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review 2018-09-19 20:50
Ten - audiobook
Ten - Gretchen McNeil

 

Minnie's face was deathly pale.

- First sentence

 

This is a YA novel "inspired by Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None" (according to the Amazon page). 

 

Ten teenagers are at a house party on an island full of summer homes in the middle of February. There is a huge storm which of course knocks out power and phone lines. As her friends start dying, Meg tries to figure out the clues left behind, all while protecting her best friend from falling apart, and hiding her secret crush.

 

The characters are mostly underdeveloped (some of them die rather quickly after we meet them) and basically unlikeable.  But the book is fast-paced and kept me guessing until the very end. I had my suspicions, but they were wrong, which is always fun.

 

I borrowed the audio from Hoopla and read this book for the Country House Mystery square (a closed circle murder set during a gathering like a house party):

 

 

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review 2018-09-16 03:02
Real Murders
Real Murders (Aurora Teagarden Book 1) - Charlaine Harris

This was not a good book. At all.

 

The characters were as flat as paper dolls. Except paper dolls are less boring and more likeable.

 

I found the main character, Roe (short for Aurora), the least likeable of them all. Just as bland as the others, in addition to being the stereotypical mousy librarian. She also came off as kind of preachy and was jealous of any woman who had a romantic relationship...including her own mother. She was far too self-pitying for my tastes as well.

 

All of the other characters, including her two "love interests," were so one dimensional, that it was impossible to work up any caring about any of them.

 

Roe didn't really seem to do much detecting, either. Things happened, and she either just happened to be there or stumbled upon them soon after.

 

The reveal of the killer was a complete flop, and it was resolved way too quickly.

 

And then there was this:

 

"At least this would be a unifying election for Lawrenceton. None of the candidates was black, which always made for a tense campaign and a divisive one."

 

Alrighty then.

 

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text 2018-09-16 02:44
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
Real Murders (Aurora Teagarden Book 1) - Charlaine Harris

Well...at least I finished it.

 

Using it for:

 

 

It would also work for:

 

Amateur Sleuth

Murder Most Foul

Terror in a Small Town

Terrifying Women

 

And I think due to the multiple victims you could also use it for Slasher Stories.

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text 2018-09-16 01:23
Reading progress update: I've read 50%.
Real Murders (Aurora Teagarden Book 1) - Charlaine Harris

I'm going to finish this since it's a pretty fast read, but ugh. These characters are so flat and boring.

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text 2018-09-15 21:50
Reading progress update: I've read 17%.
Real Murders (Aurora Teagarden Book 1) - Charlaine Harris

It's early days yet, but my feelings about this book so far can best be described as, "Meh."

 

Using it for:

 

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