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A Dance of Blades
David Dalglish
Progress: 235/407 pages
The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books
Martin Edwards
Progress: 74/357 pages

Reading progress update: I've read 235 out of 407 pages.

A Dance of Blades  - David Dalglish

I certainly regret waiting to get back to this series so long after reading Book 1, but I'm happily back into it now, fully reminded of why the start-up was a 4 star read for me, and I love the pace and the surprises. It's a brutal story at times, but I recall some of the harshness of Book 1, now that this Book has become nasty at times too.

Wow. Here are 10 more books that people are thinking of reading for Halloween Bingo 2017! Watching other people read has never been this much fun! Many other cool books have been chosen too--but if even half of these make the cut, I can barely wait till Bingo launches.

Reading progress update: I've read 106 out of 407 pages.

A Dance of Blades  - David Dalglish

yes! even an outcast hero living on the fringes and waging war on armies needs a few loyal friends...

Reading progress update: I've read 51 out of 407 pages.

A Dance of Blades  - David Dalglish

Haern sure can handle himself well in a fight (and there will be many): smacking incoming daggers out of the air, battling multiple opponents!

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I can barely wait to see reactions come in, for these and many other books! But especially these!  

Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 407 pages.

A Dance of Blades  - David Dalglish

finally starting this tomorrow--excited, wish I remembered more from Book 1, but I'm sure the author will catch me up a bit before flying forwards. bring on the Thieves!

Reading progress update: I've read 50 out of 186 pages.

I Was Jack Mortimer (Pushkin Vertigo) - Alexander Lernet-Holenia, Ignat Avsey

well, I don't know if it became a trendy thing and we're just suffering the wait for more translations...but apparently, by 1933, at least one Austrian knew how to write a clever, fast-paced Noir Crime novel that's hard to put down. shall finish this tonight, and doesn't look like there'll be any problem with that!

"He had to get rid of the dead man.

Somewhere on the road, together with his luggage! Let the others, when they find him, work out for themselves how and when he'd been shot! He, Sponer, had nothing to do with it. Had he attacked him? No, it was rather the other way round. The chap had boarded an unsuspecting man's cab, had snuffed it there and left the driver to pick up the pieces. How? Very simply. Out you go, my fellow, in some dark spot, suitcases and all! You can't really expect me to do the decent thing , sit around for weeks, lose my job and get mixed up with the police, until, perhaps, one day they catch the real murderer. Or perhaps they won't. It's the least of my worries."

I Was Jack Mortimer, by Alexander Lernet-Holenia, translated by Ignat Avsey (2013), first published in German in 1933 (quote is from page 42 of the Pushkin Vertigo trade paperback edition, 2015).

Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 124 pages.

Where is Jake Ellis? TP - Mitch Gerads, Nathan Edmondson, Marc Laming

I can get this wrapped tonight!

Reading progress update: I've read 6 out of 186 pages.

I Was Jack Mortimer (Pushkin Vertigo) - Alexander Lernet-Holenia, Ignat Avsey

this is a short novel I intend to read--completely--in one day, tomorrow. that leaves me free to start A Dance Of Blades on Saturday, as was scheduled long ago as part of a Buddy read. I could just read a graphic novel tomorrow, but, I have to be honest, now that I've been thinking of reading this book next if I had a whole Friday of reading to account for (well, okay, before and after work), I'm kinda pumped for it. it fits in due to title-similarity with Send For Paul Temple, not to mention Who Is Jake Ellis?, and besides that, I've never read a translated Austrian Crime novel from 1933! so I'm gonna sneak it in.

Reading progress update: I've read 234 out of 288 pages.

Send for Paul Temple - Francis Durbridge

the book is a blast, thrill-a-minute, and I've whizzed along with the fun so quickly that I'm going to finish it ahead of schedule and have Friday to worry about, before starting my Dance of Blades buddy read on Saturday; I could start that one a day ahead, but I don't want to. sooo...something short to start tonight, and get through, hopefully, before Saturday dawns...ahhh, I have just the ticket! and, bonus, it fits in nicely with the mini-theme I did not realize at first that I had going: books with men's first and last names in the title...Jake Ellis (graphic novel), Paul Temple, and next, how about a fellow called...Jack Mortimer! (plus the Jake Ellis sequel, if I really need it). things do sometimes work out grandly (or not).

Reading progress update: I've read 74 out of 357 pages.

The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books - Martin Edwards

decided to blaze through the last 6 essays that accompany Chapter 3: The Great Detectives. the only book I've read of the bunch showcased is Murder at the Vicarage, which I remember enjoying...but that's about all I remember. I was very young when I cracked that one open. that would've been one of the earliest Christies I recall getting to; I could read it again, and not worry about recalling who the killer is, I betya! hmmm...


other than Vicarage, H. C. Bailey and his creation, Reggie Fortune, are basically unknown to me--but we're talkin' short-stories here, from an author whose style lost favor with readers (though Martin Edwards of course makes it all seem worthwhile again, in a "modern flavour ahead of its time" sort of way). meanwhile, I've read Gladys Mitchell, but not the specific book discussed (I've read The Rising of the Moon, which I remember enjoying, but not loving); I've read Margery Allingham, but not the book highlighted (I've read Police at the Funeral which I loved, More Work for the Undertaker which I enjoyed, and her beloved The Tiger in the Smoke which I liked, but not as much as most people seem to); then there's the Anthony Berkeley book I have not read, but I have read him under his Francis Isles pseudonym when I read the most excellent Before the Fact (filmed as Suspicion with the ending mucked up); and hey, I'm currently reading Send for Paul Temple by Francis Durbridge, the last book scrutinized by Edwards, and one that I just learned started life as a radio serial (I can see that now, in all the shocks and cliffhangers).


Chapter 4 coming up, but not just yet.

Reading progress update: I've read 148 out of 288 pages.

Send for Paul Temple - Francis Durbridge

tantalizing. that's what this book is. it is...tant-aliz-inggg! and I like it. I like that I am feeling my most tantalized in a tantalizingly long time.

Reading progress update: I've read 102 out of 288 pages.

Send for Paul Temple - Francis Durbridge

cheers for Paul Temple--apparently doesn't believe in coincidence, knows malarkey when he hears it, and seems to be very, very clever. gosh, maybe he really is a......Great Detective!!

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Reading progress update: I've read 38 out of 288 pages.

Send for Paul Temple - Francis Durbridge

well, after four Chapters, it would seem the author, while trying to cook up a great Mystery, is also very much interested in keeping the reader in a high state of excitement and suspense. one'a those books with shocking ends to many chapters--and for a book where I was worried because the main nefariousness is to be diamond robberies, it looks like we might be treated to one corpse for each carat of every diamond. the done-ins is stackin' up! so...I like it a lot! Edgar Wallace-y, maybe? dying people keep uttering "...the green finger!--" as they gasp their last, and surprisingly, the truth behind that bit of oddballishness has already broken open a bit--thought that shtick would run on and on, unexplained, for many pages. or maybe I'm just being tricked. as for Temple, he's a cool cat, but he's deep into it now...before they've even Sent for him!