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Miss Garnet's Angel
it was ok
I went into this with all my warning lights flashing: it's gonna be spiritual (and I'm not), "oh god, there's gonna be romance" (ew); and "she's gonna ...more
Jan 11, 2010
Jan 11, 2010
Death of a Gentle Lady (Hamish Macbeth, #23)
it was ok
This is the reading version of Raisinets: nothing surprising in the bag, same old wrinkles larded up with familiar flavors, but gawd doncha love 'em? ...more
Feb 15, 2009
Feb 16, 2009
Murder in the Museum (Fethering, #4)
it was ok
**spoiler alert** I always enjoyed the Charles Paris stories and thought I'd try this from the Fethering series. I will probably read more of these, s ...more
Oct 21, 2009
Oct 22, 2009
The World According to Bob: The Further Adventures of One Man and His Street-wise Cat
it was ok
I'm not sure the title fits. James Bowen relates how his relationship with Bob the cat continues to salvage him from himself. He's kicked his heroin h ...more
Jul 03, 2014
Jul 08, 2014
The Dry Grass of August
did not like it
Any complaints about this may relate to all popular fiction. Most of the complaints start with the words "Why on earth ..." I suppose the point of thi ...more
Aug 08, 2012
Aug 09, 2012
The Doll's House (The Sandman, #2)
it was ok
This falls into that category of Wow, Good But Don't Make Me Read It Again. I'm familiar with "Der Sandman" by E. T. A. Hoffmann but I took a chance o ...more
Feb 17, 2009
Feb 05, 2009
Hasty Death (Edwardian Murder Mysteries, #2)
it was ok
**spoiler alert** Okay, I don't have to read any more of these. They are starting to annoy me in the same way that the Agatha Raisin ones did. Rose an ...more
Apr 02, 2012
Apr 02, 2012
The Stabbing in the Stables (Fethering, #7)
it was ok
Surprise, surprise! I had read this one before. I didn't recognize the title (although it should be memorable) before picking it up, but as I went on ...more
Oct 31, 2009
not set
Oct 29, 2009
All About Lulu
did not like it
What's the big effing secret?! Just TELL people!
not set
Nov 20, 2008
Frog on a Log
liked it
I must say that I yelped when the cat said, "It's not about being comfortable ... It's about doing the right thing."
The cat tries to convince the frog
Jan 27, 2016
Jan 27, 2016
The Turkish Gambit (Erast Fandorin Mysteries, #2)
it was ok
Not being well-versed in Russian history (which may actually help), this story based on the siege of Pleven during the Russo-Turkish war (well, one of ...more
Feb 17, 2010
Feb 11, 2010
Death on the Downs (Fethering, #2)
it was ok
**spoiler alert** Who dunnit? Seems like everyone dunnit. Everyone seems to be guilty of something in this story. You just need to fit the crime to th ...more
Oct 24, 2009
Oct 26, 2009
A Beautiful Blue Death (Charles Lenox Mysteries, #1)
it was ok
What's wrong with this detective? He's got all his limbs, has plenty of money, people like him, no personality problems ... not like his friend the do ...more
Mar 20, 2012
Mar 06, 2012
A Fatal Grace (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #2)
liked it
**spoiler alert** What is amazing about Penny's Inspector Gamache stories is how annoying they can be yet how driven you are to finish them. This is a ...more
Oct 04, 2013
Oct 07, 2013
The Last Kashmiri Rose (Joe Sandilands, #1)
it was ok
**spoiler alert** Romantic twaddle!
I checked the back of the book to see if there was a glossary, or at least a pronunciation guide, but no luck ther
Feb 28, 2012
Feb 27, 2012
Garou (Sheep Detective Story, #2)
liked it
These sheep are so charming - and the thought of anything bad happening to them, say, being hacked to pieces by a werewolf, is anathema. I felt there ...more
Jan 22, 2013
Jan 17, 2013
Aunt Dimity, Vampire Hunter (Aunt Dimity Mystery, #13)
did not like it
I didn't believe there was a cozy series that I had missed and when this appeared on our New Shelf I thought I'd try it. I don't need to read any more ...more
Feb 24, 2009
Feb 24, 2009
The Nymphos of Rocky Flats (Felix Gomez, #1)
it was ok
I'm not sure what I expected from this ... why I expected the solution to this to be any less silly than the premise. It was a light, frothy read, if ...more
Feb 04, 2009
Feb 05, 2009
The Serpent of Venice (The Fool, #2)
it was ok
If James Bond were a jester in the court of Queen Cordelia and sent to straighten out the Venetian plays of Shakespeare, with a short detour into Edga ...more
May 18, 2014
May 19, 2014
Neil Armstrong is My Uncle and Other Lies Muscle Man McGinty Told Me
it was ok
For once you can see why a main character is so annoying. Tammy hates her new next-door neighbor because he has taken the place in foster care of what ...more
Apr 26, 2011
Apr 27, 2011
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
it was amazing
Gosh, where to start? Harari begins with earliest humans and looks at how Sapiens may have gotten the upper hand over her* cousins, how the agricultur ...more
Jan 12, 2017
Dec 27, 2016
Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts
it was amazing
I forget, was there some evolutionary advantage to this? We choose our parties and then adapt our philosophies to fit it. Maybe this is all a part of ...more
Dec 27, 2009
Dec 14, 2009
Amos Fortune, Free Man
it was ok
There is precious little information about the man who became Amos Fortune and I would not send anyone to this book trying to find any. As a novel, ho ...more
Nov 17, 2011
Nov 18, 2011
Fifty Shades of Brains
liked it
Begat by George Romero on Stephanie Plum, Fifty Shades of Brains skewers both the zombie apocalypse genre and the book of a similar name. You are prep ...more
Mar 03, 2013
Mar 02, 2013
Sherlock in Love
it was ok
**spoiler alert** No. Just ... no. Our good Dr. Watson has to unravel the mystery of how Sherlock got his Stradivarius violin. He starts out merely to ...more
Dec 06, 2014
Dec 15, 2014
Murder Among the OWLS (Sheriff Dan Rhodes #14)
it was ok
I seem to have entered this series rather precipitously mid-stream. This is part of the Stray Pets, Collect 'Em All style of mystery. Sheriff Dan Rhod ...more
Apr 13, 2014
Apr 11, 2014
Leroy Ninker Saddles Up (Tales from Deckawoo Drive, #1)
it was ok
Perhaps this book is meant as a stepping stone to bigger chapter books, which makes it okay. Leroy Ninker is apparently a spin-off from the popular Me ...more
Oct 24, 2014
Oct 25, 2014
Wobble to Death (Sergeant Cribb #1)
liked it
Sigh, more sports. Well, at least Lovesey provides a couple corpses.
Phew, I never noticed what the women were like in this when I read these decades a
Jun 26, 2014
Jun 27, 2014
Cat Breaking Free (Joe Grey #11)
it was ok
Once I get past the problem of talking cats: talking, crime-fighting housecats ... come to think of it, maybe I can't get past that. This is definitel ...more
Mar 13, 2010
Mar 08, 2010
Valley of the Shadow (Sister Fidelma, #6)
liked it
Fidelma is a little too smart and her companion (to whom everything needs to be explained for the benefit of the reader), Eadulf, a little too stupid ...more
Dec 05, 2015
Dec 03, 2015
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