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 Getting caught up here!

218. The Wedding Duel by Katy Madison - Melodramatic Regency Romance with plenty of Big Mis as plot device.  Check out my Amazon review here.

219. Ella: Everland Ever After by Caroline Lee - If you like Ever After High, this may appeal.  It's a nice take on Cinderella in the West, but not slavish and stupid.  I recommend it for a quick sweet read.  Amazon review here.

220. It and Other Stories (Continental Op) by Dashiell Hammett - More short stories featuring the nameless Continental Op. Amazon review here.

221. Honorary White by ER Braithwaite - The author of To Sir With Love goes to South Africa.  His experiences are an interesting read.

222. Journal of My Life During French Revolution by Grace Dalrymple Eliot - Kindle adaptation of a period journal belonging to an Englishwoman resident in France, and very readable.

223. Pollyanna Grows Up by Eleanor H. Porter - Pretty much what it sounds like.  Pollyanna as an adult is a little more bearable.

224. Simple Amish Love by Rachel Stoltzfus - Light Amish fiction.

225. The Council of Justice (Four Just Men) by Edgar Wallace - English spies and skullduggery and just men taking the law into their own hands.  Pretty readable.

226. Undercover Amish by Ashley Emma - Not a great book.  It doesn't work, and the author has created a new agency so she can just make up her own rules. Amazon review here.

227. Wasted: Inside Robert Chambers - Jennifer Levine Murder by Linda Wolfe - True crime book, somewhat dated but readable.

228. The CBS Murders by Richard Hammer - Dated true crime book with no follow-up.  It's also more about events leading up to the murders, rather than the murders themselves.

229. Goodbye Mr. Chips by James Hilton - I have a soft spot for James Hilton, but had never read this one.  I'm glad I did.  It's gentle and beautiful and a look at a world gone from us.  Amazon review here.

230. Southern Fried Crime by Various Authors - True crime roundup, no real standouts.

231. Murder at the Lighthouse by Frances Evesham - A series set in a British seaside town, with the murder of a once-local woman, uncooperative police, amateur sleuthing and small town secrets.  It was an okay read, but not enough to get me to read the next one.

232.  Murder on the Orient (SS) by CA Larmer - Look, I can't resist a Christie inspired book.  This also falls into the category of "okay but no more".

233. A Patchwork Family by Charlotte Hubbard - Good historical, with enough death and suffering to be realistic.  There was a modern feeling about parts of the book, but it was enjoyable.

234. The Siamese Twin Mystery by Ellery Queen - Not quite what I thought it was going to be, but it nicely scratches the itch of "random people trapped together in a place with no escape".  One of the better EQ book length ones, in my opinion.  Amazon review here.

235. The Christmas Mail Order Bride by Kit Morgan - Mail-order brides seem to be getting popular again.  This was an okay read (free was a good price) but healthy helpings of TSTL on everyone's part.  Some good dialogue, though.  Amazon review here.

236. The Letters by Suzanne Woods Fisher - Another not-quite-Amish book, but interesting.

237. Christmas Mail-Order Angels #1 by Various Authors - A short story collection.  Men in a Wyoming town write to a Ladies' Aid in Maine, looking for wives (one man has a connection to the town) and some ladies venture forth.  Overall good read, but the first and last stories are the strongest.  The collection was not as connected as I thought it would be.  Amazon review here.

238. Katie's Discovery by June Belfie - "Modern" Amish family with some modern issues.  Okay read.

239. An Amish Buggy Ride by Sarah Price - Decent read.  It does have some heavy issues, but works out nicely.

240. The Family Vault by Charlotte MacLeod - The first of the Sarah Kelling/Max Bittersohn mysteries.  A lot more things make more sense having read it (previously read #2).  Amazon review here.

241. Murder by an Aristocrat by Mignon Eberhart - Another of the "period" mysteries that was actually contemporary.  It's okay, but slow, and I thought the murderer was no surprise.  Amazon review here.

242. Vegan 101 by Bell/Engel - A vegan cookbook that was a Kindle Daily Deal.  Some interesting recipes but nothing to convert me from carnivore status.

243. Rania Ropes a Rancher by Linda Hubalek - Western Historical.  It was a decent read, but had heavy themes inside it.  While I was impressed by the author's assortment of alliteration in other titles, I was not intrigued enough to read more.  Amazon review here.

Date: 2016-11-28 06:45 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] filkferengi
Charlotte MacLeod was always a good writer, but it felt to me like she took several books to find her best voice. She wrote several young adult novels you may enjoy.

_The Family Vault_ is necessary set-up, but I found the violence & melodrama off-putting. I loved the characters, but prefer the gentler eccentricities of later books and series.

Date: 2016-11-30 01:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I didn't care for the violence, but it gave me a better feeling for Sarah Kelling. (And the whole Braille diary on the curtains - brilliant)

What titles are there on the YA?

Date: 2016-11-30 03:21 am (UTC)
filkferengi: filk fandom--all our life's a circle (Default)
From: [personal profile] filkferengi
From the list on wikipedia, King Devil (1978)
We Dare Not Go A Hunting (1980)
Cirak's Daughter (1982)
Maid of Honor (1984)

Date: 2016-11-30 03:38 am (UTC)
filkferengi: filk fandom--all our life's a circle (Default)
From: [personal profile] filkferengi
She also wrote: Had She But Known: A Biography of Mary Roberts Rinehart in 1994.

Date: 2016-12-01 11:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Must keep my eyes open - found Cirak's Daughter on PBS!

Date: 2016-12-02 03:50 am (UTC)
filkferengi: filk fandom--all our life's a circle (Default)
From: [personal profile] filkferengi
Good deal!


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