ATTENTION CHALLENGE PARTICIPANTS

2015 Editions of the Color Coded , Mount TBR and Vintage Mystery Bingo Challenges--as well as Read It Again, Sam (due to popular demand)-- have been posted. I am also introducing my newest brain-child: Super Book Password. Please check it out!

As in the past, I will post sidebar links for sign-up posts as well as review headquarters once the new year begins.


Some of Bev's Favorite Quotes...



Sunday, December 21, 2014

A Crossworder's Holiday

A Crossworder's Holiday by Nero Blanc (pseudonym for co-authors--and husband & wife--Cordelia Frances Biddle and Steve Zettler) is as light and frothy as a cup of peppermint hot chocolate. It is a perfect book for the end of the year and a quick read between holiday preparations and parties--nothing indepth, no intense crime puzzles and no assembly [of clues] required. If you can do the crosswords--or if that's not your gift, then taking a quick peek at the solutions thoughtfully provided at the back of the book will do--then you've got your answers. 

What the book really consists of are quick snapshots in the life of the protagonists, crossword editor Belle Graham and her husband P.I. Rosco Polycrates. The stories and the characters are charming in this collection of five Christmas-themed tales, each with its own crossword puzzle. Unfortunately, like that cup of hot chocolate, the stories are so light and frothy that they are easily forgotten--enjoyable while they last, but without a lasting impression. ★★★  for a decent cozy read. Read in one sitting--but not one that I would go back to again.

52 Books in 52 Weeks Challenge

January 1, 2015 – December 31, 2015

Hosted by Robin at My Two Blessings
 And she says:
Are you ready for another round of Reading 52 books in 52 Weeks? (I am!) The rules are very simple. The goal is to read one book (at least) a week for 52 weeks. Make the year easy and casual or kick it up by exploring new to you authors and genres. Challenge yourself to read at least some classics or delve into that chunkster (more than 500 pages) you always wanted to tackle. Do you have books gathering dust on the shelves just waiting to be read? Then now is the time. The goal is to read 52 books. How you get there is up to you. 
This will be my fourth year joining in.  I generally have no problem reading at least one book a week...so this is one of my slam dunk challenges.  I will list my books below as I read them.  If you'd like to join as well, just click on the link below the picture.
 
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Sick to Death: Review

Sick to Death (1971) is the fifth book in Douglas Clark's Masters and Green series of police procedurals. It takes me back to the earlier days of the working relationship Detective Chief Inspector George Masters and Detective Bill Green--well before the two men become friends. The team (including their assistants, Hill and Brant) is still settling in with one another. Green doesn't quite trust Masters' apparent ease with forensic specialists and his seemingly random methods of questioning suspects and following up leads. Masters thinks Green trusts police routine a little too much. They haven't quite figured out how well they complement each other even as their methods seem to be in competition. As the opening says:

Detective Chief Inspector Masters and Detective Inspector Green were not on speaking terms. They rarely were. The pleasure each one took in his job was soured by the knowledge that in all major cases it was now accepted that they were paired to work in tandem. Paradoxically, they were a successful team. Know-alls, speculating on their success, attributed it to the fact that each set out to beat the other at every turn. Inevitably, it was said, they were both kept so much on their toes by this exercise that they exerted maximum effort at all times: the basic ingredient of success.

This case takes them to Gloucester to investigate the death of Sally Bowker, a pretty young woman who was apparently admired and loved by all, and, yet, someone hastened her death through the effects of her diabetes. Sally died from a diabetic coma after trying to counteract the symptoms with what proved to be a useless bottle of insulin. But how does a killer make a bottle of insulin a means of murder without adding poison? Masters and Green will have to learn a great deal about insulin dependency and the life-style of a young diabetic before they can answer that question. And they will have to discover which admiring face masks the mark of a murderer.

Despite the opening and the general feel of unease between Master and Green, it's easy (especially for those of us who are reading the series in a totally random order) to see the seeds of the friendship and comfortable relationship that will develop. Green tries very hard in later books to maintain his prickly exterior, but we all know that he respects his Chief. 

The murder was a particularly interesting one for me--my husband is diabetic and I grew up watching my grandpa deal with diabetes--in a manner very like that described in this book from the 70s. Things have changed a bit since then, but not in any way vital to the plot. Being familiar with diabetic treatment certainly helps the reader to solve the mystery themselves, but it's not strictly necessary. The clues are there and Clark plays pretty fair. An interesting case in a series that I thoroughly enjoy.  ★★and a half.

