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review 2017-08-23 20:06
The Worst Witch All at Sea - Jill Murphy

Another great book in the Worst Witch series.

I really enjoy this series. Mildred's character is very likeable and it is interesting to read about all of the adventures she has and the trouble she finds herself in.

Simply language, but a nice adventure story. The ending was a bit predictable, but I still really enjoyed it. I especially liked that this book was more focused on the whole cat situation.

A very good read.

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text 2017-08-23 17:18
Fun start to a series!
Murder at Redwood Cove - Janet Finsilver

Kelly Jackson hates that she is taking over for a dead man, but her company has sent her to run the Redwood Cove Bed & Breakfast. Not long after she gets there she gets wrapped up in what happened to Bob, the man who died. The Silver Sentinels, a group of older individuals who fancy themselves and crime solvers is on the case and fill her in on how they think he was murdered.

 

Before she knows her curiosity has gotten the better of her and she starts looking into Bob’s last days. Then one of the kids of an employee is almost harmed and she starts thinking they are some how related but what would Tommy have seen to have someone try and kill him. Now she is really on the hunt because she adores Tommy and nobody should want to harm a kid.

 

Finally after what happen to Tommy the local police start taking what she and the Silver Sentinels have to say about Bob being murder and they soon find out the reason. Now they just have to try and decipher some clues to figure out who it is.

 

I really like Kelly, she is a blackbelt in taekwondo and even though her parents would rather her be working with them she is determined to make it on her own. She has been cheated on so she is slow to warm up to men, but she is kind of crushing on a co-worker from her company. I really love the Silver Sentinels, they are so adorable. They are the protectors of the town and I thought it was so sweet how they took turns watching out for Tommy. Just a great cast of characters.

 

It has a great mystery too because I really didn’t figure it being who it was and I like it when I don’t figure it out.

 

This is a great one for all cozy lovers!

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text 2017-08-18 18:29
Halloween Bingo: For Those Looking to Fill Mystery Squares ...
Miraculous Mysteries: Locked-Room Murders and Impossible Crimes (British Library Crime Classics) - Martin Edwards,Various Authors
Capital Crimes: London Mysteries (British Library Crime Classics) - Martin Edwards,Various Authors
Serpents in Eden (British Library Crime Classics) - Martin Edwards
Murder at the Manor (British Library Crime Classics) - Martin Edwards

... without necessarily going the whole hog of a novel, or who are looking for a taste of several different things:

 

The British Library recently published several Golden Age mystery short story anthologies, all edited by Martin Edwards, four of which exactly match the bingo squares created by Moonlight Reader and Obsidian Blue.  They are:

 

Miraculous Mysteries: Locked-room murders and other impossible crimes

Capital Crimes: London mysteries

Murder at the Manor: Country house mysteries

Serpents in Eden: Rural / village / small town crimes -- for the "Terror in a Small Town" square.

 

They've all been out just about long enough to hopefully be available via library loan (or ILL) -- though I've been able to snatch used copies online at very reasonable prices, too.

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review 2017-08-16 19:33
The House at Sugar Beach by Helene Cooper
The House at Sugar Beach - Helene Cooper

I loved reading this book. It’s a memoir of the author’s privileged childhood in Liberia, the early days of civil war there and her family’s flight, and her journey of building a life in another country and ultimately coming to terms with her homeland.

Helene Cooper is an award-winning journalist, and you can see that clearly in her writing, which is compelling, informative, and relatable. She builds scenes from her childhood in an almost novelistic way, and explores the dynamics of her complicated family with depth and honesty. While she was born to a Liberian dynasty (descended from the first free blacks who arrived from the U.S. to build a colony), there’s an ever-present reminder of her privilege in her best friend, a poor native Liberian girl her parents adopt to be her playmate. The divergence between the lives of these two as they grow older tells you a lot about Liberia (and the world). Cooper is also able to tell a personal, gripping story about the war, in which her family does not escape violence. And she includes a few helpful chapters detailing her family history and the early history of Liberia. While the portion of the book dealing with her life outside Liberia is much shorter, it’s still an interesting look at the family members’ relative assimilation and race relations in the U.S.

But it isn’t all heavy stuff. There’s quite a bit of humor and fun in the book, especially as the author remembers her childhood and teenage years. She also seems enthusiastic about explaining Liberian culture and Liberian English to those unfamiliar with it, adding a lot of flavor to the story.

In fact, perhaps neither of my two reservations about the book is fairly attributed to the author. One is that it has more than its share of copyediting mistakes. The other is that, despite the history included, I never understood how the relatively peaceful country in which Cooper grew up spawned one of Africa’s most brutal civil wars, with all the atrocities she describes. I’m sure that to the teenaged Helene Cooper this made just as little sense; but as a veteran foreign correspondent who rode along for the invasion of Iraq, she probably has some insight into what makes wars different from one another. I would have appreciated the level of research about the war that she clearly put into the colony’s early years, though as a memoir the book succeeds regardless.

Overall, this is a very well-told story featuring distinct, complicated personalities, from a self-aware and thoughtful writer with fascinating life experiences. It’s also a great way to learn about a corner of the world that most people know little about. I would definitely recommend this one.

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review 2017-08-15 08:20
Book Review For: 'Beyond the Rules' by Anna del Mar
Beyond the Rules (an At the Brink Novel) - Anna del Mar

'Beyond the Rules' by Anna del Mar is Book Three in the "At The Brink" series. This is the story of Nina Leon, Aidan Black, Balthazar 'Zar' Flint and Tanner Vazques. I have read the first book in this series but somehow missed the second book (which I plan on correcting soon!), but I feel this is easily a standalone book.
Aidan, Zar, Tanner are all ex-Seals who have a close bond due to all that they have been through. But there has always been something missing with them and their bond. When Tanner comes to Nina's rescue when she is in a plane wreck, Tanner starts to wonder if she isn't the missing piece to their bond.
Nina is a computer hacker running for her life after getting the attention of some bad guys when her plane is shot down. Nina is hurt but not badly and she tries to talk the guys into taking her to her 'safe place'. Nina's giving out orders and trying to protect these guys from the bad guys that are after her isn't' working. Instead they want to help and protect her.
I not to big of a fan of a Pollyanna Relationships but this one worked for me and I couldn't stop reading it. It had the strong women with the alpha male guys, along with the excitement of the story and with some humor outline in the story.
Loved it!
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