Friday, April 20, 2012

Reading Journal #10 - Mystery Edition

Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

My thoughts:
After reading The Daughter of Time I wanted to read more of Inspector Grant. In Man in the Queue we meet Inspector Alan Grant has to search for a man who killed a man standing in a queue outside a theatre. The biggest problem is that no one saw anything. He search takes him all around London and finally to Scotland where he ends us chasing the man on foot. While the main suspect is being charged for the murder, Inspector Grant struggles with the feeling that something doesn't add up. With a surprise twist at the end of the story the mystery is finally resolved.

Man in the Queue didn't hold the attraction that Daughter of Time did for me, but they are two very different stories. The story really seems to take a long time to build, but it did redeem itself in the end. I have the second book in the series waiting to be read and I will decide after that if I want to continue with the series.

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Mrs. Pollifax Pursued by Dorothy Gilman

My thoughts:
This is book 11 in the Mrs. Pollifax Series, which I listened to on audio CD. In Mrs. Pollifax Pursued trouble comes to Mrs. Pollifax when she finds a young girl hidden in her closet. After being chased she calls Bishop at the CIA and they are whisked away to a safe place. Meanwhile, a wealthy executive has been kidnapped and the FBI are having problems getting the ransom money delivered. Eventually, it is found out the Mrs. Pollifax's being pursued and the kidnapped executive are connected which requires a trip to Ubangiba in Africa. Mrs. Pollifax is always a fun read.

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Too Many Crooks Spoil the Broth (A Pennsylvania-Dutch Mystery with Recipes) by Tamar Myers

My thoughts:
Magdalena Yoder is a Mennonite innkeeper who ends up with a houseful of guests which include a reporter, a Congressman and his wife, and a handful of animal right activists. When people start dying, Magdalena begins to have her hand full as she deals with her law suit threatening guests, the ill-equipped police force and a killer. I found most of the book pretty annoying and just didn't appreciate the politically correct tone in the story.

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