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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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My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8



The Soprano's Last Song: 11/20/16

The Soprano's Last Song by Irene Adler

The Soprano's Last Song by Irene Adler is the second of the Sherlock, Lupin & Io series. After their adventures in the South of France, the three had promised to meet up again in London after Irene's family is settled. All that goes pear shaped when Lupin's father is arrested for the kidnapping of an opera singer and the murder of a composer's secretary.

Much of this book then should be focused on trying to clear Theophraste's name and of course find the missing opera singer. Unfortunately it has some pacing problems. Along with the mysteries at hand, there is the on-going war in France and the continued melodrama within the ranks of Irene's family: dropped hints that she's not their daughter, her mother's failing health, etc.

The historical setting in this one got to be too much of a distraction from the basic two part mystery. It's not that I don't want these three to be living in their world but I also don't need Irene proving her timeline of events to me every few pages either.

Three stars

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