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The Alpine Pursuit - Mary Daheim

An interesting mystery, but the overarching series story is up in the air. It seems the characters are simply going through the motions and in the end of the book, they seem to be wandering a bit lost. Not the best of the series, but it may prove to be necessary after reading the next installment.

Blind Dates Can Be Murder - Mindy Starns Clark

This was an interesting mystery.  It was a bit confusing at first with all the different stories and characters, but I really enjoyed the way all the stories were woven together in the end.  Definitely worth the read.

 

It's been a while since I read the previous installment, but the author did a great job catching readers up so there was no need to go back for a re-read before or during this episode.  The characters are friendly and welcoming, the kind of characters you want to spend time with and the find you really end up caring about.

 

In some ways it was a bit of a rush to the end, but not so much that it was disappointing or destroyed the build-up or the story.

Killer Mousse - Melinda Wells An interesting mystery that had me guessing. There was a great deal of series set up, so I hope the series continues well. It was well worth the bargain price.
The Amber Room - Steve Berry It was a good story that held my interest, but nothing really to write home about. I had some issues with the alleged "facts" but otherwise it was good for what I wanted -- a book to hold my interest on a long drive.

Murder in Burnt Orange: A Hilda Johansson Book

Murder In Burnt Orange - Jeanne M. Dams Another good visit with Hilda, and a very interesting twist on the mystery. Much more t'inking than acting for Hilda and it worked quite well. I had the surprise ending pegged in the first few chapters, but it did not destroy the enjoyment of the mystery as I had trouble figuring out whodunit. Definitely a visit with good friends and I wish there were more.
The Mysterious Benedict Society  - Carson Ellis, Trenton Lee Stewart I really don't know what I expected when I was intrigued by this book in the bookstore, but it was so much better than I expected it to be. The characters really came alive to me and the whole story was very interesting. The puzzles were interesting, and the solutions creative. I am really looking forward to the next ones to see what happens to the characters. Well done, fun, entertaining read. Would be great for a read-aloud story or to read with a class.
Sneaky Pie for President: A Novel - Rita Mae Brown It started out promising, but toward the end it was a bit lacking. There are good ideas, but the end of the fizzled out a bit. In the beginning I was fully on board with Sneaky Pie's campaign and would have supported it whole heartedly, but towards the end, despite the good, down-to-earth ideas and honesty, I would have gone looking for another candidate.

Overall, in the end, I think Sneaky Pie would struggle to get any electoral votes.
Pane of Death - Sarah Atwell I found this book at a bargain bin at a big box store. For $3.50 I wasn't expecting much, and I was very pleased by the book. I'm not sure I'll seek out the other two in the series, but I wouldn't turn them down if I happened upon them.

The mystery was well-crafted and I was on the wrong track for most of the book. I did get a bit annoyed by the character's glass-art snobbery, but reading only the one book it was not too bad. I am certain I could not take a whole series with that kind of character.

I enjoyed the book and would definitely recommend it to anyone, especially if they found it in a bargain bin.

Scotched (Liss MacCrimmon Series #5)

Scotched - Kaitlyn Dunnett I can't really decide if I liked this installment or not. Part of it might be that I accidentally spoiled the ending for myself when I caught a glimpse of the last pages when I dropped the book. But more is that it simply is not the best of the series. The mystery really didn't hold my attention, and by the end, I really didn't care whodunit. I just wanted the annoying people to go away. I thought there were too many characters and too much going on, and yet not enough time with the series regulars. I'll keep going in the series because I like the regular characters, but this one can easily be skipped with no harm done. It is very much like "filler" episodes of a regular television series. It can fall anywhere in the timeline of the series because there is no series advancement.

Over all, I think I was disappointed in the book because I expected something different.
A Disappearance in Drury Lane (Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries, #8) - Ashley Gardner Another great adventure-visit with Captain Lacey. It was thrilling and fun and had all my good friends. I can't wait for the next one.
Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar... Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes - Thomas Cathcart The jokes were funny, but I'm not sure I came away understanding philosophy any better than I did. But then again, I'm not really sure anyone does. And it confirms that picking sociology as my social science in college was the right choice. Interesting enough, but not really worth the time.
The Westing Game - Ellen Raskin I have loved this book since I read it the first time when I was like 12. My copy has been well-loved and well-read -- the pages are showing wear, the cover is bent and nicked and it feels like a book that has been read -- many times.

I tried to share this book as part of our family story-time, but found it's really not the kind of book that can be read aloud very well, so in the end I just finished it alone.

It's a great mystery, and an excellent introduction to the genre for children and pre-teens, but still enjoyable enough for adults to read (and re-read).

I find each time I re-read it, I forget just enough to make it easy to read without spoiling the ending, though by the time I get to the end, I remember it from previous reads.

On the whole it's a great book, and if my copy were not so incredibly fragile, I would definitely loan it out to friends, because it is that kind of book.
Death by Water - Kerry Greenwood Another fun adventure with Phryne. This one was lavish and rich, but then she was sailing first class on a pleasure cruise. It was peppered with interesting characters, who I hope pop up again in future books. Well worth the read.
Queen of the Flowers - Kerry Greenwood This was a fun adventure with Phryne, but not my favorite. It seemed to be a bit slow and rushed all at once. I really didn't like the way one of the mysteries was solved -- as a reader it felt as though the characters had off-stage interactions that were not recorded, and that's not fair. And the other mystery seemed to be interesting but also not as flushed out as it could have been. It was all wrapped up very neatly, but still it was still a bit on the disappointing side.
The Castlemaine Murders - Kerry Greenwood Another great adventure with Phryne. Definitely one to put on the of not to be missed in the series, though it is not strictly necessary to read the series in order.
Murder in Montparnasse - Kerry Greenwood This was one of the best Phryne adventures so far. I really enjoyed the bit of Phryne's background. The mystery itself was relatively easy to figure out and I had the killer pegged as soon as he was introduced, but as that mystery was not the real focus of the story it was not such a bad thing.

Early in the book, there was a quote that really struck me. I was floored by the observation and really had to take a few moments (a day) to process it. Things like that happen when reading.

But this really was a great book, both heavier and lighter than it appears.