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The American Highway by William Kaszynski
Blizzard by John Rocco
The Bones of Paris by Laurie R. King
Displacement: A Travelogue by Lucy Knisley
Don Eddy: The Art of Paradox by Donald B. Kuspit
The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee
Finding Someplace by Denise Lewis Patrick
Fish In A Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle
The Flying Squad by Edgar Wallace
George by Alex Gino
Ghoul Interrupted by Victoria Laurie
Hip Hop Family Tree, Vol. 1: 1970s-1981 by Ed Piskor
In the Driver's Seat by Cynthia Golomb Dettelbach
Last Message by Shane Peacock
The Lincoln Highway by Michael Wallis
Magic Thinks Big by Elisha Cooper
A Murderous Yarn by Monica Ferris
My Name Is Maria Isabel by Alma Flor Ada
Return to Augie Hobble by Lane Smith
Sophie Scott Goes South by Alison Lester
The Spider by Elise Gravel
A Spirited Gift by Joyce Lavene
A Stitch in Time by Monica Ferris
Tommy Can't Stop! by Tim Federle
Unraveled Sleeve by Monica Ferris
Up, Tall and High by Ethan Long
The Vacation by Polly Horvath
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
Woundabout by Lev A.C. Rosen

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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



The Bones of Paris: 11/08/15

The Bones of Paris by Laurie R. King isis a thriller set in Paris during the 1920s.The Bones of Paris by Laurie R. King is the last thing on I read on NetGalley and a big part of my decision to stop taking eGalleys as reviews. I've been reading Laurie R. King's Mary Russell series from the very beginning. I've wanted to read her other books too and The Bones of Paris seemed like a good opportunity.

Stuyvesant is hired to help with a series of murders. The clock is ticking because another person has gone missing and is believed to be the next victim. Among the suspects are some of the pop culture icons of the 1920s.

Except, and this is a problem with ARCs in general, I didn't know until after I started reading it, that it was the second of the Harris Stuyvesant books. I still get weekly pitches for books that are part of a series that I'm only hearing about now through the pitch.

The appeal for me was the time and the setting: the 1920s and the Paris catacombs. I had just finished listening to The Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan, the first of the original 39 Clues series. So the location was fresh in my mind and I wanted to see it in an adult mystery context.

My initial reaction was a rather claustrophobic one — a response both to the setting (though most of the book isn't actually in the catacombs) and to the presentation. Many ebooks formats for web browser reading lack proper margins and the text just doesn't flow like it does on a printed page. I realized a third of the way through that I needed to stop reading and wait to read it in its proper format after I read Touchstone.

The Mary Russell series is written in the style of Arthur Conan Doyle — naturally. The Harris Stuyvesant books seem to be written in the style of Edgar Wallace — a more prolific British author than Doyle, but one with less staying power, it seems.

Four stars

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