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Mystery Mile (Albert Campion Mystery #2)
Didn't expect to read this book so soon or all in one go, but I was having trouble sleeping, so I figured, why not? It's very obviously a cousin of Sa...more
Jan 11, 2014
Dec 31, 2013
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Flavia de Luce, #1)
Third book of the readathon! Is it really only my third? Normally I do better than this.

Anyway. In one way, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie is...more
Apr 28, 2013
Mar 18, 2013
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
I've been meaning to read this book for a while. I was curious about it, since I've known quite a few people with Asperger's Syndrome, and since my mu...more
Jul 25, 2009
Jul 25, 2009
Servant of the Underworld (Obsidian and Blood, #1)
I really wasn't sure about reading this. I read some of Aliette de Bodard's shorter fiction and wasn't very interested, and there's so much potential...more
Jun 30, 2013
Jun 30, 2013
The Sign of Four (Sherlock Holmes, #2)
Things I learned in this book: Watson is way more appealing a character, much of the time, than Holmes. The wrestling really is part of his character....more
Jan 14, 2010
Oct 18, 2009
Dissolution (Matthew Shardlake, #1)
I've been meaning to read this for ages. It's been tempting me more ever since I started volunteering at the tiny local library, so finally I picked i...more
Jul 23, 2013
Jul 22, 2013
The Moonspinners
Bought for a bit of silly light reading. It took me dreadfully long to get round to it, despite that, because I had such a long period where I didn't...more
Nov 21, 2011
Aug 30, 2011
Call for the Dead
Hmmm. I've heard so much about John le Carré; perhaps this wasn't a good place to start, but I have a thing about being chronological. (I read The Mag...more
Oct 24, 2013
Oct 24, 2013
Cover Her Face (Adam Dalgliesh, #1)
Meh. P.D. James is a competent writer and puts together a reasonable mystery, but there's nothing exciting about it -- I felt like I'd read it before,...more
Oct 06, 2012
Dec 25, 2011
Tamburlaine Must Die
I'm not at all sure what I think of this one. It was recommended to me as part of a challenge as probably not being my usual thing, but it's not too f...more
Apr 2014
Apr 01, 2014
A Red Herring Without Mustard (Flavia de Luce, #3)
I'm somewhat torn on the subject of Flavia de Luce. I find the books fun to read, but the hail-fellow-well-met Englishness (as portrayed by a Canadian...more
Dec 12, 2013
Dec 12, 2013
The Nursing Home Murder (Roderick Alleyn, #3)
This is my third Ngaio Marsh novel and I still have somewhat mixed feelings. I'm not into her detective character at all -- there's been too little pe...more
Jun 08, 2014
Oct 24, 2013
The Owl Killers
I think this might be my favourite of Karen Maitland's books so far -- I definitely liked it more than The Gallows Curse, although it didn't grip me a...more
Aug 25, 2012
Jun 12, 2012
A Man Lay Dead (Roderick Alleyn, #1)
I'm not wildly enthused about Ngaio Marsh and Inspector Alleyn, at this point. It's a smooth enough read, but the murder is a little haphazardly imagi...more
Jun 04, 2014
Oct 24, 2013
The Coffin Dancer (Lincoln Rhyme, #2)
If you haven't read The Coffin Dancer, and you want the plot to surprise you, do not read my review after this first paragraph -- do not read anyone's...more
Jun 06, 2013
Jun 06, 2013
The Killing Way (Arthurian Mysteries, #1)
Now I've read a handful of historical mysteries, I'm starting to see trends -- the interest in the physical things surrounding the stories: how this w...more
Jan 08, 2011
Apr 26, 2010
The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul (Dirk Gently, #2)
I'm not sure whether this is the effect of not being jammed into half a train seat by someone twice the size of me, but The Long Dark Tea-time of the...more
Jan 23, 2011
Jan 23, 2011
You wouldn't think that an old-fashioned way of writing, as in the odd-numbered chapters of this book, could put me off. I mean, I've learnt Anglo-Sax...more
Sep 07, 2012
Dec 25, 2011
A Spy in the House (The Agency, #1)
I found A Spy in the House to be pretty entertaining, but fluffy. It didn't require much thought or attention: I wasn't bothered by Mum's snoring in t...more
Sep 12, 2011
Aug 24, 2011
The Big Sleep (Philip Marlowe, #1)
Another book for Crime Fiction! I really, really liked this one. Raymond Chandler has a hell of a style, and that's mostly why it gets five stars. The...more
Jan 10, 2010
Jan 08, 2010
Slow River
I don't think I read the summary of Slow River when I bought it. It wasn't familiar at all when I started reading it, anyway. And I... kind of liked t...more
Jul 02, 2013
Dec 30, 2011
Four and Twenty Blackbirds (Eden Moore, #1)
I didn't like this as much as I'd hoped to. I was ambivalent toward Boneshaker, but I really love Bloodshot and Hellbent (my girlfriend is in the dogh...more
Aug 19, 2013
Jun 21, 2013
The Diviner's Tale
Considering I think I got this one at Christmas for £1, I wouldn't say it was a waste of money, but it certainly wasn't the greatest read. It was bill...more
May 22, 2011
Dec 30, 2010
Ghosts (The New York Trilogy, #2)
Reading Ghosts, I had the bizarre feeling, the whole time, that I'd read the story before. That I'd read about this premise being played out somewhere...more
Aug 24, 2011
Aug 23, 2011
Artists in Crime
I was quite hopeful about Artists in Crime bringing Alleyn to life for me a bit more, since this is where he meets his love interest. In a way, the wh...more
Jun 15, 2014
Jun 15, 2014
A Love Like Blood
A Love Like Blood is a pretty disturbing book. I wasn't sure that to expect when I requested it from Bookbridgr, and I'm a little worried that everyth...more
Aug 07, 2014
Aug 07, 2014
Killer In The Rain (Penguin Mini Modern Classics)
Raymond Chandler's work is always worth reading, so I picked this up in my local indie bookshop when I was somewhat at a loss. The story from Killer i...more
Feb 23, 2011
Feb 23, 2011
The Nekropolis Archives
I've reviewed the three main titles separately, but I wanted to put down a quick note about the short stories in this book, too -- they're worth readi...more
Oct 26, 2012
Oct 26, 2012
The Midnight Side
The Midnight Side is an interesting enough slightly supernatural thriller, but I didn't find it exceptional. Alette sounded like the sort of person yo...more
Mar 26, 2014
Mar 26, 2014
Clouds of Witness (Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries, #2)
I think I liked Clouds of Witness more on a reread than I did the first time round. I now have a better mental image of Peter & co., after all, an...more
Apr 14, 2012
Apr 15, 2012
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