Well, when I first got my Kindle a few years ago, I read several Sherlock Holmes books. This one I downloaded from Project Gutenberg, but it got pusheWell, when I first got my Kindle a few years ago, I read several Sherlock Holmes books. This one I downloaded from Project Gutenberg, but it got pushed back in the reading list in favor of other books. So, it's been a couple years since I traveled in this detective's footsteps.
Watson's familiar touch on description, Homes' arrogance, and a mystery in late 19th Century England. Lovely!
This was not the tale I thought it would be. The title, so familiar, indicated the great masterpiece. While I enjoyed the tale and Conan Doyle's writing, I thought this was not as good as some of the earlier mysteries that commenced on Baker Street.
I rather had this one figured out. Of course, not every detail was accounted for for that is impossible in these reads, but I had the correct suspect and for the correct reason. Much of the ancillary stuff was happily revealed to me at the end of the book.
I can easily see this performed on film (do they even use film anymore?) as I am certain it has been. I think Watson's query at the end as to how the criminal would have taken control of the estate is a good one.
I have probably had my fix of Holmes now with this read. I needn't anymore large hounds chasing me for entertainment although I still long to visit Dartmoor....more
Well, you hooked me. After reading the second book in the series, I was interested enough to shell out the cash for the third one. This was the best oWell, you hooked me. After reading the second book in the series, I was interested enough to shell out the cash for the third one. This was the best of the three.
Margarita and Bindi are at it again. This story I thought was more easily followed. I believe there were fewer characters to keep track of. It was fairly easy to follow who was who.
FWIW, I had things figured out pretty closely.
This reader could have lived without the introduction of Garrick and Shannon. A little too unbelievable for me.
Bindi on Vicodin is fun. :)
I think the author is starting to his her stride with these characters although I note there seems to be no new books with them. :(
I wonder what the fireworks people thought of the hikacking . . . and the police for that matter. Ha!
This is the second geocaching book I have read from Ms. Talbot. Full disclosure, she provided this book free of charge in exchange for an honest revieThis is the second geocaching book I have read from Ms. Talbot. Full disclosure, she provided this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.
I am beginning to like Margarita and Bindi. Once again, there were too many characters for my liking. I find keeping track of the 16 or so characters work.
While the plot was a cliche, I am beginning to be more accepting of the genre being used here. Even so, Bindi's super sense of smell is a bit unbelievable.
For the reader, the mystery was a bit too far fetched to actually solve without the author's explanation. The intricacies of the solution were out there although I was pretty good with the who, just not all of the why.
For me, some of the side stories were more over the top than I would have preferred. It sure sounds like we're going down the liberal "Save the Planet" storyline, which I find unnecessary.
There were several uses of verbing that surprised me. While I don't care for the practice, some are less offensive than others.
The reader didn't find out how the car crash factored into things. If not important, drop it.
That's one of the things I noted while reading. The reader needs more about the characters. When a scene occurs, take the reader there, even if Margarita and Bindi aren't there. That will help the reader understand a little more, even if no clues are unearthed. The text moves involving other characters quickly without the reader getting the depth he needs to understand more than Margarita, Bindi, and Drew.
Despite all that, I enjoyed this book, even more than the first one in the series. Now, do I purchase book three. Good strategy in hooking the reader, Ms. Talbot. ;)...more
Not that I can find it now, but I responded to the author's promise of two free books in return for honest reviews of the books. I explained it wouldNot that I can find it now, but I responded to the author's promise of two free books in return for honest reviews of the books. I explained it would take me until summer to read them as I was quite busy at the time.
I began book one, First to Find. I struggled getting with it. While I ave been geocaching for almost 14 years now, the caching in the book wasn't hooking me. It dawned on me there were far too many characters to keep track of. That is something that affected me throughout the book. For something that is 217 pages long, the number of characters was lengthy; I, the reader, was confused.
A chapter here was read, a chapter there while waiting. It wasn't until last evening I got into the flow of the book. The murder mystery was compelling and there were clues to follow.
Unfortunately, the motive was thin and not all the storylines were wrapped up. Why was Hal at Amir's house? That was never resolved (or I missed it).
I will say I enjoyed the ending even though I had predicted it.
The author's ability for description is very good. There were several paths the story could have flowed, which was good for the reader. It involved geocaching so that was all right too. Overall, okay, not great, but not horrible either.
The crossword puzzle at the end is unreadable on my Kindle....more
I decided to sneak in another Sherlock Holmes book before the month ended for the book club. I read this on the heels of Adventures. Interestingly, II decided to sneak in another Sherlock Holmes book before the month ended for the book club. I read this on the heels of Adventures. Interestingly, I really thought I was going to read a novel last time. Instead I got short stories. After my initial disappointment, I got into them. I looked forward to these short stories too. It's becoming evident that the Sherlock Holmes that everyone thinks of comes from these stories.
I found the stories here inconsistent. "The Adventure of the Yellow Face" and "The Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual" were the two stories I liked least in this collection. A couple others were okay. But then there were a few that I particularly liked: "Gloria Scott", "The Adventure of the Resident Patient", "The Adventure of the Naval Treaty" and "The Final Problem".
