Twitter Tumblr FlickrFacebookContact me
This Month Previous Articles Author Title Source Age Genre Series Format Inclusivity LGBTA Portfolio

Recent posts


Month in review

Reviews
Adulthood Is a Myth by Sarah Andersen
The Amazing World of Gumball: After School Special by Ben Boquelet
Anna's Corn by Barbara Santucci
The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn
The Better Country by Dallas Lore Sharp
Boy Dumplings by Ying Chang Compestine
Brownies and Broomsticks by Bailey Cates
California by Edan Lepucki
Camera and Lens by Ansel Adams
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Over the Moon by Frank Cottrell Boyce
Cleopatra in Space: The Thief and the Sword by Mike Maihack
Draw! by Raúl Colón
Giant Days, Volume 3 by John Allison, Max Sarin, and Whitney Cogar
Goodnight June by Sarah Jio
Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord
I Love Him to Pieces by Evonne Tsang
Jem and the Holograms, Volume 2: Viral by Kelly Thompson
A List of Cages by Robin Roe
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
Real Friends by Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham
Scarecrow Magic by Ed Masessa
The 78-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton
Shopaholic Ties the Knot by Sophie Kinsella
Six Impossible Things by Fiona Wood
The Stone Heart by Faith Erin Hicks
The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson
Tagged by Diane C. Mullen
This Land I Love: Waterloo County by Carl Hiebert
Waiting is Not Easy! by Mo Willems
Witches' Bane by Susan Wittig Albert
XO, OX: A Love Story by Adam Rex

Miscellaneous
Armchair BEA introductions
April 2017 Inclusive Reading Report
Best Practices
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (May 01)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (May 08)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (May 15)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (May 22)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (May 29)
Mapping the roads of the American nightmare
Read Our Own Books - April 2017

Previous month

Rating System

5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

Reading Challenges

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



Witches' Bane: 05/02/17

Witches' Bane by Susan Wittig Albert

Witches' Bane by Susan Wittig Albert is the second in the China Bayles series. China and her neighbors are under attack as a bible thumper has started a protest outside their row of shops. He's accusing them of witchcraft and Satanism.

Then in the middle of all of this, one of China's friends ends up murdered, killed with a ceremonial knife. Now it looks for certain that someone is practicing the dark arts.

I never exactly got into this story. First, I found the whole evangelist character too comedic to be taking seriously. I kept picturing him as a first season Gideon Gleeful from Gravity Falls (before Gideon's true evil nature was revealed).

Gideon Gleeful singing Widdle Ol Me

The murderer was also a bit obvious. You know that character who is bound to betray everyone. That's how obvious this character is. The motive behind the murder took a little more figuring out, but not enough for me to truly enjoy this book.

I think my main problem with this series is one of a generation gap. The book is very dated and very much aimed at a Baby Boomer readership. In this regard, The China Bayles series is best suited for fans of the ABC Mysteries by Sue Grafton.

Three stars

Comments (0)


Name:
Email (won't be posted):
Blog URL:
Comment: