10.20.2014

Review: Cloche and Dagger


Cloche and Dagger
Cloche and Dagger by Jenn McKinlay

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Three stars. I read this on a little vacation and it was a quick read. It's very light on the mystery (to be clear, if you blink, you'll miss it & the wrap up is lightening fast too) but I enjoyed the setting and the characters were more enjoyable than irritating, so it's all good. I've enjoyed reading McKinlay's Book Lover's series and decided to give this one a try. I'll likely continue reading more in the series. Definitely recommended for fans of the author and anyone looking for a cozy mystery to while away a weekend.



View all my reviews
Pin It

Review: The Monogram Murders


The Monogram Murders
The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



I just don't know what to say. I was so eager to read new adventures of Hercule Poirot and was thrilled to get my hands on this book. I'm sorry to report that I didn't love it. It was a little more than okay but also a little less than a "like". I didn't take to Catchpool at all and as a substitute for Hastings, he falls terribly short. He has none of Hastings' endearing qualities as an accompaniment to Poirot. He's supposed to be a proper police investigator but there's no evidence of that in his personality or method. I wanted Japp to show up and flog him for good measure. Poirot was rendered in a way that I found very superficial to what I'm used to. And I can't quite put my finger on it. This is the first encounter I've had reading Poirot where he actually annoyed me. I'm still shocked about that! They murders and the backstory were well done and I thought the suspects were rendered well. Oddly, the one I found most memorable was the hotel manager, Lazzari. He reminded me of the railway director Bouc from Murder On the Orient Express.

As just a mystery, I liked the twists and turns and did feel this worked on that level. As a Poirot story, woefully short of my expectation. Perhaps I should not have had any expectations but as the cover has 'Hercule Poirot' & 'Agatha Christie' splashed across it (and Christie's family/estate approved this work), I did so... there it is. Now that I know what this is, I'll likely read the next in the series because a good mystery is still worth the read in my book life. I'd recommend this to mystery lovers but would recommend with my aforementioned caveats to Poirot and Christie fans.



View all my reviews
Pin It

10.08.2014

Review: The Walled City


The Walled City
The Walled City by Ryan Graudin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



I liked this one for its pace (in the second half) and that it had something important to say. Jin was my favorite character overall but my heart quite went out to Mei. Dai didn't captivate me much but he was important to the story and served his purpose well enough. I didn't love this one simply because it was harrowing. The entire brothel and human trafficking thing just held me back from truly loving it but this still ranks as one of the best books I've read all year. I don't know how I'd categorize it. From the summary it seemed like a futuristic YA but upon reading it I felt it was more thriller YA. Either way, it's worth reading as is the author's epilogue explaining his inspiration to tell this story and his insights. I'd definitely recommend this to anyone looking to read a fast paced story with something deeper to convey. Well done.

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.



View all my reviews
Pin It

10.05.2014

Review: Read It and Weep


Read It and Weep
Read It and Weep by Jenn McKinlay

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



I like this one & think it's a fine cozy series. I was reading them in order but my library had the third in the series checked out so I went with this one & I can say, I don't think it matters with regard to continuity. After reading the first and second these can likely be read out of order without causing one to be lost. I'll likely continue with the series.



View all my reviews
Pin It

9.23.2014

free shipping @ smittenkittenorig on Etsy

Autumn has begun so get your warm wearables early & be prepared for the coming winter. To that end, I'm offering FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE on all orders of minimum $25. Use code SWEATERWEATHER  at checkout. Offer valid 09.23-09.27.2014.

Pin It