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Reviews:
Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
Babies on the Go by Linda Ashman
The Balloon Boy of San Francisco by Dorothy Kupcha Leland
Bandits of the Trace by Albert E. Cowdrey
The Book That Eats People by John Perry and Mark Fearing
Buffalo Before Breakfast (Magic Tree House #18) by Mary Pope Osborne
The Clue of the Tapping Heels by Carolyn Keene
Coraline by Neil Gaiman and P. Craig Russell
Crogan's Vengeance by Chris Schweizer
Do Not Open This Book! by Michaela Muntean
Dragon's Teeth by Alex Irvine
Keys to the City by Joel Kostman
Guy Time by Sarah Weeks
Immaculate Deception by Courtney J. Webb
Is There a Monster Over There? by Sally O Lee
Jeremy Draws a Monster by Peter McCarty
Letters to Rosy by C. Ellene Bartlett
The Man Who Lost His Head by Claire Huchet Bishop
Mummies in the Morning (Magic Tree House #3) by Mary Pope Osborne
My One Hundred Adventures by Polly Horvath
Out of Time by John Marsden
Promotion Denied by Joseph W. Hoffler
Scary Party by Sue Hendra
Scat by Carl Hiaasen
The Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook by Eleanor Davis
Shadows on the Walls of the Cave by Kate Wilhelm
Shriek: An Afterword by Jeff VanderMeer
Swim to Me by Betsy Carter
Tigers at Twilight (Magic Tree House #19) by Mary Pope Osborne
The Travesties by Giselle Renarde
War, Women and the News by Catherine Gourley
The Wing on a Flea by Ed Emberley

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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 Bandits of the Trace

FSFBandits of the Trace: 04/05/10

Before I go into the review I want to tell you how I read and review. I used to plan my reading (and thus my reviews) on an elaborate calendar. For a while it worked but it began to wear down my enthusiasm for both reading and blogging.

A year ago I abandoned the schedule and decided to read what I wanted when I wanted. For the reviews, I didn't want to get stuck in what ever arbitrary list I had generated by my reading for fun. So I assign each book and story a number. Then I pick a number at random and I write that review. I keep a file of my written reviews to pick from when I am ready to update my blog. What this means to you, the reader, is that I might mention books that seem out of order from how you remember them being reviewed.

I read "Bandits of the Trace" by Albert E. Cowdrey between reading The Lost Symbol and Duma Key. It was another of these weird random moments where the story provided the perfect bridge between the two. A professor sets his grad student to work on an old cryptic message that leads to a treasure, an enormous fortune.

The treasure hunting part of the novella is similar to the ones that Robert Langdon is always trying to solve as he's being chased by crazed fanatics. The solution though leads them to the same hiding place as in Duma Key with a similar lurking evil.

Reviewers of the Cowdrey's story fall into two camps: those who love "The Overseer" and those who don't. I am among those who didn't but do love "Bandits of the Trace."

Other posts and reviews:

Stories by Albert E. Cowdrey reviewed here

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