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Welcome to 2019! 

Currently reading

Palace of Treason
Jason Matthews
Death on the Nile
Agatha Christie
Progress: 46 %
Daisy Jones & The Six
Taylor Jenkins Reid
Progress: 25 %
An Unsuitable Attachment
Barbara Pym

Reading progress update: I've read 46%.

Death on the Nile - Agatha Christie

 

 “I am not a middle man. I am a top man,” declared Hercule Poirot with a slight arrogance. 
“What are you?” 
“I am a detective,” said Hercule Poirot with the modest air of one who says “I am a king.”

 

 

Slight arrogance, Agatha? Really?

 

Current reads

Death on the Nile (Hercule Poirot, #17) - Agatha Christie Daisy Jones & The Six - Taylor Jenkins Reid An Unsuitable Attachment - Barbara Pym Palace of Treason - Jason  Matthews

My distraction has reached a fever point, and I have 4 books on the go right now, so some streamlining needs to happen!

 

I will probably finish Death on the Nile today. I should've waited to start it, because I could've read it for my first booklikesopoly book, but such is not to be.

 

Daisy Jones and The Six is my current audiobook, and I am about half finished with it. I'm really enjoying it all of the performances, even if Warren is a flaming douchebag.

 

I have gotten basically nowhere (I've read about 5 pages) on An Unsuitable Attachment, which was this month's Pymalong book. At this point, I am going to wait for it to fit into a square and just restart it for the game.

 

I've gone back and forth a few times on what I will read for The Silk Road square and I have finally settled on Palace of Treason by Jason Matthews. I read the first in this trilogy, Red Sparrow, for Summer of Spies 2018, so it makes sense to read this one for Summer of Spies Redux. It's set at least partially in Russia, so it fits the prompt.

The game begins!

 

I love waking up to a busy feed!

 

 

Booklikes-opoly 2019 - the tracking post

Game Updates

  

 

Game Play

 

Bank: $20.00 

Roll 1:

 

 

5. The Silk Road: Read a book set in any of the 40 countries* along the Silk Road, or by an author from any of those countries. *link to list

 

Book: Palace of Treason by Jason Matthews, set in Russia. (481 pages, worth $5.00).

 

Reading progress update: I've read 12%.

Death on the Nile - Agatha Christie

“It seems all wrong to me—her looking like that. Money and looks—it’s too much! If a girl’s as rich as that she’s no right to be a good-looker as well. And she is a good-looker…Got everything, that girl has. Doesn’t seem fair….”

 

Chapter 1 is quite a whirlwind of introductions!

Detection Club Bingo: UPDATES

I am going to finish Detection bingo this summer, while I play Booklikesopoly!

 

My remaining are squares are: 1, 2, 14, 17, 19, &21.

 

 

Links to the book lists - courtesy of Themis-Athena

 

The 100 books: The 100 books individually highlighted by the author.

 

Chapters 1 through 5: (Chapter 1: A New Era Dawns; Chapter 2: The Birth of the Golden Age; Chapter 3: The Great Detectives; Chapter 4: Play Up! Play Up! and Play the Game!; Chapter 5: Miraculous Murders)

 

Chapters 6 & 7: (Chapter Six: Serpents in Eden; Chapter Seven: Murder at the Manor)

 

Chapters 8 through 10: (Chapter Eight: Capital Crimes (London mysteries); Chapter Nine: Resorting to Murder (detectives solving crimes while on vacation); Chapter Ten: Making Fun of Murder)

 

Chapters 11 through 15: (Chapter Eleven: Education, Education, Education; Chapter Twelve: Playing Politics; Chapter Thirteeen: Scientific Enquiries;; Chapter Fourteen: The Long Arm of the Law; Chapter Fifteen: The Justice Game

 

Chapters 16 through 20: (Chapter 16: Multiplying Murders; Chapter 17: The Psychology of Crime; Chapter 18: Inverted Mysteries; Chapter 19: The Ironists; Chapter 20: Fiction from Fact)

 

Chapters 21 through 24: (Chapter Twenty-One: Singletons; Chapter Twenty-Two: Across the Atlantic; Chapter Twenty-Three: Cosmopolitan Crimes; ChapterTwenty-Four: The Way Ahead)

 

 

The Card:

 

As promised, I put together a bingo card for The Detective Club, based on the chapter headings in Martin Edward's The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books.

