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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Review: The Dead in their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley


The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches
by Alan Bradley 
Genre: YA Mystery
Published by: Delacorte Press
Publication date: 1/14/2014
ISBN: 9780385344050
Pages: 307
Format: Hardback
Source: Library



So the end of the re-post reviews, plus that one review I never wrote, was yesterday and today is the last book in the Flavia de Luce Mystery series. I had a hate/love relationship with the first book in this series, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, I read it I hated it then I waited about a year and then re-read it and needless to say I loved it enough to read the rest in this series. 

So as the characters are saying goodbye to Flavia's mother, Harriet, we as readers are slowly saying goodbye to Flavia and it was  tough there for a bit for there was quite a few reminiscing moments in the book especially with all the different characters that dropped in that were in this or that book and then of course you have the residents of Bishops Lacey, all of whom are attending Harriet's funeral/wake.  Sometimes a particular character can just grow on someone and Flavia grew on me. Tear! Winston Churchill even rode the funeral train down from London. While at the train station a man approaches Flavia with a message to give to her father and then as they all go to leave to head back to the house a tragic accident occurs and the man is run over by the train. Was he pushed? Did he jump? Was it just a tragic accident? Wrapped in grief Flavia fights with her conscience not to care about solving this case while her mother is not even buried yet but she is finding it extremely hard.

Okay so Flavia gets the brilliant idea to break into her mother's coffin in order to reanimate her. What?! Yep, another tear that is just so like Flavia thinking the impossible is possible with a little chemistry. Needless to say the whole break-in is atrocious but Flavia does find the last will and testament of her mother on her persons but is interrupted before she can try out her reanimation experiment on her mother and unfortunately there is not another chance for her to try. Clues however start pouring in to why it was that her mother was away and where she was at in that critical first year of Flavia's life and soon Flavia realizes that there was more there than what met the eye and that her mother didn't die in an accident but instead was murdered and that that very murder was among the guests of the de Luce family for the funeral of Harriet. But don't worry Flavia always gets her man or woman.

It wasn't hard to deduce before Flavia revealed it who the murderer/traitor actually was and I don't like that in a book but I think that is the single fault I could find with it. I thought Alan Bradley wrote a most spectacular ending for Flavia.

I Give It:


Have you read the Flavia de Luce series by Alan Bradley? What did you think of the books? Love to hear your thoughts.
Amy

The books reviewed here have either been sent to me free of charge, or borrowed from my sister or the library, or they were bought (it is an addiction really). However, my reviews have never been, nor will ever be, affected by whether a book’s a freebie or not. A review is just one person’s opinion. It’s always best to check out a book for yourself.

This book contributed to the following reading challenges:  I Love Library Books Reading Challenge; My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Review: Speaking from Among the Bones by Alan Bradley

Speaking from Among the Bones
by Alan Bradley
Genre: YA Mystery
Published by: Delacorte Press
Publication date: 2/5/2013
ISBN: 9780385344036
Pages: 372
Format: Hardback
Source: Purchased



{This was a book that I had read in 2013 but apparently I never wrote a review on it, not really sure why but I am rectifying that with this post}

Oh Flavia, even though you live in a sleepy little village you always have the most interesting adventures for an 11-year-old. Saint Tancred is to be dug up in honor of the quincentennial of his death. I hope after I have been dead 500 years no one would dig me up but Saint Tancred doesn't have that type of luck but he isn't the only one entombed in the church. Cue scary music! Yep it is the missing church organist Mr. Collicutt sharing a tomb with a saint. Flavia is never at a loss for names to go on her list of suspects and this time she doesn't disappoint adding quite a few shady characters and she of course takes us along for a wild ride to find the person really responsible. Classic Flavia. There is quite a shocker about Flavia's Mother at the end that will make the next book, which is also the last one in the series, a tremendous finale for Flavia.
I Give It:

This concludes the 2013 Flavia de Luce series review catch-up, I do have the review for the last book in the series which I read this month coming up tomorrow so hopefully you can check it out!
Amy

