Friday, November 30, 2007

Carbs and Cadavers: A Supper Club Mystery, by J.B. Stanley


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Well, it is my type of mystery--cozy, not gory, featuring good-natured amateur sleuths and even recipes--just like an episode of Murder, She Wrote. But...

It was readable, but not all that well-written. The author used italics for emphasis far too often, sometimes as many as half a dozen times on a page. Better writing could have built the tension without such a distracting device.

And also there were a few inconsistencies that never got resolved.

******SPOILER ALERT!!!******

Monday, November 26, 2007

Hush Puppy: A Melanie Travis Mystery, by Laurien Berenson


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The holidays wouldn't be complete without another Melanie Travis mystery! This one was earlier in the series than the last few I've read and I was a little annoyed by how the romance part of it was handled, but I like the mystery. It took place at the private school where Melanie works (or used to...I can't remember if she still works there in later books). Very enjoyable indeed.

Monday, November 5, 2007

A Spot of Bother, by Mark Haddon


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Wow! It had really been a long time since I read a book! I suppose with finishing my old job, visiting Nova Scotia, moving, starting a new relationship, starting a new job, being sick and not having a valid library card...it's been too long. This was the second book I've read by Haddon (after The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime) and while I didn't love it as much as the first, it was still very enjoyable. I'd definitely look for more by this author.