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All My Friends Are Still Dead by Avery Monsen and Jory John
Another Kind of Hurricane by Tamara Ellis Smith
As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan Bradley
Doctor Who: The Spear of Destiny by Marcus Sedgwick
Fake Mustache by Tom Angleberger
A Female Focus: Great Women Photographers by Margot F. Horwitz
A Finder's Fee by Joyce and Jim Lavene
Flora and the Penguin by Molly Idle
Flying Too High by Kerry Greenwood
The Girl in the Well Is Me by Karen Rivers
The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson
Horten's Miraculous Mechanisms: Magic, Mystery, & a Very Strange Adventure by Lissa Evans
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Ian Edginton
Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar
The House of Hades by Rick Riordan
How to Outswim a Shark Without a Snorkel by Jess Keating
The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste
Look Out for the Fitzgerald-Trouts by Esta Spalding
Lowriders in Space by Cathy Camper
Mission Mumbai by Mahtab Narsimhan
The Murder of Mary Russell by Laurie R. King
Mutt's Promise by Julie Salamon
The Princess in Black and the Perfect Princess Party by Shannon Hale
The Readaholics and the Falcon Fiasco by Laura DiSilverio
Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life by Bryan Lee O'Malley
A Study in Sherlock edited by Laurie R. King
Tailing a Tabby by Laurie Cass
A Taste for Red by Lewis Harris
The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
Upside-Down Magic by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins
You're Never Weird on the Internet by Felicia Day

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The invisible Pokémon Go player
Mind the gap (between reading and reviewing)
On reading diversely
Stop Americanizing imported English language books

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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



Horten's Miraculous Mechanisms: Magic, Mystery, & a Very Strange Adventure: 08/22/16

Horten's Miraculous Mechanisms: Magic, Mystery, & a Very Strange Adventure by Lissa Evans

Horten's Miraculous Mechanisms by Lissa Evans was originally published in the UK as Small Change for Stuart — a much better fitting for the book and main character. For more on my feelings on the disservice done to American children by the alterations to imported English language fiction, please read Stop Americanizing imported English language books.

The once titular character is a boy named Stuart Horten. He has the unfortunately luck of being short and having a name that can be abbreviated to S.Horten. That combo has lead to lots of teasing. Now he's facing the big unknown of a new town since he and his parents (a surgeon and a crossword puzzle author) have moved to the old family town of Beeton.

Straightaway Stuart is drawn into an old family scavenger hunt, one that's obviously been neglected and unsolved for decades. The clues are tied to the late uncle Tony Beeton's factory where gear based devices were once made — like the old mechanical piggy banks.

I must admit that I figured out the big plot twist early in the book. It doesn't matter. It's a fun and a rewarding book. I enjoyed all the old (albeit fictional versions) of late Victorian mechanical devices. That's of course my own experience as the daughter of an antiques dealer coming through.

Five stars

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