The books reviewed here have either been sent to me free of charge, or borrowed from my sister or the library, or they were bought (it is an addiction really). However, my reviews have never been, nor will ever be, affected by whether a book’s a freebie or not. A review is just one person’s opinion. It’s always best to check out a book for yourself.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

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Review: I Am Half-Sick of Shadows by Alan Bradley (re-post)

I Am Half-Sick of Shadows
by Alan Bradley 
Genre: YA Mystery
Published by: Bantam Books
Publication date: 10/30/2012
ISBN: 9780385344029
Pages: 315
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased





{This is a re-post of this review it seems that sometime when I was switching back and forth from Wordpress to Blogger this review and a bunch of other reviews were lost luckily I post my reviews in multiple places so all was not lost. I originally posted this review in 2013.}

A pallor of sorts has set itself upon Buckshaw for due to their ever present financial problems the de Luce family has had to rent out their ancestral home to a movie director as the setting of his new movie.
The start of the fourth story in the Flavia de Luce series is full of the hubbub of movie stars and all the people and equipment that takes to make a movie.
A love triangle, of the sort that you wouldn’t imagine, ends up with one of the three dead and the other two looking awfully guilty, at least to Flavia.
We are shown another side of Aunt Felicity that even made my eyes pop open with surprise, which isn’t an easy thing to do!
But, yes there is a but, I feel that this installment in the series was rushed through and to me just seemed weird. I loved the first three books in the series so much I was sure that I would love this one but I liked it but there was just no love there. If it wasn’t for Aunt Felicity’s secret and a piece of old film strip around the corpse’s neck I wouldn't have even have finished it. So here is hoping that number five will make up for it!

This wasn't a very long review but it works I had originally rated this with 2 stars but I look back on it fondly now with the wonderful way the movie star dies and of course good old Aunt Felicity but then maybe since I know now how the whole series ends I am showing the sentimentality that my old age has thrust upon me so I increased my rating.

I Give It:

Thanks for your patience as I re-add some old favorites,
Amy

The books reviewed here have either been sent to me free of charge, or borrowed from my sister or the library, or they were bought (it is an addiction really). However, my reviews have never been, nor will ever be, affected by whether a book’s a freebie or not. A review is just one person’s opinion. It’s always best to check out a book for yourself.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Review: A Red Herring Without Mustard by Alan Bradley (re-post)

A Red Herring Without Mustard
by Alan Bradley
Genre: YA Mystery
Published by: Bantam
Publication date: 10/18/2011
ISBN: 9780385343466
Pages: 432
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased



{This is a re-post of this review it seems that sometime when I was switching back and forth from Wordpress to Blogger this review and a bunch of other reviews were lost luckily I post my reviews in multiple places so all was not lost. I originally posted this review in 2013.}

All I got to say is: “Flavia, Flavia, Flavia! How do you get yourself into such things?”

In Flavia’s third adventure an encounter with a gypsy at the village fair sets Flavia upon a course of events that lead into a tangled web of murder and deceit.

Blood, a hurried horse ride for help, and being thought of us the number one suspect for the crime sends a harmless righting of a wrong into an unbelievable fear for Flavia!

Could they really think that she had hurt the gypsy woman?Knowing that she didn’t do it Flavia starts to snoop hoping to come up with clues to figure out why anyone would want to hurt the gypsy.

The fact that she thinks the gypsy stole her child quickly adds Mrs. Bull to Flavia’s list of suspects and leads Flavia into the world of an ancient religion that is making a come back in Bishop’s Lacey. More cult then religion Flavia must be on her toes in order to uncover what this all has to do with the gypsy woman’s attempted murder and other crimes that seem to be popping up everywhere.

Missing items at home and then their sudden reappearance, a body hanging from a fountain statue of Poseidon on the lawn of Buckshaw with a silver lobster pick from the de Luce family silver set in its nose, and a fishy odor that assaults Flavia’s sense of smell the closer she gets to figuring it out, all add up to more entanglements then Flavia normally finds herself in the midst of.

