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review 2022-02-22 04:29
One True Sentence - Craig McDonald

In Paris in 1924, Hector is part of the Lost Generation. He spends time writing in bars or meeting Ernest Hemingway and others there or at salons at Gertrude Stein's place. A string of murders of literary magazine editors occurs. Stein has decided to have the mystery writers gathering at her salons discover who is committing the murders especially since one murder occurred at one of her salons. Who did it? Who finds the murderer?


I enjoyed this book. It started slow for me since it is part of a series and was not the first story so I had to do a little catch up. It picked up a lot as the story started going with the murders and the Nada movement getting involved. I liked how Hector started following clues and how he checked with Hemingway on his (Hector's) love life. That was a bit messy. Hector's train of thought was interesting to follow as he was putting the clues together as to who was guilty. He looked at everyone. The police followed his line of thinking as well as Simon, the detective, who consulted with him.


I liked the mixture of real people with fictional ones. I liked Hector and Brinke. Molly was a little aloof. Hemingway and Stein gave flavor to the story as Hector and Brinke were very involved with them. As the story concluded, I did not figure out who did all the murders until most of it was explained to me. With the last scene of the book, I wonder what happened with Hector. Did he fulfill his promises?

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review 2021-10-14 04:08
Babes In The Wood - Graham Bartlett & Peter James
This is another loaner from a friend and coworker. We share a love for reading true crime. This was a story I had no familiarity with, so I was eager to learn what happened.
It was a sad story of injustice for over three decades. Those poor little girls. It was slow-paced, the writing. But the story itself, I was so mad at the police and the justice system that I had to walk away from the book a few times. I have children. I couldn't imagine what those people went through for 31 years because of this monster.
I think I need a break from true crime for a minute. It's always tough when the stories involve kids.
Source: www.fredasvoice.com/2021/10/babes-in-wood-graham-bartlett-w-peter.html
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review 2021-09-27 13:13
Missing From The Village - Justin Ling
A friend lent me this book knowing I like to read true crime, and this one was sort of local to me. I live 40 minutes from Toronto, so when this happened it was all over the news. I was definitely curious to learn more about this case and the killer.
I thought I knew about the cases against Bruce McArthur, but after reading this book and learning the gruesome details I am floored and shocked. I will never understand how someone can do such indignities to another human.
Let's discuss the writing though.... Easy to read because the author knows how to put the story out there for the reader. However, I felt like the ending had stuff in it that not only wasn't relevant to the story but highly unneccesary to be included. If it has nothing to do with the crime at hand or connected in any way, why include it in the book? 
Other than that it was a good read. True Crime fans will devour this book.
Source: www.fredasvoice.com/2021/09/missing-from-village-justin-ling-40.html
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review 2021-08-24 15:29
The Missing Girls - Linda O'Neal
The Missing Girls: A Shocking True Story of Abduction and Murder - Linda O'Neal,Rick Watson,Philip Tennyson
A friend and co-worker of mine lent me this book. I love true crime, and had not heard of this particular case before.
What a sad, tragic story about two girls murdered in Oregon. Unfortunately if it wasn't for a third teen being raped, the murderer wouldn't have been discovered. I cried a couple of times. As a mom, it was tough to read about. The abuse and savage murders were too much for me. The manipulation and head games disgusted me to my soul. I had to put the book aside so many times.
The writing felt like reading a news report at times. Not throughout, but enough to sometimes be a snooze fest. It was the only downside to reading it. It also added to me taking a bit to read it.
I love true crime though. Reading facts and real stories excite me like reading a horror novel. I'm sure I'm not alone either, so pick his one up.
Source: www.fredasvoice.com/2021/08/the-missing-girls-linda-oneal-32.html
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review 2021-07-27 13:33
Book #917 - 371,076 Pages Read
Tailwind: A true story - Robert Van Buskirk
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