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The Sinner: A Novel (TV Tie-In)
Petra Hammesfahr, John Brownjohn
Progress: 81/387 pages
The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books
Martin Edwards
Progress: 111/357 pages

Reading progress update: I've read 81 out of 387 pages.

The Sinner: A Novel (TV Tie-In) - Petra Hammesfahr, John Brownjohn

well, I give The Sinner credit for one thing...I don't think, in all my years, I've read a book with an opening quite like this. unique. 

Reading progress update: I've read 26 out of 387 pages.

The Sinner: A Novel (TV Tie-In) - Petra Hammesfahr, John Brownjohn

hoo-boy!--the first 10 minutes of the TV-show version must indeed be surreal, and then wicked. I'm hooked like a trout on this.

 

so, I'll bury myself in this, and then probably either Dodgers or Stalking Horse, and then finally back to the Dalglish Fantasy series--Book 3, A Dance of Mirrors. after that, I have to get to my one Nonfiction pick of the month, where I'll either finish the Martin Edwards book and count that as my choice, or if I'm not inclined that way I have a few Espionage-related choices lying around. should be a fun end-of-September, and then I have to figure out how Horrory October is meant to be for me. 

 

for now, bring on The Sinner! (someone has already sinned...big-time; and I'm sensing a backstory of sin...).

Reading progress update: I've read 258 out of 343 pages.

Blood Reckoning - Danielle Ramsay

a few minor quibbles over writing style aside, this has been a very satisfying Crime novel. I hope she's got a dynamite ending ready to go, tomorrow morning, when I immerse myself in this again. meanwhile...I had really been planning to go straight to The Sinner next--and it's still a very, very tempting choice--but I have a small worry that it will be a little too similar to what I'm reading now. another thing is, I've just joined a new Group at Booklikes where we will discuss Crime & Mystery novels published roughly between 1900-1970, and it would be cool to have a fresh reading choice to talk about, at the Group, sooner rather than later. then again, no real reason to rush. and for reasons even I can't explain, The Sinner is a tractor beam of a book...the premise, I guess, plus how the TV version has been received? anyway, tomorrow all of this will be resolved!

Reading progress update: I've read 200 out of 343 pages.

Blood Reckoning - Danielle Ramsay

of course you can expect to be questioned by the cops about a murder victim, if you are proven to have been ranting about the precise mutilation you were going to enact on him roughly 15 minutes before time-of-death...and the corpse thusly mutilated. however, Brady's resultant interview with a major suspect who likes to issue grotesque threats has opened a whole other can of worms. and yet, that also seems too easy, too early.

 

I'm going to try and read a bit more of this addictive book later tonight before beddy-bye, so that I have a fighting chance of wrapping it up in time I allot myself tomorrow morning. we'll see.

Reading progress update: I've read 83 out of 343 pages.

Blood Reckoning - Danielle Ramsay

I think it's a marvellous Crime novel, and I'm right ruddy hooked--but the description of what was done to the first (not counting the old murders from 1977 that mirror this new one) male victim are not for the squeamish. the author is somewhere between "not horribly gratuitous" and "certainly not shy about it". anyway, whoever this Joker Killer is--whether it be the sicko from years ago, or a copycat, or someone trying to create the illusion of a copycat, it's all very captivating, as is the great characterization for all the players. hard not to like Brady right off the bat, though he's chock full of human error.

Reading progress update: I've read 37 out of 343 pages.

Blood Reckoning - Danielle Ramsay

hard-hitting, so far--hard-boiled. fierce. she's tough, this author. beautifully-written, and very promising. she handles bringing a new reader like me up to speed on traumatic events that (I'm betting) happened in the preceding book with masterful skill. and the first murder relevant to this book has happened in very nasty fashion. loving this, at this point. gonna see where it goes.

Reading progress update: I've read 2 out of 343 pages.