Will Flavia be able to untangle this mess that she has found herself in and get to the truth or will it be to big of a job for even Flavia’s brassy genius?
In the thick of figuring out how all the events that transpired are connected Flavia even begins to doubt if she will be able to get to the bottom of it.


I Give It:

Thanks for stopping in,
Amy

The books reviewed here have either been sent to me free of charge, or borrowed from my sister or the library, or they were bought (it is an addiction really). However, my reviews have never been, nor will ever be, affected by whether a book’s a freebie or not. A review is just one person’s opinion. It’s always best to check out a book for yourself.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Review: The Weed that Strings the Hangman's Bag by Alan Bradley (re-post)

The Weed that Strings the Hangman's Bag
by Alan Bradley
Genre: YA Mystery
Published by: Bantam
Publication date: 2/8/2011
ISBN: 9780385343459
Pages: 364
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased



{This is a re-post of this review it seems that sometime when I was switching back and forth from Wordpress to Blogger this review and a bunch of other reviews were lost luckily I post my reviews in multiple places so all was not lost. I originally posted this review in 2013.}

Flavia is back in Alan Bradley’s second novel of this series and I must admit this one had me wondering, see normally I can figure out who did it but in this one Bradley has you on your seat about who could have done it all the way up till the end. I love book series, they let you really get to know the characters well and all my favorites are back doing what they do best. Flavia of course is her normal cheeky self and where Flavia is you can be sure to find a dead body! 

When a famous puppeteer, Rupert Porson, has a electrifying accident Flavia becomes embroiled in yet another murder investigation and in true Flavia form, and much to the chagrin of Inspector Hewitt, she takes it upon herself to figure out who done it and how it could relate to the death of a village boy, Robin, years earlier. The list of suspects is long, because according to Flavia you cannot ever exclude anyone from you list of suspects, but if anyone can fret them out it is Flavia. This book does not want for eccentric characters Mad Meg being one of my favorites and the fact that she draws a picture of the vicar in Gibbet Wood naked and dancing actually raises her status in my opinion. Then there are the Ingleby’s who are Robin’s parents, Mr. Ingleby grows medicinal marijuana and Mrs. Ingleby went a little batty after Robin’s death and she stayed that way. Hints are insinuated throughout the story that Mrs. Ingleby is having an affair could it be with Dieter, the former German POW that helps on the farm, or perhaps the vicar, well his wife certainly thinks so; Bradley never stops with the entanglements that all the characters seem to have with each other making this book much juicier than the first one. Flavia and Gladys, her bike, have many treks across the landscape of the village and the surrounding woods but with a little leg work and an incredible mind Flavia of course leaves the police and everyone else involved thinking, ‘How did she do that?’ but don’t worry in true Flavia form, for she does like to boast to Inspector Hewitt, she reveals all the little pieces that when connected together points right at the killer, and I must say I did not suspect who the finger pointed to in the end.
When I write my reviews I don’t like to give to much away rather I try to entice you just enough so that you will want to pick it up and read it yourself and you won’t want to do that if you already know what happens.


I Give It:

Thanks for checking out my reviews,
Amy

The books reviewed here have either been sent to me free of charge, or borrowed from my sister or the library, or they were bought (it is an addiction really). However, my reviews have never been, nor will ever be, affected by whether a book’s a freebie or not. A review is just one person’s opinion. It’s always best to check out a book for yourself.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Review: The Sweetness of the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley (re-post)

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
by Alan Bradley
Genre: YA Mystery
Published by: Bantam
Publication date: 1/19/2010
ISBN: 9780385343497
Pages: 385
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased



{This is a re-post of this review it seems that sometime when I was switching back and forth from Wordpress to Blogger this review and a bunch of other reviews were lost luckily I post my reviews in multiple places so all was not lost. I originally posted this review in 2013.}

This is my second time reading The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie and I actually enjoyed it more the second time around then I did the first time which doesn’t happen very often. After reading this book for the first time I felt it was a waste of time, now don’t get me wrong I thought at the time that it was an okay book; it also didn’t help that I was reading it after a huge reading streak and wasn’t really paying attention because I was sick of reading, I know GASP! but I had hit book overload and I just kept trying to shove in more without a break, big mistake! 

