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Reviews:
Bronte's Book Club by Kristiana Gregory
Cat and Mouse by Günter Grass
Destination Moon by Georges Remi Hergé
Doctor Who and the Three Doctors by Terrance Dicks
The Egyptian Box by Jane Louise Curry
Explorers on the Moon by Georges Remi Hergé
Fairy Glade and Other Enchanting Stories by Dawn Beaumont-Lane
Firehorn by Robert Reed
Fishing, for Christians by Tim Roux
The Girls by Helen Yglesias
The Glenn Miller Conspiracy by Hunton Downs
Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes
Harriet's Hare by Dick King-Smith
I Spy Fantasy by Jean Marzollo
Land of Black Gold by Georges Remi Hergé
The Motorman's Coat by John Kessel
The Mouse, The Cat and Grandmother's Hat by Nancy Willard
Murder Mysteries by Neil Gaiman
Mysterious Magical Circus Family Kids: The Chocolate Cake Turkey Lip Crumb Trail Mystery Adventure by R. Hawk Starkey
Night Watch by Terry Pratchett
One Bright Star to Guide Them by Mark C. Wright
Poor Puppy by Nick Bruel
The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain
Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary
A Rebel in Time by Harry Harrison
Retrograde Summer by John Varley
The Second Ship by Richard Phillips
The Secret of Platform 13 by Eva Ibbotson
She and I: A Fugue by Michael R. Brown
The Vicar of Nibbleswicke by Roald Dahl
A Walk in the Rainforest by Kristin Joy Pratt
Warrior from Heaven by Kermit Zarley



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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

Reading Challenges

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



Comments for Murder Mysteries

Murder MysteriesMurder Mysteries: 07/10/09

Murder Mysteries is metafiction in the form of a graphic novel. It's short, only 64 pages long, and easily read over a lingering cup of coffee. It's two stories, both told as flashbacks, one of a man who ten years earlier spent the night talking to a homeless man on a trip to Los Angeles, and then the homeless man's story.

The homeless man's story takes up the bulk of the book. He tells a story Raguel, the "Vengeance of the Lord" sent for by Lucifer to  discover the identity of an angel who murdered another. Raguel learns the true horror of being an aspect and a function of the Lord at the event horizon of Lucifer's fall.

Raguel's story though is both a cautionary tale and a framing device for the truth behind the protagonist's last night in Los Angeles. Everything he tells before meeting the man at the bus bench needs to be re-evaluated in light of Raguel's story and the final warning whispered at the close of the nighttime tale.

I thoroughly enjoyed Murder Mysteries and was both drawn in and repulsed at the same time. The mixture of emotions and the fact that I'm still think of the book more than week after reading is the reason behind my giving it a full five stars at GoodReads.

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