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Topic: 2010 Mystery Challenge - HE'S DEAD, JIM! #1

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Subject: 2010 Mystery Challenge - HE'S DEAD, JIM! #1
Date Posted: 1/22/2010 2:08 PM ET
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My book for this challenge was "And Then You Die..." by Iris Johansen. This wasn't my favorite book, but it was interesting.

Synopsis: Photojournalist Bess Grady goes to Tenajo, Mexico, with her sister to photograph the reportedly beautiful scenery there for a travel piece. What they find is a village full of dead people; only a baby girl remains alive. A detachment of soldiers arrives on the scene, and with no time to react Bess is knocked unconscious. When she wakes, her sister is dead, and she is a prisoner in a Mexican hospital.

Date Posted: 3/25/2010 10:59 AM ET
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For this challenge I read Aunt Dimity's Death. It was definitely a book that you need to read first before any of the others in the series. I enjoyed it and am looking forward to reading more in this series. I hoping to see more of a murder mystery in her other books, though.

Last Edited on: 3/26/10 10:33 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 5/13/2010 9:07 AM ET
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I had to look for this topic way back on page 2! I finished "A Beautiful Blue Death" by Charles Finch and gave it a B. It was a quick, light historical cozy--there were quite a few historical errors and anachronisms, but those didn't bother me overly much--it is historical FICTION after all. An interesting story, enjoyed the writing for the most part, just not quite a wholly satisfying read--bit TOO cozy for me. But I have the second one on my wishlist, will give it a go anyway.

Connie, I actually enjoyed Aunt Dimity's Death a lot, too--if you can believe it. But I couldn't get past page 50 of the second one and I never went back to that series.


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Subject: He's Dead Jim
Date Posted: 5/18/2010 7:34 PM ET
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I read Dressed for Death  by Donna Leon