Thankfully I righted my mistake by giving it another read through and I am glad I did for within its pages I found a great story, with memorable characters, and a wonderful setting. Flavia, the stories main character, is unforgettable for she is one of the most unconventional 11-year old that I have ever encountered in my readings. Full of a love for chemistry and a knack for finding trouble, sometimes in the most unlikeliest of places like a vegetable garden for instance, Flavia quickly found a way into my heart making me chuckle and smile more then I would like to admit! I also found myself falling for other characters like loyal unsteady Dogger and Inspector Hewitt, who is played by Robbie Coltrane in my imagination (he played Hagrid in the Harry Potter movies, just in case you were wondering). Buckshaw, is the name of Flavia’s ancestral home…love it so British!…and this is where the dead body turns up and I don’t mean a human dead body, though that does come later, this particular dead body is that of a jack snipe (a bird) and shoved on its bill is a postage stamp; so starts the tale that leads to one dead body of the human variety, lots of picked locks and break ins, missing postage stamps worth millions, a kidnapping, two solved murders (and no one of them is not the jack snipe’s murder), and a thank you letter from the King George! Not what one thinks when thinking about the idyllic countryside of 1950s England. I gave The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie three out of five nerds, it did drag a bit in certain parts that were for more descriptive purposes, but it was Bradley’s tone that made it seem that way. I am continuing with the series and I expect great things from Flavia and more dead bodies to!

I Give It:


Thanks for reading my reviews,
Amy


The books reviewed here have either been sent to me free of charge, or borrowed from my sister or the library, or they were bought (it is an addiction really). However, my reviews have never been, nor will ever be, affected by whether a book’s a freebie or not. A review is just one person’s opinion. It’s always best to check out a book for yourself.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Review: Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris

Midnight Crossroad
by Charlaine Harris
Genre: Paranormal Mystery/Fantasy
Published by: The Penguin Group
Publication date: 5/6/2014
ISBN: 978-0-425-26315-0
Pages: 305
Format: Hardback
Source: Library




Manfred Bernardo just moved to Midnight Texas, what appears to be just a normal washed up town with only one working traffic light is really the place where the weirdest things occur and some of the scariest creatures call home, but Manfred has not considered himself "normal" for a very long time anyway so he thinks he might just fit in.

There are many "interesting" characters living in Midnight, so here is a little run down:
1.) Manfred Bernardo, is Midnight's newest resident and is also a psychic.

2.) Fiji Cavanaugh, lives across the street from Bernardo, and is a witch. Her unusual cat, Mr. Snuggly lives with her (you will find out that Mr. Snuggly is hiding quite the secret from everyone).

3.) Bobo Winthrop, owns the local pawn shop, plus he rents out quite a few properties around town, including the place Manfred is renting out.

4.) Olivia Charity & Lemuel. Both rent out apartments from Bobo and even though they are in some sort of sexual relationship together they do not live together they just live across from each other, weird. So Lemuel is a vampire, he drinks blood but he doesn't have to because apparently he can also drink a person's energy. Olivia I don't think is anything supernatural but she is definitely a kick butt type of girl. 

5.) Madonna, Teacher, and Grady. Madonna owns and operates the only restaurant, Home Cookin', in town. Her and Teacher are married and he is the general handyman around town and also picks up a shit or two at the pawn shop and the gas station. Grady is their 8 month old son.

6.) Joe & Chuy. Midnight's only homesexual couple they each run a section of the Antique Gallery and Nail Salon, one restores furniture the other does nails. They also have a dog, Rasta, who is not harboring a secret live Mr. Snuggly but they still hate each other.

