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review 2017-10-19 00:45
The Crow Trap
The Crow Trap - Ann Cleeves

Series: Vera Standhope #1

 

 

The first Vera Standhope book explores how a suicide may be linked to some subsequent murders and offers a late introduction to Vera herself. Overall I found the book to be quite enjoyable although I found the ending to be a bit of a let down, somehow. I do plan on exploring the rest of the series though.

 

This also marks my 144th book read this year, which completes my reading challenge. Not sure if I'll up it.

 

Previous update:

39 %

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text 2017-10-16 05:07
Reading progress update: I've read 39%.
The Crow Trap - Ann Cleeves

And now we finally get introduced to Vera Stanhope!

 

We had to go through the stories of all three women leading up to the second death: Rachael, Anne and Grace.

 

I'm not sure I'd like all the books to be like this. 

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text 2017-09-30 22:59
September 2017 Wrap Up
The Unleashing (Call Of Crows Book 1) - Shelly Laurenston
Killer Party (A Tourist Trap Mystery) - Lynn Cahoon
Secrets in Death - J.D. Robb
Brighton Belle - Sara Sheridan

The volunteer position I took on in June for my son's school PTO board is proving to be a full-time job and my reading suffered as a result. 10 books is the least amount of books I have read in any one month all year. A lot of what I did read was "meh" to "grit my teeth and bare it to get the square filled"; the four books attached to this post is the best of my reading this month.

 

I participated in the Fandom Box swap and Grimlock did an amazing job of finding just the right things to put into my box. Luckily, the receiver of the box I put together liked what I put in their box.

 

Here's to hoping that October has better reading in store for me.

 

Challenges:

BL/GR: 138/150

Pop Sugar: 0

Library Love: 4

Halloween Bingo: 10/25 squares read

 

1. The Unleashing (Call of Crows #1) by Shelly Laurenston (Free Space square)- 5 stars

 

2. Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda (Library Love) (Diverse Voices square)- 2 stars

 

3. Brighton Belle (Mirabella Mystery #1) by Sara Sheridan (Murder Most Foul square) - 3.5 stars

 

4. Dying for the Past by TJ O'Connor (Library Love) (Ghost square) - 1 star

 

5. Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic by Meghan Doidge (Cozy Mystery square) - 2.5 stars

 

6. Switching Hour (Magic and Mayhem #1) by Robyn Peterman (Werewolves square) - 2 stars

 

7. Dime Store Magic by Kelly Armstrong (Witches square) (Library Love) - 0 stars

 

8. Killer Party (Tourist Trap Mystery #9) by Lynn Cahoon (Terrifying Women square) - 3 stars

 

9. All By My Selfie by Jo Noelle (Haunted Houses square) - 1.5 stars

 

10. Secrets in Death (...In Death #45) by J.D. Robb (Locked Room Mystery square) (Library Love) - 3 stars

 

Currently 50% in The Undoing (Call of Crows #2) by Shelly Laurenston for the Dark Woods square. Up next is Welcome to Albaterra (Albaterra Mates #0.5) by Ashley L. Hunt for the Aliens square.

 

 

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review 2017-09-23 19:33
Review: Killer Party by Lynn Cahoon
Killer Party (A Tourist Trap Mystery) - Lynn Cahoon

A good quick read. Jill is up to her sleuthing ways while also juggling school, her business, her aunt's health, and her relationship with Gregg. This time, Gregg is not the lead investigator, but he enlists Jill's help in finding his friend's killer. Lots of red herrings, but the killer was there all during the investigation. Still recommend this cozy series.

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review 2017-08-22 03:12
Heat Trap (The Plumber's Mate #3)
Heat Trap - J.L. Merrow

Oh geez, so much going on in this one! 

 

I complained in my review for the last book that I thought Tom and Phil's relationship took a backseat. That was not the case here. The case Phil's working on effects them both personally and even brings out some secrets Phil has been hiding about himself. It really tests their relationship, bringing up old concerns, but doesn't go into melodrama territory. 

 

The case is again well-done. Marianne, the new bartender at the Dyke, is running from her abusive ex-boyfriend, and Phil's asked to dig up dirt on him. The ex is a Douche-with-a-capital-D and annoyingly wily when it comes to the law. 

And I can't believe Tom fell for Grant's line about being misunderstood. Com'n Tom, that's Abuser Manipulation 101.

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This has some good and creepy twists to it and definitely doesn't end up anywhere I thought it would.

 

On the personal front, Tom's still trying to sort out how he feels about a family secret coming out in the previous book,

about his mother having an affair and his father not being his biological father,

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so there are family tensions to deal with but again it avoids from going into melodramatic territory. I enjoyed seeing more of Cherry and Greg, and of course Gary and Darren are always a hoot. Oh, and I have to give a shout out to Arthur and Merlin too. They're just the coolest cats, if maybe a bit too quick with their affections. :D

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