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review 2018-10-20 16:44
Review: “Blueberry Muffins and Misfortune” (Peridale Cafe Mystery, #12) by Agatha Frost
Blueberry Muffins and Misfortune - Agatha Frost

 

~ 3.5 stars ~

 

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text 2018-10-19 17:46
Reading progress update: I've read 20%. Flavia is on top form
Speaking from Among the Bones - Alan Bradley

The first dead body has already been found but I have the feeling that there are more to come.

 

Favourite Flavia quotes so far 

 

The opening sentences:

 

"Blood dripped from the neck of the severed head and fell in a drizzle of red raindrops, clotting into a ruby pool upon the black and white tiles. The face wore a grimace of surprise, as if the man died in the middle of a scream."

 

Then a burst of joy at the start of chapter three:

 

"It was one of those glorious days in March when the air was so fresh that you worshipped every whiff of it; that each breath of the intoxicating stuff created new universes in your lungs and brain you were certain were about to explode with sheer joy; one of those blustery days of scudding clouds and piddling showers and gum boots and wind-blown brollies that made you know you were truly alive."

 

And finally, some reflections while feeling slighted by her sister:

 

"Whenever I'm a little blue I think about cyanide, whose colour so perfectly reflects my mood."

 

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review 2018-10-19 17:42
Review: “Cupcakes and Casualties” (Peridale Cafe Mystery, #11) by Agatha Frost
Cupcakes and Casualties - Agatha Frost

 

~ 3 stars ~

 

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text 2018-10-18 14:48
Reading progress update: I've read 331 out of 405 pages.
Someone Else's Skin: Introducing Detective Inspector Marnie Rome - Sarah Hilary

shall finish this later today - it's great, but grim, and full of nasty stuff. hope at least something turns out alright in the end...

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review 2018-10-18 10:53
I love Bishan!
Dead in the Pond - Dahlia Donovan
This is book two in the Grasmere Cottage Mystery Trilogy, and you MUST read book one, Dead In The Garden, before you read this one. They are NOT stand alones and they follow on. Bishan, now out of jail, and Valor still have no idea who is killing, and why Bish and Valor have been singled out. Then another body is discovered, and Valor's worst nightmare comes true. Bish tries, he really does, but he just wants things to go back to the way they were, before. Bishan has his say here, and just Bishan. He is Autistic, and his minds does go off at tangents all over the place, and he does take some following. But I'm so bloody glad he gets his voice here!! The guys are trying to piece together who might be doing this, and getting nowhere. Neither are the police. Things seem to calm down, then Bish and Valor are in a car accident that appears to be anything but. Didn't expect that particular person to stoop quite so low, but when HE turns up dead, and Valor is faced with having to deal with the family who disowned him so long ago. Bish struggles with that, but knows it's gotta be done. Bish's mind wanders all over the place, but always seems to come back to the point at hand, he just goes the long way round. You have to concentrate, pat attention and keep up! For ME?? That's a really good thing! Being a speed reader at the best of times, if I've gotta slow down, it's the sign of a great book. There is almost two plot lines going on here: the murders, and whatever is happening with Valor's family and just WHY they are so desperate to bring him back to London, away from Bish. But Valor won't go, not without Bishan. He LOVES Bishan, I loved the scene where they decide to definitely NOT get married! The love these two have for each other comes across every time Valor reaches for Bish and is rewarded with their joined hands, every time Bish makes tea for Valor, in every single thing they do for each other. I fell in love with Bishan here, and his mum! I'm still none the wiser as to whodunnit or why, but it's great that I'm being kept on my toes! OH!!! Massive cliffhanger here! There was one for book one, but here's is far bigger! Since Bishan has such an interesting voice 5 full stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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