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review 2019-09-14 16:32
Reading Fatigue: A How To Manual
Amphigorey - Edward Gorey
Amphigorey Too - Edward Gorey
Amphigorey Again - Edward Gorey

Since I read Edward Gorey's biography, I thought it would be a good idea to immerse myself in his books which led me to Amphigorey, Amphigorey Too, and Amphigorey Again. These are collections of his illustrated works and I have to be honest that I don't think I'm intellectual enough to get the 'deeper meaning' behind his grotesque little tales. While I found some of them amusing, I wasn't overly impressed or blown away. Also, I have to agree with Gorey's biographer that his books do best in their tiny format instead of lumped together like this. Reading fatigue hit me HARD while I was trying to get through these (and they really didn't capture my imagination) so it's going to be a 4/10 from me. 


What's Up Next: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline


What I'm Currently Reading: Exhalation by Ted Chiang

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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review 2019-09-14 00:09
Death by Silver by Melissa Scott and Amy Griswold - My Thoughts
Death by Silver (Julian Lynes and Ned Mathey #1) - Amy Griswold,Melissa Scott

I had been wanting to read this for a very long time and I'm happy to say that it did not disappoint!  It's a murder mystery set in an alternate steampunk magic London, seasoned with enough magic to make things very interesting.  Frankly, I loved the world-building.   

The two main characters, Ned Mathey and Julian Lynes have known each other since they were boys at school.  Their 'romance' is the secondary plot that twines a bit with the main mystery plot seeing as it's the father of one of their schoolboy 'enemies' who is the first murder victim.  I liked Ned and Julian a lot and I also liked the secondary characters that surround them, especially Ned's assistant, Miss Frost.  She is a surprising lady, that's for sure!  So, as I said, I liked them and was quite willing to follow them about as they solved the mystery and put some of their own ghosts of the past to rest.

I have the second book in my TBR and I will be reading it sooner than later and I hope that Melissa and Amy write more in this universe!

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review 2019-09-12 16:01
Death by Chocolate Malted Milkshake
Death by Chocolate Malted Milk Shake - Sarah Graves

#2 Death by Chocolate


Jacoba and Ellie are looking at the end of their business as the place is not making enough money. They are hoping that the wedding of a young teacher and coast guard officer will make their business, but when the teacher's ex-boyfriend is found dead and they are considered the main suspects. The women start looking for who is really to blame for the murder. 


This story was interesting and I did enjoy it. 

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review 2019-09-10 17:50
The Artful Dodge
Death and Taxes - David Dodge

So, there was this guy in San Francisco named Harald Wolfe - we're talking 1921-1922 - who got around Prohibition Law by pretending to sell near-beer cheap, while actually selling real beer at high prices. That was illegal, it affected how you kept your books, and of course the less people at your brewery who know about it, the better. Up around 1940, that last bit is what's known as a Suspect List, for Whit Whitney, uh, Accountant, and Webster the Police Detective. But that's later.


Harald Wolfe got muscled out of the illegal beer market by tougher people who didn't like Harald doing well in their field...and after that, two big things happened: (a) Harald died parachuting out of an airplane with a serious altitude problem, and (b) the Government had somehow found out about Harald's illegal income - but, the way it goes is (Al Capone found out about this), he was supposed to pay tax. Like, a lot of tax. It's still income, I guess. So an accountant did his best to help Harald and his brewery square things with the US Tax Dept., but this did involve a big cheque, moneys paid. All settled.


No - no noo - no. Years later, we have Whit Whitney, Accountant, whose partner gets killed. That was the guy, George, who sorted out Harald Wolfe's big back-taxes bill. And just before he got murdered, this accountant fellow - a bit of a ladies' man, wife not pleased with his track record (that's what's known as filling out a suspect list if you don't just assume the murder links to the taxes mess) - just before he got slain, George had been taking a look at the old case of Harald Wolfe and supposedly discovered that something was not quite right. Looks like maybe someone else got some of the profits from the illegal brew. And if that were the case, Harald's lovely daughter Marian would be owed money by the Government...because that would mean Harald over-paid. Anyway, it's all kind of complex, and the murder might not even have anything to do with beer and money from 1921-22 - and sure, this cop Webster wants to use dead George's partner, Whit Whitney, as bait to try and get the killer to strike again...y'know, like, you leak a story that George confided in Whit before he was killed. But that would be very unfair to Whitney, and also very dangerous. Whitney would rather just try and solve the murder of George himself.


This book is a blast. It has action and suspense, but there is also a fun whodunit, lots of style and San Francisco, and a corker of an ending. And I don't just mean the reveals. For fans, I would say, of both The Thin Man and The Maltese Falcon.

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text 2019-09-10 00:21
Reading progress update: I've read 282 out of 282 pages.
Death and Taxes - David Dodge

oh my, yes. that was lovely.

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