The last book in the Mary Quinn quartet. Sigh. I was both satisfied at the ending, which tied up some loose ends and saw many reconciliations ((view sThe last book in the Mary Quinn quartet. Sigh. I was both satisfied at the ending, which tied up some loose ends and saw many reconciliations ((view spoiler)[between Anne and Felicity, and between Mary and her past (hide spoiler)]). It was fitting that Mary's story ended with the resolution of the Thorolds' story, since her first case involved them.
(Though I really wish we had seen more of Octavius Jones, who I really like as a foil to James Easton.)["br"]>["br"]>...more
Ack! I'm at the end of all the Mary Quinn books I own. How can this be? Noooooo...
So, these are pure unadulterated crack, and are as addictive as theAck! I'm at the end of all the Mary Quinn books I own. How can this be? Noooooo...
So, these are pure unadulterated crack, and are as addictive as the opium found in the opening scene of this book. Mary, now a full agent of the Agency, is posing as a parlor maid in Buckingham Palace to investigate a series of thefts. In between pouring tea for Queen Victoria, helping her roommate advance her romance with one Mr. Jones, and dealing with the suspicions of the head housekeeper, she learns the Crown Prince was witness to a murder in an opium den. The suspected murderer being a Lascar who bears the same name as Mary's dead father.
(view spoiler)[Mary finally gets some closure as to her past, and while her eventual meeting with her father could have been all Disney songs and rainbows, I'm really glad it wasn't. Because that would not have fit. (hide spoiler)]
There were a lot of things that were tied up in this book, and enough strings still left dangling to make me want the next book now.
The second in Ying Lee's Mary Quinn mysteries. I enjoyed this more than its predecessor, mainly because there was a little less "I can't believe she'sThe second in Ying Lee's Mary Quinn mysteries. I enjoyed this more than its predecessor, mainly because there was a little less "I can't believe she's really doing that; how stupid is she?" than in the previous book. Or, at least, it didn't annoy me as much since she wasn't actually ordered to not do those things.
Mary, in the guise of a boy, takes on the role of a worker at the construction site of the new Parliament building in order to investigate the death of one of the workers. Of course, things look fishy from the get-go, and then James Easton shows up.
These are fun, if nothing else. They are more romance plots than mystery plots. The mysteries seem to be nothing more than excuses for James and Mary to be thrown together. Though the mystery here was pretty interesting, and kept me guessing as to how things fit together.
I know they aren't very good but I am enjoying the hell out of them. ...more
This was hands-down one of my anticipated books of the year. I suppose at some point, I may get tired of Veronica Mars, but that day is not today. ThiThis was hands-down one of my anticipated books of the year. I suppose at some point, I may get tired of Veronica Mars, but that day is not today. This book picks up from the events of the first book while tying up some loose ends from the movie, which I thought was an interesting choice. I'm not convinced Rob Thomas has given up on a second movie but if it happens, it will take a very different direction than I had originally anticipated thanks to the plot development here.
The mystery of the A-plot, the girl found beaten and nearly dead who is claiming assault by a Neptune Grand employee, is not really so much a mystery for long. The reader finds out whodunit about half-way through the book but Veronica has to find a way to prove it. She eventually Veronica manages to get the guy using good-old-fashioned PI-tenacity. I loved seeing more of Leo in a cop-role and hope that he'll keep popping up in future books (hopefully there will be future books...) in more than just a passing mention.
A solid and quick read that I recommend for all Marshmallows. However, DO NOT READ THIS UNTIL YOU HAVE SEEN THE MOVIE. The B-plot follows the after events of what happens with Eli, as well as Sheriff Lamb facing heat due to the sheriff election.
Which brings me to the last point. (view spoiler)[There was so much foreshadowing around that the new sheriff isn't as she appears thanks to Keith's gut instinct. I predict MAJOR conflict and revelations in the future. Also, Lamb rearing his ugly head to make life difficult for Veronica. He's a vindictive fellow. (hide spoiler)]
So does Rob Thomas have a contract for book three yet?["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Tour de Fleece! Must listen to all the audiobooks while spinning all the yarn.
I had picked this up during an audible sale earlier this year and I deciTour de Fleece! Must listen to all the audiobooks while spinning all the yarn.