++Also posted for the 1971 Crime Classics at Past Offences 

Read It Again, Sam Wrap-Up Post


It's time to start thinking about the end of the 2014 reading year. Wrap-up posts for the challenge will be accepted through January 6, 2015 .In each case the url you enter should be a direct link to your wrap-up post. A winner will be chosen and awarded during the following week. I will offer a prize from my prize vault of gently used books. Please link up below.





Color Coded Challenge Wrap-up


It's time to start thinking about the end of the 2014 reading year. Wrap-up posts for the challenge will be accepted through January 6, 2015 .In each case the url you enter should be a direct link to your wrap-up post. A winner will be chosen and awarded during the following week. I will offer a prize from my prize vault of gently used books. Please link up below.





Mount TBR 2014 Final Checkpoint

 
Wow. We're almost done with 2014 and it's time to get ready for the Final Mountaineering Checkpoint. Where does the time go? I'm ready to hear how all our mountain-climbing team members have done out there on Pike's Peak, Mt. Ararat, Mt. Everest....whichever peak you've chosen. Checkpoint participation is absolutely voluntary and is not considered necessary for challenge completion.

For those who would like to participate in this checkpoint post, I'd like you to at least complete the first of these two things.  And if you feel particularly inspired (or generous about humoring me during the holiday season), then please do both.

1. Tell us how many miles you made it up your mountain (# of books read). If you've planted your flag on the peak, then tell us and celebrate (and wave!).  Even if you were especially athletic and have been sitting atop your mountain for months, please check back in and remind us how quickly you sprinted up that trail. And feel free to tell us about any particularly exciting book adventures you've had along the way.

2. The Year in Review According to Mount TBR: Using the titles of the books you read this year, please associate as many statements as you can with a book read on your journey up the Mountain.  I have given my titles as examples.

Describe yourself:
The Lady in Black
Describe where you currently live: Madman's Bend
If you could go anywhere where would you go?: The Kingdom by the Sea
 
Every Monday morning I look/feel like: A Hangman's Dozen
The last time I went to the doctor/therapist was because: I ate too much Red Herring
The last meal I ate was: Roast Eggs
When a creepy guy/girl asks me for my phone number, I: know it would be a Date With Danger
Ignorant politicians make me: Sick to Death (review coming soon)
Some people need to spend more time: learning The Secret of the Gondola
My memoir could be titled: Only a Matter of Time
If I could, I would tell my teenage self: You Can Write a Mystery but It's Not All Flowers & Sausages

I've always wondered: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?



And what do you get for all that hard work? The Checkpoint will close at 11:59 pm on Sunday, January 4. On Monday I will crank up the Custom Random Number Generator and pick a winning climber. He or she will have the chance to add to their TBR stack via my gently-used book vault (prize list will be sent). This prize is the only book given to you in 2015 that may count towards a 2015 TBR climb.

Even if you're not in the mood for a prize or if you got distracted by pretty scenery or side trails (library books, ARCs, what-have-you), I'd love to have you check in and tell us how your 2015 mountain climb went!

***Please note--Links are for Checkpoint posts only. Links that are not Checkpoint-specific will be removed--to make it easier for me to track a winner.






Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Challenge Complete: Monthly Key Word


January 1, 2014 – December 31, 2014

Kimberly hosted the 2nd Annual Monthly Key Word Reading Challenge in 2014. For this challenge she chose six key words associated with each month in 2014. Our task was to read one book each month whose title includes one or more of the key words for that month. I finished my last word ("White') yesterday for a complete year of Key Words. Now to wait to begin the 2015 version!