"The Final Problem" surprised me. I did not know that this was to be the end of Sherlock. I was quite surprised and now I am intrigued as to how all the other stories fit. Could it be a Dallas dream all over again? Doubtful, but I am interested.
This was the March 2013 read for the "Classics Without All the Class" book club here at GoodReads. Having purchased my Kindle about a year ago, I founThis was the March 2013 read for the "Classics Without All the Class" book club here at GoodReads. Having purchased my Kindle about a year ago, I found the joy of public domain fiction. I read my first two Sherlock Holmes classics before pausing for other interests. When I saw the third book was up for the book club I eagerly awaited the roar and march of the lion.
As I moved into the second story, it quickly dawned on me I was not reading a novel but rather a collection of short stories. A quick look at Wikipedia confirmed my suspicion. Furthermore, it proved what I suspected, these short stories were unrelated. Admittedly, I was miffed. I enjoy a short story as much as anyone, but to sit and read one after another is not particularly in my interest; I lost my enthusiasm.
Nevertheless, I read another couple over the next few days. Today I moved forward and completed this.
I enjoyed the stories well enough. Nothing stands out as, "Oh my! This is the finest mystery that one shall read!" But there were enjoyable stories nonetheless. The three that I liked best are:
"A Scandal in Bohemia" "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle" "The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet"
I note that "The Adventure of the Copper Beeches", which is listed as one of Dolye's favorite, was fairly easily solved by this reader. Perhaps after reading so many stories, I am onto the methods of the coco-addict and his author. :) ...more
I picked this up when I saw it was free. I forget where I saw it. Anyhow, today I was looking for something light to read and loaded this into the KinI picked this up when I saw it was free. I forget where I saw it. Anyhow, today I was looking for something light to read and loaded this into the Kindle.
This is a short story length story.
A single female travel writer is encouraged to explore letterboxing by her mother. Looking for a diversion from her work, the writer searches for clues that take her to a wooded area she remembers from her youth.
That's where the story changes from letterboxing to a mystery. Strange things happen in the woods. She trips, feels as though she is being followed, and twists her ankle.
She does not want to run from her fears so begins to explore the mysterious happenings of late at Raven's Ridge. She learns its history, the folklore, and falls for a new guy as the mystery unfolds.
The twist was pretty well telegraphed in this story.
The story wasn't particularly compelling for me. It wasn't bad, but I am happy this was a short story and not novel length. The only error I noted is that Teaneck is one word, not two. ...more
'Tis the Christmas break so a good time for pleasure reading. After knocking off a book or two, I was fiddling around here at GR. I had joined another'Tis the Christmas break so a good time for pleasure reading. After knocking off a book or two, I was fiddling around here at GR. I had joined another book club that interested me. I read the book for the month. I am enamored with book clubs although I am not particularly good at participating.
Nevertheless, I began reading through the various groups I belong to here. So many duplications. I began paring down. I left the most recently joined group and the mystery group I joined some time ago. I am not certain I have actually participated in that group as of yet, but I like the idea of such a group. Their books are on a 15th of the month to the the 15th of the month stagger. Two offerings currently; this one intrigued me.
I know I have an Agatha Christie book already in my Kindle queue, but I purchased this for a reasonable price.
It's an easy read and quite nicely followed. Christie works her magic. This is a classic whodunnit. The patriarch invites his grown sons and wives to Christmas. He's impish to say the least as he purposely stirs the pot. On Christmas Eve, he is found dead.
A tale where everyone has motive and most opportunity is left only to Hercule Poirot to solve. Admittedly, I was led astray and was surprised at the end. I did conceive of the method, just not the suspect.
No grand piece of literature here and Christmas is but a setting, not a storyline. Nevertheless, this is a fun read for anyone looking for a classic mystery. ...more
Back in March I read about this and it was recommended. Furthermore, it was free. I like finding free Kindle books to read. Two weeks ago I was in theBack in March I read about this and it was recommended. Furthermore, it was free. I like finding free Kindle books to read. Two weeks ago I was in the doctor's office and read a page or two. Then a week later I was back to the same doctor and picked up from there. I read another page or two. I had no recall of what I had previously read.
Today I sat in the jury meeting room waiting to be seated for a jury. I picked up from where I was and realized I knew nothing of the first six pages I had read. I began over. Before I was called to go to the courtroom, I had finished this book. Yes, this is a short story, not a book. Looking now, the Amazon page does indicate that; I certainly did not realize that until I was into it.
The story is just okay for me. It began with some intrigue and suspense. In other words, there was some promise. Unfortunately, it derailed with the journey down the fireplace. In the end, I am unclear as to what actually happened. The "twist" at the end actually confused this reader more than had it not been who it was.
The title is a different interpretation of "liquidation" than I anticipated. Clever.
I would change the supposed person behind the caper to it being just the roles without the "back" story. I think that would have strengthened the plot.
It's a quick read. It's interesting enough.
