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review 2018-03-18 19:22
F is for Fugitive by Sue Grafton
F is for Fugitive - Sue Grafton

Mayday, Mayday, Kinsey Millhone is in mortal peril.




This was not my favorite installment in the series, although I still found it enjoyable. Kinsey spends most of this book away from home, where her apartment has been destroyed by a bomb in the E is for Evidence.


At the beginning of F is for Fugitive, Bailey Fowler has been captured after decades on the lam. He escaped shortly after pleading guilty to a lesser form of murder in the death of his friend, Jean Timberlake, who was also reviled as the town floozy at the ripe young age of 17. Kinsey is hired by Bailey's father to clear Bailey's name after all this time.


Sue Grafton appears to have  rather bleak outlook on humanity. Most of the characters in this book are a mess, and the entire Fowler family is flat out batshit crazy. We have Ann, the long-suffering daughter, who has been caring for her fucked up parents since Bailey disappeared. We have Royce, the patriarch, who is dying, but who is also just sort of a shitty person. We have the mother, Oribelle Fowler, who is a narcissistic hypochondriac. I might have killed her myself, given half a chance.


In addition, every adult male in the town seems to have been sexually abusing Jean Timberlake before her death, and no one really seems interested in actually solving the case. Probably because they are afraid that, when the truth comes out, their dark secret will be exposed. All in all, they're a bunch of fucking assholes who belong in jail.


The identity of the killer is...not very convincing. And Kinsey almost dies. Again.

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text 2018-02-22 20:07
TBR Thursday: February 22, 2018

Instead of doing a Friday reading post, I'm going to combine my "reading/listening" section with a haul post & call it "TBR Thursday," which means that I will be using the TBR tag!




It's a mystery week!



1. F is For Fugitive by Sue Grafton: I'm looking forward to continuing with the Kinsey Milhone series! 2. Poison in the Pen by Patricia Wentworth: this one will satisfy Chapter 6 - Serpents in Eden - of Detection Club bingo. 3. Trent's Last Case by E.C. Bentley: Chapter 2 - The Birth of the Golden Age - of Detection Club Bingo. 4. Death Comes to Cambers by E.R. Punshon: Chapter 7 - Murder at the Manor - of Detection Club Bingo. 5. Death on the Cherwell: Chapter 11 - Education, Education, Education - of Detection Club Bingo.




I had a solid reading week, finishing 5 books! I finished the Adventure Quilt and gifted it at the party, so I've taken a bit of a break from sewing/stitching.



Bluebird, Bluebird was my favorite of the five, and was one of my favorite reads of the year. The others were all solid reads, and E is for Evidence is my favorite Kinsey Millhone so far.




I'm still listening to Crooked House, Crooked House, although, as I mentioned above, my audiobook consumption has pretty much ground to a halt. I've also made some progress in A World Undone, and will be continuing to work on that one.

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review 2018-02-22 16:45
E is for Evidence by Sue Grafton
E is for Evidence - Sue Grafton

I read this book in about two hours. I don't think I can quite call it "amazing," as I reserve that rating for books that are a bit less ordinary, and this is, at the end of the day, a pretty ordinary mystery.

But it was a pacey, peppy read with a convoluted plot that sucked me right in and kept me going until the end. The solution relied on a technological world that no longer exists, but it was convincing for its time and entertaining as all get out. My favorite of this series so far!


I'll pick up Fugitive & Gumshoe sometime soon, as I'm thoroughly enjoying the series.

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review 2018-02-18 16:54
D is for Deadbeat by Sue Grafton
D Is For Deadbeat - Sue Grafton

There is something immensely likeable about Kensey Millhone and Grafton's series so far. Swiftly-moving and well-plotted, the books are a quick, fun read. 


We finally get a resolution that doesn't involve Kinsey in mortal peril, which was a nice change. My update mentioned that this victim had a lot of enemies and that I therefore had no idea who had done it, and the ending was a surprise to me, although I'm not sure if that was because Grafton successfully palmed the ace, or if it was because I truly didn't find it all that convincing.


I think it was the latter, really. I'm not convinced that the "villain" in this case would actually have done what happened in the book. So, while it was well-done, it really wasn't all that believable.


I really enjoyed spending the book with Kinsey, though. She is a combination of cynical and warm-hearted, and while I understand why she was conflicted at the end of the book, her willingness to seek the truth on behalf of someone as reprehensible as Dagget, the victim, speaks well of her moral compass. I'm not particularly bothered by cheating in a non-romance context, so the development in her relationship with Jonas, a married man, didn't cause me any heartburn. 


All in all, this was a satisfying entry, mostly for Kinsey, and less so for the solution to the mystery. 

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review 2018-02-11 15:21
Short fun alphabet for Sabbath and metal fans
The Doomster's Monolithic Pocket Alphabe... The Doomster's Monolithic Pocket Alphabet - Theo Prasidis



Not a lot to say here about this but it is a short comic of an alphabet suited to a certain type of fan with very good illustrations and fun definitions.


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