old daughter Jilly, who is despondent after an accident has crippled her father.  After putting up some resistance, Lynn eventually capitulates and agrees.


Of course there are all kinds of unanswered questions about the accident that injured Stephen, and then hints of murder.


I didn't buy hardly any of it from the very beginning.  I didn't believe Lynn, regardless her feelings a dozen years later for Stephen, would have gone back to that kind of situation.


But I also didn't care for any of the characters.  None of them seemed to have any depth.  The philandering wife, the greedy relative, the sneaky hired help, the ditzy dreamer: there were too many stereotypes.


Jilly, the ten-year-old at the center of the story, came across as much older than that.


Worst of all, the whole romantic aspect of the story seemed far-fetched because the romantic hero was so very, very unheroic. 


Now that I think of it, almost all the characters in this book were lacking in integrity and honor. 


Three stars, being generous.



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text 2019-08-07 18:21
Halloween Bingo Pre-Party: Favorite Authors
Endless Night - Agatha Christie
Greygallows - Barbara Michaels
Snowfire - Phyllis A. Whitney
Scorpia Rising - Anthony Horowitz

The most obvious choice for me is, of course, Dame Agatha! Her books have been featured significantly in my prior games :


Mystery on the Blue Train for Terrifying Women

The Thirteen Problems for 13

Hickory Dickory Dock for Terrifying Women

Endless Night for In a Dark, Dark Woods

The Moving Finger for Terror in a Small Town

Hallowe'en Party for Pumpkin


However, other authors who showed up a lot in my prior bingo games include both Barbara Michaels and Phyllis Whitney, who write old-fashioned gothic romance:


Ammie, Come Home by Barbara Michaels for Reads with Booklikes Friends

The Walker in the Shadows by Barbara Michaels for Fear the Drowning Deep

Houses of Stone by Barbara Michaels for Gothic

Grey Gallows by Barbara Michaels for Haunted House

The Lost Island by Phyllis Whitney for Terror in a Small Town

Snowfire by Phyllis Whitney for Gothic

Listen for the Whisperer by Phyllis Whitney for Gothic

Columbella by Phyllis Whitney for Romantic Suspense


Last year, Anthony Horowitz was my wild card author - I was on a road trip during a chunk of September, and we listened to 4 Alex Rider books on the trip!


Links to my old bingo update posts:


Halloween Bingo updates 2016

Halloween Bingo updates 2017

Halloween Bingo updates 2018


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text 2019-04-07 04:19
My reading plan for the week: 4/7/19
Silverhill - Phyllis A. Whitney
Double Sin and Other Stories - Agatha Christie
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd - Agatha Christie
Cyanide With Compliments (Pollard & Toye #5) - Elizabeth Lemarchand
Murder on the Nile - Agatha Christie
The Yellow Dog - Georges Simenon,Linda Asher
Going Wrong - Ruth Rendell

I have a big mystery week planned!


I'm going to finish Silverhill by Phyllis Whitney tomorrow, and I only have three stories left in Double Sin. From there, I will move onto a reread of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (yay) and the buddy read of Murder on the Nile, which takes place on Tuesday. 


I've also broken down and bought The Yellow Dog, which is the 6th Maigret, and - according to Tigus - is a good one! I am excited to read it. It should arrive tomorrow.


Last - but surely not least - is Cyanide and Compliments, which is the 5th in the Pollard and Toye series. This series is available through KU, and I've read the first 4 in a couple of weeks. They are silver age, first published in the 1960s, and are a lot of fun.


That's probably enough for a week, right? But if I make it through all of those, I'm going to read Going Wrong by Ruth Rendell, because I need a little psychological suspense in my life.

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text 2019-04-07 00:51
Reading progress update: I've read 10%.
Silverhill - Phyllis A. Whitney

I've been looking forward to sinking into a Phyllis Whitney, and this one is showing a lot of promise, with a plucky, scarred heroine with an explicable fear of caged birds, and a family mansion full of secrets in New Hampshire.

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text 2019-04-01 00:38
My reading plan for the week
The Floating Admiral - Helen Simpson,Agatha Christie,The Detection Club,Milward Kennedy,Margaret Cole,Henry Wade,Clemence Dane,John Rhode,Anthony Berkeley,Victor L. Whitechurch,Freeman Wills Crofts,Edgar Jepson,Ronald Knox,Dorothy L. Sayers,G.D.H. Cole,G.K. Chesterton
Decision at Delphi - Helen MacInnes
Death on Doomsday (Pollard & Toye #4) - Elizabeth Lemarchand
Silverhill - Phyllis A. Whitney

I am in the middle of Bleak House, which is a struggle for me - as Dickens always is. I don't know why, but he is the Victorian that I find the most difficult to read. I am behind on a buddy read that I am doing on twitter, with an old online friend.


I'm also in the middle of A Question of Upbringing, but that shouldn't take me long to finish. I'd like to wrap that one up in the next couple of days.


Then I am ready to start on my four main books of the week: The Floating Admiral by the members of The Detection Club, Silverhill by Phyllis Whitney, Decision at Delphi by Helen MacInnes & Death on Doomsday by Elizabeth Lemarchand.

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