Unlike most Kindle books I have read, this did not have any spelling errors that I caught. The writing was decent. ...more
A few months ago I downloaded this for free. I am certain I found the listing on one of the free Kindle book lists I subscribe to. Yesterday I was locA few months ago I downloaded this for free. I am certain I found the listing on one of the free Kindle book lists I subscribe to. Yesterday I was locked in a doctor's office for nearly two hours with my family. While we waited, I pulled out the Kindle and began reading.
While this is not the best story ever written, it was compelling to keep me reading. The author has a good vocabulary and uses it throughout. It's been some time since I have enjoyed the terms used in a book. Thank you.
An exclusive area of San Antonio sees a strange death that is almost immediately thought to be murder. Then another death. All the while we hear through Jennifer's memories the death of her drug-addicted daughter. So much sorrow among the upper class.
Standing in stark contrast is the amateur murder club that tries to solve cold cases. But when the third odd death comes, cold cases are no longer the only ones investigated.
Jennifer, the main character, was likable as was her best friend Evelyn, who we know about only through Jennifer.
The relationships Jennifer has with males I thought were transparent. This was definitely written by a woman as Tom would have never come back if a male had written this.
I like that not every i was dotted at the end. We learned what we had to be satisfied readers, but there are still open questions. That shows that these cases aren't always wrapped up neatly.
I didn't think Bill should have been at the club meeting. To me that rang unlikely to happen. I didn't understand the lengthy description of the lady in pink.
It also seemed like there were too many deaths for such a story. Evelyn and the daughter would have sufficed. I also thought the affair was an odd one. There were weaknesses to the story, but it was an interesting enough read for a light mystery during the summer.
Finally, what is it with Kindle books? I don't think I have read one yet that did not have misspelled words. This one was not nearly as bad as some, but I caught some. Chase for chaise was one I recall. There were at least two oddly constructed sentences (missing word or something similar) too.
Nevertheless, for free, I was entertained enough. I would read another by this author....more
The other day on the way home from work I tuned into All Things Considered on NPR. I listened to this segment. I was mesmerized by the description ofThe other day on the way home from work I tuned into All Things Considered on NPR. I listened to this segment. I was mesmerized by the description of a book that had left its impression upon someone so long ago. I was intrigued.
That evening I took the children to the public library to check this out.
I loved the story here. Cormier's writing is compelling. Adam lives in a dark world that he discovers as the book proceeds. There is a great mystery that unfolds. As a reader, it is easy to be caught up in the the plot. The story is all flashback, but from different settings. It's interesting. While I had my theories on things throughout, in the end I have no idea if they were confirmed or not.
That is the problem with this book. There is no ending.
What was headed for a nice conclusion was suspended. All of a sudden we get a pysch ward filled with characters we have seen before. Did any of this actually happen? I felt like the ending to the Usual Suspects. Discord. And for that, I loathe Mr. Cormier. A reader should not leave unsettled.
I am completely baffled as to what this story was. Was it the tale that unfolded (newspaper man, identity, etc.) or is it a troubled youth caged living out fantasies?
When I entered fourth grade long ago, I would not have been classified as an avid reader. By the time that year ended, I was and have been ever since.When I entered fourth grade long ago, I would not have been classified as an avid reader. By the time that year ended, I was and have been ever since. A lot of that had to do with Encyclopedia Brown. I suspect I read this way back then.
I read a story with my students every year. As I cleaned up the book mess last year, I came across this book. It has been in my To Read pile since.
The formula is set. I had read the "The Case of a Glass of Ginger Ale" within the last few years. It's an obvious solution.
Much like The Brady Bunch, Encyclopedia and his family end up touring the wild west on a vacation. Of course, ol' Leroy solved two cases from long ago. He's just so smart. :) One of the stories foreshadowed the movie "Heat" with Pacino and DeNiro. Who knew?
I love the expression, "He wore a face longer than the last day of school."...more
Another Encyclopedia Brown book that was in the basement. This one was not as good as some of the others. Of the 10 stories, three of them were blah.Another Encyclopedia Brown book that was in the basement. This one was not as good as some of the others. Of the 10 stories, three of them were blah. Really, are we supposed to know the length of a dollar bill?
Even so, this is an enjoyable enough read. A few of the stories are typical Encyclopedia Brown mysteries, which is a good thing. It occurs to me that Sobol uses a few expressions that are dated these many years later. Perhaps that is to be expected.
This was the 14th book in the series. It seems to me that he was fetching for stories at this point....more
I read this while living in Watertown, MA. That would have been 1989-90. As I recall, Steve Billhardt recommended this to me. I picked it up and beganI read this while living in Watertown, MA. That would have been 1989-90. As I recall, Steve Billhardt recommended this to me. I picked it up and began reading it one morning. I was captivated. The day wore on and it occurred to me I wasn't going to have it completed before I had to go to work. I strongly considered blowing off work just to finish it. I didn't, but recall rushing home after closing the restaurant to finish this book off. It captivated me that much.
Later, the movie would be released. I thought it was pretty good, but not as compelling as the writing.
The twist at the end is not what I envisioned. This was a mystery that was written well, conceived well, and captured the reader's attention. All that, but I haven't returned to read any of Turow's other works....more