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review 2018-10-12 19:02
The Tattoo Murder Case
The Tattoo Murder Case - Akimitsu Takagi,Deborah Boehm

I almost feel sorry for not giving this book more than a three and a half stars. The locked room mystery and its solution was excellent and the insights into the Japanese tattoo culture was fascinating.

I had two specific problems with this book, though:

 

  1. I haven´t had have a sense of time and place throughout the entirety of the novel. The story is set in the year 1947 in war-ravaged Japan and the dialogue between the characters have an outdated feel and read like something written in the late 1940s. However, this novel had a contemporary feel to it and it that regard the dialogue felt incredibly disjointed and out of place. Not sure whether this is the fault of the book or the fault of the translation.
  2. The reader follows a character called Kenzo, an avid mystery reader / amateur sleuth. In the overall scheme of this novel, he is supposed to be a character like John Watson. But Kenzo lacks his Sherlock Holmes for most of the novel and only towards the last 50 pages of the mystery a Sherlock type of character is cropping up. And I´m sorry, but Watson without Holmes doesn´t work and there have been some chapters in the middle of this book that dragged considerably.

 

I would recommend this book to any locked room mystery enthusiasts. Even though this book has its flaws.

 

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review 2018-10-07 13:24
Spring Fever - Deborah Cooke

This one was such a sweet, small town kind of romance about a woman finding the courage to open up again after an abusive past to the right man, and the right man knowing the perfect way to prove to her he isn’t like her past.  I enjoyed it a lot, I liked how it ended, there were no loose ends and the story was sweet and paced well.  It is on the shorter side but not too short so the story does not come across rushed.  They still come across as taking their time and getting to know each other even while steaming up the pages. I really liked Reyna, her retro style, her confidence while still showing a vulnerable side, and the fact that she is tattooed (got to love a fellow tattooed woman playing the romantic lead). I loved her. Kade was such a perfect match for her, kind strong, confident yet unafraid of her take charge type of style. He saw from the very start that her rules and style were all part of her armor and it didn’t deter him from wanting her.  He was perfect.  I think I liked book one a bit more but I think it might just have been that when that one ended I wasn’t ready and wanted more.  This one ended in a way that was perfect and left me satisfied

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text 2018-10-06 06:26
Reading progress update: I've read 211 out of 352 pages.
The Tattoo Murder Case - Akimitsu Takagi,Deborah Boehm

Some dialogues in this book sound incredibly stilted (though I do think people might have talked like that in Japan back in 1947). Take this drama queen moment for example:

 

"You stupid idiot! What the hell do you think you were doing! How dare you withhold something so important from me! Goddamn son of a bitch! Stupid, little brat! Thanks to your incompetent interference, this case is even more screwed up than it was before! Damn, damn, damn!" Daiyu Matsushita pounded the nearest wall with all his might, and loose plaster flew in every direction.

"I´m sorry, I´m sorry, I´m so very, very sorry," Kenzo cried, involuntarily throwing himself on the ground at his brother´s feet. "I was completely wrong, and I don´t know how to apologize. I wish I were dead." Kenzo burst into tears of grief and shame.

 

And then this little episode, in which Kenzo is thinking about the phenoma of the Doppelgänger:

 

So far Kenzo has managed to avoid being introduced to any of these walking wraiths, but he had a feeling that if he ever did meet his own doppel, he would gäng away in the opposite direction as fast as possible.

 

I´m actually blaming the translator for the wrong use of the German language.

 

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review 2018-10-05 04:37
A Whirlwind Of Emotions
The Book of Life - Deborah Harkness

Its taken me far too long to finish this wonderful book but I finally completed this trilogy! I am so very happy that I did, because it was so worth it from start to finish. This book was a roller coaster for me filled with so much emotion, that it didn't seem quite possible for one book to hold. There were many laughs and so many more tears both happy and sad. My heart broke for so many characters in this world. Throughout this series I can't say enough about the author's ability to create such diverse, and powerful characters. So much so that they seem crazy real and that is truly awe inspiring. It's so refreshing to read about powerful women, who can still fall in love and get the job done. This journey of mine throughout each book has been long and thoroughly enjoyable. Its definitely one that I will revisit several times over, once I get the chance to work through some of my other books. It's been a wild and crazy ride and I can't wait until I can dive back in. But until then A++++!

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text 2018-10-04 17:19
Reading progress update: I've read 81 out of 352 pages.
The Tattoo Murder Case - Akimitsu Takagi,Deborah Boehm

"Oh," said the investigator, "that´s the neighbor, a Mrs. Kotaki, wife of a government employee. When she saw the severed head she fainted dead away. What can I say, she´s a woman."

 

My initial reaction:

 

[Source]

 

Yep, slightly annoyed.

 

"I don´t know what it has to do being a woman," Daiyu responded in a serious tone of voice. "I think anyone might faint at such a ghoulish sight. I mean, if this weren´t our job, a few of us might be under a doctor´s care right about now."

 

Oh ... okay.

 

 

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