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The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat
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Bad Machinery 2: The Case of the Good Boy by John Allison
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The Croc Ate My Homework: A Pearls Before Swine Collection by Stephan Pastis
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The Harlem Hellfighters by Max Brooks
Hickory Daiquiri Dock: Cocktails with a Nursery Rhyme Twist by Tim Federle
Lindbergh: The Tale of a Flying Mouse by Torben Kuhlmann
Lord and Lady Bunny—Almost Royalty! by Polly Horvath
Meeting Cezanne by Michael Morpurgo
Oz: Ozma of Oz by Eric Shanower
Potential by Ariel Schrag
The Printmaker's Daughter by Katherine Govier
Quest by Aaron Becker
Red Eye, Black Eye by K. Thor Jensen
Rain by Amanda Sun
The Rocketeer: The Complete Adventures by Dave Stevens
Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett
Shackleton's Journey by William Grill
The Swallow: A Ghost Story by Charis Cotter
13 rue Thérèse by Elena Mauli Shapiro
This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki
Thursdays with the Crown by Jessica Day George
Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle 08 by CLAMP
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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



13 rue Thérèse: 09/30/15

13 rue Thérèse by Elena Mauli Shapiro is the story of a man brought into study a box of mementos collected through both world wars.

13 rue Thérèse by Elena Mauli Shapiro is the story of a man brought into study a box of mementos collected through both world wars. The man in turn imagines a the life of the woman whose things are contained within. And that then leads him to a present day relationship with the very person who gave him the ephemera.

Oh this could have, should have been my kind of book. But the imagined life of Louise Brunet didn't work from the very get go. Her scenes are written in a very stilted homage to French literary greats like Emile Zola and Gustave Flaubert. Except our modern day author doesn't otherwise write in their styles. It's not a smooth transition from old and new styles of writing either. It's awkward, painful and oft times dull.

The book also includes color photographs of the things described. There's an associated website listed to see them in higher resolution, giving this book an unfortunate Scholastic Books mystery feel (39 Clues and more recently TombQuest). Sure, there's a social media aspect to reading now but it's just a natural evolution of the in person book clubs and other word of mouth ways people have shared their favorite books since the rise of the novel.

Two stars

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