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text 2018-09-21 19:06
Reading progress update: I've read 31 out of 299 pages.
Unnatural Death - Dorothy L. Sayers

"Miss Climpson," said Lord Peter, "is a manifestation of the wasteful way in which this country is run. Look at electricity. Look at water-power. Look at the tides. Look at the sun. Millions of power units being given off into space every minute. Thousands of old maids, simply bursting with useful energy, forced by our stupid social system into hydros and hotels and communities and hostels and posts as companions, where their magnificient gossip-powers and units of inquisitiveness are allowed to dissipate themselves or even become harmful to the community, while ratepayers´ money is spent on getting work for which these women are providentially fitted, inefficiently carried out by ill-equipped policemen like you. My god! it´s enough to make a man write nasty little patronising books called Elderly Women, and On the Edge of Explosion - and the drunkards make songs about `em, poor things."

 

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review 2018-09-21 16:50
Review: “Cash Plays” (Seven of Spades, #3) by Cordelia Kingsbridge
Cash Plays - Cordelia Kingsbridge

 

~ 5 STARS ~

 

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review 2018-09-21 03:14
Home for the Haunting ★★★★☆
Home For the Haunting - Juliet Blackwell

This is the first book that I've read in this cozy mystery series that wasn't on audio. I miss Xe Sands, because she always provides a terrific performance. But I'm happy to report that I enjoyed this 4th book in the Haunted Home Renovation series just as much even without the audio.

 

The MC's "why would anyone find ugly old me attractive" shtick is still annoying, and I'm still unimpressed with the romance, but there is enough fun stuff for this book to rise above those irritants. We get to meet Mel's super-annoying, super-girly sister, we get some new friends and the return of some old friends, and I especially liked getting to know Mel's frenemy Inspector Crawford a little better. We get a couple of new homes from different styles and periods with plenty of loving description.

 

The mystery is well developed and I was teased with lots of clues and red herrings to sift through. Whodunnit was one of my suspects, but not my favorite, so the reveal worked for me. Oddly, this is the first book where we spend very little time with the dead. The ghosts give little more than a cameo appearance in this book, and I missed them a little.

 


eBook version, borrowed from my public library.

 

I read this for the 2018 Halloween Bingo square Amateur Sleuth: this mystery will have a main character who is not a member of law enforcement. The MC, Mel Turner, owns a construction company but somehow finds herself in the midst of a murder mystery, recent or ancient, at every job site. Naturally, she usually manages to solve it before the cops do.

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text 2018-09-20 06:32
Mistress Spy by Pamela Mingle
Mistress Spy - Pamela Mingle

DNF @ 12%

The synopsis made me think of Nikita in the Elizabethan era.

Intriguing, right?

Wrong.

The first chapter was a battle scene, but you couldn't tell. It was all about the heroine, her rage, her need for vengeance and her utter hopelessness as a "soldier". Instead of putting the reader in the thick of things, where you can feel the cold nipping at your skin, where you can smell the blood and sweat of your fellow soldiers, the author spent the best part of the battle inside the heroine's head. And let me tell you, it was a very boring place.

The boredom proceeded with the next few chapters where absolutely nothing happened (no torture, no boiling oil, nothing), but for the heroine to notice just how attractive and gentle her captor was. Foreshadowing much?

So I went and read the last few chapters, to see if it was worth it...It wasn't. The last few chapters were as boring as the first few. The characters were rather bland, the pacing was plodding, and as original as the synopsis sounded, the story was nothing but.

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text 2018-09-19 21:50
Reading progress update: I've read 138 out of 382 pages.
A Murder Is Announced - Agatha Christie

Detective-Inspector Craddocks first impression of Miss Marple:

 

"Completely ga-ga"

 

But soon she wins him over with her personality:

 

"But I expect" - her candid blue eyes swept over the manly proportions and handsome face of Detective-Inspector Craddock with truly feminine Victorian appreciation - "that you will be able to persuade her to tell you all she knows."

Detective-Inspector Craddock blushed and Sir Henry chuckled.

 

And of course, Miss Marple has a plan of her own to being involved in the murder investigation:

 

"I gather she is taking up residence in Chipping Cleghorn and coming into Medenham Wells twice a week for her treatments. It seems that Mrs What´shername is the daughter of an old friend of Miss Marple´s. Good sporting instinst, that old bean. Oh, well, I suppose she hasn´t much excitement in her life and sniffing round after possible murderers gives her a kick."

 

I adore Miss Marple.

 

 

 

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