7.) The Lovell's, Shawn, Creek, and Connor. Shawn is the owner/operator of the Gas n' Go which is the only gas station in Midnight which is okay because it only needs one. Creek and Connor are Shawn's kids. You can just tell the whole way through the book that there is just something off with this family. 

8.) And last but certainly not least is the Reverend Sheehan, a man of few words but when he does talk you can bet it is important so you better listen up. I think Rev. Sheehan is harboring a secret like Mr. Snuggly only that the Reverend's secret is much, much bigger, guess I will have to wait till book #2 comes out to see if we get let in on that little secret or if we will have to wait for the last book, book #3.  


Okay so now that we get who the main players are let's move on to what happens...

So a two months before Manfred moved to Midnight Bobo's girlfriend Aubrey went missing and while out on a town picnic Fiji stumbles upon a decomposing corpse and with only one person missing from town it is not hard to summarize who it is. 

Once the sheriff starts to investigate Aubrey's death the news that Aubrey was not exactly who she said she was is hard for Bobo and some of the other residents to handle but when Aubrey and Bobo's past, way, way back before they even met each other comes to light it because even tougher, was Aubrey there as a spy for the white supremacist group, the Men of Liberty? And if so what did she want with Bobo? Is anybody really who they say they are?

I love Charlaine Harris so it was no surprise that I love Midnight Crossroad because it is classic Harris storytelling. She really knows how to set a scene and her attention for detail is amazing, seriously I could go into some of these places and find things because she lays them out so descriptively in her books you feel like you are there. And of course I don't think you could ever find a dull character or a boring story line in any of Charlaine Harris's books. Midnight Crossroads is not your average "supernatural" story so don't be expecting to read one!

I Give It:

As a mystery lover I was quite surprised to see that Charlaine Harris is the author of three mystery series they are, The Harper Connelly Mysteries, The Lily Bard Mysteries, and The Aurora Teagarden Mysteries, have any of you read these and if so did you like them??? I would love to hear your thoughts before I check these books out on my own.
Amy

The books reviewed here have either been sent to me free of charge, or borrowed from my sister or the library, or they were bought (it is an addiction really). However, my reviews have never been, nor will ever be, affected by whether a book’s a freebie or not. A review is just one person’s opinion. It’s always best to check out a book for yourself.

This book contributed to the following reading challenges: I Love Library Books Reading Challenge; Women's Reading Challenge; My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Review & Facebook Giveaway: The Good Suicides by Antonio Hill

The Good Suicides
by Antonio Hill
Genre: Mystery/Crime
Published by: Crown Books
Publication date: 6/17/2014
ISBN: 9780770435905
Pages: 352
Format: Review Copy
Source: Blogging for Books/Publisher




Scary looking dog on the cover freaked me out every time my eyes happened to fall upon it. Talk about how a book's cover can effect how you feel about the book and this one sets a menacing tone to go along with the inside contents, yes I was actually freaked about what was going to be inside before I even opened the book up. Aaahh, the power of a book's cover!

Okay so onto The Good Suicides...
The book picks up almost a year after the end of the last book in this series, The Summer of Dead Toys, and follows two different story lines; one of the stories revolves around Inspector Salgado and the batches of suicides he is investigating and the other story revolves around Leire, who was Inspector Salgado's partner in the last book but who is now on maternity leave and who is on her own time secretly investigating the disappearance of Ruth, Salgado's ex-wife, which happened at the end of the last book. Sorry about that spoiler if you haven't read the first book in the series yet! I made that bold so maybe if you don't want a surprise about the first one yet because you haven't read it then maybe you could just skip this part entirely! So Leire is very pregnant and is putting herself and her unborn child at a great risk by investigating Ruth's disappearance but she feels so compelled to do it she can't seem to talk herself out of it even though she knows deep down it would be better for her just to let it go and rest as much as possible before the baby is born. She finds out quite a lot of things about Ruth that Salgado probably doesn't even know and some of these secrets are not so good, like why would Ruth be seen on a videotape visiting the man that her ex-husband beat the crap out of and nearly lost his job who then wound up murder and decomposing in the apartment under Salgado's apartment in order to implicate that Salgado had something to do with said evil man's death? Very, very interesting!