 

Each number refers to the relevant chapter in The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books. The images are either a detail from the cover image of a book mentioned in the chapter, with the exception of #3, and I couldn't resist an image of Hercule Poirot for a chapter called The Great Detectives!

 

1. A New Era Dawns: image: cover detail from The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
 
Planning to read: The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins

2. The Birth of the Golden Age: image: cover detail from The Mystery of the Red House by A.A. Milne
 
Planning to read: The Skeleton Key by Bernard Capes

3. The Great Detectives: image: Hercule Poirot as played by David Suchet
 
Hercule Poirot: The Murder on the Links

4. Play Up! Play Up! and Play the Game!: image: cover detail from The Hog's Back Mystery by Freeman Croft
 
The Hog's Back Mystery by Freeman Wills Croft

5. Miraculous Murders: image: cover detail from Miraculous Murders anthology, edited by Martin Edwards
 
Murder of a Lady by Anthony Wynne
 
Miraculous Mysteries edited by Martin Edwards (anthology)
The Hollow Man by John Dickson Carr

6. Serpents in Eden: image: cover detail from Serpents in Eden anthology, edited by Martin Edwards
 
Poison in the Pen by Patricia Wentworth
 
7. Murder at the Manor: image: cover detail from Murder at the Manor anthology, edited by Martin Edwards
 
The Secret of Chimneys by Agatha Christie
Penhallow by Georgette Heyer
Death Comes to Cambers by E.R. Punshon

8. Capital Crimes:  image: cover detail from Capital Crimes anthology, edited by Martin Edwards
 
Murder in Piccadilly by Charles Kingston 
Murder in the Museum by John Rowlands
Lord Edgware Dies by Agatha Christie

9. Resorting to Murder: image: cover detail from Resorting to Murder anthology, edited by Martin Edwards
 
Have His Carcase by Dorothy Sayers

10. Making Fun of Murder: image: cover detail from Ask A Policeman by The Detection Club
 
The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie

11. Education, Education, Education: image: cover detail from Death on the Cherwell by Mavis Doriel Hay
 
Death on the Cherwell by Mavis Doriel Hay
Cat Among the Pigeons by Agatha Christie

12. Playing Politics: image: cover detail from The End of Andrew Harrison by Freeman Wills Croft
 

13. Scientific Enquiries: image: cover detail from Death of an Airman by Christopher St. John Sprigg
 
Mystery in the Channel by Freeman Wills Crofts

14. The Long Arm of the Law: image: cover detail from anthology of the same name, edited by Martin Edwards
 
Planning to read: Green for Danger by Christianna Brand

15. The Justice Game: image: cover detail from Verdict of Twelve by Raymond Postgate
 
Somebody at the Door by Raymond Postgate

16. Multiplying Murders: image: cover detail from The Z Murders by J. Jefferson Farjeon
 
The Z Murders by J. Jefferson Farjeon (read 1/12/18)

17. The Psychology of Crime: image: cover detail from Payment Deferred by C.S. Forester
 
Planning to read: A Fatal lnversion by Ruth Rendell (writing as Barbara Vine)

18. Inverted Mysteries: image: cover detail from Portrait of a Murderer by Anne Meredith
 
Portrait of a Murderer by Anne Meredith (read 11/23/18)

