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Where'd You Go, Bernadette
it was amazing
This book lived up to my high expectations. It gets five stars because:
1. it made me laugh,
2. it has a well-constructed plot,
3. the characters are i
Mar 31, 2013
Mar 24, 2013
Gone Girl
liked it
I give credit to the author, not so much for the tight plot twists and turns that everyone raves about. Rather, for her ability to manipulate and chan ...more
Dec 07, 2012
Nov 24, 2012
Ordinary Grace
liked it
Well-written, but not the type of book I usually go for. In terms of tone, I'd say it's a cross between the movie Stand By Me (though I haven't seen i ...more
Aug 20, 2017
Aug 21, 2017
The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike, #2)
really liked it
After finishing this book, I went back and re-read my review of The Cuckoo's Calling. And I realized that I was about to say the same thing about The ...more
Jan 29, 2018
Jan 29, 2018
Everything I Never Told You
liked it
I was drawn to this book partly because I thought it was set in Middleburg Heights, Ohio, which is the next Cleveland suburb over from where I grew up ...more
Nov 14, 2016
Nov 16, 2016
Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd (Flavia de Luce, #8)
really liked it
It feels good to have Flavia back home at Buckshaw. But, frankly, I was a little disappointed not to have more interaction between Flavia and her fami ...more
Mar 22, 2018
Mar 23, 2018
The Turn of the Screw
it was ok
Sadly, this short suspense novel felt neither short nor suspenseful to me. It's a legitimate ghost story that relies on the fear associated with child ...more
Oct 06, 2016
Oct 08, 2016
The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches (Flavia de Luce, #6)
really liked it
This was one of my favorite Flavia books so far, as she does a lot of growing up over a very short period of time. Perhaps true mystery buffs would fi ...more
Mar 24, 2017
Mar 27, 2017
Turn of Mind
really liked it
An engrossing read. Not necessarily an engrossing mystery. I thought I had it figured out about halfway through, although it turns out I was slightly ...more
Jul 16, 2012
Jul 17, 2012
A Red Herring Without Mustard (Flavia de Luce, #3)
really liked it
In the beginning of this third Flavia de Luce novel, I wondered whether I was losing interest in the series. But, as the story progressed, I realized ...more
Jan 29, 2012
Jan 24, 2012
Colin Fischer
liked it
Going in, I was worried about experiencing autism spectrum fatigue. Did this book shed any new light beyond what I've already read in The Curious Inci ...more
Oct 17, 2015
Oct 15, 2015
The Grave's a Fine and Private Place (Flavia de Luce, #9)
liked it
I think of this installment as somewhat of a transition. In particular, the ending sets up Flavia well for future adventures. And I hope these future ...more
Apr 28, 2018
Apr 30, 2018
As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust (Flavia de Luce, #7)
liked it
I must admire Flavia for valuing justice over convenience. But this installment (#7) is a tough one to read, especially given how good #6 was. Flavia ...more
May 11, 2017
May 04, 2017
Death Comes to Pemberley
liked it
I never knew how much I wanted to observe Elizabeth and Darcy's domestic bliss in the form of a private tete-a-tete between the husband and wife. I ne ...more
Mar 17, 2013
Mar 09, 2013
The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1)
really liked it
I don't know how many mysteries I can read before I have to stop saying it isn't really my genre. What I like about this one is that it kept me guessi ...more
Dec 06, 2014
Nov 26, 2014
Speaking from Among the Bones (Flavia de Luce, #5)
really liked it
Flavia is so intelligent and curious, it's truly a wonder that she's not annoying to the reader. She's confident in her investigative prowess but so v ...more
Mar 11, 2016
Mar 12, 2016
Dead Ever After (Sookie Stackhouse, #13)
liked it
Sookie has always known in her heart what she wants. That's how the author wrote her and that's what she gets in the end. So, to me, the ending was s ...more
Jun 07, 2013
Jun 03, 2013
Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse, #1)
really liked it
Fun and fast. A good mix of vampire mythology, murder mystery, and (ahem) "racy" content. Sookie Stackhouse is a well-developed and likeable character ...more
Dec 27, 2009
Jan 01, 2010
And Then There Were None
liked it
Logistically, this book was masterfully written. I really had no idea whodunnit until the very end. I had a theory, but I was wrong.
My issue with thi
Feb 22, 2015
Feb 17, 2015
A Bone to Pick (Aurora Teagarden, #2)
liked it
I chose this as a quick airplane read. Aurora, the main character, can get a little tiresome to read about as she goes through her daily tedium. She i ...more
Oct 23, 2011
Oct 21, 2011
Deadlocked (Sookie Stackhouse, #12)
liked it
I don't even attempt to remember all the details of prior stories. I work with the tidbits I'm reminded of throughout the book. I let most of the comp ...more
Jun 17, 2012
Jun 17, 2012
I Am Half-Sick of Shadows (Flavia de Luce, #4)
really liked it
The fourth Flavia de Luce mystery does not disappoint. I love that the action is largely confined to Buckshaw, which is a character all its own. I wis ...more
Jul 2014
Jul 02, 2014
The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line (Veronica Mars, #1)
really liked it
There is plenty in this mystery novel to satisfy the Veronica Mars fan in me. Loads of characters are trotted out and Veronica is true to snarky form. ...more
Jan 17, 2015
Jan 17, 2015
Three Bedrooms, One Corpse  (Aurora Teagarden, #3)
liked it
Other than how bothered I get when the main character insists on catching the killer herself instead of enlisting the police, I do enjoy this Aurora T ...more
Jul 05, 2012
Jul 05, 2012
Reconstructing Amelia
really liked it
The mystery surrounding Amelia's death kept me interested throughout. I liked the characters Amelia and her mother, and their relationship. The high s ...more
Aug 18, 2014
Aug 14, 2014
The Curious Case of the Copper Corpse  (Flavia de Luce, #6.5)
liked it
Eh, this short story was a little disappointing. While it is always a pleasure to read about Flavia de Luce, and the premise of a copper-plated corpse ...more
May 11, 2017
May 13, 2017
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
liked it
I like the creative premise of having an austistic teenager as the narrator. This is a quick read. The main character is believable. I also thought he ...more
Jul 28, 2010
Jul 29, 2010
Real Murders (Aurora Teagarden, #1)
liked it
This is a standard issue murder mystery. Well put together, but without the supernatural element to distract me, I can start poking holes in the plot ...more
Jul 31, 2011
Aug 01, 2011
The Maid's Version
really liked it
The writing is vivid. The subject matter is intense. But, this story is presented in a series of vignettes. Without a clear narrative thread to keep m ...more
Jan 30, 2015
Jan 18, 2015
Mr. Kiss and Tell (Veronica Mars, #2)
liked it
I probably wouldn't have read the second in the series so soon after the first, but it came up in the library queue. Not as fun as the first; it felt ...more
Feb 13, 2015
Feb 11, 2015
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