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Alex & Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz
Amina's Voice by Hena Khan
Armstrong and Charlie by Steven B. Frank
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Black Hammer Volume 1: Secret Origins by Jeff Lemire
The Book of Mistakes by Corinna Luyken
Bow Wow by Spencer Quinn
A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold
Farm Fresh Murder by Paige Shelton
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The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez
Hereville: How Mirka Caught a Fish by Barry Deutsch
Ivy by Katherine Coville
The Lotterys Plus One by Emma Donoghue
Lumberjanes Volume 3: A Terrible Plan by Noelle Stevenson
Miles Morales by Jason Reynolds
Mrs. Saint and the Defectives by Julie Lawson Timmer
Murder Is Bad Manners by Robin Stevens
My Dirty Dumb Eyes by Lisa Hanawalt
Otis by Loren Long
Our Hero by Jennifer L. Holm
Outside In by Jennifer Bradbury
Queen and Country Volume 1 by Greg Rucka
Smarty Marty Steps Up Her Game by Amy Gutierrez
Through the Grinder by Cleo Coyle
We Are the Engineers by Angela Melick
Winnebago Graveyard #3 by Steve Niles
A Woman's World Tour in a Motor by Harriet White Fisher
Wrong Side of the Paw by Laurie Cass Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, and Deborah Biancotti

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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (November 13)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (November 20)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (November 27)
October 2017 Sources
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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



Through the Grinder: 11/15/17

Mrs. Through the Grinder by Cleo Coyle

Through the Grinder by Cleo Coyle is the second of the Coffeehouse mystery series. Clare's regular customers have started to die through a series of bizarre accidents and suicides. It looks like someone is targeting the Village Blend — could it be Claire's new Mr Right?

Like On What Grounds the book includes scenes from the perspective of the murderer. In the first book, this murderer point of view is only at the start of the book. This time, there are numerous asides to the point of view of the self styled "genius."

Were I reading the book in print, rather than listening to it, I would have skipped the genius's scenes. These point of view shifts are unnecessary beyond clueing in skimmers that another death is looming in the next chapter.

Despite the red herrings set up from the "genius's" scenes, I figured out the motive behind the murders about a quarter of the way through the book. Knowing who the killer was didn't lessen the enjoyment of the book. A big part of the fun of mysteries is seeing the pieces fall into place.

Four stars

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