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2020: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

We’re still a month away from the end of the year, but my reading will probably consist mainly of Christmas books in December, and I hope and pray that life won’t come up and throw anything else at me in the final month of the year, either.  So I might as well post my “Year […]

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Ruth Rendell: A Judgement in Stone – Epitaph

24 Festive Tasks: Door 15 – Día de los Muertos, Task 1: Create an epitaph for the worst book you read in 2020.   Ruth Rendell, A Judgement in Stone:   From my “DNF” post: “”Illiterate” (read: dyslexic) working class home help kills her well-meaning but utterly clueless upper class employers.  The end.  (And because it’s […]

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Ruth Rendell: A Judgement in Stone

DNF @ 30% (approx)   “Illiterate” (read: dyslexic) working class home help kills her well-meaning but utterly clueless upper class employers.  The end.  (And because it’s an inverted mystery, we know literally from the first sentence that this is going to happen.)  Aaaannnd … I’m out. I’m not merely bored, though. Chiefly, I’m furious at […]

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Barbara Vine: The Brimstone Wedding

24 Festive Tasks: Door 8 – Penance Day, Book: Read any book concerning a man / woman of the cloth, a book about a character hiding a guilty secret or searching for absolution.   Tedious, predictable, and boring beyond belief.  I’d never have thought I’d actually ever say this about a book by Barbara Vine […]

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Ruth Rendell: The Babes in the Wood & Not in the Flesh

For the “In the Dark, Dark Woods” square, I decided on a Ruth Rendell double dip.  The Babes in the Wood and Not in the Flesh are books no. 19 and 21 in Rendell’s Chief Inspector Wexford series, and now that Rendell is no longer around to add to the series, I’m getting ever more […]

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Halloween Bingo 2017: Update 2

  My Square Markers and “Virgin” Bingo Card: “Virgin” card posted for ease of tracking and comparison, as called and read squares will, bit by bit, vanish behind my markers and everybody’s cards are different. Black Kitty: Read but not called Black Vignette: Called but not read Black Kitty in Black Vignette: Read and Called […]

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Ruth Rendell: No Man’s Nightingale

Wexford’s Retirement Agatha Christie famously once commented that, had she foreseen the lasting popularity of Hercule Poirot, she would not have made him a man already in mid-life in the book marking his first appearance – and the beginning of Christie’s own literary career –, The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920). The awkwardness of that […]

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