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No Graves As Yet by Anne Perry

I’ve been working my way through Ken Follett’s 900+ page tome Winter of the World, which is enjoyable, but still takes a long time to actually finish. So, I’ve got a couple of old book reviews for you this week.

I picked up this Anne Perry book because of the library’s summer reading program. They did a bingo card with different genres in each square, and I needed a mystery. Anne Perry has quite a few books published, so I decided to try one of her books for my mystery square.

Published: 2003

Genre: mystery

Length: 384 pages

Setting: 1914, England Continue reading

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Secret Coders by Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes

I happened to see this graphic novel at the library and picked it up. I’m trying to encourage Miss Adventure to enjoy computer coding more, and I thought a graphic novel about it might help.

Published: 2015

Genre: middle grade graphic novel

Length: 88 pages

Setting: Stately Academy, present day Continue reading

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The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

I needed an E author for my Reading the Alphabet Challenge, and this book was on the BBC’s The Big Read list.

Published: 1980 in Italy, translated into English in 1983

Genre: historical fiction

Length: 512 pages

Setting: 14th century Italian monastery
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The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Library book club was last night and I was actually able to make it (after missing two months in a row). They chose this book for discussion. I’d already read the book, but I didn’t remember anything about it and decided to read the book again.

Published: 2005 in Swedish, 2008 in English

Genre: thriller

Length: 590 pages

Setting: Sweden in the 2000s Continue reading

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Defending Jacob by William Landay

Published: 2012

Genre: courtroom mystery

Length: 421 pages

Setting: a suburb of Boston, in the recent past (when Facebook was still a new thing for kids only)

Interest: It was our book club choice for the month Continue reading

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Legion: Skin Deep by Brandon Sanderson

Published: 2014

Genre: science fiction

Length: 208 pages, 4 hours, 23 minutes as an audio book

Setting: present day, a big U.S. city

Interest: It was offered as a free audio book at some time in the past. I’d enjoyed the first book in the series, so I figured the second was worth listening to. Continue reading

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The Darling Dahlias and the Cucumber Tree by Susan Wittig Albert

Published: 2010

Genre: historical fiction, mystery

Length: 283 pages

Setting: Darling, Alabama, 1930s

Interest: It was recommended on a gardening blog as a good book that incorporates lots of gardening references. I like gardening so I thought I’d check out the book.

Summary: The Darling Dahlias are a gardening club in Darling. They’ve just been bequeathed a house as a new club headquarters, but need to come up with some money for repairs, which is difficult during the Depression. They get involved in a couple of mysteries in town – who’s been stealing money from the bank and who killed their friend Bunny. While the authorities think they know the answers, the Dahlias manage to find the real culprits, as well as buried treasure to fix their house.

Final thoughts: While I really enjoyed all the gardening references, I found the author’s penchant for description a bit excessive. It didn’t help the book was, at its core, a mystery, which is one of my least favorite genres. They just don’t impress me, and then the author’s writing style hit the “annoying” button for me. I don’t think I’ll follow up with any others in the series.

Title comes from: The Darling Dahlias was the name of the gardening club at the center of the story. It was under the cucumber tree that they found the family silver, hidden there during the Civil War.

Reading challenges fulfilled: None, since this is a review of a book read in a previous year.

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