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review 2017-07-25 17:39
The Body in the Library
The Body in the Library - Agatha Christie

I´ve got to admit, I admire Miss Marple´s deductive skills. I wouldn´t be able to solve a single one of her cases (even if there were enough clues to work with). Sitting in a corner, knitting and listening and watching closely what´s going on around her, that how she does it. Yet with this book, I was puzzled by the ending. Not only because I didn´t see that ending coming, but mainly because I can´t believe how someone can come up with such an intricate murder plot in the first place. The murder is a criminal mastermind, but not nearly smart enought to outwit Miss Marple.   


Overall I enjoyed this mystery with it´s twist and turns, but it´s not my favorite Christie, mainly because I was a tad bored by the beginning of the novel.

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text 2017-07-15 22:35
Multi-Author Mystery and Thriller Sale (My rare promotional post)
The Calling (Mae Martin Mysteries Book 1) - Amber Foxx

Since a  lot of the people who follow this review blog are mystery fans, I thought you might like to know where you can find  some mystery and thriller bargains this weekend. Book One in the Mae Martin Psychic Mystery Series, The Calling, is on sale for 99 cents along with many others, spanning all aspects of the mystery and thriller genres.


For my fellow Nook owners and others who read on something other than a Kindle, my books are on all e-book retail sites, never just Amazon.

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review 2017-07-14 15:10
Mistress of the Art of Death
Mistress of the Art of Death - Ariana Franklin

As it turns out I couldn´t endure this book any longer (I´ve read 355 pages and after that I started skim reading).


It´s Cambridge in the year 1171, a child has been murdered, other children have been abducted and the local Jews are being accused of the crimes. Since the Jews are important for the Kings purse, he recruits an Italian investigator and a female doctor, who is skilled in studying corpses, to find out who the killer is.


This mystery started out perfectly okay. I liked the historical backdrop, there were a lot of interesting and suspicious characters and I was even suprised that the book had a gritty feel to it. 


But at the 300 page mark the author decided to turn this novel into a sappy romance story. Don´t get me wrong, I don´t have anything against romance (if it is handled well), but I don´t want it to be the most important thing in the latter half of a mystery novel. Somehow the author lost her focus, writing one of the most anticlimatic mystery thrillers I have read in a very long time. In the end I was neither shocked who the killer was, nor did I care. 


And may I just say that I really disliked the main character Adelia towards the end. She is depicted as a headstrong, independent woman and she has made a personal vow to herself that she never is going to marry or get into a relationsship with a man in the name of science. And then, snap, a dream hunk of a man appears and Adelia suffers from severe dementia when it comes to her own convictions. 


She even has extramarital sex with him, eventhough he insists on marrying her before anything is going to happen.

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Seriously, I hated the whole romance storyline. 


Another series I can cross of my list. What a disappointment.


I´ve read this for Booklikes-opoly square Adventureland 26 and this book is tagged as "thriller" on goodreads.


Page Count: 502 pages (but I´m going to count the 355 pages I have actually read)

Money earned: $6.00


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text 2017-07-14 07:48
Reading progress update: I've read 355 out of 512 pages.
Mistress of the Art of Death - Ariana Franklin

On page 284 I still enjoyed this book and I was interested in the whole murder mystery. And then it took the author only 70 pages to turn this book into a Nora Roberts novel.


I wish I could DNF this novel, but I didn´t spend the last week reading it without cashing the $10.00 for the Booklikes-opoly. So here is my plan: I will be reading 401 pages in an orderly fashion and then I will skimread the last couple of pages. At least I want to know who the killer is (and hopefully it will get interesting again along the way).


I´m peeved.




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text 2017-07-13 18:38
Reading progress update: I've read 284 out of 512 pages.
Mistress of the Art of Death - Ariana Franklin

Enjoying this book so far, eventhough I don´t know how historical accurate this novel is. But it certainly fits the Booklikes-opoly criteria for which I´m reading this book. It´s much more a thriller than a mystery and it´s a gritty read. 


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