MONTHLY KEY WORDS:
JAN- Angel, Secret, Clock, Black, Day, Wild
FEB- Her, Life, Night, Red, Dark, Island
MAR- Forever, Inside, Storm, Sky, Flower, Stay
APR- Star, Light, Never, Princess, Break, Clear
MAY- Dawn, Death, End, Lost, Beautiful, And
JUN- Color, Beyond, Day, Place, Grave, Road
JUL- Beautiful, Ship, Prince, Whisper, Sun, Of
AUG- Forgotten, Down, True, Run, Danger, Me
SEP- Number, Take, Shadow, Ice, Who, After
OCT- Ocean, Blood, Still, Out, The, Fate
NOV- Into, Sound, Blue, House, My, Last
DEC- Kiss, Fire, Ruin, White, Promise, Infinity


Here are my chosen books:

JAN: The Skeleton in the Clock by Carter Dickson (1/8/14)
JAN: Angels & Spaceships by Fredric Brown (1/12/14)
FEB: Shelf Life by Douglas Clark (2/6/14)
MAR: It's Not All Flowers & Sausages by Jennifer Scoggin (3/10/14) 
APR: The Coral Princess by Frances Crane (4/5/14)
MAY: Death at the Medical Board by Josephine Bell (5/16/14)
MAY: Bed-Knob and Broomstick by Mary Norton (5/16/14) 
MAY: Sinners and the Sea by Rebecca Kanner (5/21/14)
JUN: A Hearse on May-Day by Gladys Mitchell (6/15/14)
JUL: Who Guards a Prince? by Reginald Hill (7/23/14)
AUG: Date With Danger by Roy Vickers (8/11/14)
SEP: Death Takes a Sabbatical by Robert Bernard (9/16/14)
OCT: Blood on the Stars by Brett Halliday (10/4/14)
OCT: The Mind-Murders by Janwillem van de Wetering (10/30/14)
NOV: Guest in the House by Philip MacDonald (11/2/14)
DEC: The White Dress by Mignon G. Eberhart (12/15/14)
 

Words for Murder Perhaps: Review

I had been looking for Edward Candy's (Barbara Alison Boodson Neville, 1925-1993) Words for Murder Perhaps (1971) in used bookshops for a long time before finally giving in and finding it online for my hubby to get me on a gift-giving occasion. It was added to the TBF (To Be Found) list as soon as I read Bones of Contention (back in the mists of time before I kept a good reading log, so I don't really remember it much). When I discovered that she had an academically-inclined book, I knew I just had to have it.

Words is set at Bantwhich University. Gregory Roberts is a mild-mannered academic who teaches in the "Extra-Mural" (aka "adult education") department. He's middle-aged, living with his mother after his marriage dissolved and puttering along teaching little old ladies all about literature. The old dears love his new class, "Crime Fiction, Past and Present," and little realize that a crime wave is about to hit the university.

It all starts when Greg's ex-wife's current husband, who incidentally used to be his friend, disappears and the ex receives an anonymous typewritten note in the mail which seems to be an excerpt from a poetic elegy. She immediately thinks of Greg and assumes he sent it to her. She reports the disappearance to the police as well as her speculations about the note and soon Greg has an Inspector hanging about to see if Roberts is involved in his "rival's" vanishing act. Then a distinguished professor of Egyptology is poisoned and another obscure bit of poetry, an uncomfortably appropriate elegy, is found. More murders follow and the police are sure they are looking for a literary villain...Gregory Roberts just might do for the part. And, if not him, then perhaps the missing man--who also happens to be a bookish sort.

There is also an embryonic romance for Greg--one of the younger members of his class has fallen for the teacher. But will the police arrest him before he has a chance to pursue a relationship? Or will there  be a more sinister ending for Greg?

Candy, to use her pen name, had me guessing--in part because, she didn't quite play fair with the readers, but also because I got it into my head that she had chosen a rather unorthodox villain. But then I changed my mind and couldn't decide who it might really be. Was I right about the unorthodox murderer? Well, you'll have to read it for yourself to find out. The mystery is decent and the characterization is fair. It wasn't quite as interesting as an academic mystery as I anticipated. If you're looking for a light, quick read then this could fit the bill. Not too taxing and I was able to finish it in a day. ★★






++Also posted for the 1971 Crime Classics at Past Offences

*It occurs to me that it appears that I may be damning the book with faint praise. I'm afraid I'm just not as enthusiastic about it as I'd hoped to be--mostly because I had such high hopes for the academic-leanings.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The White Dress: Review

The White Dress is one of the most romantic-thriller-esque examples in Mignon Eberhart's work--at least of those I've read so far. The reader knows exactly what's in store from page one when Marny Sanderson steps off the plane in Miami.

She faced an unexpected and obscurely frightening thought; it was nonsense and yet it had a certain authority strong enough for Marny to pause a second, her hand on the railing, caught by an absurd compulsion to retreat, to turn around, re-enter the plane, go back to New York, go anywhere, but go. It was exactly as if she were afraid of something, as if some vague and unaccountable uneasiness, unrealized or, at least, certainly not acknowledged, had crystallized that moment and become fear.