So now that I covered Leire's part of the story here is Inspector Salgado's part...

The Alemany Cosmetics company's employees seem to be having a bit of bad luck lately, one went nuts and killed his wife, daughter and then himself; then another employee either jumped or was pushed on to some train tracks; then another was fed sleeping pills until she slept the eternal sleep. Seemingly random incidents but when you start compiling a list of all that these three have in common you have one weird "how it all happened". Just like with Antonio Hill's first book in this series I was blown away at the originality that his stories possess it is truly unlike any other books you will read in this genre. I didn't figure it out until Inspector Salgado's investigative efforts were laid out upon the page, which if you read a lot of my reviews you will see me complain that I know who did it before the solution is actually confirmed by the author and this is one thing that lowers my opinion of books like this but luckily the type of mystery Antonio Hill writes raises my opinion of his writing!
A must read if you love an unconventional mystery/thriller!
I Give It:


I was sent an extra copy of this book that I will be giving away on Facebook so head over to my Facebook page to enter!

Have you read The Good Suicides yet? What do you think of the cover? Would love to hear your thoughts.
Amy

The books reviewed here have either been sent to me free of charge, or borrowed from my sister or the library, or they were bought (it is an addiction really). However, my reviews have never been, nor will ever be, affected by whether a book’s a freebie or not. A review is just one person’s opinion. It’s always best to check out a book for yourself.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

This book contributed to the following reading challenges: Review Pile Reading Challenge; My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Review: The Summer of Dead Toys by Antonio Hill

The Summer of Dead Toys
by Antonio Hill
Genre: Mystery/Crime
Published by: Crown Books
Publication date: 6/18/2013
ISBN: 978-0-7704-3587-5
Pages: 368
Format: Hardback
Source: Library




The reason I picked up this book at the library is because I received the second book in this series for review and the back of the second book was covered in praise for this book so I held off reading the book I got for review so that I could read this first.

Inspector Hector Salgado is in deep doo doo! Yep, I said doo doo, I'm trying to stop cussing so anyways, he physically assaulted a perp during an interrogation and had to take a bit of a vacation till the heat wore down a little bit but now he's back. But he still has to watch his back and his temper to avoid placing his job in even further jeopardy.  

Not long after being back Salgado's boss Savall asks him to look into a case unofficially, here the boss and the victim's mom knew each other, and this rotates from an unofficial inquiry into a suicide/accident to a murder investigation. Did he really fall or was he pushed?

Like all good literary detectives Inspector Salgado manages to unravel the mystery behind what seemed to be a tragic accident but turns out to be so much more. 

One of the best things that I found about this book is that this story is not your conventional crime/police novel there just seems to be this whole mass of events and people without a real huge hint towards the solution, which you normally find littered throughout much of this genre, at least in my opinion, this made the ending a shocker and who doesn't love to be surprised! Not all the book's content is about the crime either, the author lets you into Inspector Salgado's personal life to and the biggest cliffhanger of the story doesn't even involve the crime but instead has something to do personally with Salgado. The ending also makes quite the start for the second book in Antonio Hill's Inspector Salgado series, The Good Suicides, which I should have the review typed up and posted this week to!

All and all this was a spectacular read with only a few moments of long seemingly meaningless words in the form of paragraphs.
I Give It:


Have you read any of the books in Antonio Hill's Inspector Salgado series yet? What did you think? Did you find them more unconventional then your typical crime novel, but in a good way? Would love to know your thoughts on this!
Amy 

The books reviewed here have either been sent to me free of charge, or borrowed from my sister or the library, or they were bought (it is an addiction really). However, my reviews have never been, nor will ever be, affected by whether a book’s a freebie or not. A review is just one person’s opinion. It’s always best to check out a book for yourself.

This book contributed to the following reading challenges: I Love Library Books Reading Challenge; My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge.

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