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review 2017-07-20 03:51
Another Day in the Death of America: A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives - Gary Younge

Timely.  One day in America, 10 gun deaths on that day.  This is not a book that will leave me.  I cried.  I got angry.  Written objectively.  He gives you the information and allows you to decide if it is good or bad, right or wrong.  I hated the fear-mongering that occurred early in the book coming from an NRA convention.  I sobbed with Jaiden's story.  I felt bad for the ones left behind.  Very straightforward.  Sad reading but I am glad I read it.  Definitely a book that changes one and opens one's eyes.

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review 2017-07-14 15:10
Mistress of the Art of Death
Mistress of the Art of Death - Ariana Franklin

As it turns out I couldn´t endure this book any longer (I´ve read 355 pages and after that I started skim reading).


It´s Cambridge in the year 1171, a child has been murdered, other children have been abducted and the local Jews are being accused of the crimes. Since the Jews are important for the Kings purse, he recruits an Italian investigator and a female doctor, who is skilled in studying corpses, to find out who the killer is.


This mystery started out perfectly okay. I liked the historical backdrop, there were a lot of interesting and suspicious characters and I was even suprised that the book had a gritty feel to it. 


But at the 300 page mark the author decided to turn this novel into a sappy romance story. Don´t get me wrong, I don´t have anything against romance (if it is handled well), but I don´t want it to be the most important thing in the latter half of a mystery novel. Somehow the author lost her focus, writing one of the most anticlimatic mystery thrillers I have read in a very long time. In the end I was neither shocked who the killer was, nor did I care. 


And may I just say that I really disliked the main character Adelia towards the end. She is depicted as a headstrong, independent woman and she has made a personal vow to herself that she never is going to marry or get into a relationsship with a man in the name of science. And then, snap, a dream hunk of a man appears and Adelia suffers from severe dementia when it comes to her own convictions. 


She even has extramarital sex with him, eventhough he insists on marrying her before anything is going to happen.

(spoiler show)

Seriously, I hated the whole romance storyline. 


Another series I can cross of my list. What a disappointment.


I´ve read this for Booklikes-opoly square Adventureland 26 and this book is tagged as "thriller" on goodreads.


Page Count: 502 pages (but I´m going to count the 355 pages I have actually read)

Money earned: $6.00


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text 2017-07-14 07:48
Reading progress update: I've read 355 out of 512 pages.
Mistress of the Art of Death - Ariana Franklin

On page 284 I still enjoyed this book and I was interested in the whole murder mystery. And then it took the author only 70 pages to turn this book into a Nora Roberts novel.


I wish I could DNF this novel, but I didn´t spend the last week reading it without cashing the $10.00 for the Booklikes-opoly. So here is my plan: I will be reading 401 pages in an orderly fashion and then I will skimread the last couple of pages. At least I want to know who the killer is (and hopefully it will get interesting again along the way).


I´m peeved.




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text 2017-07-13 18:38
Reading progress update: I've read 284 out of 512 pages.
Mistress of the Art of Death - Ariana Franklin

Enjoying this book so far, eventhough I don´t know how historical accurate this novel is. But it certainly fits the Booklikes-opoly criteria for which I´m reading this book. It´s much more a thriller than a mystery and it´s a gritty read. 


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text 2017-07-10 19:45
Booklikes-opoly Roll #26 (July 10th)
Mistress of the Art of Death - Ariana Franklin

Finished the fantastic book My Year of Meats, so I´m allowed to roll the dice again. Starting from square Adventureland 24:



Brings me to:



My pick is:


Mistress of the Art of Death - Ariana Franklin 


And I rolled a double, so my next roll brings me to:




I´ve been her before. And I don´t know what I will be reading for this square just yet.



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