Her feeling of uneasiness grows when at a secluded pool on her employer's luxurious Biscayne Bay island estate, she finds herself in the arms of a handsome stranger and then being kissed by the handsome and charming Andre Durant. It changes to terror verging on hysteria when she encounters an unknown woman who proves to be Durant's estranged wife. Her sense of foreboding is proved right when all events lead to a single conclusion--murder! Her well-ordered life--the life of the perfect secretary, devoted to her her job--is turned upside down...she learns about love and lust, horror and fear. And she learns that behind one of the familiar faces on the small island lurks the heart of a killer.

I generally like Mignon Eberhart--but I prefer the stories with her recurring characters Sarah Keate & Lance O'Leary or Susan Dare to her stand-alone romantic thrillers. Not that the thrillers are bad; they're just not my particular cup of tea. This one is a good example of the type--plenty of romantic tension, lots of suspicion to go around, and an effort to put our heroine on the spot and frame her up for murder. A decent read for me at ★★ and I'd bet that those who like their mysteries with a romantic-suspense twist would rate it higher.


Book Blogger Recommendation Challenge


As Kristin at the Geeky Zoo Girl says: "One of my favourite challenges to take part in during 2012 and 2013 was The Book Blogger Recommendation Challenge, which was hosted by Reading with Tequila but seems to have since disappeared." It's true--I thoroughly enjoyed that one as well. It helped take me out of my mystery reading comfort zone.

She goes on to say: 'In case you don’t know, the challenge was simple: book bloggers nominated their favourite books, and then a list was made, with books nominated the most often at the top.  To take part in the challenge, you picked a level and read a specified number of recommended books from the list. I think it’s a really great challenge, because you get to discover books other bloggers loved and share your own favourites (and isn’t that kind of the point of book blogging?).  I put out a call for book recommendations, and have had some great feedback already, so I’m going to try hosting it for 2015.  I’m still putting the list together but there will be at least 100 titles to choose from – if I’m a few short, I’ll be using people’s end of the year favourites lists or something to make sure we hit that." 

The rules are crazy simple:
  1. The challenge runs from January 1st 2014 to December 31st 2015
  2. There are five levels to choose from. You can increase your goal as many times as you want, or (because we all know real life happens!) you can decrease your goal once at any point throughout the year.
  3. The full list of books to choose from will go up on New Year’s Eve
  4. You don’t have to commit in advance to your choices, though of course you can plan them if you want to.
The Levels
Bronze – 3 books
Silver – 5 books
Gold – 10 books
Platinum – 25 books
Diamond – 50 books +

I plan on going for the Bronze level. If I read more than that, then I will level up--but my challenge will be complete for 2015 once I grab the Bronze. Now I just have to wait for the list....Click on the link above to join in.

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Then Gone: Mini-Review



This is going to be a mini-review for a mini-book. But--a mini-book in size only. Then Gone is Romayne Rubinas's gorgeous, hand-stitched petite book of poems. Her words are achingly beautiful and heart-breaking in their raw honesty about the ravages of cancer and its treatment. Short and poignant, ringing with lovely poetry about a very ugly disease.

The Finishing Stroke: Review

The Finishing Stroke is devilish little classic mystery story set primarily at Christmas-time, but bookended by a prologue set twenty-some years prior to the main events and a wrap-up that takes place over twenty years later. The set-up: In 1905, John Sebastian, Sr. takes his pregnant wife for a New Year's fling in New York before her "confinement" to bring forth an heir. When the weather turns bad (and a bit of looting takes place in the city), he stubbornly insists on taking her home. The result? An auto accident and his wife going into premature labor. She manages to successfully deliver a son--John Jr.--and then the doctor surprises the new father with word that another baby is on the way. But giving birth to another baby is too much for his young wife and she does not survive. In a fit of misplaced anger (heaven forbid that the man admit that it was his stubbornness that forced them out onto roads unfit for driving), John Sr. blames the death on the innocent baby and refuses to acknowledge him as his own. He gives the boy to the attending physician--a man whose wife has been unable to have children--and heads home with his new (and only) son. But the father doesn't last long himself and dies within a week, having made a new will leaving everything to John, Jr. but without arranging a promised trust fund for the unwanted baby.