19. The Ironists: image: cover detail from Family Matters by Anthony Rolls
 
Planning to read: Family Matters by Anthony Rolls

20. Fiction from Fact: image: cover detail from  The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey
 
The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

21. Singletons: image: cover detail from Darkness at Pemberley by T.H. White
 
Planning to Read: The Division Bell Mystery by Ellen Wilkinson

22. Across the Atlantic: image: cover detail from Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith
 
Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith

23. Cosmopolitan Crimes:image: cover detail from Pietr the Latvian by Georges Simenon 
 
The Yellow Dog by Georges Simenon
The Flemish House by Georges Simenon

24. The Way Ahead: image: cover detail from The Beast Must Die by Nicholas Blake
 
Thou Shell of Death by Nicholas Blake
 
25. Free Square: I've used an image of The Detection Club mascot, Eric the Skull, for the free square.
 
The Golden Age of Murder by Martin Edwards

Game Play Update: 7/6/17

 

Bank: $141.00

 

Roll 28

 

I am still reading Empire Grill, although I finished The Invisible Library, which is 328 pages and is therefore worth $6.00! I will be rolling from Main Street #10.

 

I rolled an 8:

 

 

Which puts me on Carsland 18: Read a book that was published in 2006, 2011, 2013 & 2014 or which has a car on the cover.

 

Since I enjoyed The Eyre Affair so much, and since the next Thursday Next book also has a car on the cover:

 

 

I'm about 90% sure that will be my choice!

 

 

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Reblogged from Moonlight Reader

The Library Extension

I stumbled on a sort of a cool thing for people who use GR/amazon & who also use their local public libraries.

 

I think it only works with the Chrome browser.

 

It's called the Library Extension, and when you download it onto your browser and identify your library, it adds whether or not the book is available at my library when I view it on GR. It looks like this:

 

 

It's live linked to the book in my library, so if I click on the borrow button, it takes me over to the website and asks me to log in to place hold.

 

It shows up on the amazon book page, as well:

 

 

Pretty cool, huh?

Apparently her stand-alones aren't for me

Pieces of Her - Karin Slaughter

This was the second stand-alone by Slaughter that I've read in the last couple of days (actually, I read this one first, but already wrote the other review).

 

From this experience, I think it's clear that I have a marked preference for her Will Trent series.

 

This one had a bit of Patty Hearst, Symbionese Liberation Army vibe going out that, again, didn't really work for me. There wasn't really a single likeable character in this book, with the possible exception of one of the male characters whom I can't really further identify without spoiling the book.

 

It's told with a series of flashbacks between the 1970's and the present, which is intended to build to a sort of a climactic confrontation. It was less violent than Pretty Girls, and didn't include sexual violence, which is less disturbing to me, although there was still a lot of murder and mayhem.

 

I really do think that Slaughter knows how to tell a really tight and well-plotted mystery, but her books would be stronger if she would dial down the graphic violence and concentrate a little bit more on believability and a little bit less on shocking the reader.

Implausible and shockingly violent

Pretty Girls - Karin Slaughter

I'm a bit of an outlier with this one here on BL - most of the ratings are quite a bit higher than this one.

 

I really like Slaughter's Will Trent series, which features a GBI (Georgia Bureau of Investigations) detective who is dyslexic and functionally illiterate. This is actually fairly implausible as well - if there is one thing that is absolutely required for detectives, it's competent reading skills. Nonetheless, that bothers me very little in that series because the characters are so engaging.

 

Pretty Girls is a Slaughter stand-alone - the third that I've read. It is very engaging. In fact, you can use any of those silly review words to describe it: compulsively readable; propulsive action; blah blah blah.

 

Unfortunately, it is so violent that it is almost unreadable. If you think back to the sexual violence in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series, that's what we're talking about here. This is a deal breaker for a lot of people, and I'm not kidding when I say it is violent. Violence really isn't a deal breaker for me, but this book was at the leading edge of what I can even read. On a scale of 1 to 10, the level of sexual violence is this book is 1,532,710. It's that violent.

 

In addition, though, the real problem that I had with the book was that it is utterly implausible. I have no problem with conspiracies that verge on preposterous, but this one, nope. It strained credulity beyond the breaking point.

 

I read it in about 3 hours - and it's an over 500 page book - so that tells you that it is gripping. But I didn't really enjoy the process of being gripped.

Reading progress update: I've read 25%.

