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Andy McBean and the War of the Worlds by Dale Kutzera
Bad Kitty School Daze by Nick Bruel
Boy Writers: Reclaiming Their Voices by Ralph Fletcher
Buzz! by Ananth Panagariya
David Hockney: A Bigger Picture by Tim Barringer
The Death of Bernadette Lefthand by Ronald B. Querry
Ghouls, Ghouls, Ghouls by Victoria Laurie
Grandpa Green by Lane Smith
Hard Truth by Nevada Barr
How To by Julie Morstad
J. C. Leyendecker by Michael Schau
Listening for Lucca by Suzanne LaFleur
Moby Duck by Donovan Hohn
Moonhead and the Music Machine by Andrew Rae
My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss
The Necropolis Railway by Andrew Martin
A Night in the Lonesome October by Roger Zelazny
Paul Is Undead: The British Zombie Invasion by Alan Goldsher
Phoebe and Her Unicorn: A Heavenly Nostrils Chronicle by Dana Simpson
Sammy the Seal by Syd Hoff
Satan's Prep by Gabe Guarente
Satellites in Outer Space by Isaac Asimov
The Seer of Shadows by Avi
Sneakers, the Seaside Cat by Margaret Wise Brown
Stars by Mary Lyn Ray
The Tail of Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessler
A Touch of Gold by Joyce Lavene and Jim Lavene
Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life by P.J. Hoover
When You Are Alone/It Keeps You Capone by Myra Cohn Livingston
Zombie in Love by Kelly DiPucchio

Miscellaneous
No students! or My First Bookstore
On deja vu or why I keep a list of what I read
Replacing ARCs with Research
Why I'm no longer accepting review copies

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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



A Touch of Gold: 04/05/15

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A Touch of Gold by Joyce and Jim Lavene is the second of the Missing Pieces mystery series. It literally opens with a bang, in the form on an explosion at the island town's maritime history museum.

The curator of the museum, Max Caudle, had years earlier found a treasure chest of gold coins. Now someone has shot a cannon into the museum presumably to get his hands on them.

Though injured in the explosion, Mayor Dae knows she has to piece together the history of these coins to figure out who would go to such extremes as to destroy a museum and kill its curator.

If the previous book was quaint in its history of Duck and its people and ties to prohibition era crime, this one looks at some of the seedier elements of the area around Duck. There are numerous small islands and sandbars in Dowdy Bay. Dae's uncanny ability to find things, takes her to one such place, and into the hands of a group of people living off the grid and outside the bounds of society.

This book was more adventure than cozy mystery but still an enjoyable page turner. I am looking forward to reading the third in the series, A Spirited Gift.

Five stars

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