Carol S. (waucondacarol) - Reviews

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The 12:30 from Croydon: A British Library Crime Classic
The 12:30 from Croydon: A British Library Crime Classic
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 3/17/2017


An unusual plot for the 1934 original publication. The novel is written from the murderer's point and includes his reasonings, his conscience, his plotting, his actions, and finally his trial. It is the depression and factory owner Charles Swinburn has two major thoughts on his mind. To win the hand of Una in marriage and to get money to get out of debt before his business has to close in which case he will surely lose Una's interest. Charles knows that he and his cousin will inherit from their rich uncle Andrew Crother and the old man is just not dying fast enough. So Charles decides to help the old man on to a quick death which unfortunately for Charles happens on the 12:30 flight to France. Inspector French of Scotland Yard has the last two chapters of the novel to detail how he came to suspect Charles and arrest him after another murder in the Crother household. A very good read.


Accessory to Murder (Brenda Midnight, Bk 2)
Accessory to Murder (Brenda Midnight, Bk 2)
Author: Barbara Jaye Wilson
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 15
Review Date: 7/7/2013
Helpful Score: 1


I really like the Brenda Midnight series. Imagine finding a milliner (hat maker) now days. Poor Brenda is barely making ends meet though. Still her quirky friends, the New York setting, and the funny moments in this mystery make a good read.


All the President's Menus (A White House Chef Mystery)
All the President's Menus (A White House Chef Mystery)
Author: Julie Hyzy
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 3
Review Date: 7/16/2016


White House executive chef Olivia Paras is struggling with reduced staff due to the government sequester, hosting four chefs from a foreign country, and settling into her new marriage. Unforeseen events cause her to question the wisdom of the four visiting chefs at the time especially as there is little information being released by their own government about them. Is someone trying to sabotage the upcoming visit of the female presidential candidate from that foreign country - is she a target of an assassination plot? Not under Chef Olivia's watch.


All Things Murder (Veronica Walsh, Bk 1)
All Things Murder (Veronica Walsh, Bk 1)
Author: Jeanne Quigley
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
 2
Review Date: 8/30/2014


A new series featuring a 53 year old former day time soap actress. After spending over 30 years on the soap, Veronica Walsh is out of a job when the show is cancelled. Missing her routine, her co-stars and friends, and not sure what to do now - acting jobs for her age hard to find - she returns to her small home town in New York and puts in some time at her family's bookstore and meeting up with old friends. When her ambitious and not well liked neighbor is killed, Veronica finds plenty to do ferreting out a killer. A nice cozy.


The Alpine Advocate  (Emma Lord Bk. 1)
The Alpine Advocate (Emma Lord Bk. 1)
Author: Mary Daheim
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
 83
Review Date: 7/7/2013


This series of a small Washington state newspaper evidently will go from A to Z before it ends. The editor and owner, Emma Lord, is a single mom with a grown son who changes colleges and majors as often as changing socks. Emma's staff is a mix of some great characters and the small mountain town setting is wonderful as are the townspeople. Emma has a long time love, but the sheriff would like to be closer to her. The mysteries are very original. One of my very favorite series and authors.


The Alpine Betrayal (Emma Lord, Bk 2)
The Alpine Betrayal (Emma Lord, Bk 2)
Author: Mary Daheim
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 58
Review Date: 7/7/2013


This series of a small Washington state newspaper evidently will go from A to Z before it ends. The editor and owner, Emma Lord, is a single mom with a grown son who changes colleges and majors as often as changing socks. Emma's staff is a mix of some great characters and the small mountain town setting is wonderful as are the townspeople. Emma has a long time love, but the sheriff would like to be closer to her. The mysteries are very original. One of my very favorite series and authors.


The Alpine Decoy (Emma Lord, Bk 4)
The Alpine Decoy (Emma Lord, Bk 4)
Author: Mary Daheim
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 47
Review Date: 7/7/2013


This series of a small Washington state newspaper evidently will go from A to Z before it ends. The editor and owner, Emma Lord, is a single mom with a grown son who changes colleges and majors as often as changing socks. Emma's staff is a mix of some great characters and the small mountain town setting is wonderful as are the townspeople. Emma has a long time love, but the sheriff would like to be closer to her. The mysteries are very original. One of my very favorite series and authors.