I had picked this up during an audible sale earlier this year and I decided it would be perfect for some mindless listening while spinning. And it was. This was - well, I hate to use the word "charming" but it was. I loved the main character. It was a bit light on the mystery side of things, but I enjoyed it immensely despite that. The narrator did a smashing job, and I think most of my enjoyment of this was because of her. The plot itself was a bit on the weak side, but I had so much fun I didn't really mind.
I'll definitely be continuing on with this series. ...more
Love the book. Hate the cover, which seems slapdash and not very well thought out.
So, like Marshmallows everywhere, I was excited when Rob Thomas didLove the book. Hate the cover, which seems slapdash and not very well thought out.
So, like Marshmallows everywhere, I was excited when Rob Thomas did the kickstarter for the movie, and threw money at him. And then I was even more excited when I heard there would be follow-up books. And that the first one would be released very soon after the movie.
I kind of want to buy the audiobook for this as well because I'm sure Kristen Bell brings that special Veronica-ness to it. Though I also had her voice in my head while reading it.
Two girls have gone missing during the drunken debauchery that is spring break season in Neptune and the Chamber of Commerce, fed up with Sheriff Lamb's incompetence to solve the cases, hires Veronica.
There is Veronica snark. There is one epic HOLY SHIT moment when I literally gasped (along with fans everywhere, I'm sure). And there were plot twists that made the ending come out of nowhere.
I greatly enjoyed this, and hope this is just the beginning of a run of Veronica Mars tie-in books. This was a 4.5/5 stars. Not quite a 5, but close. (I will perfectly admit, however, to being completely 100% biased.)...more
I don't normally read mysteries but I picked this up when it was the Kindle Deal of the Day. I was engrossed by the plot, and couldn't put it down butI don't normally read mysteries but I picked this up when it was the Kindle Deal of the Day. I was engrossed by the plot, and couldn't put it down but once it was over, I found it pretty forgettable.
It was interesting to have the main character be a middle-aged actress trying to make her comeback after decades not working. But I always felt somewhat removed from her and what she was feeling. I'm not sure if that was because of the writing, or because I just never clicked with Diana (or any of the characters, really).
The plot itself could have come out of an episode of Castle. A young starlet is murdered and Diana happens to find the body, and then tries and figures out what is happening. There's blackmail, and more murder, and kidnapping, prostitution, etc. etc. It's like crime bingo.
All the characters seemed to be stereotypes and none of them felt genuine. I can't decide if that was sloppy writing, or a deliberate dig at Hollywood.
All in all, a good way to pass the time. I might read the next book if it ever comes out, or I may not. ...more
I adore this series. Really, truly adore it. I really can't put my finger on why I love Heather Wells so much but I do.
I had the good luck to find anI adore this series. Really, truly adore it. I really can't put my finger on why I love Heather Wells so much but I do.
I had the good luck to find an ARC of this book at the used bookstore near my office and I immediately snapped it up. I expected murder, kooky fun, and wedding shenanigans. Cabot delivered.
The new school year sees a new standing for Heather's residence hall. It now houses a royal prince, and rather than people clamoring to leave for another building, people actually want in.
Of course, there is then the discovery of the dead body, an RA murdered before the official start of the semester during Freshman Orientation week. And while dealing with all this, Heather is still planning a wedding, complete with unexpected guests, like her mother.
A very quick and hilarious read. I loved this. And hopefully this won't be the last we see of Heather......more
Like the rest of the planet, I had first heard about this book when JK Rowling was outed as the author. However, a friend's sister had read this bookLike the rest of the planet, I had first heard about this book when JK Rowling was outed as the author. However, a friend's sister had read this book before that and loved it, so I was game. (I was also one of the few people on the planet who really liked A Casual Vacancy too so I was already inclined to be game.
This was really really good. Not five stars good, but really good. Rowling does gritty really really well. The characters were completely engaging and she made them come to life. I really had a hard time putting this down when real life intruded - I wish I had started this on a lazy weekend morning so I could have just read all day.
(One thing about Rowling's writing that I don't notice often but when I do drives me crazy: the shifting POVs. Seriously, just pick a POV character in a section and stick with him/her!)...more
I picked up the the first three books of this series when they were a Kindle Daily Deal, but didn't get a chance to read them until recently. I don'tI picked up the the first three books of this series when they were a Kindle Daily Deal, but didn't get a chance to read them until recently. I don't quite know what drew me to them, but I'm really glad I bought them. And that challenging myself to only read non-white authors for a bit, I finally got around to these.
