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Book Review: The Disappearing Act by Catherine Steadman

 

The Disappearing Act
by
Catherine Steadman
Title: The Disappearing Act by Catherine Steadman

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟(4 stars)

Publisher: Ballantine Books


Quite the page-turner. It reminded me of Lynch's Mullholland Drive and the tv show The Arrangement. Both for the "something's not quite right with this dreamy place" feels and also the feeling of falling down a seemingly bottomless pit of crazy.

Book Review: The Husbands by Chandler Baker

 

The Husbands
by
Chandler Baker
Title: The Husbands by Chandler Baker

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟(4 stars)

Publisher: Flatiron Books


This was a page-turner, mostly in the second half and the final quarter was amped up even higher. I enjoyed it as a bit of domestic noir. It was at times, creepy, witty, poignant and hilarious. My feelings were all over the place as I read which is unusual for me. 

Book Review: Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse (Wastelands #1) by John Joseph Adams


Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse
by
John Joseph Adams
Title: Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse by John Joseph Adams

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟(3 stars)

Publisher: Night Shade


I've had this on my shelf for years and finally pulled it from my bookshelf to read. There were 22 stories and as with all anthologies, some resonate more than others. 3.5 stars overall.

Thoughts on my favourites:

Book Review: The Murder of My Aunt by Richard Hull


The Murder of My Aunt
by
Richard Hull
Title: The Murder of My Aunt by Richard Hull

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟(4 stars)

Publisher: The British Library


This was a great story! Edward and his Aunt Mildred Powell are two of the most disagreeable and quarrelsome relatives I've ever read trapped together. It almost becomes too much but there's ample opportunity to laugh along the way in this macabre tale of pettiness.

Book Review: The Sussex Downs Murder by John Bude


The Sussex Downs Murder
by
John Bude

Title: The Sussex Downs Murder by John Bude

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟 (3 stars)

Publisher: The British Library 


Three stars because I figured out who did it early on and didn't find the How-dunnit to be as compelling as I'd hoped. 

Book Review: Body on the Island (Smart Women's Mystery #2) by Victoria Dowd

Body on the Island
by
Victoria Dowd
Title: Body on the Island by Victoria Dowd

Rating: 3 stars (🌟🌟🌟)

Publisher: Joffee Books


 I'm torn between two and three stars. This is the second in this series and while I enjoyed parts, I was also rather tired of some of Ursula's quirks. Like seriously, I stopped caring about the green eyes she kept seeing (it turns out to be important to the solution but the repetition of it was too much), along with her dearly departed father fixation (which I was really over in the first book), whatever is going on with those possibly supernatural visions and hints or whatever and even her acerbic wit wore thin.

Book Review: Oracle by Julie J. Anderson

Oracle
by
Julie J. Anderson
Title: Oracle by Julie J. Anderson

Rating: 4 stars (🌟🌟🌟🌟)

Publisher: Claret Press


 Cassandra "Cassie" Fortune is only a few weeks removed from her traumatic experiences that took place in Plague. She's dispatched by the Prime Minister to a conference in Delphi to give a presentation on tax policy but most importantly to secure a connection with a high-level official on the PM's behalf. That would be stressful enough but Cassie has some additional challenges, her stalker may be closing in and there's the murder she's roped into investigating as well.