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100 Words Per Minute by Adina Sara
After the Funeral by Edwin Murphy
Andrea by John O'Hara
The Art of Reading by Reading is Fundamental
Baby Island by Carol Ryrie Brink
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Contraband by Clarence Budington Kelland
Demons Don't Dream by Piers Anthony
Dirt in the Well by Linda Lyon
Games to Play with Babies by Jackie Silberg
Ginger by Charlotte Voake Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett
The Golden Mean by Nick Bantock
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle
The Gryphon by Nick Bantock
A House Divided by Pearl S. Buck
Little Cricket's Song by Readers Digest Association
The Leopard Hat by Valerie Steiker
Marianne Dreams by Catherine Storr
My Yard by Heinz Kluetmeier
The Old Maid by Edith Wharton
Sammy's Hill by Kristin Gore
Silver Lies by Ann Parker
The Summerfolk by Doris Burn
Sun Dog by Stephen King
Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck
Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill by Mark Bittner

Miscellaneous
$275 Later...
At the Park
Babies Aren't Dolls
Bitter Herbs
BookCrossing Misadventures
Breakfast Hijinks
Cheerios
Chicken Pie
Coldy and Rainy
Don't 'Lurp Your 'Oup
Easter
Elephants on Mars
Getting Ready for School
Harriet's Teeth
How I Read
Hunting Eggs
In Search of a Wii
A Lazy Day
Magenta
No Sleep and Six Teeth
Owl at School
Painting Again
Period
Return to Normal
Where Have All the Books Gone?
You Know that Burning Plastic Smell

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Rating System

5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

Reading Challenges

My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8


Comments for Dirt in the Well

Brave New WorldDirt in the Well: 04/09/07

BookCrossing in its six years has inspired a half a million members to register nearly four million books. It has also inspired a handful of members to write books. One of those books is Dirt in the Well by Linda Lyon.

The book is a mystery/thriller disguised as an Aga saga. I struggled through the domestic soap opera introduction, waiting for the mystery to kick into full gear. For such a short book, a large percentage of it is wasted on Fiona's dysfunctional family: her husband's affair, her mother's constant neediness, her previous marriage, her weight problems, and so forth.

The story takes off once Fiona pokes her nose into the account of one of her pharmacy clients. There's money to be made if she lets the client continue to take his "special" discount and danger for herself and her family if she doesn't. The ending while tight feels both rushed and forced. It seems unlikely that a man who has managed to commit the perfect crime will put that all at risk but it does provide the opportunity for Fiona to prove herself.

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