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review 2017-09-24 23:07
The Red Hunter
The Red Hunter: A Novel - Lisa Unger
Told in two different viewpoints, this is a story of a house and its history. Once upon a time, a family lived in the house and they were content. One day, a gang broke into the house and demanded to know the secrets the homeowners were hiding. They were not backing down until someone told them what they wanted to know. But the problem was, no one claimed to know the secrets that these individuals were looking for. The gang started to eliminate the accused, still no one could reveal what these individuals wanted and in the end, the two suspects were killed. Did they die not wanting anyone to know the secrets or did they truly not know the answer?
 
These secrets were important and the individuals who sought out this information believed that the house now held the answer. As a mother and her daughter move now into this house, they become a part of this mystery. The house still holds the key on the information that others want and these new residences don’t realize what they have walked into.
 
I have always liked Lisa Unger’s novel and this one is no exception. It was a suspenseful and action-packed read and I couldn’t wait until the end when things would finally come together. I highly recommend this book or one of Lisa Unger’s other terrific novels.

 

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review 2017-09-21 00:56
Shining Through (Red Hot Russians) by Elizabeth Harmon
Shining Through (Red Hot Russians) - Elizabeth Harmon

 

The career of her dreams has become the life of her nightmares.  Perfection is the goal and Tabitha is determined to deliver the goods, even if her heart is no longer in the sport. Shining Through is an up close and personal look at the drama behind the glamour of ice skating.  There's grace, heat and romance.  Ms. Harmon spotlights two characters working their way back, in an atmosphere that is as cold as the stage on which they perform.  The excitement of competition has nothing on the sparks that heat up the connection between Daniil and Tabitha.

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text 2017-09-19 23:23
Classic Crime Club?
Death of an Airman - Christopher St. John Sprigg
The Red House Mystery - A.A. Milne
The Tiger in the Smoke - Margery Allingham
Resorting to Murder: Holiday Mysteries: A British Library Crime Classic (British Library Crime Classics) - Martin Edwards
Ask A Policeman - Dorothy L. Sayers,Gladys Mitchell,Detection Club,Anthony Berkeley,John Rhode,Milward Kennedy,Helen de Guerry Simpson

I'm considering starting a classic crime book club. We have a number of mystery/crime readers here on booklikes, and I'm wondering if there is enough interest to do a monthly book club?

 

Parameters:

 

One book per month, chosen by the club members;

Published between 1900 and 1960

Starting in October

 

Is anyone interested?

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review 2017-09-17 20:22
A Red Tale by Nicola Mar
A Red Tale - Nicola Mar

Beautifully written, but just not really for me.

 

There really is some lovely writing here though. Some days, for me, that's enough, but not here. I'm kind of over essentially passive MC's who don't really seem to have any agency (or when they do seem to, not doing anything with it.) 

 

The MC here is so busy having things happen to her, and deus ex machina helpers pop up a la Alice in Wonderland style to move the plot along, that she almost disappears into the scenery. Some kind of tabula rasa for the story to be projected against. 

 

If you like Kate Griffin, Catherynne M. Valente, perhaps John Crowley (and I do, all three, very much), you might give the sample of this a shot though.

 

 

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text 2017-09-14 19:53
Halloween Bingo - Classic Noir - The Thin Man -- THE LIBRARY DID IT!
The Maltese Falcon, The Thin Man, Red Harvest - Dashiell Hammett

 

 

 

 

I had ordered this from the local library, and it came through the county system.  The only other time I've done this, there was no renewal.  The book was due tomorrow, so I set aside some other reading and plunged into this on Tuesday.

 

Yesterday I got a renewal notice on it, but too late to call and find out what was going on:  Can I renew or not?

 

Rather than risk not being able to participate at all in the buddy read discussion, I stayed up late to finish it. 

 

Then I went to the library this morning -- and did NOT buy any books -- and took the book to the desk to find out what the deal was on renewals.

 

The answer -- some you can renew, some you can't.  This one, you can.

 

So, I renewed it and will have it at hand for discussion, but at least it's done!

 

 

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