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The Accidental Law Librarian by Anthony Aycoch
Along a Long Road by Frank Viva
Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
As Simple as It Seems by Sarah Weeks
Beating the Lunch Box Blues by J.M. Hirsch
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Binky the Space Cat by Ashley Spires
Birds of a Feather by Francisco Pittau and Bernadette Gervais
The Bride's Kimono by Sujata Massey
Claude Monet: The Painter Who Stopped the Trains by P.I. Maltbie
City of Thieves by David Benioff
Devil May Care by Elizabeth Peters
A Dog's Heart by Mikhail Bulgakov
The Dogma of Cats for Kids by Debra Snyder
Drive by Andrew Bush
Everything but the Horse by Holly Hobbie
Firestorm by Nevada Barr
The Floating Girl by Sujata Massey
For the Love of Autumn by Patricia Polacco
Fuddles by Frans Vischer
I'm a Shark by Bob Shea
A King's Ransom by Jude Watson
Lettice the Flying Rabbit by Mandy Stanley
The Man with the Violin by Kathy Stinson
The Many Faces of George Washington by Carla Killough McClafferty
The Power of Thinking Differently by Javy W. Galindo
Saints by Gene Luen Yang
Soulless: The Manga, Vol. 2 by Gail Carriger
Tina's Mouth: An Existential Comic Diary by Keshni Kashyap
The Whale: In Search of the Giants of the Sea by Philip Hoare
Wind Song by Carl Sandburg

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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




Devil May Care: 12/03/13

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Devil May Care by Elizabeth Peters is a stand alone Gothic mystery set in Virginia. It's also one of those books that makes it obvious that Elizabeth Peters was also Barbara Michaels as it rehashes many of the same themes and situations from Ammie, Come Home (Barbara Michaels, 1968).

Ellie and her fiance will be watching her aunt's estate (and menagerie of pets) for a couple of weeks. The fiance is essentially looking for a trophy wife — something made crystal clear from the opening chapter from his point of view. Ellie, though, isn't as easy prey as he thinks and these two weeks will be enlightening for her.

Along the way Ellie picks up a used book about the history of the area and its founding families. It seems to stir up the local ghosts and Ellie is visited by a variety of them.

In the Georgetown books, the hauntings and possessions are brought on from tension between the sexes. Modern day people falling into the same gender roles as their predecessors makes them vulnerable to reliving the bad experiences of the past. Here, the hauntings are less tied to some age old battle of the sexes. Instead it's a prank awaking an unexpected evil.

Five stars

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