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text 2018-10-19 01:21
Reading progress update: I've read 143 out of 221 pages.
Fog Island Horror - Marilyn Ross

This book is soooo cheesy!


The cover truly is the best thing about it.  The writing is barely one step above rank amateur.  The !s are becoming more and more prominent.  The characters have all the substance of tissue paper.  The nefarious nephew, prompted by his greedy mother, attempting to take advantage of the wealthy old woman who is his aunt!  The kindly old judge, deprived of speech and mobility by a stroke but still able to communicate his warnings!  And his suspicions!  The young lawyer, not only handsome but filled with integrity and honesty! The doddering old servant, fierce in her loyalty! 


And of course the monster!  Half human, grotesque!  Stalking the mansion in the dark of night!  Staring at the beautiful young heroine while she sleeps!


The beautiful young heroine who bears a striking resemblance to the wealthy old woman's murdered daughter-in-law!  The beautiful young orphaned heroine who might be the wealthy old woman's missing granddaughter!


I think my eyes have rolled out of my head and fallen over the mysterious cliffs of Fog Island at least twenty times, and I still have almost 80 pages to go!

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review 2018-10-19 00:35
"What Haunts Me - Ghost Killers #1" by Margaret Millmore
What Haunts Me - Ghost Killer 1 - Margaret A. Millmore

"What Haunts Me" has an original and fascinating premise. Thirty-three-year-old George Sinclair, a realtor in San Francisco, on recovering from a bout of flu, discovers three things: he can see ghosts who haunt people and make them sick, he can "kill" the ghosts by stabbing them, and the haunted person returns to health when their ghost is killed. 

I settled down to see what Margaret Millmore would do with this.


"What Haunts Me" is told as a  first-person account in which the narrator, George, addresses the reader directly, saying things like:

"Before we go on, I should tell you a little about me so you know who I am... or was, to be more precise."

This style reminded me of early twentieth-century ghost stories, with their intimate formality, treating the reader as a confidante and companion on the narrative journey.

As I got a few chapters in, I experienced an increasing gap between the language used to tell the story and the character of the narrator telling it. 


The narrator is in his thirties. He'a native of Los Angeles County, a graduate of UC San Diego and has lived and worked in San Francisco for long enough to save to buy his own place, yet the language  he uses to describe the people around him seems a better fit for a well-brought-up lady in the early twentieth century than the man he's supposed to be. Here's an example of George describing to us what he sees when he enters a bar:

"A few older gentlemen were perched on the bar stools chatting with the bartender, and a couple of younger guys on the other side of the large room playing pool.?

What thirty-something man describes guys drinking in a bar as "a few older gentlemen"?

Then there's a point where he meets up with the most likely love-interest and we get this:

"I only had on my wrinkled khakis from the night before, and suddenly felt conscious of my naked upper body. Don't get me wrong, I was a strapping young man, and thought I looked pretty good shirtless. But I could actually feel her staring and it wasn’t a pleasant sensation."

We know George has been working too hard to have a girlfriend but I hadn't assumed he was a thirty.three-year-old virgin. Even if he was, what man describes himself as a"strapping young man"? 


I kept forgetting George was male and picturing a slightly awkward woman as the main character.


I carried on with the book because I wanted to know what happened.  The plot was quite good. There were long-held family secrets, scary bad guys, shadowy organisations and some very threatening demons.


Unfortunately, there was also a lot of, sometimes painfully slow, info-dumping and very little action, unless you count eating and drinking while people drip-feed George the truth about what's going on.


There is a big battle at the end, which was quite well set up but which lacked the tension and the thrill/panic of being involved in a life and death struggle against the odds.


There wasn't enough here for me to continue on to the second book in the series.

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text 2018-10-18 21:35
Bingo Calls!


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Bingo Calls:


1. Murder by Death (1) (29) (37) (49)

2. Themis-Athena's Garden of Books (2) (3) (16) (21)

3. Spooky's Maze of Books (4) (26) (51) (52)

4. XOX (5) (20) (44)

5. BrokenTune (6) (7) (32) (40)

6. Chris’ Fish Place (8) (30)

7. The better to see you, my dear (9)

8. Moonlight Madness **** 

9. Darth Pony (10) (13) (38)

10. Tannat (11)

11. Jennifer’s BOOooOOOks (12) (17) (33)

12. Portable Monsters (14) (28) (39) (45)

13. Leah’s Bookish Obsession (15) (34) (42) (48)

14. Obsidian Black Plague ***

15. Rachel's books (18) (43)

16. Emerjas (19)

17. Char's Horror Corner (22)

18. Reading is my ESCAPE from Reality! (23)

19. Kaethe (24)

20. Mike Finn - Audio Book Junkie (25) (46) (47) (54)

21. Lilelara (27) (35) (53)

22. Wyvernfriend Reads (31)

23. Familiar Diversions (36)

24. Lora's Rants and Reviews (41)

25. Bookish Blerd (50)


To win:


Each bingo gets the individual player one entry into the drawing, up to four. If you black out your card, you get another four entries, up to a total of eight!


Moonlight will draw winners using random.org on 11/10/18. Everyone can enter, including overseas players, although you might have to wait a bit longer for the prize, since she will send it by the cheapest means possible, possibly overland by camel . . .



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text 2018-10-18 20:00
Halloween Bingo 2018: My Tracking Post - Third Bingo + Reading Blackout

And with the Fear The Drowning Deep square, I´ve got my third bingo. And I have finished all my reads for this years Halloween bingo. Which is great, but also kind of sad.