Daisy Jones & The Six - Taylor Jenkins Reid

I am listening to this on audio & really enjoying it! Thanks to everyone who mentioned it!

Summer of Spies - Redux

 

 

In addition to playing BL-opoly, I am going to indulge in another espionage summer! I had such a great time last year reading spy fic, and I still have a number of books that I bought for the Summer of Spies that I didn't get around to reading. 

 

Booklikes-opoly is very genre forgiving, as well, as will be clear once the game is officially unveiled. Most of the spaces have a way to fulfill the space that doesn't require a specific genre of book to be read.

 

Book list:

 

London Match by Len Deighton

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by John LeCarre

The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth

The Key to Rebecca by Ken Follett

Dead Lions by Mick Herron

Dark Star by Alan Furst

Palace of Treason by Jason Matthews

 

 

The Flemish House by Georges Simenon

The Flemish House (Inspector Maigret #14) - Georges Simenon,  Shaun Whiteside (Translator)

I actually did finish this several days ago. This was my second Maigret, and wasn't as good as The Yellow Dog, IMO.

 

I liked it, but I didn't love it. Maigret's behavior felt somewhat inexplicable to me throughout most of the book, and I felt like the solution to the mystery was fairly pedestrian. The ending of the book was surprising, though, and I'm still not sure what to make of it.

 

It was interesting - and I do plan to keep reading, but I hope that there are more like The Yellow Dog than there are like The Flemish House!

Reading progress update: I've read 54%.

Bleak House - Charles Dickens, Hablot Knight Browne, Nicola Bradbury

I am setting this one aside for now. I'll come back to it - maybe on audio?

Whew

 

Aaand, that's the game!

 

 

Now we start thinking about books...

 

The Monopoly Board - in plain text

Peregrinations asked for a version of the board spaces in plain text. I posted it in the Bingo group in the Rules thread, but thought I'd do it here as well, in case it would be helpful to anyone.

 

GO SQUARE

 

1. There is quite literally nothing quite like the feeling of closing the empty locker for the last time with 90 days of freedom stretching into the future.

Read a book that appears on any school related "summer reading list," or that is identified as YA or Middle Grade.

 

2. Who?

Read a mystery or detective story or a book with the word "who" in the title.

 

3. However, by the end of the summer, I was usually bored out of my mind, and ready to go back to school (and I'm sure my mom was ready to send me back to school, too).

Read a book set in a school or college, or that is considered a "classic," (using any criteria that you want) or that is frequently banned.

 

4. One of the highlights of starting a new school year was going shopping for school clothes or supplies

Read a book that was published during the months of May, June or July, or that contains an item that would be used as a school supply or an article of clothing or an accessory pictured on the cover.

 

5. The Silk Road:

Read a book set in any of the 40 countries* along with the Silk Road, or by an author from any of those countries.

*UNESCO list

 

6. The summer vacation is fun, but if leaving town is just too expensive, the stay-cation can be fun, too.

Read a book set in your home town, state, or country or that you checked out of your local library or that has been on your (physical) bookshelves since last summer.

 

7. Most places have a lot of different opportunities for summer fun!

Read a book that has a house on the cover, or that is related to something unique about your community (for example, if your community has a strawberry festival, read a book with strawberries on the cover).

 

8. Race car: Roll again & hold card to play later; race around the game board to the space of your choosing.

 

9. And, let's be honest, just not being at work is a vacation in and of itself, and is an opportunity to see some of local amenities, or read & relax!

Read a book that includes a visit to a museum, a concert, a library, or a park, or that the authors name begins with one of the letters in R-E-L-A-X.

 

JAIL SQUARE

 

10. There's nothing like a trip to the beach to start the summer off, and, for readers, half the fun is picking the beach read!

Read a book that appears on any beach reads list or a book whose author's first or last name begins with any letter in B-E-A-C-H.

 

11. There are gorgeous beaches all over the world. My personal favorite beach is in Pacific City, Oregon.

Read a book set in a coastal/beach region that you love, or would love to visit, or a book that has a beach or ocean on the cover.

