8/10/14

Freak of Freedom by J. Theodore Bent



 ★★★½

This 1870 history of the small Republic of San Marino was extremely dry and mainly centered around the relationship of this small area surrounded my Italy and its relationships with other areas and the Catholic Church.

GENRE: History
SUBJECT: Republic of San Marino
Setting: San Marino
CHARACTERS:
DATE READ: August 1 - August 9
NO. OF PAGES: 125
Challenges: 75, Category, TIOLI, Euro
SOURCE: Nook Stockpile

PLOT:....................................................................2.00
CHARACTERIZATION:.......................................2.50
TOPICS: ...............................................................2.00
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ORIGINALITY:.......................................................1.50
ADDICTIVENESS:..............................................2.00
OWNERSHIP:......................................................2.00
Threshold Quality.................................................2.00
Average..............................................................................................2.00

8/6/14

Mission to Murder by Lynn Cahoon


★★★½


Jill Gardner is still trying to protect her home from being taken away while Craig Morgan has been working to prevent the wall in Jill's backyard from being declared an historical location.  When Morgan is found dead, Jill is the #1 suspect - and having the chief detective as a boyfriend doesn't seem to be any help. Her little book/coffee shop is her safe haven with the deputy detective working there part-time, but Jill has to find the real killer before she's the next victim.

A cute little cozy with a nice little bit of romance.

GENRE: Cozy Mystery
SUBJECT: greed, suspicion
Setting: South Cove, CA
CHARACTERS: Jill Gardner, Jackie Gardner, Greg King, Craig Morgan, Toby Killian
DATE READ: August 2 - August 4
NO. OF PAGES: 238
Challenges: 75, Category, TIOLI, 
SOURCE: NetGalley

PLOT:....................................................................3.50
CHARACTERIZATION:.......................................3.50
TOPICS: ...............................................................3.50
STYLE:..................................................................3.50
ORIGINALITY:.......................................................3.00
ADDICTIVENESS:..............................................3.50
OWNERSHIP:......................................................3.50
Threshold Quality.................................................4.00
Average..............................................................................................3.50

8/3/14



This short story answers the question, did Mrs. Hudson learn how to conduct her own investigation - the answer is  YES!  The story has Mrs. Hudson on her own and she's smart enough to out smart Russell.   What a feisty lady!Good fun!

TITLE: [Mrs, Hudson's Case] ★★★½
AUTHOR: Laurie R King
GENRE: Cozy Mystery
SUBJECT: persistence, charity
Setting: Sussex
CHARACTERS: Mrs. Hudson, Mary Russell, Sherlock Holmes, Sarah and Louis Oberdorfer
DATE READ: August 2 - August 2
NO. OF PAGES: 62
Challenges: 75, Category, TIOLI, 
SOURCE: Kindle stockpile

PLOT:....................................................................3.00
CHARACTERIZATION:.......................................4.00
TOPICS: ...............................................................4.00
STYLE:..................................................................4.00
ORIGINALITY:.......................................................3.00
ADDICTIVENESS:..............................................3.00
OWNERSHIP:......................................................3.00
Threshold Quality.................................................4.00
Average..............................................................................................3.50

8/1/14

Ozma of Oz by L. Frank Baum


★★★

This was fun seeing new characters interact with old ones. 
Ozma until the last book and then here were Tiktok and the yellow hen.
Looking forward to the next book now that Dorothy is back. 

GENRE: Fiction
SUBJECT: trickery, rescue
Setting: Land of Ev
CHARACTERS: Dorothy Gale, Billinea the hen, Tiktok, Princess Langwidere, Ozma, Tin Man, Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion, Hungry Tiger, Nome King Roquat
DATE READ: July 30 - July 31
NO. OF PAGES: 78
Challenges: 75, Category, TIOLI, 
SOURCE: Nook stockpile

7/31/14

The Likeness by Tana French


 ★★★★¾

The second book in a series is usually dedicated to revealing more of a character than what we saw in the first book, however in "THE LIKENESS"  Cassie Maddox has to go back to the undercover role that she played in the first book because that identity has been stolen and used by the victim in this book.

The case dubbed Operation Mirror is unusual because one would think that if the identity had been stolen, then Cassie would be unable to physically reclaim it, however, the victim is the spitting image of Cassie.

Frank Mackey, Cassie's undercover boss, borrows her from her everyday Domestic Violence team, and sets to work preparing her to undertake the impersonation of the victim to try and find the murderer.  Frank drills her for a week on all the details hat he can find out about the dead Lexie and then reveals to her housemates that she will be coming home with memory loss of the attack and some of the time around then.

Frank sends her into Whitethorn House which Lexie had shared with 4 other students. Cassie/Lexie is  bandaged as if she had survived the attack and underneath the bandage she is wired.  But certain details were not in Cassie/Lexie's training and she has to tread lightly so as to not give up her secret. 

Cassie/Lexie's appearance has the others rattled believing that she had been fatally  wounded.  But slowly Cassie becomes the friend that they lost and she works to undercover what really happened the night of Lexie Madison's murder.

Cassie is changed by the experience, at times wishing that she was Lexie because of the camaraderie of the group, and finding that times she wants to protect her "friends" from the police.  The contrast of their closeness to her real life where she has few friends and currently a boyfriend who doesn't agree with her assignment, have Cassie putting herself in danger.

By the time I had read 12 pages, I was hooked.  The story was so engaging that I literally couldn't put it down.  It had to fall out of my hand before I would turn out the light to sleep. Yes, the book could have been edited down to fewer pages and still told the story, but then the reader would have missed out on the growth of the character  and the complex interactions between all of the characters.  A great follow-up on the first from the series!

GENRE: Mystery
SUBJECT: identity theft,  friendship
Setting: Glenskehy, Ireland
CHARACTERS: Cassandra Maddox, Lexie Madison, Frank Mackey, Sam O'Neill, Daniel March, Justin Mannering, Rafe Hyland, Abby Stone
DATE READ: July 17 - July 30
NO. OF PAGES: 887
Challenges: 75, Category, TIOLI, 
SOURCE: Whisper1 gift


PLOT:....................................................................5.00
CHARACTERIZATION:.......................................5.00
TOPICS: ...............................................................5.00
STYLE:..................................................................4.50
ORIGINALITY:.......................................................4.50
ADDICTIVENESS:..............................................5.00
OWNERSHIP:......................................................4.50
Threshold Quality.................................................4.50
Average..............................................................................................4.75