My digital card:




And my physical card:



My Markers: Squares I have read are getting an owl. Lollipops, spiders, a sky and the grim garland are for the squares called.


I´m borrowing Themis´ layout to track my progress. I hope that is okay :)



Dead Lands: My Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland (12.10.2018)

Modern Noir: The White Road by John Connolly (30.09.2018)

Darkest London: Silent In The Grave by Deanne Raybourn (04.09.2018)

Diverse Voices: The Tattoo Murder Case by Akimitsu Takagi (06.10.2018)

Romantic Suspense: Nine Coaches Waiting by Mary Stewart (19.09.2018)



Baker Street Irregulars: A Murder Is Announced by Agatha Christie - Wildcard (20.09.2018)

Southern Gothic: Cold Moon Over Babylon by Michael McDowell (01.09.2018)

Terrifying Women: Unnatural Death by Dorothy L. Sayers (22.09.2018)

Modern Masters of Horror: Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt (26.09.2018)

Classic Horror: The Willows by Algernon Blackwood (02.09.2018)




Shifters: Men at Arms by Terry Pratchett (24.09.2018)

Doomsday: The Running Man by Stephen King a.k.a Richard Bachmann (06.09.2018)

Free Square: Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett (03.10.2018)

Terror in a Small Town: Deep Water by Patricia Highsmith (13.10.2018)

Cozy Mystery: Clouds of Witness by Dorothy L. Sayers (11.09.2018)




Slasher Stories: Murder in Mesopotamia by Agatha Cristie - Wildcard (18.10.2018)

New Release: The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton (07.10.2018)

Murder Most Foul: One Corpse Too Many by Ellis Peters (10.10.2018)

13: The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware (08.09.2018)

Supernatural: Discount Armageddon by Seanan McGuire (30.08.2018)





Spellbound: The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett (16.09.2018)

Genre: Suspense: Death of an Airman by Christoper St. John Sprigg (17.10.2018)

Amateur Sleuth: The Case of the Constant Suicides by John Dickson Carr (27.09.2018)

Fear the Drowning Deep: The Meg by Steve Alten (14.10.2018)

Genre: Horror: Rosemary´s Baby by Ira Levin (13.09.2018)


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review 2018-10-18 19:44
Sometimes it's a fine line between love and obsession...
No Tears for Darcy - Vicki Reese,Brock Hatton

It's a fine line between love and obsession...


Cameron's trying to get over the loss of his loved ones but it's hard when the people you care about keep dying...first it was his parents, then his boyfriend and now his friends seem to be falling victim to this mysterious curse that's following him.


Pete Minchelli is recovering from an injury sustained during his job so he's come to visit his family and friends as he heals and begins to consider his growing discontent with the direction his life has been going in. When Pete's friend,Will Carson, from his academy days ask for help with a case that brings Cameron into his life. Ultimately Pete's confusion over things is only compounded.


Pete and Cameron are drawn to each other from the moment they meet and as the story progresses their attraction grows increasing Pete's resolve to keep Cameron safe and find a way for them to remain in each other's lives. Along with his growing attraction Cameron is trying to deal with his past and the wreckage of a relationship that

he's quickly beginning to realize is was even more less than ideal than he had ever thought it could be...as an ever increasing number of lies and deceptions are revealed. As the number of lies and deceptions his relationship was based on increases, so do the number of bodies. It begins to seem like there's one secret that someone's willing to do anything to hide...leaving everyone wondering if anyone is safe from Cameron's stalker...even Cameron himself.


There was a lot about this story that I really enjoyed but unfortunately for me there was one thing that really detracted from it and that was the fact that I figured out who the stalker was far to early. While this doesn't always bother me in this case the story was too dependent on the mystery aspect of things and I really needed for the story to have kept me guessing longer than it did. 


I liked both of the MCs and as a couple, for me, they worked. Next add in some interesting secondary characters and this should have worked better than it did. However, even though I was able to figure out the mystery part of it earlier than I would have liked and for me that did take away from my over all enjoyment of things I also think the fact that I still gave this 3.5 stars speaks to the fact that there is still a good and enjoyable story here.


Now at this point your probably thinking 'who the hell is Darcy?' or maybe even 'Is there a Darcy?' well I will tell you there is a 'Darcy' in this story but what I'm not going to tell you is who they are or what role they play. So if you're curious about Darcy you'll need to either read the story or listen to the audio narrated by Brock Hatton.


As well as my first time with this author 'No Tears for Darcy' was also my first audio experience with Brock Hatton and it appears to be this narrator's first audio narration. I have to say I was suitably impressed and look forward to seeing what future efforts will produce. I think my only real concern with this book from an audio perspective was that at times, mostly at the beginning of a chapter, it felt like the narrator was reading a little fast almost like his voice was in a race with a stop watch. This was not a really big variance and honestly some people may not even notice it, nor was it consistent which is probably why I did notice it because as the narrator progressed in the reading his voice seemed to level out into a slower more natural rhythm that combined with the individual voices and their expressiveness that I quite enjoyed. While I was definitely impressed with this first time effort, I'm also looking forward to following this narrator and seeing how he progresses and what future narrations his talents will enhance.


The ending for this story is more of an HFN (Happy For Now) with strong potential for an HEA (Happily Ever After) and while I would have preferred a more solid HEA I can see it happening based on where this story leaves us but I can't say I wouldn't be interested in reading a little more about Cameron and Pete and finding out just what else might happen on their way to happily ever after.



An audio book for "No Tears For Darcy" was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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