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text 2019-08-07 18:36
Pre-Party for Halloween Bingo - Favorite Halloween Bingo Authors
Deep Water - Patricia Highsmith,Gillian Flynn
Murder in Mesopotamia - Agatha Christie
The Elementals - Michael Rowe,Michael McDowell
Clouds of Witness - Dorothy L. Sayers


Patricia Highsmith - the perfect fit for the Terryfying Women square.

Agatha Christie - whenever there is a square I can fit a Christie in, I´m doing it.

Michael McDowell - It wouldn´t be a Halloween bingo without a McDowell.

Dorothy L. Sayers - I read quite a few Sayers for Halloween bingo in the past and I´m keeping my fingers crossed for the Dark Academia square being on my card this year. Gaudy Night is waiting to get read.


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review 2019-08-03 16:54
"Lightning in the Clouds", by Glenn Trust
Lightning in the Clouds - Glenn Trust

Journey and Passage

This book is a collection of short stories dealing with the journey and passage that we will take at the end of our time. There is no escape and when our time comes we will go….

11 well-written stories of different genres, some you zip through in no time and other you take a leisurely stroll through their scenarios. All have death in common but before death there is life. Mr. Trust words are not macabre they simply send you on an emotional journey. The stories range from mystery, suspense, social issues, etc.…… with fear, anger, defeat, laughter and tears we are taken on a moving passage along with the characters.

Although I am not usually a fan of short stories, here I make exception. From start to finish there are no dull moments, each scenario is captivating and exciting. The plots although short are detailed and based in the real world with characters that deal with facts of life in all their frailties. 

Mr. Trust is an excellent storyteller, his 195 pages “Lightning in the Clouds” is worthwhile reading. 

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review 2019-07-29 14:05
Death in the Clouds ★★★★☆
Death in the Clouds - Agatha Christie,Hugh Fraser

My third or fourth Poirot mystery, and I'm truly enjoying them. This one was a fun puzzle with interesting characters, and I'm growing very fond of Poirot. I'd quibble that I don't think sufficient clues were given to the reader to figure out whodunnit, and the whole matchmaking thing was a little weird - Jane is a serious minded career girl prior to this story, but spends pretty much the whole story passively floating along and falling in love with whoever she's pointed at - but whatever, it was still a good story.


Audiobook, borrowed from my public library. Hugh Fraser's fantastic performance elevates it to four stars for me.  

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text 2019-05-23 21:05
Mountaineering Book Haul
Savage Summit: The True Stories of the First Five Women Who Climbed K2, the World's Most Feared Mountain - Jennifer Jordan
Clouds from Both Sides: The story of the first British woman to climb an 8,000-metre peak - Julie Tullis,Peter Gillman
Just for the love of it - Cathy O'Dowd
The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest - Anatoli Boukreev,G. Weston DeWalt

As many of you know, I love a mountaineering book every now and then. And so does Lillelara. So, when Lillelara recently shared updates on her read of Savage Summit, I checked what books I had left unread on my shelf and found that there only was one - ONE - book. And it isn't one that holds much promise for me as I postponed reading it after I found some reviews highlighting a few shortcomings...


So, erm, I added a few books to Mt. TBR. 

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review 2019-03-05 01:03
Final Thoughts: Death in the Clouds
Death in the Clouds (Hercule Poirot, #12) - Agatha Christie

Christie is always such a comfort read for me. I love starting one of her mysteries and slipping into an almost hypnotic rhythm of gathering and analyzing clues. It's like sitting down to a jigsaw puzzle on a rainy afternoon.


This was a new one for me, and for the most part I loved it. Because the murder takes place on a plane, the list of suspects is clearly defined. There are the usual red herrings and surprises, and by the end I was breathlessly turning pages as I tried to keep up with Poirot's reasoning. The result seemed somehow more convoluted than it needed to be, but that didn't keep me from racing to see whodunit!

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