This first book of the series opens with Mary Lang about to be executed, only to be rescued by a mysterious Academy, which turns out to be a front for an all-female detective agency (known creatively as "The Agency"). The first few chapters were very rushed and I was a bit annoyed with how Lee skipped over years of Lang's life after she was taken in by the Academy, and then again skipped over her training once she agrees to be one of the Agency's agents.
I enjoyed the book once the plot turned to her first assignment, as a paid companion to the daughter of a wealthy trader, suspected of smuggling. There were points of absurdity that bordered on eye-rolling, but never quite tipped over into TSTL... barely. Though the book wouldn't have been very exciting, I guess, if Mary had been a good little agent and followed orders like she was trained to do.
An intriguing start to a new series, with some very handwavy coincidences that lead to Mary's past as the daughter of a Chinese Lascar sailor. Which, despite the improbableness, I did appreciate, since I was unaware of the role the Chinese played in Victorian England, or that there was a population there at all.
This is a hard book to write a review for because it is really hard to describe or even react to without giving away crucial plot points. This probablThis is a hard book to write a review for because it is really hard to describe or even react to without giving away crucial plot points. This probably wasn't something I would have ever picked myself but book club is meant to expand one's horizon, right? Well, consider mine expanded. Because whoa!
It was nigh impossible to find a good blurb about just what the book was about (see above paragraph) so I was 1) a bit hesitant about this book, and 2) unsure of what to expect, and 3) really not sure if I would even like it or not.
It's really odd that I was so captured by this story. I had a hard time picking it up between readings, but once I picked it up I had a hard time putting it back down. The characters are so very, very - grittily - real. And I hated them, with the possible exception of Go. This is odd because I have a hard time continuing a book if I don't like or care about the characters. Flynn may not have written likeable characters, but I was incredibly invested in their story and their outcome. ...more
Disclaimer: I received a free review copy from the publisher through LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program.
It has been almost five years since Big BoDisclaimer: I received a free review copy from the publisher through LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program.
It has been almost five years since Big Boned came out, and I was really excited to revisit Heather Wells. I loved the first two books, was a bit meh on the third, but overall had very fond memories of the teen pop star turned residence hall assistant director who solved murders in her spare time.
All the things that annoyed me about the third book were gone in this one, and Cabot took all the good from the previous books and, if possible, made them even better.
The best thing about about the book is the focus on the characters who were just bystanders in the earlier books. Jordan and Tania are fleshed out and become real people, and we see more of the Cartwright clan than just the two brothers.
And, the book is just plain fun, which is what I expect from a Heather Wells book. I hope this isn't the last we see of her....more
Fans of the show will definitely see parallels between this book and what happened towards the end of the last season of Castle. I can definitely seeFans of the show will definitely see parallels between this book and what happened towards the end of the last season of Castle. I can definitely see Castle writing something like this to redeem Montgomery and work through some of the emotional fall out of everything. It was a good story, I enjoyed it, but the writing seemed definitely weaker than the other two. Though because of the pulpy nature of the books, the writing is deliberately bad, but this one seemed more so. Also, bad editing - I caught a "cue" that should have been "queue." Which I guess is accurate in that famous authors tend to get edited less...
Fans of the show will enjoy this. Not sure about non-fans....more
This is different - Cohen tackles Jack the Ripper, through the sleuthing of the James siblings (Henry , William, and Alice). The book blurb, cover, anThis is different - Cohen tackles Jack the Ripper, through the sleuthing of the James siblings (Henry , William, and Alice). The book blurb, cover, and title were a bit misleading. Neither Alice nor Henry play as large a role in the story as William does, and the story isn't nearly as menacing as the cover would have the reader think.
I appreciated that Cohen's plot is grounded in the historical speculation of who Jack the Ripper was, without having the big reveal fall into any of the camps.
I less appreciated the feeling after awhile that this was more or less literary wank for Cohen, who seemed to shoehorn in some famous authors (most notably the very out of place Samuel Clemens) and an entirely tangential subplot involving Jewish culture and society at the time....more