Genre: Mystery

Mini Reviews:  Tess of the Road, Daughter of the Burning City, & The Game of Love and Death

Mini Reviews: Tess of the Road, Daughter of the Burning City, & The Game of Love and Death

I know I rarely do mini reviews (read: never) but every once and a while, I do humor myself and re-read a book that I’ve read before.  For posts like these, I don’t think that a unique, standing review is strictly necessary.  After all, I’ve already outlined all the good stuff about these novels.  However, experiences differ between an initial read vs. a reread, and I still want to talk about these books. To solve the repeat-book dilemma, I’ve decided that every time I collect 3 re-reads, I’m going to give y’all a set of mini reviews!  Not as much of a […]

Posted July 30, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Woah. I am honestly still just reeling from that unexpected ending. This book was NOTHING like I thought it was going to be and it far exceeded my expectations.  I should also note – I did listen to the unabridged version.  Definitely listen to the unabridged version!  There are so many hints and clues.  After reading the blurb, I really expected Rebecca to be a sort of sweeping, sappy romance.  For a lot of the book, the reader is led to believe this is true.  But then everything shifted and it was a murder mystery and there was plotting and so help me […]

Posted July 28, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy

Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy

Before I go into details, I do want to say that I think Skulduggery Pleasant is one of those books I’m going to have to re-read in hard copy.  While the audiobook narration wasn’t strictly bad on this one, the voices didn’t really fit the characters in my head, and it wasn’t working for me the way I thought it could. I really enjoy this obscure little subgenre of “humorous fantasy books written by western European authors”.  Derek Landy’s style falls comfortably in with Jonathan Stroud, Douglas Addams, Eoin Colfer, and Terry Pratchett.  Also Christopher Moore (American).  Skulduggery Pleasant was a […]

Posted July 3, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
Angels and Demons by Dan Brown

Angels and Demons by Dan Brown

I’ve always found the conspiracy and the theology and the science in Angels and Demons fascinating.  It’s been over a decade since I have read the book, so most of what I remembered of it comes from the movie (which, in all fairness, I still think is a fantastic interpretation).  It seemed time to revisit, so here I am! Most of this is still very good.  The pacing keeps you on your feet the whole time.  The treasure map through Rome is fascinating – even though there’s murder, Dan Brown has done a fantastic job making the reader excited for the next stop.  As […]

Posted June 19, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
The Dispatcher by John Scalzi

The Dispatcher by John Scalzi

Ehhhhh. So conceptually, this sounded really interesting.  This is a world where people don’t have to die.  If you’re murdered, you get to come back in a place that feels comfortable and safe, reverted to a few hours before your death.  Our protagonist is a Dispatcher, meaning that he’s on call for things like medical emergencies, tidily “dispatching” the patient so they don’t die from the procedure. I expected to learn more about this world, but honestly, this is more like… an episode of NCIS.  Someone is missing, so a law official connects with another dispatcher to understand how the […]

Posted June 16, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
The Affair of the Mysterious Letter by Alexis Hall

The Affair of the Mysterious Letter by Alexis Hall

From what I can see of his previous works, The Affair of the Mysterious Letter is a little out of his normal wheelhouse.  A lot of what Alexis Hall writes tends to be paranormal romance, which is one of my least favorites genres.  Had I known that, I probably would not have requested this one… but!  The Affair of the Mysterious Letter is NOT a paranormal romance!  This book is a fantasy retelling a la Sherlock Holmes and that is why I requested it and that is certainly what I got. The writing style in this novel is an absolutely delight, but it has its […]

Posted June 5, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //