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The Haunting of Rookward House by Darcy Coates
Hide and Seek by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle and Emily Jenkins
The Hound of Florence by Felix Salten
Legend in Green Velvet by Elizabeth Peters
Legendborn by Tracy Deonn
Magic and Macaroons by Bailey Cates
The Meet-Cute Project by Rhiannon Richardson
Mighty Jack and the Goblin King by Ben Hatke
Mistletoe Man by Susan Wittig Albert
My Almost Flawless Tokyo Dream Life by Rachel Cohn
No Such Thing as Ghosts by Ursula Vernon
Oh My Gods! by Stephanie Cooke, Insha Fitzpatrick, and Juliana Moon (Illustrations)
On What Grounds by Cleo Coyle (re-read)
Roman and Jewel by Dana L. Davis
Shopaholic to the Stars by Sophie Kinsella
Sky Island by L. Frank Baum
Something Borrowed by Richelle Mead
Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade
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Stella's Stellar Hair by Yesenia Moises
These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong
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Legend in Green Velvet: 01/27/20

Legend in Green Velvet

Legend in Green Velvet by Elizabeth Peters is a standalone mystery from early in the author's long writing career. As it's forty-five years old, it's rather dated. Some of that might be the result of an author finding her voice and some of that might be my tastes changing in so many years of reading.

Susan has gone to Scotland to work at a dig. She's planning on spending a couple days in Edinburgh playing tourist. She's been a fan of the country for as long as she can remember. If she could be swept back in time like Beth Pudding in A Man in a Kilt by Sandy Blair (2004), she would go willingly.

Not off the bus more than a few minutes, Susan finds herself in the middle of a mystery. An old man has slipped a coded message into her pocket. That night he ends up dead and the handsome stranger who has helped her is fingered for the crime.

The plot comes off like a hackneyed mixture of Macbeth and The 39 Steps by John Buchan (1915). Granted, both are classics but here they didn't work for me.

Three stars

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