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text 2018-09-15 21:10
Reading progress update: I've read 233 out of 233 pages.
Seven Dead (British Library Crime Classics) - Martin Edwards,Eleanor Farjeon

wow. I’m in love with this book. I had finished my shark novel, which was very entertaining, and then proceeded to this neglected - previously neglected, thank goodness! - book by previously neglected J. Jefferson Farjeon. I just kept reading, from late morning into early afternoon, and then suddenly I was done. Seven Dead, and a few hours later I know why.

 

the book is fun in the early stages, but it was hard to tell if Farjeon could deliver something spectacular until getting deep into it. as the pieces fell into place, and the whole dreadful series of events extending from a first-time house-breaker finding seven dead bodies in the drawing room of a gloomy mansion - events extending, of course, both forwards and backwards from corpse discovery - unfolded with each exciting page, I realized I had just experienced maybe my absolute favorite British Library Crime Classic so far. can’t guarantee this will feel like a bloomin’ masterpiece to everyone who gives it a whirl, but I have no choice but to say “don’t ignore this one, don’t forget about this one”. let me finish by saying that, by the end, the book had a heavy emotional impact on my heart, as I thought about what had really happened to those seven doomed people, and why. almost shed a tear - not lying - and certainly had a lump in my throat.

 

a morning and an afternoon later, and I have a new/old whodunit to cherish, amongst my favourites.

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review 2018-09-15 19:30
The Unwanted Friend
Worry Says What? - Allison Essence M Edwards

Worry says what? is a great book to help children identify and give shape to the worry they can be encountering. Edwards creates a fuzzy worrier monster that will not scare children but help them to visualize the worry they go through as well as help them materialize and create a figure which they can focus the worry to and deal with it constructively.

Edwards shows environments and situations in which a child will encounter and gives them feedback on how to combat the whispers of worry. This book can help for a parent and child to talk about stress in a visual way that a child can understand. The only situation I would have liked to see is that worry happens to everyone. Maybe have the character realize that worry is a universal encounter and everyone goes through these doubts throughout their lives.

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text 2018-08-16 14:57
Reading progress update: I've read 228 out of 252 pages.
Foreign Bodies - Various Authors,Martin Edwards

very, very impressed with 'The Mystery of the Green Room' by Pierre Very - probably among the cleverest, and one of the most entertaining, stories of the lot - but I will flag it as giving away much of the contents and trickery of The Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux; it functions as a sort of tribute to that more famous Locked Room puzzle. in a way, I'm glad I hadn't read the Leroux masterpiece already, because anyone who has probably has a better chance of sussing out the finale of 'The Mystery of the Green Room'. and, I must say, I'm now kind of interested in seeking out Yellow Room, because it is obviously going to be a delight...if a good read slightly Spoiled...

 

only two tales left for me in this collection - because after 'Green Room', I knocked off 'Kippers' by John Flanders; it was a smart move to follow the Pierre Very story, with its emphasis on a puzzle, with 'Kippers' which was enjoyable in a completely different, and fairly nasty, way.

 

next is a story called 'The Lipstick and the Teacup', by a Dutch writer who apparently was a pioneer of Dutch Crime-writing: Havank. I made a point of reading two modern Dutch Crime writers recently - Saskia Noort and Esther Verhoef - both of which I enjoyed, though I'm still seeking a Dutch Crime writer who gets a full 4 or 5 stars for her/his effort (I have faith, based on experience so far).

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text 2018-08-15 14:32
Reading progress update: I've read 208 out of 252 pages.
Foreign Bodies - Various Authors,Martin Edwards

ooo-shiver-shiver...'The Cold Night's Clearing', by Keikichi  Osaka was a dark, disturbing - even heartbreaking - little tale.

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text 2018-08-12 17:32
Reading progress update: I've read 179 out of 252 pages.
Foreign Bodies - Various Authors,Martin Edwards

that was shivery, spine-tingly goodness!: two spider-themed short ditties in a row. and the second one - ‘The Venom of the Tarantula’ - is, I would hazard, my favorite tale in the collection up to this point.

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