Blood Reckoning - Danielle Ramsay

I'm pumped!--a new Scottish Crime writer for me to partake of, and it looks I'm getting some kind of tricky serial killer tale here.

Reading progress update: I've read 70 out of 228 pages.

Of Sand and Malice Made (Song of Shattered Sands) - Bradley P. Beaulieu

a strange tale--seems made of dream logic. whenever magic comes into it, it gets very surreal. powerful forces threatening the White Wolf, even when she was very young. the ehrekh creature is frightening.

Reading progress update: I've read 2 out of 228 pages.

Of Sand and Malice Made (Song of Shattered Sands) - Bradley P. Beaulieu

prequel to a Fantasy novel I read and loved a while ago--it was the first in a series, and I gave it 5 stars, so I have high hopes for this, and Book 2 when it finally does a softcover turn. gorgeous cover and interior illustrations!

Reading progress update: I've read 134 out of 251 pages.

Too Soon Dead: An Alexander Brass Mystery 1 - Michael Kurland

a macabre tableau found in a darkroom stops DeWitt's jokes for just a little while.

Vampiric Bingo Kibitzing Observation #11!

Happy Day!

 

BrokenTune gives me something special to work with, again! good words, when it comes to a fave of mine:

 

 

I'm going to do a round-up of Crime, Mystery, Thriller, and Spy fiction involving flying the wild blue yonder!

 

there's the obvious...

 

there's my favorite Yellowthread Street Mystery!:

 

and a Spy tale:

 

and a Thriller:

 

till next time, thank you from the sidelines!

""Say, you hear the one about the guy at the soup kitchen who says, 'Waiter, there's a fly in my soup,' and the waiter leans forward and says, 'Keep it quiet, we don't have enough flies to go around.'?"

"They don't have waiters in soup kitchens," I said.

"Shaddup," Shine explained, grinning at me. He took his hat off and twisted it into a shape that looked like what a butterfly would look like if a butterfly looked like a hat.

"

Too Soon Dead, by Michael Kurland (copyright 1997, 2015; quote is from pages 74-75 of the Titan Books trade paperback edition, November 2015).

"One thing about dealing with very rich people, particularly when they consider themselves philanthropists or industrialists or art collectors or have some other hobby that the rest of us can't afford: they expect other people to be interested in their lives. I understand that the Kings Louis of France, from number thirteen onward, used to have people come into their bedrooms in the morning and sit in a sort of gallery to watch them get up and go to the bathroom. It was considered a great honor to be invited, or you had to buy a ticket, I forget which. Maybe both."

Too Soon Dead, by Michael Kurland (copyright 1997, 2015; quote is from page 58 of the Titan Books trade paperback edition, November 2015).

Reading progress update: I've read 100 out of 251 pages.

Too Soon Dead: An Alexander Brass Mystery 1 - Michael Kurland

it's the charming delight (not counting the dead guy) I wanted right now. very happy with this.

Vampiric Bingo Kibitzing Observation # 10!

Hey, lady, stop playing with your food!

 

That's better.

 

meanwhile, BrokenTune is about to finish off

in the not too distant future, but the jury is still out on a final reaction (Updates have been promising...). but I just finished it too, and I know I liked it! so let's celebrate with a whole slew of Horror picks that might also appeal to Babylonians...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Creep-Crawlies, Bingo Boffins!

Reading progress update: I've read 32 out of 251 pages.

Too Soon Dead: An Alexander Brass Mystery 1 - Michael Kurland

though certainly a Crime & Mystery offering, I wanted something a little less intense, and a little more witty, than the last two disturbio-fests I read. they were excellent...but I want to keep my sanity. anyway, this has a Nero Wolfe feel--Brass doubling for the Wolfe personality--with DeWitt as the legman, narrator, and wry commentator on whatever comes his way while he pokes at things that aren't quite kosher. this is a hit with me so far; 1930s New York feels great as a soother after much (well-enjoyed) horrific turmoil--of course I'm saying that before the first body drops...