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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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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 Keys to the City

Keys to the City cover art (Link goes to Powells)Keys to the City: 04/22/10

Apparently Keys to the City: Tales of a New York City Locksmith by Joel Kostman was featured on This American Life. It must have been before I started listening regularly. I picked the book up at random from walking the shelves at my local library because I liked the title and the book wasn't very long.

I had the book out just before the craziness of the Cybils judging. So the book sat on my library shelf until I'd run out of renewals and had to return the book. So I sat in my car and read the book while I was waiting for the library to open. It made the time pass very quickly.

Keys to the City is a collection of short fictionalized anecdotes based on Kostman's career as a locksmith. He has stories about trying and failing to open up a fancy sports car (the owner ends up smashing a window),  waiting for payment in a room full of grumpy relatives, and installing extra fancy locks to ward off a lovers spat that might not even exist.

None of the stories is extraordinary but together they paint a picture of life in New York. It's full of little pieces of time and reminds me a bit of the quiet moments in So B. It by Sarah Weeks.

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