#Halloween Mini-Reviews for #RIPXII

October 31, 2017 Uncategorized 2

I signed up for RIPXII right away and then didn’t do any fall genre reading until last weekend, when my Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-Thon became a RIPXII read-a-thon. Here’s what I thought about my foray into the thriller and mystery genres.






#Halloween Mini-Reviews for #RIPXIITitle: Murder is Binding (Booktown Mystery, #1)
Author: Lorna Barrett
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

This was cute and cozy and basically what I expected. There were great female characters in a wide variety of roles and interesting non-romantic relationships. There was also a bookstore and a bookstore cat, which is hard to say no to! However, our protagonist took some risks that seemed stupid to me. The solution to the mystery was a mix of the obvious, plus some tropes that were non-obvious only because I couldn’t believe the author was really using them. I liked it well enough, but I always pick up mysteries hoping to be surprised by someone who can live up to Agatha Christie and this was not that. In particular, I don’t think the author gave us all the clues we needed and our protagonist didn’t completely solve the mystery before the answer was revealed. (side note – the author uses the word ‘retarded’ to describe a woman with down syndrome and since I was curious of that was considered an acceptable term in 2008 when this was published. That led me to this interesting paper on how words describing people with disabilities often take on negative connotations over time. It was too interesting not to share!)

#Halloween Mini-Reviews for #RIPXIITitle: A Morbid Taste for Bones (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, #1)
Author: Ellis Peters
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

Like the other mystery I picked up, this book was about what I expected but not what I hoped for. I enjoyed the historical setting, which felt very unique to me since I’ve only read contemporary mysteries before. I enjoyed that the main character did a clever job of managing people. He actually did remind me of Miss Marple a bit! The solution was pretty obvious though and a lot of the story felt like filler used to delay the denouement. It’s also only been about a week since I read this and I’m not finding it very memorable. I might be willing to read more in the series, but it definitely didn’t blow me away.

#Halloween Mini-Reviews for #RIPXIITitle: Gone Girl
Author: Gillian Flynn
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

I can see why it’s hard to review this book without revealing at least some important structural elements, but I do wish I’d gone into this blind! That said, I’m going to talk about some things you might want to skip if you haven’t yet picked this up. I enjoyed the suspense in this book a lot. It wasn’t immediately obvious anything too weird (for a thriller) was going on, but overtime I started to feel like I was waiting on an explosion. I think it would have been even better if I’d been surprised by the twist when it came. The fact that I still enjoyed this book so much is a testament to how strong the writing is. The atmosphere was just fantastic. I also kind of enjoyed how screwed up the main characters were. They were different from any other characters I’ve read about and that was intriguing. It was a little less creepy and disturbing than sharp objects, but I think I might prefer that. Overall, not quite as good as all the hype (again, perhaps because I wasn’t surprised), but still a great book.

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