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Are We There Yet? by Nina Laden
Are We There Yet? by Dan Santat
Cats on Track by Lisa Martin and Valerie Martin
The Easter Bunny's Assistant by Jan Thomas
Egg by Kevin Henkes
Fish Girl by Donna Jo Napoli and David Wiesner
The Ghost of Graylock by Dan Poblocki
The Great American Dust Bowl by Don Brown
The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan
The Hudson by Carl Lamson Carmer
Kitchener Waterloo: A Guidebook from Memory edited by Robert Motum
Landline by Rainbow Rowell
My Pet Human by Yasmine Surovec
My Pet Human Takes Center Stage by Yasmine Surovec
Over Easy by Mimi Pond
Play It as It Lays by Joan Didion
The Readaholics and the Gothic Gala by Laura DiSilverio
The 65-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton
Smoky Night by Eve Bunting
Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea by Robert Burleigh
Star Scouts by Mike Lawrence
Stop the Train! by Geraldine McCaughrean
Strangers on a Train by Carolyn Keene
The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith
Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd by Alan Bradley
Traveling Light by Lynne Branard
The Truth About Twinkie Pie by Kat Yeh
Vampires on the Run by C.M. Surrisi
XVI by Julia Karr

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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (April 3)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (April 10)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (April 17)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (April 24)
March 2017 Inclusive Reading Report
March 2017 ROOB and News
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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



Stranger on a Train: 04/28/17

Strangers on a Train by Carolyn Keene

Remember how I complained that the first of the new Nancy Drew books ended with too many loose ends? Stranger on a Train starts up right where Curse of the Arctic Star ends, something I've not seen in a previous Nancy Drew (though I've admittedly haven't read that many).

Nancy and her friends are still on the trip but are on an extended land excursion part to Denali National Park. Along the way Nancy's investigation is thwarted numerous times by bad luck and clumsiness apparently on the part of her trusted friends.

Nancy is thankfully smart enough to realize she's being played. She also is close enough to her friends to actually talk to them. So these distractions are hiccups on the path to solving the case.

In such a remote setting and with a subset of the original passenger list, Strangers on a Train is more of a one on one character study of the remaining suspects from the first book.

Interestingly, the pay off at the end goes all the way back to my initial impressions in the first chapter or so of Curse of the Arctic Star. I was sure by now that I had just been mistaken and too judgmental of a character. But I was spot on and that was a very satisfying conclusion in deed.

Five stars

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