The Alpine Escape (Emma Lord, Bk 5)
The Alpine Escape (Emma Lord, Bk 5)
Author: Mary Daheim
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/7/2013


This series of a small Washington state newspaper evidently will go from A to Z before it ends. The editor and owner, Emma Lord, is a single mom with a grown son who changes colleges and majors as often as changing socks. Emma's staff is a mix of some great characters and the small mountain town setting is wonderful as are the townspeople. Emma has a long time love, but the sheriff would like to be closer to her. The mysteries are very original. One of my very favorite series and authors.


Alpine Journey  (Emma Lord, Bk 10)
Alpine Journey (Emma Lord, Bk 10)
Author: Mary Daheim
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/7/2013


This series of a small Washington state newspaper evidently will go from A to Z before it ends. The editor and owner, Emma Lord, is a single mom with a grown son who changes colleges and majors as often as changing socks. Emma's staff is a mix of some great characters and the small mountain town setting is wonderful as are the townspeople. Emma has a long time love, but the sheriff would like to be closer to her. The mysteries are very original. One of my very favorite series and authors.


The Alpine Legacy (Emma Lord Bk. 12)
The Alpine Legacy (Emma Lord Bk. 12)
Author: Mary Daheim
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/7/2013


This series of a small Washington state newspaper evidently will go from A to Z before it ends. The editor and owner, Emma Lord, is a single mom with a grown son who changes colleges and majors as often as changing socks. Emma's staff is a mix of some great characters and the small mountain town setting is wonderful as are the townspeople. Emma has a long time love, but the sheriff would like to be closer to her. The mysteries are very original. One of my very favorite series and authors.


The Alpine Menace (Emma Lord Bk. 13)
The Alpine Menace (Emma Lord Bk. 13)
Author: Mary Daheim
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/7/2013


This series of a small Washington state newspaper evidently will go from A to Z before it ends. The editor and owner, Emma Lord, is a single mom with a grown son who changes colleges and majors as often as changing socks. Emma's staff is a mix of some great characters and the small mountain town setting is wonderful as are the townspeople. Emma has a long time love, but the sheriff would like to be closer to her. The mysteries are very original. One of my very favorite series and authors.


The Alpine Nemesis (Emma Lord, Bk 14)
The Alpine Nemesis (Emma Lord, Bk 14)
Author: Mary Daheim
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/7/2013


This series of a small Washington state newspaper evidently will go from A to Z before it ends. The editor and owner, Emma Lord, is a single mom with a grown son who changes colleges and majors as often as changing socks. Emma's staff is a mix of some great characters and the small mountain town setting is wonderful as are the townspeople. Emma has a long time love, but the sheriff would like to be closer to her. The mysteries are very original. One of my very favorite series and authors.


The Alpine Obituary (Emma Lord Bk. 15)
The Alpine Obituary (Emma Lord Bk. 15)
Author: Mary Daheim
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/7/2013


This series of a small Washington state newspaper evidently will go from A to Z before it ends. The editor and owner, Emma Lord, is a single mom with a grown son who changes colleges and majors as often as changing socks. Emma's staff is a mix of some great characters and the small mountain town setting is wonderful as are the townspeople. Emma has a long time love, but the sheriff would like to be closer to her. The mysteries are very original. One of my very favorite series and authors.


The Alpine Scandal (Emma Lord Bk. 19)
The Alpine Scandal (Emma Lord Bk. 19)
Author: Mary Daheim
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/7/2013


This series of a small Washington state newspaper evidently will go from A to Z before it ends. The editor and owner, Emma Lord, is a single mom with a grown son who changes colleges and majors as often as changing socks. Emma's staff is a mix of some great characters and the small mountain town setting is wonderful as are the townspeople. Emma has a long time love, but the sheriff would like to be closer to her. The mysteries are very original. One of my very favorite series and authors.


