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review 2018-09-24 00:33
The Girl Before: A Novel - J.P. Delaney for some square TBA
The Girl Before: A Novel - J.P. Delaney

I spent half a hour down a rabbit hole just because I couldn't remember if this was a library copy and Amazon deleted my review, which was witty and succinct and insightful but not spoilery, and not at all like the review of  a very tired person, which I am.

 

Good book, lots of twists in the spaghetti and many of them unexpected.

 

Good for genre: suspense, romantic suspense, darkest London, amateur sleuth.

 

Library copy

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review 2018-09-22 16:36
Hunter's Green - Phyllis A. Whitney for Country House Mystery
Hunter's Green - Phyllis A. Whitney

Would also work for Genre: Suspense, Terrifying Women, Murder Most Foul, Amateur Sleuth, and Romantic Suspense.

 

It's fun reading these old thrillers that are so slow, with hardly any murder, no kids or really old people, and servents neither seen nor heard. They're charmingly predictable. And although this was published in 68 and makes much of the brash young mods, they feel So Old Fashioned. There are phones, but only to ring up the doctor or the police to haul away the perpetrator. There are cars for running up to Town, and low speed pursuit, and explosive crashes. What I love most is that everyone stops at regular intervals to sit down and eat a hot meal. I suppose this is what people are talking about when they reminisce about a slower time. 

 

I did have one great disappointment though: a device was quite deliberately introduced in the first act, but played no subsequent part in the plot. It wasn't even a red herring: it was just never mentioned again.

 

The only disturbing part of the story isn't meant to be:

 

My apologies for my failed spoiler tag. 

 

Library copy 

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text 2018-09-20 16:08
Hunter's Green for Country House Mystery
Hunter's Green - Phyllis A. Whitney

After the manly pissing contest that is Jaws, I wanted something different.

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review 2016-12-09 20:55
Julia’s House for Lost Creatures - Ben Hatke
Julia’s House for Lost Creatures - Ben Hatke
  1. I liked the book so much that as soon as I finished reading it I went back and read it again, and took more time to examine all the art, which is rewarding in that Hatke includes images from his other books. And since I’ve loved every one of this books….But this one got me to thinking. Julia lives in an adorable Queen Anne with a big front porch, and a fireplace, and built-in bookshelves and a big overstuffed comfy chair. It’s an immediately charming house, the big comfy chair by the fireplace is something that most people would love to have. So why is it no one builds houses like this? And why isn’t anyone selling chairs like this?
  2. Library copy
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review 2016-09-13 21:57
Hot Money - Dick Francis
Hot Money - Dick Francis

This is one of my other most favorite Francis books. It is utterly devoid of even the semblance of feminism. But it also triggered a random thought: at what point do I stop considering a book "contemporary"? Am I using it to define a book that is set in the time it was published in, as opposed to the future or the past?  Or is "contemporary" something I'm going to have to change, dropping books off the shelf when they're twenty or thirty or fifty years old. Obviously there isn't a correct answer, but weigh in if you have thoughts about contemporary stories.

 

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