Posts Tagged: mystery

Reading notes, week 30

July 29: The Second Mango by Shira Glassman. Re-reread, of course, likely to lead to a reread of the whole Mangoverse. July 27: Inspector French and Sir John Magill’s Last Journey by Freeman Wills Crofts. Trying to read all the Inspector Frenches I haven’t read yet in publication order (and fill up the gaps). Strange

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Reading notes, week 22

June 4: A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking by T. Kingfisher. Even better than the previous time. (Bread isn’t meant to fly. But it makes pretty good watershoes as long as it’s stale enough.) Perhaps not such a good idea to read it right now because it makes me want to bake and we don’t

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Reading notes, week 18

May 9: A Good Kiss is Hard to Find by Augustine Lang. Reread, but I’d forgotten most of the real meat of the story. I like these people! And it’s a kind of romance I can actually read without cringing, with very little failure-to-communicate. May 6: A Fairwell Friendship by Augustine Lang. Romance is not

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Reading notes, week 17

April 27: The Cask by Freeman Wills Crofts. I can hardly imagine that this book is a hundred years old! (A hundred and one in fact: it was first published in 1920 though the epub I have of it is of a 1921 edition.) It’s long and convoluted, and I somewhat agree with one review

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Reading notes, week 16

April 23: Polly’s First Year at Boarding School by Dorothy Whitehill. It took me a while to realise that this is a boarding-school book set in the United States. The usual boarding-school things happen but there doesn’t seem to be a plot, everybody likes the protagonist, and the only antagonist until now is the Latin

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Reading notes, week 15

April 17: (Inspector French and) the Box Office Murders (both titles exist) by Freeman Wills Crofts. I’d forgotten the existence of Inspector French completely, and this is one I hadn’t read before! Very slight period-true cringe moments but the inspector is a decent, respectful human being, who listens to his wife when she has something

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Reading notes, week 12

March 27: Monsieur Pamplemousse and the Militant Midwives by Michael Bond. Meh, but it’s easy to read and there are some nice moments and I love Pommes Frites (the bloodhound). There was no mention of midwives until the very end, and then it was only a mention, they didn’t contribute anything to the plot. March

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Reading notes, week 11

March 20: Wizard’s Holiday (Summer Edition) by NightsMistress. Nice friendship fic. March 19: The Clocks by Agatha Christie. I expected more of the comfort reread, but I seem never to have read it before! Good story, but rather too many “I wonder if…” “What?” “No, never mind” moments. (Also, one such that wasn’t “never mind”

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Reading notes, week 10

Put aside: The Element of Fire by Martha Wells (of Murderbot fame, which I’m not sure I want to read). It’s interesting to read fantasy with such a Baroque (as in “the eighteenth century”, not “extravagant and bizarre”, though it’s got a bit of the latter too) flavour. It’s a slow and fussy book, and

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Reading notes, week 8

DNF: The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov. I joined a slap-up IRC book club that’s reading it for February. I tried! And tried! I thought it only needed perseverance but it became more and more of a chore. Is this what reading is like for people who feel that reading is virtuous so they

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