jeepgirl77 (jeepgirl77) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Playing catch up!

Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him by Luis Carlos Montalvan

This book gave me wonderful insight into our soliders who come back suffering from PTSD. Montalvan didn't pull any punches in discussing his shortcomings and the struggles he faced in trying to reintegrate back into civilan life after his time spent in Iraq. He has a way with words and skillfully wove his tale together with Tuesday's tale. I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.

A Scandal in Bohemia by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

I'd never realized Irene Adler was only featured in one Sherlock tale. But, she definitely was a match for the formidable Holmes. I can easily understand how the current BBC version of Sherlock adapted their story from the original tale. Although Adler is actress in the original story, she is still very much a strong, determined woman. The woman.

The Mystery Woman by Amanda Quick

I wanted to enjoy Quick's latest book, but I couldn't. Usually, I breeze through her books, enjoying the fluff and mystery, but I had to force myself to finish this novel. Her characters had no chemistry. I felt like they were thrown together and were attracted to each other only because Quick wrote it that way. Although these types of books tend to be somewhat formulaic, this was one more so than usual. The paranormal romance has been beaten to death and I think Quick needs to find a new angle.

An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde

This was a hilarious swipe at English living, and Wilde provided many laughs and delightful twists. This is my second Wilde story, and I'm looking forward to reading more. He's so clever and witty!

Shoggoth's Old Peculiar by Neil Gaiman

This tale by Gaiman is full of his usual spooky fare and unique narrative. I liked how the current master of dark, fantastic tales incorporated H.P Lovecraft into this story. Although a quick read, it was truly delightful!

Murder in Chelsea by Victoria Thompson

Thompson delivers another winner with the latest installment in the Gaslight Mystery series. In this tale, Sarah Brandt stands to lose that which she holds most dear - her adopted daughter, Catherine. But when a woman related to Catherine's past suddenly dies, Sarah and Frank Malloy are drawn into a web that forces them to track multiple killers and finally confront the question they've both been avoiding.

I'm so glad I've kept up with this series. Thompson finally delivers on a teaser written early on in the series, and she does it in a way that's both believable and satisfying.

Books completed: 33/50
Tags: fantasy, historical romance, memoir, mystery

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