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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



The Jumbies: 08/03/16

The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste

The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste is the tale of a girl taking back her family after it's been infiltrated by a jumbie. Corinne La Mer is the woman of the house after her mother's death. She grows the best fruit which she proudly takes to market. It's there that she catches the eye of a supernaturally beautiful woman.

Corinne knows the lore of her island and she respects its power. The main character is well aware that things are not what they seem. She manages to keep her wits about her throughout. Here the threat is truly supernatural, something I remember wishing were so for The Unstoppable Octobia May (though I do appreciate direction it ultimately took)

The Jumbies is a retelling of the Haitian tale "The Magic Orange Tree" a story I'm not familiar with. Thematically this book is right there with Neil Gaiman's Coraline and The Ocean at the End of the Lane, A Taste for Red by Lewis Harris.

Four stars

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