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Book Reviews for June 2018

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City of Monsters (Gotham)City of Monsters by Jason Starr
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Fiction, 2018. I really wanted to enjoy this but it just wasn't as strong as the first installment. I felt the balance between showing and telling was a little too skewed to the latter, and my good will gave up completely about the time Harvey forgot the name of the partner he had to watch burned to death before his eyes... You can read my full spoiler laden review of this one HERE.




Do You Believe in Groovicorns?Do You Believe in Groovicorns? by Make Believe Ideas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fiction, 2018. Super cute rhyming book with reversible sequins on each page. My three-year-old daughter is a big fan!




The Abbey Court Murder (Inspector Furnival, #1)The Abbey Court Murder by Annie Haynes
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Fiction, 1923. The writing style is rather florid and flowery, but the murder mystery is enjoyable enough.





The Charing Cross MysteryThe Charing Cross Mystery by J.S. Fletcher
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fiction, 1922. When a retired police inspector dies suddenly on a train, it sets in motion a whole tangle of intrigue and mystery... I really enjoyed this one, and all its twists and turns.




The Kang-He VaseThe Kang-He Vase by J.S. Fletcher
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Fiction, 1926. Ben is recovering from illness when his life is turned upside down by the appearance of his no good Uncle Joseph Krevin. The mystery is a little thin on the ground in this one - it reads more like a boy's adventure story than anything - but, still, enjoyable enough as these things go.



Last Post: The Final Word from Our First World War SoldiersLast Post: The Final Word from Our First World War Soldiers by Max Arthur
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Non-Fiction, 2007. Transcripts from interviews with the last living British veterans of WW1. Very moving, as well as a fascinating record of social history.




The Safety PinThe Safety Pin by J.S. Fletcher
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fiction, 1924. When a man's body is found just outside the home of Southernstowe's Lady Mayor, a dark tale of murder, intrigue and blackmail unfolds. Enjoyable page turner of a mystery with a couple of unexpected small twists.




The Talleyrand MaximThe Talleyrand Maxim by J.S. Fletcher
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fiction, 1919. Really enjoyable page-turner of a murder mystery.






The Borough TreasurerThe Borough Treasurer by J.S. Fletcher
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fiction, 1921. Enjoyable classic murder mystery.







The Paradise MysteryThe Paradise Mystery by J.S. Fletcher
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fiction, 1921. Fletcher doing what he does best - hidden identities, mysterious secrets, grasping characters you love to hate...






The Chestermarke InstinctThe Chestermarke Instinct by J.S. Fletcher
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fiction, 1918. This one was quite dark for Fletcher - money lenders, kidnap, torture - as well as the usual array of characters with the 'whip hand'. It was a fun page turner of a murder mystery all the same though the ending, as usual, felt a little rushed.



The Herapath PropertyThe Herapath Property by J.S. Fletcher
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fiction, 1921. When Herapath, MP and wealthy property magnate is found dead in his office, it's a question of whether this is a case of murder or suicide. I particularly enjoyed this one for the focus on how the press worked with the police to flush out a few of the suspects - and, for once, I didn't guess the blackmail worthy secret from the outset!




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