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review 2019-10-18 13:44
The Cost of a Thing by quiettewandering
The Cost of a Thing - quiettewandering
A well written plotty fanfic, slow burn, skimmed some.
Source: archiveofourown.org/works/16228286
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review 2019-09-21 02:10
Book Tour: The Last Thing She Said
The Last Thing She Said - Lauren Carr

The Last Thing She Said is filled with more then one mystery. Chris is the main one that needs to find answers for a dying friend. But what if that friend ends up being a famous author that wants to give her children the legacy that she left behind?

 

Well the way this plot goes. Chris and his mother do not know anything or seem to know that they are were friends to someone that was to be kidnapped and dead. When your mother last friend is leaves a letter to your son and ask you find out who murder her first husband George? The plot start to get thick and hot again.

 

This brings in the Geezer Squad to open up the cold case of a century. The author seem to bring in Mac and his wife which help a bit. If you meet the mayor you should not be surprised that their going to be a case that brings laughter between the two dogs.

 

Their seems that theirs is murder that needs solving that happens to be bring in two murders and a kidnapping. Who killed Lacy Woodhouse? Who would want George Livingston dead? Why extort money from Horace Billingely?

 

Laura Carr doe not disappoint. She gives us more then one mystery to dig into. How they all be connected and be related to the kidnapping and murder of George Livingston? To find out all this you will have to read The Last Thing she said. There is not one why to find one answers to why Mercedes Livingston? What ever happened to her? Their seems to be mystery until Chris gets and autographed book.

 

This author does her book brilliantly that I can not wait for the next one. This author adds her other mystery characters in seemly and they seem to help if they can. This time Mac get pulled in a bit. Will his wife be able to help with Chris cold case?

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review 2019-08-25 17:27
Read Like a Filler Book
Another Thing to Fall: A Novel (Tess Monaghan Mysteries) - Laura Lippman

Not too much to say here except that this read like a filler book in the adventures of Tess and her private investigation business. It's pretty apparent she got some of this plot idea from being married to David Simon. It just didn't work and honestly all of the characters we are used to (Whitney, Crow, and even now I guess Lloyd) felt very muted. 

 

"Another Thing to Fall" has Tess almost being ran over by a television crew boat. She's somehow offered a job out of nowhere to keep an actress on their set safe. The young actress's photos were found in a man's home who killed himself. But now there are crew accidents and there seems to be someone out there trying to stop production on the show called "Mann of Steel." 

Tess is still level headed and has a high BS meter, however, she kind of stumbles onto what is going on and who is behind it on the set. Her and Crow seem quite comfortable though she's a bit over him letting his "protege" Lloyd stay with them. Frankly I don't get why Tess allows it and I wish someone would tell Crow it's creepy he's adopted a young black man who he thinks he needs to teach about the world. The white savior nonsense in the past two books is a huge turn off. 


There's not much else to say. The book focuses mostly on the writer/director/ on the show who are childhood friends. We also get POVs from one of the actors along with a man who is very interested in the set. It takes a while to figure out how he fits in. Instead of Lippman juggling all of this together, it read like everyone was in a different book. Tess is supposed to be the draw and I wish we had stayed with her mostly. Whitney is only on hand to babysit and I miss kick ass Whitney and Tess doing their thing. We also only hear about Tess's aunt and we get one appearance of the man she married. Same thing about Tess's parents who used to be prominent in the series, we just hear about them.


The writing felt stilted since Lippman is trying to make television writing sound interesting. Going on about sets, the script Bible, etc. made my eyes glaze. I just didn't care. Things got interesting once the first character was murdered, but again, she (the woman who was murdered) didn't feel very developed and also seemed just there to move the plot along. The flow was pretty off. I had to sit and make myself get through all of the parts not showcasing Tess.


The setting of Baltimore feels a bit off in this one. Maybe because we are reading about it via stranger's eyes. Tess has nothing but love for Baltimore and we usually get some history lessons in her quick soliloquies to herself. Instead we have a lot of people complaining about how big the residents are, how their teeth look weird (a la not bright white) and the crime. 


The ending was a mess. I guess we are supposed to cheer new starts for one of the secondary characters even though we know that justice really wasn't done in the case of one of the murders. 

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text 2019-08-24 22:16
Reading progress update: I've read 336 out of 336 pages.
Another Thing to Fall: A Novel (Tess Monaghan Mysteries) - Laura Lippman

This wasn’t very good. If feels like the series has lots it’s heart a bit. Tess  goes behind the scenes to protect an actress who may have a stalker.  But of course there’s more going on than what she initially knows. All the characters felt very flat. And honestly I am over the Crow and the whole I’m gonna take in this poor black child and teach them how to live trope.

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text 2019-08-07 18:45
Halloween Bingo Preparty-Favorite Halloween Bingo Authors!
The Fungus - Leroy Kettle,John Brosnan,Harry Adam Knight
Worms - Christopher Wood,James R. Montague
Darktown: A Novel - Thomas Mullen
The Devil's Fingers - Hunter Shea
Money Back Guarantee - Hunter Shea
Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde - Jeff Guinn
Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson - Jeff Guinn
My Favorite Thing Is Monsters - Emil Ferris
Out Behind the Barn - Chad Lutzke,John Boden
The Grip of It: A Novel - Jac Jemc

 

WORMS and THE FUNGUS were both new to me authors I read during last year's game. They both made quite an impression on me. 

 

I read DARKTOWN for 2017's game and the follow up, LIGHTNING MEN last year. 

I enjoyed them both immensely! (These were both books about the first black policemen in Atlanta, Georgia. Boy, those guys were brave and faced hardships that were just about intolerable.) 

 

Looking back, I've read a Hunter Shea book every year of this game, so I had to include his name here.

 

I've read, (or listened), to 2 Jeff Guinn books the last two years. They're non fiction, extremely well researched books and I learned a lot from them. 

 

Emil Farris' absolutely gorgeous graphic novel made me a fan of hers for life!

 

Both John Boden and Chad Lutzke are among my favorite authors, in general, so I included OUT BEHIND THE BARN which I read last year. 

 

Jac Jemc is a woman, and I really liked her book IN THE GRIP OF IT. 

I read this for Bingo two years ago and even though it wasn't perfect, I liked it a lot. 

 

It was a lot of fun looking back at my old posts and markers. I guess I should start thinking about what to use this year! 

 

 

 

 

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