 

12. Robot: Roll again & hold card to play later; create a numbered list of ten books, and let a random number generator pick for you.

 

13. It's important to get all of your proper accoutrements together for a day at the beach.

Read a book with sunglasses, swimsuit or other beachy items on the cover, or that has a cover that is more than 50% yellow.

 

14. The Patagonia Star: Read a book set in Central or South America, or by an author from any country in Central or South America.

 

15. My husband, Mr. MR, is a big fan of the mountain vacation.

Read a book with a tree (or trees) on the cover, or that is set in a mountain community.

 

16. For some reason, I associate mountain/forest locations with mystery/suspense books. I think it's all of that deep shade!

Read a book that is a mystery or suspense, or which has a title that contains all of the letters in the word C-A-B-I-N.

 

17. Why?

Read a book that is non-fiction or a book with the word "why" in the title.

 

18. I grew up hiking in the Rocky mountains of Colorado and skiing in the mountains of Idaho and Utah, so mountains are inextricably linked to the Western US in my mind (although many places have even bigger and more impressive mountain ranges).

Read a book that is set in the Western United States (west of the Mississippi) or that was written by an author who comes from that region, or that is in the Western genre.

 

FREE PARKING

 

19. Spending some lazy days at the lake house sounds like a wonderful summer vacation!

Read a book with a cover that is more than 50% blue, or by an author whose first or last name begins with any letter in the word L-A-K-E.

 

20.My dog, Jack, is a golden retriever, and he loves the water, which means he loves spending time at lakes.

Read a book that features a dog or which has a dog on the cover or that is set in an area known for its lakes or on a fictional lake.

 

21. The cat: Be the cat. Read whatever the hell you want.

 

22. My mom grew up going to Minnesota, Land of a Thousand Lakes, for her summer vacations.

Read a book with a word that refers to women's roles, such as wife, daughter, mother, mistress or title, such as "Mrs., Miss or Duchess, in the title, or a book that has a strong female lead character.

 

23. The Cape-to-Cairo Railway

Read a book set on the continent of Africa, or by an author from any African country.

 

24. BL square.

 

25. I look forward to the summer blockbuster movie releases every year!

Read a book that has been adapted for a film.

 

26. How?

Read a book that is science fiction or a book with the word "how" in the title.

 

27. In the summer of 1977, my brother and I went to the summer blockbuster that launched four decades of sequels - Star Wars - on a summer road trip.

Read a book that features a hero's journey or is a bildungsroman (coming of age tale) or that has a word related to space in the title, such as star, planet, rocket)

 

GO TO JAIL

 

28. From Grease to The Summer I Turned Pretty, the summer romance is a staple of screen and page (and the dreams of teenagers everywhere)

Read a book that is identified as romance or chick-lit, or that has a cover that is more than 50% pink.

 

29. Scottie dog: Post a list or poll of 4 books, and ask your fellow players/followers to "fetch" you a book.

 

30. Romance novels have the prettiest covers, featuring beautiful people, and places, and, often delicious food.

Read a book with fruit or pastries on the cover, or that was written by an author whose first or last name begins with any letter in L-O-V-E.

 

31. BL square

 

32. The Nordic Express

Read a book set in one of the Nordic* countries, or by an author from any of those countries.

*Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden

 

33. The summer after I graduated from high school, A group of my friends and I took a European Tour, and London was one of our favorite stops.

Read a book set in the UK, or that was written by an author whose first or last name begins with any letter in the word L-O-N-D-O-N.

 

34. When?

Read a book that is time travel or historical fiction, or a book with the word "when" in the title.

 

35. We took the Ferry to France, crossing the English Channel.

Read a book set in Europe, or that was written by an author who was born in a Europe, or that involves travel by boat or that has a picture of a ship on the cover.

 

36. While we were in Europe, we visited Paris, Amsterdam, Munich, Geneva, Rome, Florence, Venice and Barcelona

Read a book that involves travel to Europe, or that has an image of any European city or monument on the cover, or that the letters of the title can spell the name of any European city (or country) that I visited on my trip.