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review 2019-10-09 17:48
No Cyrano Here
The Madman of Bergerac (Inspector Maigret) - Georges Simenon,Ros Schwartz

There can't be many Maigret novels that qualify as serial killer novels...are there? Anyway, whatever - this one is amazing.


I kept flashing back to that Tey novel - The Daughter of Time - where the dude solves a Mystery lying in bed, workin' it out. We get that here; Maigret has leaped off a train after seeing a weirdo leap off a train, and he gets shot, and he ends up in hospital right around where the 'Madman of Bergerac' has been operating - killing women (one eyewitness/survivor). Madame Maigret is around to do footwork, which was a pleasant surprise...suddenly I was out of the Tey novel and thinking instead of Archie Goodwin. As things progress...well who knew that trying to figure out whether one has actually been shot by a local serial murderer could lead to meeting a parade of locals who all seem like they are trying to hide something?!


Simenon ticks his way through his boxes, and tries to get the reader to think outside them. I loved the solution to everything strange or suspicious that takes place throughout the novel, or comes up as backstory dragged kicking and screaming into the light. The ending is full-on tragedy - a noose tightens and it has caught some extra necks (the price of being too near, and keeping secrets no matter what the hell horrible crap is resulting). As usual, in the good ones from the series - and when they are focused on some kind of a long-lasting puzzle, which some of them are not - a reader gets to sit back and say "you got a lot done in a very small slice of pages, dude". You never have to worry about padding; there's flip-book Mysteries, and then there's the Maigret books. I'm not sure this is a "clues" book in the way one might think - it's more like I understood how Maigret could hear about, or experience, some things around him, hear also about what had already happened (even some "ancient history"), look at who was behaving how, and then explain how it all fits together. While heading towards this, the characters come to life, the story is always entertaining - and in this case, often very suspenseful.


Highly recommended...as one to pick leading up to Halloween, or maybe as one to pick first, or just a great one to pick when intimidated over how many there are with tempting covers (among the latest editions; I gotta say, I like that little room, and the wallpaper...).


One question: did I miss the part where it's actually being kind of offensive?

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text 2019-08-12 00:54
Halloween Bingo Pre-Party: Bring on the Horror - Tell Us Your Favorite Horror Reads, and How Scary Are They?
Revival - Stephen King
The Turn of the Screw - Henry James
Bag of Bones - Stephen King
It - Stephen King
The Woman in Black - Susan Hill,John Lawrence
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Washington Irving
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark - Alvin Schwartz,Stephen Gammell
The Girl Next Door - Jack Ketchum
The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson,Laura Miller
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd - Agatha Christie

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text 2019-08-03 21:37
Halloween Pre-Party 2019
The legend of Sleepy Hollow - Washington Irving
The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark - Alvin Schwartz,Stephen Gammell
Pet Sematary - Stephen King
The Haunting of Maddy Clare - Simone St. James
Dangerous - Amanda Quick


Ghost stories are a little tough to really scare me because I'm 99% sure I don't think they exist. When I was younger, Scary Stories to tell in the Dark was a sleepover staple, we'd read (ok, me) aloud trying to scare the bejebus out of each other.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow was one I read somewhere in early teens and remember loving the setting, slight creep factor, and relationships.

Pet Sematary I probably read in mid-teens and while I didn't feel too scared being an animal lover drew out the emotions in me. 

The Lovely Bones seems to be a book that likes to divide people. It seems weird to say I enjoyed the story because of how freaking awful some things in it are but gawd, talk about a story that will emotionally wring you out. 

I think it was last year for Halloween Bingo I read The Haunting of Maddy Clare and I still remember that barn scene, hair on neck standing up.

And because I'm a punk, I added a romance that has a main character that likes to investigate the supernatural and a ghost, seemingly, comes to the rescue.


Shout-out to people doing today's prompt, adding some to my potential Bingo reading list :)

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review 2019-05-10 00:19
Courting Trouble
Courting Trouble - Jenny Schwartz
Esme is a suffragette and feminist. Jeb is her suitor who fluctuates between supporting her and being too alpha. Both are very independent and have to learn to compromise. I did think Esme was a bit judgmental of women at times. Some kissing only.


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text 2019-04-14 02:28
Reading progress update: I've read 102 out of 177 pages.
Maigret and the Old Lady (Inspector Maigret #33) - Georges Simenon,Ros Schwartz

I’m going to save the rest for tomorrow morning, because I want the pause, and the night, to absorb everything I’ve read up to this point.

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