The first book covers all of three reading challenges. Firstly it's my book five for Carl's R.I.P. IX challenge. Then it's my book thirty three for Bev's 2014 Mount TBR challenge. And lastly, it's my book eleven for the My Kind of Mystery challenge which is being hosted by Riedel Fascination, which takes me beyond the number of books required for the category 'Secret Messages' (5 - 10) and into a new category, 'Unearthing Clues' (11 - 20).
This was a nice little read for RIP IX. What I didn't realise before I started the book was that the author is a man. I found out halfway through and while it shouldn't have made a difference, in reality, it did. I realised that the snappy humour displayed - by way of Alison, the first person narrator - was of a more male orientated type. I'd realised something was slightly amiss and when I found out the author was male it all fell into place. Not that that was in any way problematic, just slightly odd. In fact, this book is a fun read. If you're looking for a serious, scary sort of ghost story then this is not it. This is, I suppose, a cozy mystery and therefore humour is to the fore with the ghosts able to speak and interact with 'some' humans but not all. The house here is a beautiful, historical building and I found all the renovation details quite interesting, though possibly just a trifle too detailed. Again, evidence of a male author... but that's just my opinion of course. All in all a good, fun read, the first in a series that I'm not sure if I'll continue with. We'll see.
Next, Love Lies Bleeding by Edmund Crispin. This is my book twenty for Bev's Vintage Mystery Bingo challenge and covers the category: An Academic Mystery.
Another very enjoyable Gervase Fen mystery. Fen is such an interesting amateur detective. Every inch an academic and just a touch pompous, but he knows he is and thus tries not to take himself too seriously. Crispin's writing style is wonderfully humorous and droll and it's quite possible to laugh yourself through his books. There's another glorious chase scene later in the book which would do an Ealing comedy proud. Totally bonkers and thus delightful. I like books set in schools so this appealed to me on that extra level and I wish there were more academic mysteries around to be honest; I find them wierdly enjoyable. I think this is my fourth Fen mystery so far so it's nice that I still have five left to read. I hope they're all as good as the four I've read so far.
omgosh! a mystery in New Jersey! lol did they name the town? curious to see if it was a town I would know!
Geez Cath TWO books? I am back to a crawl on my reading..the one I am reading "Five Came Back" is about 5 directors from Hollywood who joined in WWII to make propaganda movies using real footage from the war.. very interesting however it's not a "pageturner" so I am lucky if I read one chapter (or 2) a day! I hope I can do one more for RIP I've read 5 so far. but my book count for the year sounds more like for 2 months instead *sigh*
"Night of The Living Dead" sounds like a fun mystery! I'll have to see if I can find it here. Glad you are enjoying RIP challenge this year so much! I'm hooked on Julia Spencer Fleming, thanks to you :-) Just finished Book 4 - and even have a review up! lol
Both books sound really good, Cath! I'm looking forward to your photos of Scotland - hope you had good weather.
Pat: The town is called Harbor Haven. Assume it's fictitious?
Your latest book sounds interesting, you read such a lot of non-fcition. Puts me to shame.
I think I have 5 so far for RIP as well.
Susan: JSF is such a wonderful author. You're now further ahead than me as I've read just three. I've loved them all. I'll skim your review later as I haven't read that one yet.
Margaret: I'm hoping to get some photos up in a day or two. We had excellent weather and feel lucky that we went last week rather than this!
unfortunately... fictitious... although there is a Harbor Haven camp for kids in NJ lol
Good books! Just don't equate men with writing cosy's! I have a JSF on my shelf but haven't gotten to it yet. Looking forward to the Scotland photos!
I don't think this could've been set in the kid's camp, Pat. LOLOLOLOLOL!!!
Peggy: I don't equate cozy mystery writing with men either.
I'll get the photos up soon, for some reason this week's been busier than I expected.
The first one probably isn't for me, but that is a good thing since I already have way too many books. I need to read more Edmund Crispin. I have only read two or three. I bet there is a list of academic mysteries out there somewhere. I keep hearing about them here and there. If I find one ever I will send you a link. Have you heard of / read the Amanda Cross books (from the 1960s). I read them a long time ago.
I'm glad you enjoyed the Crispin. If you haven't read Swan Song yet, it's my favorite among his books, with The Moving Toyshop not too far behind. But they're all very good (with the possible exception of the last one, Glimpses of the Moon). Enjoy!
Tracy: I know that feeling of being glad a book is not for you. LOL.
You're probably right that there's a list of academic mysteries somewhere. I hadn't thought to Google it but will. One of my all time favs is Gentlemen and Players by Joanne Harris.
No, I haven't heard of the Amanda Cross books so will look those up later.
Les: I'm slowly working through all of the Gervase Fen books. The only one I have left that I own is Glimpses of the Moon funnily enough. I know my library has Swan Song so I can get that there. Others will have to be reserved or I might strike lucky and see them in a charity shop. I'm very happy to have discovered Edmund Crispin via the Vintage Mystery challenge.
Oh, I have to say that I think Glimpses of the Moon is a riot! So funny and silly.
Geranium Cat: Yes, I'm actually looking forward to GotM as it's set in Devon.
Night of the Living Deed is an awesome title for a cozy! Too bad it didn't fully live up to such a title.
Opinionsofawolf: I know... such a great title! LOL! And as a story it wasn't too bad really.
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