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text 2019-01-20 01:22
Reading progress update: I've read 105 out of 256 pages.
The Secret of High Eldersham - Miles Burton

this is fabulous. When The Wind Blows by Cyril Hare was a superb Golden Age Mystery that I finished just a day ago, and I am so lucky to have picked another old whodunit that is so different from that one, but just as captivating in its own way. so far, at least. thrilled with the “Golden Oldies” lately!

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review 2019-01-20 01:10
Partners in Crime by Agatha Christie
Partners in Crime: A Tommy and Tuppence Collection - Agatha Christie

This is the second of the Tommy & Tuppence Beresford books - some time has passed since the events of The Secret Adversary, and they are now quite the staid married folks. Or not.

 

Partners in Crime is a series of linked short stories - the British government has need of the Beresfords again, to take over a detective agency that has been used in some sort of espionage ring. While Tommy is pretending to be Mr. Blount, with Tuppence as his trusty sidekick and secretary, they are hired to solve some crimes in addition to the spy ring they are trying to bust. There's a stolen pearl, a poisoning, and some counterfeiters, as well as providing some assistance to a lovelorn young man who is trying to break his beloved's alibi for a bet.

 

Both Tommy and Tuppence are fans of the detective story, so they try out the personas of several of the best known detectives of the time, many of which I've only vaguely heard of, but who include the master of ratiocination, Sherlock Holmes, and he of the moustaches and leetle grey cells, Hercule Poirot. This is delightful.

 

In fact, the whole book is delightful. The mysteries are largely forgettable, but the banter between Tommy & Tuppence is engaging, and the two of them are adorable, bubbly, cheerful and warm.

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text 2019-01-19 22:24
Reading progress update: I've read 36%. - well, that was disappointing
Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series Compilation: Cherringham 1-3 - matthew costello neil richards

After reading the 25th novella in this series "Secret Santa", I thought I'd go back to the beginning and have some cosy mysteries to snack on between novels.

 

I bought a compilation of the first three novellas. I've just finished the first one, "Murder On Thames" and I find myself rather underwhelmed. If this had been my first trip to the little village of Cherirngham, it might also have been my last.

 

The plot was slight, the characterisation was ok and some of the dialogue worked well. Neil Dudgeon's performance seemed only to come alive doing dialogue. Perhaps he found the prose too leaden but I think the producers should have asked him to do parts of it again so it didn't sound so much like a sight read.

 

Oh well, two more books to go in this compilation. Maybe the next one, "Mystery At The Manor" will be better.

 

 

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text 2019-01-19 21:29
Reading progress update: I've read 62 out of 256 pages.
The Secret of High Eldersham - Miles Burton

I’m one of those who liked this author’s Death in the Tunnel, and now it’s time to watch Burton do another whodunit, but with a completely different scenario: Eldersham...where Pod People go when they just want to be left alone. okay, maybe that’s not the explanation for why the villagers make outsiders feel unwanted and a bit creeped out; and it probably doesn’t explain the murder...

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review 2019-01-19 19:19
The Precipice by Paul Doiron
The Precipice: A Novel (Mike Bowditch Mysteries) - Paul Doiron

I seem to bounce around on my feelings about the books Paul Doiron writes for his Mike Bowditch series. His last book, The Bone Orchard was not as good as some previous books, but The Precipice is his best book yet, in my opinion. Paul did a really good job in all the areas of this book and kept my interest peaked the entire book.

 

Fact.  The Appalachian Trail goes through Maine, and include a stretch called the Hundred Mile Wilderness.

There is a sign at the southern entrance to the Hundred Mile Wilderness. It is made out of rust brown wood and painted with white letters, and it sends a stern and unmistakable warning to all who enter:

Caution. There are no places to obtain supplies or help until Abol Bridge 100 miles north. Do not attempt this section unless you have a minimum of 10 days’ supplies and are fully equipped. This is the longest wilderness section of the entire Appalachian Trail and its difficulty should not be underestimated.

 

Now for the review.  Two young women fresh out of college send a picture of themselves at the beginning of the trail and send it to their parents.  They say they should be through this leg of the journey in 10 days and they would contact their parents again when they have completed the Hundred Mile Wilderness trail.  After thirteen days the well to do and well-connected parents contact powerful people in high Maine government offices and the search begins.  Insert Warden Mike Bowditch.

 

As always Mike Bowditch thinks outside the box and with the help of his new girlfriend he gets started in the search and rescue.  Without giving away spoilers more deaths happen to make matters more urgent, both professionally and personally, Mike Bowditch gets the job done. As with all the books with one exception Mike Bowditch always gets his man or woman person. 

 

Sit back and read or listen to a very good story.  I've read some people suggest that The Precipice can be read as a stand-alone book but I really suggest that you start the series from the beginning.  I may be critical of a couple of books and have an issue with how he had described his sex scenes in the past books but this still is a good series.

 

The Precipice by Paul Doiron

Mike Bowditch series, book 6

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