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review 2019-09-20 11:12
Murder in the Reading Room (Book Retreat Mystery, #4)
Murder in the Reading Room - Ellery Adams

I can't believe I finished this.  It got a star for the plot's premise, half a star for being relatively well edited and a half star as a bonus because I didn't DNF it.


Where to start...


I liked the series premise, about a secret library that holds the rarest, secret or unknown manuscripts from around the world, but as the series progresses, the author falls into the common trap of writing herself into corners from which she can't escape without abusing a reader's ability to suspend disbelief.  This book has the manager of the Storyton Inn haring off to the Biltmore Estate to rescue her lover from a dungeon.  Where he's being held by a renegade faction of the Templars.  Along side her:


long-thought dead (9 years) husband,

(spoiler show)


who's being held in the dungeon next door.  Give. me. a. break.  I hate this trope so much, I almost DNF'd it on the spot. 


Then I had to endure constant philosophical musings about love, the power of love, the power of family, more crap about love.  And the villain was supposed to be super evil, but I just didn't feel it.  I mean, he was definitely without redeeming qualities, but evil?  Eh.


The ending ... was eye-rolling.  I'm sorry, but it involved blow darts, and the most insanely insincere scene where the MC confronts her ignorance about cultural insensitivity that I've ever read.  Honestly, it's so badly done I'm tempted to quote it, but to do that I'd have to read it again.


The author would have gotten a tiny bonus for not taking that spoiler above to the most nauseating conclusion possible, or stringing it painfully over several books, but by the time it was resolved I'd lost the will to give any bonus points.


What kept me reading this farce was the idea of Hemingway's lost suitcase being hidden in the Inn and the search through letters and correspondence for clues to find it.  And that 10% of the book was kind of good, though the eventual conclusion was a bit deflating as it was so predictable.


I think it's safe to say I'm done with this series, but I read it for the Black Cat square in Halloween Bingo, so it wasn't a complete waste of time.

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text 2019-09-19 20:22
Rereading my work, pt 2
The Naga Queen's Heart - Mallory Kellogg

I really enjoyed writing about Basilla. She's so fun to create. Bold, loud and bossy, yet very loving and kind. I have to get the kinks worked out for the final book. I have the climax down, but there's a lot that needs to lead up. I tend to do my best writing when I get over some sort of illness.

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text 2019-09-19 20:17
Rereading my work
The Dragon God's Son: 1 (The Gods of Myth) - Mallory Kellogg

I've been really sick with a migraine since my surgery. Wither I'm nauseous or I'm in so much pain I wanna die. Sorry I haven't been around much. I'm getting better, thank God.


Anyway, I have been rereading my works because I can't remember a lot of the details. I really want to finish this trilogy so I need to get as much correct as I can. And of course I found a few type-o's. Man, i never can get them all.

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