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text 2017-08-18 18:29
Halloween Bingo: For Those Looking to Fill Mystery Squares ...
Miraculous Mysteries: Locked-Room Murders and Impossible Crimes (British Library Crime Classics) - Martin Edwards,Various Authors
Capital Crimes: London Mysteries (British Library Crime Classics) - Martin Edwards,Various Authors
Serpents in Eden (British Library Crime Classics) - Martin Edwards
Murder at the Manor (British Library Crime Classics) - Martin Edwards

... without necessarily going the whole hog of a novel, or who are looking for a taste of several different things:

 

The British Library recently published several Golden Age mystery short story anthologies, all edited by Martin Edwards, four of which exactly match the bingo squares created by Moonlight Reader and Obsidian Blue.  They are:

 

Miraculous Mysteries: Locked-room murders and other impossible crimes

Capital Crimes: London mysteries

Murder at the Manor: Country house mysteries

Serpents in Eden: Rural / village / small town crimes -- for the "Terror in a Small Town" square.

 

They've all been out just about long enough to hopefully be available via library loan (or ILL) -- though I've been able to snatch used copies online at very reasonable prices, too.

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review 2017-08-17 04:51
Damned If You Do by Marie Sexton
Damned If You Do - Marie Sexton,Kelly Martin,Digitally Imagined

Seth is a healer, but with every person healed, he himself is getting closer to death. Knowing what healing in the long run entitles, he decides to break free before it's too late. "Not so fast, brother!" says handsome black man Zed with his James Earl Jones's voice, and makes Seth stay, rending him unable to leave the circus revival.

Abaddon is a soul collector. The Hell he lives in, tho I am sure hellishly horrible, sounds pretty amusing and sometimes funny. He is buried in paperwork and is under pressure to collect souls.

MCs meet, they fall in love, they suffer, they cry, they offer all kinds of sacrifices to save the other and, I don't believe this is much of a spoiler, they live to be together. All the usual works. 

Now, angels, hippy revivals, devils, soul collectors don't entice me in any way. I read this book for a challenge in which I needed a book with a devil, and only because it's Marie Sexton so I knew it would be as good as I could get. On the whole, it was 3 star-ish for me. Once again, it's me, not the book.

BUT! Just like Abaddon found a bright soul in Bible Belt, I found a bright couple of lines in this not-my-fav-trope book.

Tom Brady and Bill Belichick did if for me. I am bumping my rating up to 4. 'Cause PATS! 'Cause BRADY! =) This wasn't just bright, this was brilliant! :D And funny :)



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text 2017-08-17 02:44
Reading progress update: I've read 74 out of 357 pages.
The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books - Martin Edwards

decided to blaze through the last 6 essays that accompany Chapter 3: The Great Detectives. the only book I've read of the bunch showcased is Murder at the Vicarage, which I remember enjoying...but that's about all I remember. I was very young when I cracked that one open. that would've been one of the earliest Christies I recall getting to; I could read it again, and not worry about recalling who the killer is, I betya! hmmm...

 

other than Vicarage, H. C. Bailey and his creation, Reggie Fortune, are basically unknown to me--but we're talkin' short-stories here, from an author whose style lost favor with readers (though Martin Edwards of course makes it all seem worthwhile again, in a "modern flavour ahead of its time" sort of way). meanwhile, I've read Gladys Mitchell, but not the specific book discussed (I've read The Rising of the Moon, which I remember enjoying, but not loving); I've read Margery Allingham, but not the book highlighted (I've read Police at the Funeral which I loved, More Work for the Undertaker which I enjoyed, and her beloved The Tiger in the Smoke which I liked, but not as much as most people seem to); then there's the Anthony Berkeley book I have not read, but I have read him under his Francis Isles pseudonym when I read the most excellent Before the Fact (filmed as Suspicion with the ending mucked up); and hey, I'm currently reading Send for Paul Temple by Francis Durbridge, the last book scrutinized by Edwards, and one that I just learned started life as a radio serial (I can see that now, in all the shocks and cliffhangers).

 

Chapter 4 coming up, but not just yet.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-08-17 02:44
A Feast For Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire)
A Feast for Crows - George R.R. Martin

I wasn't terribly happy with the way with this book was written. If you've been reading the Song of Ice and Fire saga up to this book (and beyond) then you know that the series has quite a few different storylines, many of which your likely to find interesting and others that might bore or turn you off. Thats ok.

 

A Feast For Crows completely cuts out several major storylines which is why I didn't really care for it as much. Tyrion, Daenerys, Jon Snow on the wall, and Davos Seaworth are nowhere to be found. For me the only consolation I got was a few Arya chapters, as the book focused on Jaime, Cersei and Brienne primarily, with a few chapters for Arya, Samwell, Sansa/Alayne and some new Ironborn and Dornish plotlines. In the final pages, G.R.R.M. explains the he had written far to much and what he had would be more like two books. Instead of splitting the book in half and keeping all the plotlines, he decided to cut some out and do them in the next book A Dance With Dragons. Irritating. I would have preferred the other way.

 

Perhaps this is why the book lacks Martin's typical habit of killing off important characters.

(spoiler show)

I did find it enjoyable, but not as page turning as any of the others so far.

 

I'll be jumping immediately into A Dance With Dragons now. With the impending series finale of the GoT show, I think its likely a release date for Winds of Winter will come with it. For that reason, I'm opting to catch up with the series right now before any announcement of said release date.

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text 2017-08-14 23:53
Martin Edwards Haul
The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books - Martin Edwards
The Golden Age of Murder - Martin Edwards
Silent Night: Christmas Mysteries (British Library Crime Classics) - Martin Edwards
Miraculous Mysteries: Locked-Room Murders and Impossible Crimes (British Library Crime Classics) - Martin Edwards,Various Authors
Capital Crimes: London Mysteries (British Library Crime Classics) - Martin Edwards,Various Authors
Resorting to Murder: Holiday Mysteries (British Library Crime Classics) - Martin Edwards,Various Authors

I swear, I really only opened my wishlist to order
"The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books" ... (sigh).

 

 

Oh, wait, that would have been last year.  Now it's more like

 

Yey!!

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