The Alpine Traitor  (Emma Lord, Bk 20)
The Alpine Traitor (Emma Lord, Bk 20)
Author: Mary Daheim
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/7/2013


This series of a small Washington state newspaper evidently will go from A to Z before it ends. The editor and owner, Emma Lord, is a single mom with a grown son who changes colleges and majors as often as changing socks. Emma's staff is a mix of some great characters and the small mountain town setting is wonderful as are the townspeople. Emma has a long time love, but the sheriff would like to be closer to her. The mysteries are very original. One of my very favorite series and authors.


And Then There Were None
And Then There Were None
Author: Agatha Christie
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 3/28/2009
Helpful Score: 1


This is one of Christie's best mysteries. It has a great twisted plot with lots of surprises to keep you in suspense. People of several ages, professions, and British classes are invited to an isolated island by devious means only to find that their host and hostess, Mr & Mrs U. N. Owen never arrive. Shortly after all have settled in, the butler plays a recorded message charging that each of those present in the house was a murderer and though they could never be delivered to rightful justice under British law, justice would now be served. Of course each denies the charges against themselves, but to the child's nursery rhyme of Ten Little Indian Boys, each meets his or her fate and death. As the death toll mounts, the remaining victims search frantically for the killer and a way off the island. Tension builds amongst them until they realize that the person killing them off one by one has to be one of them. Who is the real U. N. Own and how can they find him and save themselves? A suspensefully great story with a really astonishing ending.


And Then There Were None
And Then There Were None
Author: Agatha Christie
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 3/28/2009


This is one of Christie's best mysteries. It has a great twisted plot with lots of surprises to keep you in suspense. People of several ages, professions, and British classes are invited to an isolated island by devious means only to find that their host and hostess, Mr & Mrs U. N. Owen never arrive. Shortly after all have settled in, the butler plays a recorded message charging that each of those present in the house was a murderer and though they could never be delivered to rightful justice under British law, justice would now be served. Of course each denies the charges against themselves, but to the child's nursery rhyme of Ten Little Indian Boys, each meets his or her fate and death. As the death toll mounts, the remaining victims search frantically for the killer and a way off the island. Tension builds amongst them until they realize that the person killing them off one by one has to be one of them. Who is the real U. N. Own and how can they find him and save themselves? A suspensefully great story with a really astonishing ending.


Another Chance to Dream (de Piaget, Bk 1)
Another Chance to Dream (de Piaget, Bk 1)
Author: Lynn Kurland
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/14/2009
Helpful Score: 1


A long satisfying story of medieval England, Knightly chivalry, intrigue and enduring love. Lots of colorful characters add to the plot of a Knight's steadfast love for his lady through her arranged marriage to an amoral, crude neighboring Lord who dispises her, the birth of her children, the Knight's years in France as a mercenary to raise money to buy land and purchase her freedom from her husband, and the fate that seems to keep them apart year after year. Lots of humorous situations, many caused by the feisty Gwennelyn as many of her antics and her stubborness try the patience of Rhys as he endeavors to claim her for his own wife.


Antidote to Venom: A British Library Crime Classic (British Crime Classics)
Review Date: 3/23/2017


This was a very different kind of murder mystery for me. The director of the Birmingham Zoo loves his job, but hates his home life. The novel focuses on Director George Surridge as he is pulled into being an accessory to a murder and then his conscience begins to eat at him until he is a nervous wreck and his life begins to fall apart. The Venom in the title is both the murder method and the adjective that best describes what is eating into Surridge conscience at each step of the police investigation. At the end he is a broken man, but finally at peace with himself.


Antiques Con (Trash 'n' Treasures, Bk 8)
Antiques Con (Trash 'n' Treasures, Bk 8)
Author: Barbara Allan
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 9/11/2014


The zany Vivian Bourne and her daughter Brandy with their Shih tzu, Shushi, are in the Big Apple for a comic book convention, hoping to earn big dollars on their original and autographed Superman illustration. Of course in typical fashion the two find a body and get embroiled in solving the murder much to the dismay of the NYPD's finest. A funny cozy.


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