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Archie vs Predator by Alex de Campi
Bewitched, Bothered, and Biscotti by Bailey Cates
Bookplate Special by Lorna Barrett
Carson Crosses Canada
Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis
Giant Trouble by Ursula Vernon
The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson
I'm Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid
It Might Have Been Worse by Beatrice Larned Massey
It's a Book by Lane Smith
Kleine Katze Chi #1 by Kanata Konami
No Place for Magic by E.D. Baker
Nooks & Crannies by Jessica Lawson
Lumberjanes, Volume 1: Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson
Mystery of the Midnight Rider by Carolyn Keene
Paper Girls, Volume 2 by Brian K. Vaughan
Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher
Road of Her Own: Women's Journeys in the West by Marlene Blessing
A Safe Girl to Love by Casey Plett
Shopaholic & Sister by Sophie Kinsella
Song of the Lion by Anne Hillerman
There Are No Cats in this Book by Viviane Schwarz
This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Winnebago Graveyard #1 by Steve Niles
Winnebago Graveyard #2 by Steve Niles
Woof by Spencer Quinn
Yours Truly by Heather Vogel Frederick

Miscellaneous
August 2017 Reading Sources
August 2017 Reading Summary
Books on Books
Crossing the Cornfield and Saving the World: The Neddiad by Daniel Pinkwater
Greenglass House by Kate Milford: A road narrative deconstruction
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (September 04)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (September 11)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (September 18)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (September 25)
The maze isn't for you — except when it is

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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



Mystery of the Midnight Rider: 09/25/17

Mystery of the Midnight Rider by Carolyn Keene

Mystery of the Midnight Rider by Carolyn Keene is the third of the Nancy Drew Diaries — that I somehow missed when I started reading the series from the beginning. Since the book has a song title, I'm going to start there as it was the song running through my head for the entirety of the book.

Nancy and her friends are at River Heights Horse Show to watch Ned's friend, Payton, compete with her jumper, Midnight. Unfortunately, she and her horse seem cursed with bad luck. Her horse has tested positive for illegal substances, she's gotten threatening notes, and her saddle has been destroyed.

The big question then is who is doing this and why? Who wants to stop Payton from competing? Is it her surly trainer, Dana? Is it her competition? Is it an obsessed fan?

The mystery here isn't as complex as the other books in the series I've read so far. I figured out who was behind the threats about midway through the book. I kept reading because the details of how these competitions work are explained well. I frankly didn't know much about equestrian competitions so I found the added information fascinating.

Three stars

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