Fast forward to Christmas 1929. John Jr. has put together an extended Christmas party at the home of his guardian, Arthur Craig. He has invited his best girl, Rusty Brown, and her mother; an old flame and wanna-be actress, Valentina Warren, and her current escort, an angry young musician named Marus Carlo; his long-time friend Ellery Queen and Ellery's publisher, Dan Freeman; Sam Dark, the family doctor; Roland Payne, the family lawyer; and the Reverend Andrew Gardiner. Sebastian immediately announces that some important events will happen during the party. Item one: his book of poetry is being published by the House of Freeman. Item two: January 6th is twenty-fifth birthday and he'll come into the trust fund that his father set up for him in his will. Item three: He's going to marry his beloved Rusty--and that, by the way, is why the good pastor is among their number. And item four....well, he's going to save that one for later.

However, someone has a few surprises of their own. On Christmas Day when Sebastian leads them all to the Christmas tree in the living room for gifts, they find the presents have all vanished. As they are musing over this, suddenly a fully costumed Santa Claus appears from the hallway, hands them all gifts, and vanishes just as suddenly. They all assume that Felton, the butler, had been talked into performing and they go ahead and open their gifts--items that match the zodiac sign of each guest. But when Felton--and then all party members and the rest of the servants--denies any knowledge of Santa, Ellery becomes concerned. A search through the large rambling house, reveals no extra person...and the newly fallen snow outside reveals no footprints. Later an unknown man is found dead under the Christmas tree. Then a steady campaign of mystery gifts commences. Each night a gift with a parody verse matching the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas" appears with Sebastian's name. And as the gifts continue the tone becomes more and more menacing until it all culminates in a second murder. Ellery believes he has solved the mystery--but doesn't have enough confidence in the solution to put it before the police. So the case remains unsolved.

Fast forward again to 1957. Ellery receives a phone call from now-Chief Devoe (a man who had been a sergeant in the state troopers at the time) wanting to know if Queen would like a crate that contains everything gathered in the Sebastian case. [There's a general clear-out going on and Devoe hates to throw it out.] Ellery takes it and when going through all the materials, he realizes he was right--well, pretty much. He just needed to give his solution a little twist. And he goes to confront the culprit.

Provided that one is willing to suspend one's disbelief regarding the sensible actions of a few people...and one is willing to swallow an interesting twist on a central theme [can't be more specific or I'd give the show away], this is a ripping good tale. What's not to love--mysterious corpse, red herrings, large cast of suspects, isolated and somewhat snow-bound setting, lovely prose, and witty banter. This a fun mystery and I can say that I got hoodwinked (and thoroughly enjoyed it)--I was absolutely distracted by that central theme and didn't catch any of the clues that would have led me in the proper direction.   ★★

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Challenge Complete: Monthly Motif


January 1, 2014 – December 31, 2014



Kimberly at Bookmark to Blog put together the Monthly Motif Challenge.  This one had 12 themes--one for each month.  Here are all the books I read for the challenge--some months I managed to read more than one that fit the theme. Thanks to Kimberly for hosting a great challenge. I'm already signed up for another round in 2015.

Monthly Motifs: 

