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The Amazing World of Gumball Vol. 1: Fairy Tale Trouble by Ben Bocquelet
The Beginner's Goodbye by Anne Tyler
The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Counting Thyme by Melanie Conklin
Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate
Curse of the Arctic Star by Carolyn Keene
Demon Book 1 by Jason Shiga
The Dragon That Lived Under Manhattan by E.W. Hildick
The Drowning Spool by Monica Ferris
Fenway and Hattie by Victoria J. Coe
Ghostbusters International by Erik Burnham
Graveyard Slot by Michelle Schusterman
Hip Hop Family Tree Book 4: 1984-1985 by Ed Piskor
How to Avoid Extinction by Paul Acampora
Imagine a World by Rob Gonsalves
It's a Tiger by David La Rochelle
Just Like Me by Nancy J. Cavanaugh
The Little Island by Margaret Wise Brown
The Lost Compass by Joel N. Ross
The Magic Mirror by Susan Hill Long
The Mechanical Mind of John Coggin by Elinor Teele
Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story by Nora Raleigh Baskin
Ottoline and the Purple Fox by Chris Riddell
Pouncing on Murder by Laurie Cass
Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World by Bryan Lee O'Malley
Some Kind of Courage by Dan Gemeinhart
The Soprano's Last Song by Irene Adler
Stealing the Game by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld
The Underdogs by Sara Hammel

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November reading and looking towards the last month
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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 Drowning Spool: 11/15/16

The Drowning Spool by Monica Ferris

The Drowning Spool by Monica Ferris is the seventeenth of the Needlecraft series. Betsy has a routine that involves morning exercise at the local pool. When it is closed for renovation, Betsy's put in the right place at the right time to be part of another murder investigation.

There's a new senior center, Watered Silk, that is offering to host the water aerobics while the other pool is being repaired. Although the building boasts modern day security features including 24/7 onsite guards and keycards, a young woman is found floating dead in the pool.

While it sounds like the typical set up for this series, nothing comes together quite right. The first hinderance is one of the residents of Watered Silk, a woman with Alzheimers who seems gleefully happy at her situation and uses her disease to misbehave as much as possible. She's not a believable character and she borders on unfortunate comic relief, something this series hasn't relied on before and hopefully won't again.

Then there's Water Silk itself. Whenever Alzheimer's is brought up, someone who either lives there or works there, blithely says how the worst patients are locked up for their protection. What? I really was expecting the crime to be centered on the poor management of this awful retirement home.

No instead the whole damn thing is obsessed over the sex life of an unmarried woman. It's not that sex shouldn't be part of the series, the topic has come up before. But usually it's done in a more mature manner. This time it reads like a throwback to a Mexican divorce episode of Perry Mason.

Two stars

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