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review 2016-02-04 15:14
Reread Note # 6 - A Duty to the Dead
A Duty to the Dead: A Bess Crawford Mystery - Charles Todd,Rosalyn Landor

Original review here.



I can't tell you how much I love this series. And as I just learned there's a new book (out last year I think) I haven't read yet, I decided to reread the whole thing. Also, most of them don't have reviews since some were listened to (and barely gotten through) during the mire of 2015.


I don't know what it's like to read this as I doubt I'll ever try. The narrator for these is just so good and brings everybody to life. I've also discovered that I can both listen to them AND play Splatoon at the same time. As that game is taking over my life (more on that probably in another post), it's nice to be able to read and enjoy at the same time.


Anyway, if you like history fiction and mystery, this series is one you should definitely check out. Set during World War I, the main character, Bess Crawford, works as a nurse tending the wounded and dying in France and on transport ships. Unfortunately for Simon - a family friend - and her father, mystery and trouble seem to follow her. While this book does suffer a bit from what I call Introduction Syndrome, it's still quite a good story and mystery and well worth the attempt.


On to the next book in the series!

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text 2015-03-07 20:14
Reread Note # 5 A Killing Notion - reread rating 4 stars
A Killing Notion - Melissa Bourbon

My full review from my first read can be found here.


Having now read the next one, the obviousness of the plot in this one rankled just a bit more. Still, I did love the idea of the mums again and Harlow's caring about Gracie was very touching.


I just hope the next new book is more like this and previous ones rather than the latest one.

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text 2015-02-11 11:20
Reread Note # 4 A Custom-Fit Crime
A Custom-Fit Crime - Melissa Bourbon

My full review of this book can be found here.


Even before picking up this book, I remembered who the murderer was but the major red herring still managed to grab my attention away from all the clues. Go Bourbon!


While I like this one, there are a lot of characters in this book I'd like to get some sense into one way or another. Seriously, between Tessa Cassidy (Harlow's mom) stringing along a good man and Orphie (Harlow's friend) taking half the book to make a basic and common sense decision, I just about pulled my hair out - and I knew they were coming.


And Gavin...the man just gets on my last nerve, even when (or maybe especially) when he's being sweet.


Still, a fun reread and I think I remember the last one well enough to bypass so I can at least finish the new book, which is the one that will definitely not be renewable at the weekend.


Ready for a new mystery!


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text 2015-02-10 08:28
Reread Note # 3 Deadly Patterns
Deadly Patterns - Melissa Bourbon

My original and full review of this book can be found here.


It was definitely cold enough today to fit with the holiday season in this book!


Again, I remembered early on the identity of the murderer but it was nice to pick up all the clues I missed the first time!


I think this is one of my favorites because of the direction Will and Harlow's relationship takes during it. I also love both the old and new characters Melissa Bourbon bring to her books. I like seeing how the known ones are doing and new ones often end up being part of the Cassidy extended family and friends.


I will say though, their magical gifts must be the worst kept secret in Texas!

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text 2015-02-10 06:37
Reread Note # 2 A Fitting End
A Fitting End - Melissa Bourbon

Please check out my original review of this book here.


I should be posting about this series for the next little bit. I'm hoping to reread all of them in time to read the new book before the end of the week! Thank goodness these are fun and fast reads.


I'd forgotten how much the plot revolves around the Margaret pageant. While I like the history surrounding it, I'll admit the emphasis on the trappings were a bit much after awhile.


I also disliked Gavin McClaine even more the second time around.


I did remember who the murderer was but only well after half way through.


All in all, a good second read through and no change in the ranting.

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