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message 1: by Shomeret (last edited Aug 09, 2015 11:32AM) (new)

Shomeret | 1371 comments I like it when a plan comes together. I seemed to get into a rhythm of reviews. I accepted that copying my posts from one blog to the other was a good strategy for posting frequently to two blogs. July was the month when I found a way to get it all to work.

1)The Castlemaine Murdersby Kerry Greenwood (historical mystery)240 pages. Source: Library Started: 6/29 Finished: 7/4

Why Read: This is a book in which a continuing character named Lin Chung is very prominent. Since I really like this character I was looking forward to the book.

Comments: I discovered that the Australian Phryne Fisher TV series had sidelined Lin Chung. So I declared my independence from the TV version on Independence Day. There was no episode based on this book in the TV series which is a shame because it's very good. Rating B+ See my review at http://shomeretmasked.blogspot.com/20...

2)Flask of the Drunken Master: A Shinobi Mystery by Susan Spann (historical mystery) Source: Net Galley Started: 6/30 Finished: 7/2

Why Read: I'm reading this book for a blog tour. I caught up by reading the second book in the series. This is the third. It's about a Jesuit and his shinobi bodyguard, Hiro, in 16th century Japan.

Comments: Father Mateo makes trouble by not accepting class prejudice in Japan. There is also a very unconventional Japanese woman in this book. It seemed to me that Hiro's narration can have a tendency to turn readers against people that he disliked. This bothered me because I think that Hiro made mistakes in judgment and refused to acknowledge them. Rating B- See my review at http://wwwbookbabe.blogspot.com/2015/...

3)The Lost Tribe by Matthew Caldwell (alternate universe historical fantasy)Source: Kindle Scout Started: 6/23 Finished: 7/5

Why Read: Baseball, Jews and a paranormal gift in an alternate universe. It looked strange and original which is why I nominated it for publication by Amazon. This time the book I nominated won.

Comments: Would you believe an American baseball team played a series of games against German baseball players in Nazi Germany? Well, it didn't happen. But it's a wonderful story, so it should have happened. Rating A. See my review at http://shomeretmasked.blogspot.com/20...

4)Six and a Half Deadly Sins by Colin Cotterill (mystery) 242 pages. Source: Library Started: 7/5 Finished: 7/6

Why Read: This is the latest in the Dr. Siri series which takes place in Laos in the 1970's. I think that Dr. Siri is one of the most memorable characters in mystery fiction.

Comments: This is a very turbulent period in Southeast Asia, but in the midst of this Dr. Siri is getting traditional women's garments with clues sewn into them. I thought that the book got clever toward the end, but it had a very slow start. Rating B. I posted this without remembering that I reviewed it on Book Babe. So I'm adding the link. It's at http://wwwbookbabe.blogspot.com/2015/...

To Be Continued...


message 2: by Ann (new)

Ann (annrumsey) | 14411 comments Shomeret: Whatever works! If reviews are seamlessly produced it sounds like more time to read which is a very good thing. I am eager to get to Dr Siri and Phryne someday soon.
Shomeret wrote: "I like it when a plan comes together. I seemed to get into a rhythm of reviews. I accepted that copying my posts from one blog to the other was a good strategy for posting frequently to two blogs..."


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