Jan- Around the World: Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell [Sweden] (1/5/14)
Feb- 2012 Award Winner: Dandy Gilver & the Proper Treatment of Bloodstains by Catriona McPherson [Sue Feder Historical Mystery Award--2012 Macavity Awards] (2/12/14)
Mar- Fairy Tales/Fairy Creatures: Grimms' Fairy Tales by the Brothers Grimm (3/28/14)
Apr- Short & Sweet: A Hangman's Dozen by Alfred Hitchcock, ed (4/7/14)
The Mammoth Book of the Lost Chronicles of Sherlock Holmes by Denis O. Smith (4/13/14)
May- Mystery, Murder, & Mayhem: The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse by Robert Rankin (5/6/14)
Death at the Medical Board by Josephine Bell(5/16/14)
Whispers of Vivaldi by Beverle Grave Myers (5/21/14) 
By the Watchman's Clock by Leslie Ford (5/23/14)
Jun- A Long Journey: 12.21 by Dustin Thomason (6/6/14) [takes the reader from Southern California to the jungles of Guatemala]
The Hobbit or, There & Back Again by J. R. R. Tolkein (6/12/14) 
The 7 Professors of the Far North by John Fardell [from U.K. to the Arctic] (6/29/14)
Jul- Assassins, Warriors, & Rebels: The Whiskey Rebels by David Liss
The Day They Kidnapped Queen Victoria by H. K. Fleming [Fenians] (7/2/14)
Aug- Alternate Reality: The Seventh Son by Orson Scott Card (8/19/14)
Sep- Book to Movie: Death in a White Tie by Ngaio Marsh (9/6/14)
Ten Little Indians by Agatha Christie (9/11/14) 
The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy (9/21/14)
Oct- The Witching Hour: The Witch's Grave by Phillip DePoy (10/5/14)
Death on Allhallowe'en by Leo Bruce (10/11/14) [rumors of witchcraft in the village]
Nov- An Oldie But a Goodie (Pre-2000): The Lady in Black by Anna Clarke [pub. 1977] (11/1/14)
Guest in the House by Philip MacDonald [pub. 1955] (11/2/14) 
The Circular Staircase by Mary Roberts Rinehart [pub 1908] (11/4/14) 
The Final Deduction by Rex Stout [pub 1961] (11/10/14) 
Two Men in Twenty by Maurice Procter [pub 1964] (11/14/14) 
Death by Pure Torture by Robert Barnard [pub 1981] (11/15/14) 
The D. A. Breaks a Seal by Erle Stanley Gardner [pub 1946] (11/16/14)
Dec- That's a Wrap: (Finish a series or read the next book in a series)
A Curtain Falls by Stefanie Pintoff [#2 in Simon Ziele series--read number one last year] (12/10/14)
 

A Curtain Falls: Review

A Curtain Falls is a stronger book than Stefanie Pintoff's debut in the Simon Ziele series. It takes us back to New York City in the earliest days of the Twentieth Century. It's a time when Charles Frohman, a historical figure who appears in the book, rules the theater world with an iron hand. If actors and actresses want to make a life in the business, they had better keep their reputations clean and abide by his rules. But somebody doesn't want the theater to be so tidily kept out of the gutter press. 

To begin, a chorus girl is found dead on one of Frohman's stages (his syndicate owns a large number of the theaters in the City)--she is dressed in the part of the current leading lady and left dead without a mark on her. A bizarre note is found beside her and the coroner is ready to call it a suicide until Frohman's assistant reveals that this is the second chorus girl found dead in these circumstances. Captain Declan Mulvaney calls upon his former partner, Detective Simon Ziele, to assist him with this tricky case.

Tricky not only because of the pressure that an influential man like Frohman can bring to bear, but because the methods of the murderer and his notes to the police and then to the press reveal that they are up against a fiendishly clever villain. Ziele insists on bringing in Columbia University criminologist Alistair Sinclair, a man with connections to the theater and with unusual methods of investigation--perhaps unusual enough to help them understand the fiendish methods employed.

Before Ziele and Sinclair can complete their investigations, however, Mulvaney is pressured to arrest a man from the theater. Ziele believes the man to be innocent and discovers a way in which the actor could have been framed. But with no hard evidence to show Mulvaney, he decides to set a trap catch the killer before he can pull off a grand finale to his performance. Will Ziele be able to bring the curtain down in time? Or will he find himself cast as one of the expendable players in the killers production?

I thoroughly enjoyed my little trip to New York City in 1906. Pintoff does an excellent job with historic detail and giving the reader the feeling of stepping into a time machine to visit the past. The premise is interesting--using the story of Pygmalion as a theme for murderer was quite good. Her weakness is misdirection. I knew quite early who the killer was--but as with her first book, she did provide a final twist that meant I didn't quite get everything right. The plotting was a bit tighter in her second book and pushes the rating to★★  and a half rather than the just over three that In the Shadow of Gotham earned from me. 
 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

2015 Science Fiction Experience



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Once again Carl V over at Stainless Droppings is starting his Sci-Fi Experience reading event in December.  So...I'm going to be looking over my TBR stacks and lining up some SF reads for the rest of December and January.  I'm going to take a wild guess and say that I'll finish at least five by January 31st. Since the event ends in January, this will count towards my 2015 Challenges.

The goal? Just to read, discuss, and enjoy some science fiction.  No required reading levels.  Low pressure and fun!  So go on and join us!

Reviews not required, but if you'd like to share them then the Review Site can be found HERE.



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