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Reviews:
Among the Impostors by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Berenstain Bears Accept No Substitutes by Stan and Jan Berenstain
Better Than Running at Night by Hillary Frank
Bleach 5 by Tite Kubo
Bleach 6 by Tite Kubo
Bleach 7 by Tite Kubo
The Bone Man by Frederic S. Durbin
Buy Jupiter by Isaac Asimov
Castro Valley by Devon Weston, Robert Phelps, Lucille Lorge
Cats Are Not Peas by Laura Gould
Chain Letter 2: The Ancient Evil by Christopher Pike
Cross Bones by Kathy Reichs
The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl
Don't Ask by M. Rickert
Dragonhaven by Robin McKinley
Finisterra by David Moles
Fragrant Goddess by Paul Park
Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
Happy Halloween Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt
How Big is Your God? by Paul Coutinho
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
Jingo by Terry Pratchett
Letters from Iceland by W. H. Auden and Louis MacNeice
Miss Bianca in the Orient by Margery Sharp
N is for Noose by Sue Grafton
O is for Outlaw by Sue Grafton
Olivia by Ian Falconer
Olivia Saves the Circus by Ian Falconer
Osama Phone Home by David Marusek
Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
Return of the Indian by Lynn Reid Banks
Sleep No More by Greg Iles
Stray by Benjamin Rosenbaum and David Ackert
Track of the Cat by Nevada Barr
The Turret by Margery Sharp
The Twilight Year by Sean McMullen
Two Weeks After by M. Ramsey Chapman
Unpossible by Daryl Gregory
Urdumheim by Michael Swanwick
Who Brought Tulips to the Moon? by S.L. Gilbow

Miscellaneous:
Betrayed by Elmo
BTC Database Complete
The Last Few Days
Neighbor Cats

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

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


Comments for Cross Bones

Cross BonesCross Bones: 12/11/07

You might remember that I was reading chapters of Cross Bones to Sean last month. I've now finished the book and I'm having mixed feelings about it.

Cross Bones has two distinct parts and two distinct mysteries. The first part takes place in Montreal and centers around the execution style shooting of an antiquities dealer. The second part takes place in Israel and focuses on a 2000 year old corpse who is possibly related St. James Ossuary.

The Montreal bits I tore through. I loved the details of the mystery, the cultural clashes and Temperance's goofy friends (who are similar to but different Bones, the series). This half of the book entertained me enough that I still want to read the other book in the series that I have on my TBR shelf.

Had the book only taken place in Israel I would have tossed it aside unfinished. The pacing is off in this bit of the book. I know Temperance is supposed to have tons of experience traveling around the world doing her special field of forensics but she seemed so out of place in the field. Plus there were all these ridiculous action scenes that left me rolling my eyes.

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